Ernest Quinn first came to ECHO in October of last year. He lost his job as a truck driver after a wreck and not long after, he lost his car, and then his home. Not sure where to go or what to do next, he came in to ECHO hoping for a little help with food. After talking about his situation and his plans for seeking employment, his case manager told him, “Mr. Quinn, I can tell by your attitude and obvious work ethic that you are going to be an ECHO success story”.
We have seen Ernest a few times since that first visit. He returned to get a referral to a transitional housing program and to help him file for food stamps, and again to fill out a bus pass application and get help with a clothing voucher. And then, just this past week Ernest came in to speak with his original case manager. He was proud to share that he now has a full time job, just purchased a vehicle, and is getting ready to move into his own apartment. He simply stopped by to share with us that his case manager’s words from his first visit to ECHO had come true.
Ernest is just one success story – mostly because of his own will and drive to start over. But this was also made possible because of the caring folks in this community who put their faith into action and provided the help he needed. Because of your donations, Ernest and many others are able to get back on their feet through ECHO. THANK YOU!
ECHO is again partnering with the national “One Warm Coat” Drive through the Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation from now through January 16th. Please drop off your gently-used coats at Burlington Coat Factory in the Tallahassee Mall, or at the main ECHO office, 702 W. Madison Street. Soon we will be seeing clients who are need of a coat to keep them warm when the temperatures start to drop. The main goal of this initiative is to provide any person in need with a warm coat, free of charge. We find a significant need for children’s coats as they outgrow them so quickly. We also accept space heaters (in safe, working condition), gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets. Because of your generosity ECHO clients here in our area will be able to stay warm during our cold Tallahassee weather. Sparing any of these mentioned items will make a BIG difference to those without. So please keep these opportunities in mind…everyone needs ONE WARM COAT!
Charles Minter stands next to his brand new golf cart! Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket!
Charles Minter is the winner of the 2013 E-Z-GO Golf Cart! We sold almost 1,000 tickets this year which raise needed funds for ECHO’s programs. In all we raised almost $43,000! We appreciate all of our wonderful sponsors and golfers who supported us this year. And of course, our celebrity sponsor, Ricky Carmichael and his team who worked hours to make this tournament a success! Take a look at this video and check out the fun: Golf Tournament 2013
Ricky signs the check to ECHO for $42,775!