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about echo

ECHO operates two facilities in North County that each provide meals and a safe and secure overnight shelter to meet the immediate needs of families and individuals in our community who are facing hunger and homelessness.  Residents are provided individual case management services to assist them in securing a job and finding permanent and sustainable housing.  While staying at ECHO, residents are taught life skills for employment, financial literacy, health care management and parenting.

 A force of 1,500 community volunteers provide ancillary support to run the shelter programs and meal programs that serve as many as 150 dinners each night to shelter residents and people facing hunger and homelessness in the community.

our mission

ECHO’s mission since 2001 is to empower people in SLO County to make positive change by providing food, shelter, and supportive services.

our History

Since its inception in 2001, ECHO has epitomized the spirit of compassion and community service. It all began with a small group of dedicated volunteers who recognized a pressing need within the community: providing meals for those facing hardships. As their mission expanded and their ambitions grew, they ventured into utilizing various community spaces and churches to establish warming shelters across North County San Luis Obispo, offering solace and support during colder months. The pivotal year of 2008 marked a significant milestone as ECHO acquired its first campus, pioneering emergency shelter services in North County. This milestone underscored ECHO's commitment to addressing homelessness and providing essential services to those in need. Fast forward to 2020, and ECHO furthered its impact by inaugurating its second location at the former Motel 6 in Paso Robles, through a partnership with the Paso HomeKey Project and HASLO. These strategic expansions reflect ECHO's unwavering dedication to serving the community and combating homelessness with innovation and collaboration.

ECHO Atascadero

6370 Atascadero Avenue

Atascadero, CA 93442

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ECHO Paso Robles

1134 Black Oak Drive

Paso Robles, CA 93446

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