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SHE CAME BACK
One Tuesday we noticed a young woman, Shawnte, just sitting in our Welcome Center area, waiting to be served or so we thought.
She told us she needed to interview a non-profit of her choice for a class she was taking at Hillsborough Community College and wanted to talk with the staff from ECHO. But the story doesn’t end there.
Shawnte chose ECHO for a special reason. As we gave her a tour of our facility, our final stop was the GED class. She asked if she could speak to the students for a minute. That is how we learned she was a graduate of the ECHO GED program and how it encouraged her to see she was capable of doing more. “Never give up . . . never stop learning”, she said. “You can do more, I’m proof!”
ECHO is more than food and clothing, we also offer life rebuilding classes like our GED program.
Because of YOU, we can help students, like Shawnte, rebuild their lives and pursue their dreams to do more.
Jimena, a victim of domestic violence, found herself struggling to make ends meet. Her husband wouldn’t allow her to work while they were married. Now divorced she had to find a job, but didn’t know where to begin.
Jimena came to ECHO for assistance and discovered we had a Back to Work class. A place where students learn how to search for jobs, update their resumes and practice their interview skills. At the end of her first class, Jimena told us she already felt more confident and at ease.
ECHO is more than food and clothing, we also offer life rebuilding programs like Back to Work.
Because of YOU, we can help women, like Jimena rebuild their lives.
That is how her story becomes your story. You can #ECHOthat
TWENTY-TWO DOLLAR INCREASE
Jim received a $22 increase in his Social Security Disability and that increase denied him from receiving his Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP. He never thought he would find himself at ECHO, but he was glad we were here to help. Not only were we able to provide Jim with food, but we were also able to refer him to other local food pantries and hot meal sites in his area.
Because of YOU we are able to help men like Jim.
This is how his story becomes your story. You can #echothat!
Meet Michael, several years ago he and his wife were going through some hardships and fell into hard times. They came to ECHO looking for food and assistance. As Michael would say, “Looking for hope in Brandon”
Fast forward, Michael is now a facility manager for Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, where his organization gives back to the community through the Tampa Bay Lightning C.H.A.R.G.E. (Contributing Hours Across our Region through our Generous Employees) employee volunteer program.
While most of the employees that served last week were helping organizations in the downtown area he wanted to volunteer at ECHO . . . . a place that helped him and his family get back on their feet.
Because of YOU he and his family were able to come full circle and now help others.
His story becomes your story. #echothat
A BROKEN PROMISE
It seemed by the looks of things, Michelle, Mark, and Jace had slept overnight in our parking lot. As soon as we opened the door a dirty face little toddler, filled with mosquito bites and only dressed in his diaper came running in and having fun exploring the office. Michelle, his mom, was embarrassed and kept apologizing for her son’s appearance. They had run out of clean clothes to wear.
Their story is one we have heard over and over again. A promise of a new job and a better future only to have it fall through. Jace’s dad did find work but it came at a time when they had depleted their savings. They needed some help to carry them over. We were here to help.
Because of YOU, we were able to provide the necessities of food and clothing and we were able to refer them to several community partners that could help them navigate the resources they had available to them and housing.
That is how his story becomes your story. You can #echothat
CAUGHT IN BETWEEN
Henry called to let us know he was in real need of help for himself and his three children. Even though he started a job with the Department of Defense and would be making good money, he found himself caught in between jobs. You see, it would be two weeks before he would get paid. Henry needed help with food now … because of YOU we were there to help him and his family.
This is how his story becomes your story. You can #echothat
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Our Sponsors & Partners
Funds donated in excess of need will help us continue to serve the hungry and vulnerable in our community, throughout the year. Echo of Brandon, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. A copy of the official registration (CH15550) and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state 1-800-435-7352. Registration doesn’t imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Gifts to ECHO are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.