Echo Foundtaion provides housing to over 1300 residents in the Nelson Mandela Metro of Port Elizabeth.
The Echo Foundation was founded in 1991. It is a registered Section 21 Company, established as a “not for profit” organisation.
The Foundation operates in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality of Port Elizabeth, a coastal City, situated in the Eastern Cape of Southern Africa. The City is home to some 1.5 million people.
The Foundation is guided by a non – executive Chairperson and eight non – executive Directors. These Directors give of their time voluntarily and bring a wealth of professional expertise to the Foundation.
The Foundation is managed on a client centric basis where values are considered the most important aspect of service delivery. These values are well communicated and respected by both our Residents and Staff.
History of Echo Foundation (East Cape Housing Organisation)
Background to the formation of Echo Foundation.
During 1965, the SA Red Cross Society (Eastern Cape) established a frail care facility - Laubscher Park Home.
This Facility was built to meet the growing need for frail care in the Port Elizabeth area. In the ensuing years, the need for retirement facilities were noted and additional retirement villages were constructed by the Red Cross.
In 1989, a strategic decision was taken by the Red Cross to separate the aged care from its core functions and it was thus formally agreed, that a specialised organisation be established to take over the aged care facilities and retirement villages as going concerns. This decision resulted in the formation of the Echo Foundation on the 1st April 1991.
The Echo Foundation was formed as a section 21 Company, registered as a non-profit organisation, with a defined purpose of; "providing acceptable and cost effective housing, institutional care and community service to senior citizens, thereby offering security and peace of mind."