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SLO Motion Shoes donates 3k worth of shoes to ECHO 

SLO Motion Shoes has recently donated dozens of shoes to El Camino Homeless Shelter to aid in outfitting the homeless population with much needed quality footwear.

Owned and operated in Templeton by Dr. Chris Byrne, DPM, SLO Motion Shoes provides footwear for people with special needs to maintain good foot health that allows them to continue with their lives. “Daily activities can be restricted by the choice of footwear a person has available to them., “Dr. Byrne states, “We wanted to make sure the homeless population had the opportunity to reach their full potential in regaining their footing in life. You can’t do that without a good pair of shoes.”

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 1,500 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 the necessary toiletries and offers access to clothing, blankets, sleeping bags and much needed footwear.

“Most people have a pair of shoes that allow them to participate in a variety of daily activities. For the homeless population, that choice is just not there,” states Wendy Lewis, President/CEO of ECHO, “Many come to us with only one pair of poor quality, worn out shoes that don’t provide the support necessary for daily tasks. We are grateful for the donation from SLO Motion Shoes for providing quality footwear to those that would otherwise go without.

“Supporting our homeless community is a top priority,” said Stephanie Yurchak, Manager of SLO Motion Shoes, “We are happy to assist in providing a much needed item to those people that are working towards self-sufficiency. We hope a good pair of shoes will go a long way in helping them to get on their feet.”

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.