Howard Products Donate $5000


Photo: l-r, Till Moen, ECHO vice-president, Terri Sherwin, ECHO board member, Mimi Rodriguez, ECHO executive director, Mike Byrne, ECHO board member, Jim Patterson, ECHO president, Charlotte Byrne, ECHO board member, the Howard Family, Kevin, Kathy, Eric, and Doug.


Recently Howard Products of Paso Robles donated $5000 to assist North County’s homeless shelter, ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization. “Donations from companies like Howard Products of Paso Robles help ECHO continue to provide shelter, meals and essential services to homeless families and individuals. The support of businesses is critical for ECHO to help our community’s homeless population,” said Jim Patterson, ECHO Board President.

Howard Products, Paso Robles, is a manufacturer of a broad range of wood-care products including polishing, refinishing, and the well-known “Restore-A-Finish.” Their products are found in antique shops and major retailers such as Home Depot, as well as distributed internationally. Doug Howard started the company in 1969, and today his sons, Eric and Kevin, are at the helm. “I’ve watched my parents for years now, working with their church to help ECHO,” said Eric Howard, COO, Howard Products. “We are following in our parent’s tradition. We want to pay back our North County community for all that we’ve received and we want to do our part to help meet the needs of the homeless.”

ECHO has 50 beds and four family rooms. “I’ve helped at ECHO for about nine years,” said volunteer Robin Smith. “What I’ve seen over that time are homeless families with kids. Recently we had six families with 16 children. This has become the norm at ECHO.”

The Howard family has supported ECHO for many years. “A silent but proud part of the of the local homeless community are veterans,” explained Eric Howard. “They are trying to find their way back into the society they helped to defend. The Howard Family strongly believes that everyone who is able, including local businesses, should donate or help in any way they can. ECHO will do the rest.”

Nov 17

Shop Amazon – Help ECHO!


The holidays are approaching and you may be shopping at Amazon for gifts. Please shop at, and Amazon will donate to El Camino Homeless Organization through the AmazonSmile charity program. ECHO board member and Empty Soup Bowl volunteer Tina Salter says, “I signed up for last year and once it’s set up in your computer, it goes automatically to AmazonSmile each time you want to get something from that web site. Very convenient!”

Here’s ECHO’s charity link at Amazon Smile:


Nov 04

Gatherings Thrift Supports ECHO!


As we head into the holiday season, please consider stopping by Gatherings Thrift in Atascadero. Not only can you pick up special finds, a portion of your purchase benefits six charities in town and ECHO is one of them. The mission of Gatherings Thrift is to create a platform for the community to “pay it forward” by donating, shopping or volunteering. We thank Gatherings Thrift for supporting ECHO and our mission to help homeless individuals and families with children in North County.

When you stop by, please give them a “high five” and ask for your donation to help ECHO!

5660 El Camino Real

One block north of Traffic Way

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday 10-5:30

Wednesday CLosed

Thursday 10-7

Sunday 11:30-3:30

Phone: 464-4483



ECHO Receives Fundraising Development Grant for $8,500


ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization, has received a $8,500 grant from The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County (CFSLOCO). This grant will be used for fund development augmenting ECHO’s current fundraising plan and to strengthen future capacity. ECHO was chosen to receive this grant and is among 24 recipients, whose grants total $193,635. This year’s grantmaking program is made possible through the generous support of the Foundation’s Community Endowment and many donor funds held at the Foundation. In only 16 years, the CFSLOCO has given out more than $26 million in grants to assist nonprofit agencies. For more information on the CFSLOCO or any funds, call 543-2323 visit

ECHO is a transitional homeless shelter established in 2001. Today, ECHO has 50 beds and four family rooms. Children are the new face of homelessness. The shelter often has as many as six families including 12 to 18 children at a time. Case managers work with clients to find employment, needed services, and permanent housing. While staff provides stability and continuity of shelter operations, volunteers are the backbone of ECHO. In 2014, more than 1,400 individuals volunteered at ECHO providing almost 24,000 hours of assistance. Volunteers serve as overnight chaparones, registration workers, meal providers, campus monitors and many more positions. ECHO serves 80 hot meals each day to anyone who is hungry. ECHO is the only overnight shelter in north county helping a growing population of homeless families and individuals. To learn more about how to volunteer or donate, visit or email

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