ATASCADERO — Local medical clinic All For Health donated 19 new backpacks, filled by patients and staff with over $300 of school supplies. All For Health took the backpacks and supplies to ECHO on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at noon to be distributed to the school-age children currently living at the shelter.
School began at the Atascadero Unified School District on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Hopefully, these backpacks will help ECHO’s young clients achieve academic success.
All For Health focuses on serving the community as a whole, including local community needs that go beyond just providing health care. In the past year, All For Health has been involved in a number of local events, including the first annual Tent City Marathon, the Health and Wellness Expo at the Madonna Inn, and the Season of Hope toy and canned food drive.
All For Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) which helps to provide comprehensive primary care for all patients. Primary care includes referring patients for mental health services, dental care, or specialist care, coordinating rides to and from the office, and many other services.
In their attempt to service the community as a whole, All For Health takes Cen Cal, Medicare, TRICARE, and most commercially offered insurance plans in order to care for the diverse community in Atascadero and surrounding areas.
“ECHO is very grateful to the All For Health, Health for All Clinic in Atascadero for their recent donation of backpacks and school supplies for the children staying with us. The gift meant so much to the kids we serve and allowed them to have what they need for a successful start to the school year. Our community continues to amaze us with how much they care,” said Wendy Lewis, President and CEO ECHO Homeless Shelter.