Together we can put an end to homelessness

and provide adequate food and shelter until we do!

Member at Large ​Cathy Serena

A former Kindergarten teacher at Templeton Elementary School, she has been involved in Paso Cares since December, 2017 after her retirement from education. Cathy is a member and Deacon at Highlands Church.

Member at Large Pearl Munak
A native of Houston, Pearl has been a social worker and lawyer. She is presently farming melons and tomatoes and doing volunteer work. She also writes poetry.
Member at Large Barbara Forbes Bowden
Barbara and her husband Matthew moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Paso Robles in 2005. Barbara is retired from a career as a CPA and has a degree in accounting from UC Berkeley. She became involved with Paso Cares in the fall of 2017. Barbara attends Paso Robles Community Church.
Member at Large 

Don Volle

​​​Paso Cares meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am at the St. Rose of Lima Adult Learning Center located at 820 Creston Road in Paso Robles, California. Meetings are open to the public.       

President Ed Gallagher 
Ed has lived in Paso Robles since 1984.  For 31 years, he served the City of Paso Robles as City Planner, Housing Programs Manager, and Community Development Director.  Prior to that, Ed was a planner for 3 cities in Southern California and served in the US Navy for 4 years. He became a full-time member of Paso Cares following his retirement in December 2014.  He is married to Madeleine, they have 4 children. Ed is a musician (guitar) for St Rose Church, and plays bagpipes wherever he goes.
Member at Large

Claudia Volle

Board Members

Treasurer Jack Phillips
Jack and his wife Margaret have lived in Templeton for 41 years, where they raised their three children (with 9 grandchildren now). Jack has an accounting degree from Cal Poly Pomona and a law degree from UC Hastings in San Francisco. He is a business and tax attorney, and a former CPA. Jack has been active in many school and non-profit organizations in SLO County, and involved with Paso Cares since its inception in May 2012. Jack attends Covenant Presbyterian Church in Paso Robles.
Secretary  Jerry Stover
Jerry has been involved with the homeless since he and his wife met Mike and Charlotte Byrne (the founders of ECHO in Atascadero) over 15 years ago, and volunteers as an overnight chaperone at ECHO.  He has been a member of Paso Cares since he retired in 2014.  Jerry attends Paso Robles Community Church.
Past President

Cherie Michaelson

who and what we are

Paso Cares is a local non-profit organization whose mission to provide for the immediate and longer term
needs of homeless and needy persons and families in the Paso Robles area. Our members attend several
local churches and come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

In our area, there are about 300 homeless persons. Some camp, some live in cars, some surf the couches
and floors of their friends and families. Additionally, we have discovered that there are other basic needs
they lack: showers, laundry, housing, and access to social services to name a few. Some of those needs can
be met in the short run, others will take more time and effort to achieve.

In 2015 we began our efforts by operating a warming station to provide the homeless a dry and warm
place to sleep when it rains or is freezing. A warming station differs from a homeless shelter in that the
latter (e.g. ECHO) is open every night; we are open only on rainy and freezing nights. Several local
churches have graciously offered to take turns providing shelter on such nights.

The warming station, however, serves a relatively small percentage of the homeless. We have been able to
shelter up to 12 persons per night. We plan to grow and provide additional services to the homeless.
What motivates us to undertake this work?

• As people who have experienced the love of God in our own lives, we wish to extend the that love to
the less fortunate as we are commissioned to do in Matthew 25: I was hungry and you gave me food, I
was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill
and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.

• Homelessness can result from a lot of different types of unfortunate events, many of which were not
the fault of homeless. Being homeless tends to start a downward spiral of depression and stress,
which can open the door to other debilitating problems. Healing can start with listening to them and
extending friendship as we offer services to meet their basic needs.

• Simple things like showers and clean clothes can greatly improve the homeless person’s sense of self-
esteem and help them obtain a job. Feeding them helps maintain their health, which in turn, can stem
the spread of disease beyond their numbers. Knowing someone who cares eases stress.

• We believe that by providing services, we might prevent some homeless persons from seeking to
meet their needs via illegal means.

• Consequently, the community at large benefits from a cleaner, healthier, and sheltered homeless