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August 27, 2013 > Niles Rotary donates to Abode Services

Niles Rotary donates to Abode Services

Submitted By Katie Derrig

On August 22, Niles (Fremont) Rotary Club stopped by Abode Services with a large donation of socks and underwear. These items will benefit homeless and formerly homeless adults and children in Abode Services' programs.

Niles Rotary members collected these items as part of a Rotary District 5170 Governor's Spouse's Service Project benefiting agencies throughout the District that serve people who are homeless. Rotary District 5170 includes 53 Rotary clubs in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. As part of this service program, Rotary clubs in District 5170 gathered socks and underwear to present to shelters in their communities.

"Niles Rotary and Abode Services have long partnered in serving the many needs of homeless families in Fremont," noted Niles Rotary President Chuck Canada. "This socks and underwear program addresses something that often flies under the radar, and we're pleased to be able to carry our District Governor's vision forward in our community."

District Governor Angie Hassler and her husband, Past District Governor Roger Hassler, came to Sunrise Village, Abode Services' emergency shelter in Fremont, to drop off the donations.

Sunrise Village provides shelter, meals, and services to up to 66 adults and children at a time. It helps both individuals and families with children escape from homelessness and regain their self-sufficiency and independence. This donation from the Niles (Fremont) Rotary Club will directly benefit current and future residents of the shelter.

In addition to socks and underwear in various sizes, the Rotarians also donated disposable diapers for families with very young children.

The Niles (Fremont) Rotary Club has supported Abode Services for many years, providing both financial and in-kind donations.

"These donations from the Niles Rotary Club truly speak to the spirit of service, and of compassion for those in need, that the Rotary name represents," said Louis Chicoine, Executive Director of Abode Services. "We thank District Governor Hassler for the keen awareness of this often overlooked need, and all the Niles Rotary members for coordinating this drive and gathering these essential items for the families and individuals in our programs."

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