Our Community Joins Together
Abode Services hosted its 10th Annual Journey Home Breakfast last week, sharing our successes of the past and plans for the future with a supportive community eager to lend a helping hand. It was an honor to host you, and heartwarming to see so many people from our community gather to help bring an end to homelessness.
More than 400 guests attended the breakfast this year to make donations of support and hear about the progress Abode Services is making towards ending homelessness. The support we receive at the breakfast ensures our programs can continue to serve more than 4,411 adults and children each year. If you missed the breakfast, or would like to join our efforts to end homelessness,you can make a secure online donation now. You can make that donation knowing we will put it to use right away to benefit members of our community.
"Abode Services is successful because, over the years, community members have invested in our work,” Executive Director Louis Chicoine
said at the breakfast. “We need the community to partner with us so we can continue to make a real difference in the lives of people in need. The Journey Home Breakfast offers us an opportunity to let our friends and neighbors know how important and meaningful their continued support is.”
Three Abode Services participants illustrated the importance of the community's support through testimonials in which they shared their stories of homelessness and their journeys back to a home.
Two participants were featured in a video which can be seen on our website and Facebook page. A third participant shared her story in a speech.
"Abode Services has helped not only me, but countless numbers of my
peers," said Donnisha, a California State University East Bay graduate who was homeless while attending classes until Abode Services helped her find a home. "Whether it was providing food and housing, or just being a shoulder to lean on, Abode Services made a huge difference in our lives, and I thank you for that. I hope your services will continue to change the lives of our youth."
Breakfast attendees also learned about how Abode Services is continually finding new, better ways to end homelessness. One of those ways is Pay for Success, a new program in Santa Clara County that will use the financial power of private and philanthropic investors to house chronically homeless individuals. You can read more about Pay for Success here.
“What makes Abode Services different is our commitment to learn, and make changes to programs to ensure we are doing what works,” Louis said. “I’m proud to lead an agency that is now being asked to do more and more. Abode Services is actively increasing its impact on the problem of homelessness.”
To learn more about Abode Services, the Journey Home Breakfast, and how you can continue to help support programs that are ending homelessness, please visit us at www.abodeservices.org.
You can also visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to find pictures and videos from the Journey Home Breakfast.
We’d also like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors for making the event possible: