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February 13, 2018 > Longtime community ambassador wins leadership award

Longtime community ambassador wins leadership award

Submitted By De Benedetti

Abode Services recently announced that Sen. Robert Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has named Jean Morgan, the organization?s longtime Community Outreach Director, one of the recipients of his 2018 African-American Heritage Leadership Award.

Morgan is one of the longest-tenured employees at Abode Services, where she is the Fremont-based organization?s most recognized community ambassador. She is a sought-after speaker by numerous organizations and continues to serve as a community liaison who develops and sustains Abode?s relationships with leaders in Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

?I am deeply honored to receive this award,? Morgan said. ?Sen. Wieckowski, Abode Services, and I share the same mission and vision -- to help our community?s most vulnerable children and adults. I very much appreciate this honor.?

Morgan has recruited and trained more than 1,200 volunteers for Abode Services. She also maintains many of the organization?s partnerships and coordinates outreach and team-building opportunities with faith-based organizations, businesses, school districts, and other community groups.

?We?re thrilled for Jean, who is so deserving of this prestigious award,? said Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine. ?Jean has spent 24 years coordinating volunteer services directed at helping homeless people in our community. In the process, she has served with grace and wisdom. We heartily congratulate Jean on this well-deserved honor.?

Morgan was honored on Thursday, Feb. 8 at Sen. Wieckowski?s 7th annual African-American Heritage Leadership Awards ceremony scheduled during Black History Month and held at City Hall in Union City.

?For over 20 years, Jean Morgan has been a leading voice for the homeless, advocating on their behalf and working tirelessly to see that each person in our regional community has a roof over their head,? Wieckowski said. ?Her recruiting and training skills have enabled Abode Services to get more volunteers to better serve those in need. Jean is a great treasure for Abode Services and one of the unsung heroes in our community. That is why I am honored to recognize her with an African-American Heritage Leadership Award.?

Other African-American Heritage Leadership Award recipients included:
? Dr. Arlando Smith, Superintendent of New Haven Unified School District
? Dr. Emmett Carson, CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
? Eden Rose Chapter of the Links

Sen. Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District in the California State Legislature, which covers parts of Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

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