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March 19, 2013 > Over 400 Guests Join Abode Services for Eighth Annual Journey Home Breakfast

Over 400 Guests Join Abode Services for Eighth Annual Journey Home Breakfast

Submitted By Katie Derrig

Abode Services welcomed more than 400 people to its eighth annual Journey Home Breakfast at the Fremont Marriott on March 7. This event is intended to increase awareness of the continuing need for housing services in our community and raise funds to support Abode Services' work to end homelessness.

Several people who escaped homelessness through Abode Services programs shared their stories. Two, a young father and a recently widowed veteran, spoke of their experiences via a video presentation. A third, Trinity, appeared at the breakfast and shared her struggles to overcome addiction, complete her education, and find a home for herself and her four sons.

"I've been on a really long journey to get to where I am today," Trinity said of her experience with Abode Services. "There is no way I could have come this far on my own. I love my home; it is a gift to me and my boys."

"Our work relies so much on support from the community, from donors and volunteers to landlords and local government officials," said Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine. "To have so many people join us for this event truly shows how committed this community is to ending homelessness and helping low-income families and individuals live a better life."

The Journey Home Breakfast was sponsored by Fremont Bank; Kaiser Permanente; Digital Nirvana, Inc.; Washington Hospital Healthcare System; Bernard, Balgley & Bonaccorsi, LLP; BKF Engineers; Devcon Construction, Inc.; Focus Business Bank; Gonsalves & Kozachenko; Hayward Tri-City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and Symantec. Abode Services Board member and Fremont Planning Commissioner David Bonaccorsi emceed the event.

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