Jim Griffin’s letter about homelessness (“Fight homelessness, Aug. 18) moved me to action.
Today, there are more and more homeless families with children. It’s heartbreaking, but there is hope.
El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) — serving homeless families with children in all of the North County — is a wonderful example of a community reaching out to help those who are ready to help themselves.
The organization is 90 percent volunteers, with support from a coalition of churches, service organizations, corporations and generous individuals.
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ECHO is a transitional shelter helping families or individuals find permanent housing within three months of entering the shelter, with a 70 percent success rate. It also provides case management services to the homeless, helping them learn to create an action plan, live with new behaviors, find a job and locate a permanent home.
More than 90 cents of every dollar donated to ECHO is applied directly to their clients, shelter, food and care management.
ECHO needs your donations to support the good work it is doing. ECHO’s fundraiser, Long Walk Home, is Saturday. Go to www.echoshelter.net for details.
Sign up with your friends. It’s a fun morning, and you’re taking action to help the homeless locate a new home that they themselves pay for in one of our communities.