Success Story: Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club provides educational support, dropout prevention, and guidance. They are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. There are children in our community that without the Boys and Girls Club, would have no place to go after school.  Kids like Reagan and Mary.

Reagan and Mary are two girls in the Club’s 3rd grade class. They are identical twins who look and act identical. The two of them started attending the Boys and Girls Club about half way through the summer. They both seemed shy at first.

As they became more comfortable, they began yelling, running during class and talking out of turn. The staff noticed this abrupt change in behavior and began to be stricter with them guiding them on behavior while at the Club

Just as quickly as they became disruptive, they became gentler and more respectful. They now follow the rules and are both one of the top students in the class.

This is exactly what the Boys and Girls Club strives to do. Support, engage, improve and impact children’s lives.

ECHO Success Story: Nadine

Last year, must! charities launched a half-million dollar collaboration with ECHO, El Camino Homeless Organization which is a transitional shelter. Every homeless person at ECHO has a unique situation. However, they all have something in common. The number one reason for becoming homeless is lack of affordable housing. ECHO is here to help.

Here to help people like Nadine.

Nadine was homeless for three years before arriving at ECHO. Being a domestic violence survivor, she had difficulty dealing with daily tasks and was anxious at night. She had been couch surfing with her children because she was not able to afford her own place to live.

Upon her entrance interview at ECHO, it was decided that she would focus on her mental health and recovery. With guidance from ECHO case managers, Nadine sought help from Transitions Mental Health Association and Community Counseling Center in SLO. She also completed an orientation with the Department of Rehabilitation for career counseling.

After a few months at ECHO, Nadine was approved for subsidized housing and found a small apartment in SLO. She is currently working on starting her own business.

When asked about her experience at ECHO she said, “Staff treated me with respect. They believed in me and cared. My case managers were always there to listen to and provide me with encouragement.”

This is just one example of a life positively affected by ECHO.