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ECHO receives 5k community grant from Justin Winery 

–The El Camino Homeless Organization has received a $5,000 Community Grant from Justin Vineyards and Winery. The Justin Community Grant program selects non-profits in North County that strive to make the community a better place to live, work, and raise families. The grant will be used for operating support to sustain all shelter operations and services in 2019.

With this generous contribution and support from other foundations, government agencies, and individual donors, in 2019 ECHO will work with 200 shelter residents (adults and children), enabling at least 120 individuals to secure permanent housing and at least 140 individuals to obtain more stable or increased income by the time they leave the program.

“ECHO is the only overnight and transitional shelter in the North County, directly addressing the need for housing for residents who are homeless,” says Wendy Lewis, President/CEO of ECHO, “With grant funding we are able to offer homeless families and individuals comprehensive case management and supportive services,” she states, “Our goal in 2019 is to increase the amount of time the shelter is open to provide these services. We are grateful for Justin Vineyards & Winery in helping us succeed in our mission to do that.”

ECHO operates a safe and secure overnight 50-bed shelter to meet the immediate needs of families and individuals who have become homeless. With a unique residency program, clients are provided case management services to assist them in securing a job and finding permanent and sustainable housing within three months of entering the shelter program. While enrolled in the program, clients 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.

A force of 1,500 community volunteers provide ancillary support to run the shelter program and the meal program that serves as many as 80 dinners each night to shelter residents and the homeless population. 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.

“We’re proud to give back to the community through grants that make a meaningful difference in people’s lives,” said Clarence Chia, senior vice president of marketing for Justin. “ECHO performs critical work for North San Luis Obispo County, and we’re gratified to support their important mission.”

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