ECHO would like to thank the many individuals, families and businesses that helped bring holiday joy to the shelter this year. There were 18 children at shelter during the holidays including a 7 week old baby boy! We appreciate the many hours of organizing provided by Terri Sherwin and Dorothy Green.
Live Christmas Tree was decorated by ECHO children (tree donated by a local Cub Scout troop, sponsored by Atascadero Bible Church)
Children decorated Christmas Cookies with Deborah Albert and members of Atascadero Bible Church
Children watched Polar Express with St. William’s Youth Group Ministry while enjoying popcorn & cookies. (Jacob Gleason, Youth Minister)
Children shopped for gifts at ECHO’s Santa’s Store for their parent(s) with gift bucks that they earned doing chores.
Christmas Eve Dinner provided by Beckie Collier and Friends
Christmas breakfast prepared by Yolanda Rodriguez and Family
Shelter residents enjoyed a Christmas Day Meal at St. William’s Catholic Church
Christmas Evening Meal provided by Congregation Ohr Tzafon
Gifts (warm clothing, PJ’s & shoes, sleeping bags) donated by:
St. William’s Catholic Church
Numerous individuals & families throughout North County and the USA
ABC Women’s ministry knitted warm hats and scarves
Warm Coats provided by Coats for Kids
Clothing & shoes purchased with “Holiday Helper’s” financial donations and donated gift cards.
Movie tickets and subway cards donated by individuals and also purchased with:
“Holiday Helper’s “financial donations.
Provided to ECHO children by “Toys for Tots” at Atascadero Armory
Toys & Clothing provided by Competitive Edge Media and Marketing of SLO (Suzy DaSilva) as a result of the “GREAT Race”, a fulfilled shopping trip between friends.
Individuals and families in the North County
Santa Stockings and box of goodies provided by: Anita Marlett and her “angel helpers” (consisting of about 30 families and Templeton & Paso Robles businesses). The response was overwhelming when Anita asked friends to help out. So much so that the kids each received an additional wrapped box full of goodies.
Cookies baked and decorated by:
4-H Members of Cerro Alto 4-H Rabbit Group
Santa’s helpers (they have wings) showed up to organize and wrap gifts:
Maribel Luna (ECHO Case Manager)
We thank Justin Vineyards and Winery for donating $5000 to ECHO to purchase dressers and other furniture for ECHO clients to store and hang-up clothing properly. Many of ECHO’s homeless men and woman work and they need to be presentable at their jobs. Little things like being able to hang up a work shirt so it doesn’t get wrinkled make a big difference. We also thank the many Justin Winery employees who have given regularly to ECHO over the years.
In November, the Almond Country Quilt Guild had their 27th Annual Quilt Auction and ECHO was chosen as one of the charity beneficiaries. It was a beautiful evening honoring the talents of so many and for a great cause. These wonderful women raised and donated $2750 to ECHO!
Pasta in the Park! We thank everyone who supported our event on December 3, 2016, including restaurants Buona Tavola and Alle-Pia, Hedges Insurance, and Dan & Sharon Davis of Ballroom Dance for Fun in Atascadero. Also “thank you” to Upscale Resale, Templeton, and Atascadero Chamber of Commerce for helping us sell tickets. And a very special “thank you” to the Shawn Clark Family Band – wow, what incredible musicians! Here’s a short video of the day in Templeton Park.
Click the image above to watch a KSBY news story about the window installation.
When ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization, became the owners of their own building for North County’s homeless shelter, they knew that renovations were needed. “We had hoped to put off replacing the windows for awhile because it was so expensive,” said Aurora William, ECHO executive director. “But the out-dated, single pane windows leaked during last season’s rains and they had to go.” Paso Robles Glass came to the rescue. As Don Vert, sales manager for the family-owned business, came to measure for replacing 20 windows at the shelter, he understood that it was a big expensive for the largely donation-funded shelter. “The total cost was going to be more than $12,000, and I realized that this really needed to be a community project,” said Vert.
Don Vert went to work contacting vendors for support. Most of the new windows were donated by the manufacturer, Milgard Windows and Doors. Atascadero Rotary Club raised the funds to cover about $2,000 in window expenses. Other manufacturers that donated included Vinyl Visions and D.M. Figley. Paso Robles Glass is managed the project and covered the labor and installation. There were no costs to ECHO. “We really appreciate the amount of time Don Vert put into organizing this effort, Atascadero Rotary for raising the funds needed to complete the project, and the donations from national manufacturers,” said William. “We needed to get this done quickly, and the community came through for us. We are very thankful.”
Jarred Domigos, Paso Robles Glass owner and president, said that the new windows are highly energy efficient saving on ECHO’s energy bills. Low-e coatings minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that passes through the glass. He added that, “It will dramatically help with the costs of heating and cooling and will make the shelter much more comfortable all year long.”