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ECHO Hires New North County Director

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Atascadero, CA (November 1, 2019) – The Paso Robles City Council decided at its October 1st meeting to contract with El Camino Homeless Organization to expand its services into the city of Paso Robles beginning on November 1st. Following that decision, ECHO is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Al-Mashat to its staff as the first North County Homeless Services Director. 

Al-Mashat was most recently the Associate Director at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Before that, he worked for more than two decades in Atlanta, Georgia’s nonprofit community. His roles there included work with several homeless services and affordable housing organizations, including the Atlanta affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, and 24/7 Gateway, the largest homeless services center in the southeastern United States with more than 300 beds. His responsibilities included managing a wide variety of government grants and contracts, as well as helping to oversee the successful operations and maintenance of facilities.

“We are so pleased to have Jeff joining the ECHO team at such an exciting time for the organization," said Wendy Lewis, ECHO’s President/CEO. “He brings a wide range of fundraising, government relations and management experience to the position. His knowledge of homeless services will allow us to hit the ground running as we extend our service area to Paso Robles."


Among the responsibilities of the North County Homeless Services Director will be to oversee the design and construction of Paso Robles’s First Step Homeless Navigation Center. Al-Mashat will also develop written policies for the center, recruit and coordinate volunteers in conjunction with the Paso Cares organization, and further prepare for a fully operational Paso Robles homeless center to open in spring 2021. 


“We look forward to bringing our services to Paso Robles,” said Lewis. “Jeff’s experience with government relations, building operations and fundraising are a perfect fit for the work that is before us."

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