Salomé Concert “Thank You”


Big thank you to Mary Bianco for sponsoring Carpenter Salomé Trio. What a wonderful, complimentary concert for ECHO volunteers and such a good time! We also thank Dove Church for their lovely venue. We wish the Carpenter Salomé Trio good luck on the rest of their California Charity Tour.


Concert sponsor Mary Bianco, with Gail Gresham and Lauren Carpenter


Sean Carpenter, Grace Carpenter, Mary Bianco, Lauren Carpenter and David Carpenter


Concert greeters: Virginia Baker, Dana Tryde, Gail Gresham, and Eric Michielssen

Pastor Wes Thompson

Thank you to Pastor Wes Thompson for videotaping the concert!



Jan 28

Atascadero High School Choir Boosters Donation

ChoirBoostersThank you, AHS Choir Boosters, for supporting ECHO with your Empty Stockings donation. We are always touched by the generosity of students and teachers! Atascadero High School students help us all year long and we appreciate the effort, kindness and service to your community!

Heart to Heart Real Estate Donates $1000


Heart to Heart Real Estate owners, Mark McConnell and Liz Lee, kicked-off ‘Giveapalooza’ and stopped by ECHO with a check for $1,000! During this week of giving, Heart to Heart will give back more than $30,0000 to the community.  The company’s business model is to gift half of all commissions back to community charities, which are selected by Heart to Heart clients.  Photo credits, l-r: Mimi Rodriguez, ECHO executive director, Terri Sherwin, board member, Robin Smith, volunteer, Charlotte Byrne, board member, Jim Patterson, ECHO president, Santa (Mark McConnell), cute elf (Liz Lee), and Till Moen, ECHO vice-president.

Watch for the red nosed reindeer car as jolly Santa Claus (McConnell) and his merry elf (Lee) travel throughout Paso Robles and North San Luis Obispo County delivering giant checks to 12 deserving charitable organizations and nonprofits selected by their clients.

“Community Angels”, started by McConnell and Lee gives recognition to those individuals who are doing great work behind the scenes for the community. The December Community Angel honor goes to Paso Robles Police Officer Daniel Bigelow. Officer Bigelow, who recently passed away from his battle with cancer, served on the police force for nine years and was greatly respected in the community and by his peers. Bigelow leaves behind a wife and three children. A donation of $2,000 will be given to the Bigelow family as part of the Community Angels project.

Heart to Heart Real Estate – Combing more than 20 years experience in all types of real estate partners McConnell and Lee joined forces in (year) with the core mission of philanthropy. Utilizing the funds generated by real estate transactions McConnell and Lee disburse 50% of their commission to help fund charitable and/or nonprofit organizations, all chosen by their clients. The Heart to Heart inspiration comes from their ‘old-fashioned’ work ethic with a desire to give back to those in need. For more information visit

Dec 05

Your Words Can Change a Life!


We find that our homeless individuals and parents benefit greatly by inspiring kind words. Homeless people often feel outcast and alone. Our donors and volunteers help ECHO provide shelter, warm meals, and guidance from case managers. But people need help with the overwhelming emotional experience of simply being homeless. Your words of encouragement may be just what someone needs to keep working towards their goal: housing and self-sufficiency. If you would like to participate, please email, and we’ll send you the “New Day, New Hope” card for you to add your thoughts and uplifting words.

We will display the cards in the ECHO dining room on New Year’s Day. ECHO clients will be able to read your kind words, and keep the cards with them throughout the year to know that ECHO friends care about their success.

Email your request for the “New Day, New Hope” card to Just email your mailing address and we’ll send it to you. Thank you!

New Day_Letter


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.”

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