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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 10:09 am

Verbatim: Program for Teen Parents Receives $15,000 Grant

St. Joseph Community Health Foundation approves a $15,000 grant to Lutheran Social Services’ ECHO program.

The following was released on Tuesday, January 8, 20189 by Lutheran Social Services:  

Fort Wayne, Ind. (January 8, 2019) – Lutheran Social Services of Indiana has received a $15,000 grant from The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation. The grant will enhance the health and wellness of teen parents and children who participate in the agency’s Education Creates Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) program. 

ECHO provides one-on-one, home- and school-based case-management services to pregnant and parenting teens. The program assists teens in completing their high school education. Those who participate in ECHO are more likely to develop the skills necessary to break the cycle of teen pregnancy. 

“I’m not sure what I would have done without having you [ECHO Case Manager] to talk to when I was at my lowest point in my pregnancy and in life really,” says one ECHO client. “The program itself opened my eyes to a lot of things and gave me a lot of insight.” 

The ECHO program is closely aligned with Lutheran Social Services’ mission to improve overall health and wellbeing in the Fort Wayne community. In the 2017-2018 school year, 100% of ECHO participants graduated from high school, 98% demonstrated an increase in knowledge of parenting skills, and 100% of the children were born at or above the national birth weight. To learn more about ECHO and Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, please visit