El Camino Homeless Organization
This is an excerpt from the press release, which may be downloaded below:
Every Monday at 4:30 p.m., the CHC (Community Health Center) mobile medical van travels to ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization, to provide immediate and urgent care. ECHO is the only homeless shelter in North County for families with children and individuals. Carla Hurt, CHC’s physician’s assistant, treats those staying at the shelter, as well as anyone in the area who needs medical assistance. She sees four to five patients every hour.
Having the CHC mobile unit at ECHO enables the medical staff to reach some of the estimated 500 homeless in North County, as well as the working poor. “Many of the people who come to ECHO for the evening meal are working and they can’t take off work to see a doctor,” said Bill Watt, ECHO Executive Director.
Eloisa Medina is ECHO’s case manager who works with clients to become re-employed and housed. “Many of our clients have significant health issues that have to be treated and stabilized,” said Medina. “Health care is essential to all of us. It’s difficult to resolve homelessness when someone is ill. When we resolve medical issues, then we can work on getting them back to stability and into housing.” The case management staff at ECHO helps families and individuals learn to create an action plan, live with new behaviors, find a job and locate a permanent home...
if you would like to learn more about staying at ECHO, volunteer opportunities, or donating to the shelter, please call 805 462-3663 (FOOD). A volunteer will be at this phone number from 4:30 - 6:00. The best time to call and speak to a volunteer is between 4:30 - 4:45 since we begin serving dinner at 5:00. However, you may leave a message anytime.
The shelter coordinator is Elizabeth Phillips.
Executive Director and Board of Director Contacts
ECHO - El Camino Homeless Organization
P.O. Box 2077; Atascadero, CA 93423
PHONE: (805) 462-3663 (FOOD)
Call from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm or leave a message