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June 24, 2014 > Abode volunteers honored for service

Abode volunteers honored for service

Submitted By Paul Rosynsky

Abode Services was proud to recognize two individuals, three groups, and two businesses for their commitment to ending homelessness through volunteering and fundraising efforts. The Volunteer Appreciation reception, held on April 28, served as a thank you to community volunteers and a celebration of the broad community support Abode Services receives every day.

During the last fiscal year, community members spent more than 18,000 hours volunteering for Abode Services and the families and individuals the organization serves.

Those honored included:

Mrs. Kathleen McCabe-Martin Ð Service Award
As a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, Mrs. McCabe-Martin covers more than just reading, writing and math. She teaches countless children about the importance of helping those in need. As a result, students from her classes complete chores for money and then donate their earnings to Abode Services.

Girl Scout Troop #30936 Ð Take Action Award
Senior Girl Scouts in this Fremont-based troop taught residents at Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter how to shop for and prepare healthy meals on a budget. Their presentation included handouts of a self-published healthy eating cookbook and a how-to seminar.

Las Positas College Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society Ð Community Partner Award
Honor students at this Livermore-based college make a yearly visit to residents living at Carmen Avenue Apartments with donations in hand. The students are cognizant of the needs many of the residents have and deliver food and back-to-school supplies. The studentsÕ dedication has continued for three years.

Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 Ð Service Organization Award
Members of the Elks Lodge #2121 have been volunteering for Abode Services and making donations to our participants for decades. Members routinely cook meals for residents at Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter and sponsor individuals and families moving into new homes. That sponsorship includes donating furniture and purchasing household supplies.

Liftech Consultants Inc. Ð Corporate Partner Award
Employees at this Oakland-based engineering firm made the holiday season brighter for Abode Services participants. Employees collected donations and purchased supplies for 10 families who had recently moved into new homes after living on the street. In addition, the company organized a fundraising drive among employees and then matched the total amount raised.

Mean Well USA, Inc. Ð Corporate Partner Award
When Abode Services put out a call seeking volunteers for Make a Difference Day, Mean Well and its employees rushed to answer. Not only did they help clean Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter and organize supplies there, employees also volunteered throughout the year, preparing meals for participants and regularly making donations. Company leaders also decided to sponsor Abode ServicesÕ Journey Home Breakfast, a crucial commitment that allowed us raise the necessary funds to further our mission of ending homelessness.

Douglas Ford, President, Abode Services Board of Directors Ð FounderÕs Award
Mr. Ford has supported Abode Services from the start and has increased his dedication and commitment every year. As president of the board, Mr. Ford has helped ensure our growth has been balanced and mission-driven, effectively benefiting those experiencing homelessness in Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Abode ServicesÕ success is reflective of Mr. FordÕs dedication, his commitment and his leadership.

Established in 1989, Abode ServicesÕ mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, un-housed people, including those with special needs, to secure stable, supportive housing, and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness in Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

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