ECHO Success Story: John and Megan

ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization is a transitional shelter in Northern San Luis Obispo County that is helping families and individuals find permanent housing. In 2017, must! charities partnered with ECHO in an ambitious $500,000 project. As a three-month program, ECHO is for people who are ready to make a change in their lives. People like John and his daughter Megan.

John moved into ECHO with his daughter after a long period of homelessness, arriving with only the clothes they had on their backs. He was discouraged and exhausted, after months of not being able to pay bills or maintain steady employment.

Working with an ECHO case manager, John identified his goals as finding a steady job and home. He wanted Megan to feel safe and secure. ECHO connected John with job resources and communication skills training. Within a few weeks he was hired as a mechanic at a local auto shop. With financial management coaching, just two months later, he saved enough money to buy a vehicle. A month later, he found housing through a connection at his place of employment.

Today John has a stable job he enjoys and Megan is attending school with all of the supplies she needs to learn. Both are enjoying their new home.

Upon moving out John said, “I was able to meet these goals by taking the tools and support provided by ECHO staff and that gave me the confidence to do what I needed to do. Staff treated me like family and whenever I went to my case managers with a problem they provided support and helpful resources. They truly want everyone to succeed and I felt very supported.”

This is just one example of lives positively affected by ECHO.