ECHO receives $6,900 from St. James Episcopal Church fundraiser

St. James Episcopal Church members Ed Railsback, Joe Chouinard, Diane and Michael Coffin, Liz Hastings and the Rev. Barbara Miller presented a check for $6,900 to El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) president Wendy Lewis on Dec. 14, 2018. (Contributed photo)

ATASCADERO — El Camino Homeless Organization Homeless Shelter announced it has received a donation of $6,900 from the St. James Episcopal Church in Paso Robles. The donation was the result of a fundraiser held in November, the 10th annual Music for the Soul.

“We are very grateful to receive this donation,” said Wendy Lewis, president and CEO of ECHO. “This will help us maximize our living space inside the shelter and provide even more resources to the people we serve.”

St. James Episcopal Church has been a part of the North County community for 125 years. The Music for the Soul holiday event was created to recognize and assist local charitable organizations. ECHO was selected for their 2018 fundraiser. The event featured a headlining musical presentation by classical pianist Corey Jordan, local wine and hors d’oeuvres and a multi-course dinner by Il Cortile, Catch Seafood Bar & Grill and Paso Terra. The event was held at Studios on the Park and attended by 125 supporters.

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 are taught life skills for employment, budgeting, health care management 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.

A force of 500 community volunteers 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 of the necessary toiletries and offers access to clothing, shoes, blankets and sleeping bags.

“As part of our mission of feeding bodies and souls in our community, St. James is delighted to be able to support ECHO in their work of providing meals and shelter to people in need,” said the Rev. Barbara Miller.

ECHO’s mission since 2001 is to empower people in San Luis Obispo County to make positive change by providing food, shelter, and supportive services. For more information, visit their website at

Contributing Sponsors

Event Sponsors

American Riviera Bank

Michael Coffin

Koene Graves


Home & Ranch/Sotheby's

Adelaide Inn

Music Sponsors

Pacific Premier Bank

Avalon Foundation

Glenn, Burdette, Phillips & Bryson

Larry Gabriel Architect

Tony & Lee Adinolfi

First American Title

Wine Sponsors

McPrice Myers

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Lone Madrone

Asuncion Ridge Vineyards

Hastings Ranch Vineyard


Trade Sponsors

The Blueprinter

Conger Rentals

Katelyn Smith Design


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