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March 14, 2017 > Community supports efforts to end homelessness

Community supports efforts to end homelessness

Submitted By Chris De Benedetti

Abode Services was pleased to welcome more than 300 supporters to its recent 12th annual Journey Home Breakfast, where the nonprofit organization shared its past successes and future plans with community members. The annual fundraiser allows Abode to further its mission of ending homelessness in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz counties.

During the March 3 breakfast at the Fremont Marriott, community members generously made donations and pledges that will help Abode Services continue to serve more than 4,400 adults and children each year. The event also gave Executive Director Louis Chicoine a chance to share the organizationÕs vision for ending homelessness.

ÒThey key to all of us succeeding is the common interest we share in having everyone invested in the life of the community,Ó Chicoine said. ÒThatÕs why IÕm proud to lead an organization like Abode Services, which has been and will continue to be about finding ways to bring all of us together so that we can all succeed.Ó

At the breakfast, representatives from congressional offices, local city council members, leaders of faith-based communities, and other residents shared a meal and learned about the powerful impact that AbodeÕs work is having on the Bay Area.

Among the solutions discussed was the Housing First strategy that Abode uses, which finds that once formerly homeless people have a roof over their heads, services that follow are much more effective.

Details about AbodeÕs efforts were shared by two Abode Services participants -- Eugene and Cesna -- who appeared in the event's Journey Home Breakfast Video. They discussed the importance of community support, telling their stories of homelessness and how, working with Abode, helped them back to a home.

Another participant, Drake, described how his experience under foster care was not helpful, but is now on the right track after being re-housed by Abode Services.

Details about these stories and videos are available by visiting the Adobe Services website at www.abodeservices.org and their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AbodeServices.

Sponsors of The Journey Home Breakfast include:
* Fremont Bank Foundation
* Kaiser Permanente
* Mean Well USA
* Premier Automotive of Fremont and Newark
* Digital Nirvana, Inc.
* Gonsalves & Kozachenko, Attorneys at Law
* Palo Alto Medical Foundation
* Sisters of the Holy Family
* Washington Hospital Healthcare System
* Wells Fargo
* Bernard, Balgley & Bonaccorsi, LLP
* Devcon Construction, Inc.
* Fremont Elks Lodge #2121
* PG&E
* Heritage Bank of Commerce
* SiliconSage Builders
* Symantec
* Tri-City Health Center

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