Home­less group gets $7,500 do­na­tion of 3 stor­age sheds

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ATASCADERO

ECHO Home­less Shel­ter has re­ceived a $ 7,500 do­na­tion of stor­age sheds from Atascadero res­i­dent and ECHO vol­un­teer, Ron Tin­dall, RN. The three stor­age sheds were much needed and will help sup­port shel­ter op­er­a­tions for event stor­age and a cloth­ing closet for ECHO clients and oth­ers in the com­mu­nity who are deal­ing with home­less­ness.

ECHO op­er­ates a safe and se­cure overnight 50bed 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 are taught life skills for em­ploy­ment, bud­get­ing, health care man­age- ment and so­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­ter­ac­tion. 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.

Tin­dall is amem­ber of a force of 500 com­mu­nity vol­un­teers that pro­vide an­cil­lary sup­port to run the shel­ter pro­gram and a 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 and sleep­ing bags.

“We are very grate­ful to Ron for this gen­er­ous gift and also for the time he do­nates to ECHO,” said Wendy Lewis, Pres­i­dent/ CEO of ECHO. “Th­ese stor­age units will help us max­i­mize our liv­ing space in­side the shel­ter and pro­vide even more re­sources to the peo­ple we serve.”

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Cour­tesy photo

San Luis Obispo High School sopho­more Thomas Cole is shown with Jack’s Help­ing Hand founder Brid­get Ready. Thomas has earned the Pres­i­dents Vol­un­teer Ser­vice Award by vol­un­teer­ing with Jack’s Help­ing Hand, Camp Reach for the Stars and San Luis Obispo High School Sports Camps.

Cour­tesy photo

From left, Ron Tin­dall presents a check in the amount of $7,500 to ECHO Pres­i­dent and CEO Wendy Lewis for the pur­chase of three stor­age sheds.

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