ECHO’s Empty Bowls – April 21!

K-Man Donates Much Needed Shoes!


Shoes are important for everyone. However, if you are homeless and walking more than the average person, shoes become critically important. With this in mind, Keith and Robyn Schmidt, owners of K-Man Cyclery in Atascadero, donated more than 50 athletic shoes to ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization. “Many of the parents at ECHO are the working poor and their children outgrow shoes quickly,” Keith Schmidt explained. “They simply can’t afford to buy shoes for their kids. This is just a small way we can help improve their quality of life.” As a locally owned and operated business, Schmidt is committed to giving back to the community, “When you shop locally, for every $100 spent, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. That’s what we are doing with this donation. Giving back to our community.”

“We support ECHO because it is the right thing to do,” says Schmidt. Together with his wife, Robyn, the couple support the shelter regularly. “We provide Gatorade for meals and give gift cards at the holidays. We’ve been able to talk to many homeless families and it’s so disheartening to learn what they go through.”  The donated shoes are in adult and children’s sizes and will be available to ECHO clients throughout the year. “We’ve been put in a position to help a bit so that’s what we do,” Schmidt added. “ECHO is an amazing volunteer organization that provides a true need to our community and it deserves our support. God willing, I will continue to support them in any way possible, and the rest of Atascadero should as well.” Check out K-Man’s website here. 

Feb 22

Executive Director Job Opening at ECHO

ECHO_Job_openingThe Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors for the management and direction of the organizations goals and objectives which include but are not limited to planning, programs, finances, communications, fundraising/development and human resources.

Job Opening for Executive Director of the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) in Atascadero CA.

Part-time position, 30 hours per week; includes evenings and possible weekends.
Pay Range depending upon experience.
Cover letters and resumes must be received by 5 P.M. on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Interested applicants please email Mimi Rodriguez at for more information and application guidelines.

Mailing Address:
El Camino Homeless Organization
P.O. Box 2077

Atascadero, CA 93423

ECHO, the El Camino Homeless Organization, is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has run a homeless shelter for more than 14 years. The mission of ECHO is to provide homeless persons in North San Luis Obispo County with a temporary residence and support services that lead to housing and self-sufficiency.

Please visit our web site at

Interested applicants can contact Mimi Rodriguez at

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!

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!



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