With a unique residency program, ECHO provides case management services to assist residents in securing a job and finding permanent and sustainable housing within three months of entering the shelter program. While enrolled in the program, residents learn life skills for employment, budgeting, healthier habits and more. The goal and the result of this practical support is the empowerment of residents to move in a positive direction while assisting them in acquiring the skills and services they need to become self-sustaining, including secure housing.
ECHO provides as many as 150 daily meals to residents and members of our community that might otherwise go without a hot meal.
50 volunteer teams provide daily meals
Breakfast and lunch is provided for those that stay at the shelter
ECHO serves 54,000 meals annually
Through our housing placement program, individuals and families are directed to resources that will help them find housing within three months of their arrival at ECHO.
ECHO also operates a shower program that provides hot showers three nights a week to anyone in need. ECHO supplies the homeless population all the necessary toiletries and offers access to clothing, shoes, blankets, sleeping bags and school supplies for children.
Through a partnership with SLO County Public Health, Twin Cities Hospital, and GleanSLO, nutrition education is a top priority at ECHO. Activites include:
Harvests from our garden
Nutrition education classes
Meal provider healthy meals training
Providing an atmosphere where children can thrive while staying at ECHO is paramount to our program. Activites include: