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.”