Ed McHorse – A Leader Making a Difference

Last week Ed McHorse was honored by Front Steps with the Community Spirit Award for his many contributions to the Austin community, particularly in serving our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. Ed has been the president and guiding light of ECHO, the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, an umbrella organization formed to coordinate services to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Austin. 

Ed, a proud husband and father of three, is a lawyer and shareholder with Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, P.C. In addition to serving as ECHO’s Chair and Board President, he has also served Caritas of Austin, the Assistance League, Helping Hand Home for Children, United Way, and Northwest Little League. 

I’ve gotten to know Ed through my involvement with ECHO over the years, and I have personally witnessed his incredible servant leadership. ECHO has come a long way because he is a steady and deeply committed leader. In 2010 during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Ed was recognized by the Austin City Council for his contributions as an advocate for our homeless neighbors. In spite of the recognition he’s received, Ed remains humble and constantly points to the work being done by others to advance the cause. 

When he accepted the Community Spirit Award, Ed shared these words of wisdom about striving to end homelessness in our community, “Ending homelessness is a matter of community willpower. We are going to solve homelessness through permanent supportive housing.” He also reminded us about the stereotypes that exist about those experiencing homelessness, encouraging us to pick someone we want to help and talk to him or her. Learn that person’s story and then share it. “Don’t tell the story of the stereotype. Share a real person’s story.” 

If you want to hear more of what Ed has to say about homelessness, check out this video by I Live Here, I Give Here

Our community is a better place because of Ed McHorse. He is truly a leader who is making a difference!

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