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September 30, 2009 > Abode Services receives Challenge Grant

Abode Services receives Challenge Grant

Submitted By Carol Arata

Abode Services, the largest provider of homeless emergency services in Southern and Eastern Alameda County, has received a challenge grant of $112,750 from the Sobrato Family Foundation of Cupertino to be paid over a two-year period. The grant is to be used for general operating expenses. Matching funds of $55,000 for the first year's grant are to be raised and received through new or increased cash donations from non-governmental sources between August 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010.

"Our goal is to end homelessness by providing stable housing," said Louis Chicoine, Executive Director of Abode Services. "The generous grant from the Sobrato Family Foundation for general operating expenses allows us to maintain our focus on serving the community." Since 1996, the Sobrato Family Foundation has offered the unique approach of investing in the "people and places" of nonprofit agencies. It exclusively provides general operating and capital support to fund salaries, rent and utilities, building rehabilitation and land acquisition to nonprofits based on their greatest needs.

Established in 1989, Abode Services' mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, unhoused people to secure stable, supportive housing; and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness in Alameda County. The non-profit offers eleven housing programs linked to support services to assist homeless families and individuals in establishing stability and independence. Housing options include emergency shelter programs, rental subsidies, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing.

Support services consist of intensive case management, job counseling and placement referrals, life skills training, money management, parenting classes, children's programs, benefits acquisition, primary and mental health care services, and individual and group substance recovery counseling. To participate in this unique fundraising challenge, visit www.abodeservices.org to donate online or contact Director of Development, Carol Arata, at 510-657-7409 ext. 203.

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