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March 2, 2012 > "Giving Day"

"Giving Day"

Submitted By Hilda Furtado

On Saturday, March 10th from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm, Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie's Fremont Office will provide services to help benefit Abode Services, a non-profit organization that offers housing programs and assistance to homeless and low-income families and individuals. Dozens of Fremont office agents and their families will spend the day sprucing up Abode's Sunrise Village by refinishing and staining furniture and painting the shelter's community family room.

The Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter, located in Fremont, was specially designed and built to house homeless families and single adults in an efficient and dignified manner. The building has counseling areas, lounges, a library, and kitchen, storage and play areas. Abode's programs include providing emergency shelter, rental subsidies, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. Support services include case management, primary and mental health care, substance recovery services, job counseling and placement, life skills classes, financial literacy training, practical tenancy training, parenting classes, and children's programs.

"Abode Services provides much needed services to the Fremont community," said Hilda Furtado, manager of the Fremont Office. "This project hits close to home to many of our real estate agents and their friends and families in the area affected by the difficult economy and might be served by Abode."

Longtime Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie agent, John R. Smith, is a member of Abode's Board of Directors. "No one in the Bay Area needs reminding that housing here is expensive," said Smith. "For a family struggling to get out of homelessness, finding affordable housing can be a huge obstacle. I am proud that Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie supports Abode as they work to ensure everyone has a home."

This annual event is part of a companywide "Giving Day" sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie. On March 10th, every office in the company throughout Northern California and the Tahoe area will work with their local charities or those in need in their communities.

To volunteer or to donate to Abode Services on "Giving Day", please contact Hilda Furtado, Fremont Office Manager, at (510) 657-8222 or For more information about Abode Services, visit For more information on Better Homes and Gardens Mason-McDuffie Real Estate, visit

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