The El Camino Homeless Organization’s mission, according to their website, is to assist homeless families with finding secure housing.
ECHO was able to assist Danielle Dishion, her boyfriend and three children.
Dishion said ECHO was their savior when it was too expensive to find a place to live when she moved back to Atascadero in December 2019.
She said the organization didn’t judge them and brought in her family, giving them emotional support to help push them forward. They were able to purchase a trailer to house the family and move out in October.
“We are just really excited and super excited to leave, but super sad to leave at the same time because this place has become our home and the people are like family,” Dishion said.
According to Dishion, ECHO helped them with the supplies they’ve needed in their transition.
“I want people to know that ECHO really does help, they are good people and they care,” Dishion said. “They care and the more people that donate, the more people that they can help and that is something that everybody should feel compelled, especially in these times.”
ECHO is hosting a virtual long walk home event on Sept. 19, where anyone can sponsor a walker, order a BBQ meal or become a group sponsor.
The event takes place from noon to 3 p.m.
To make a donation or learn more about the ECHO shelter and their events, you can visit their website.