As part of that work, Google.org is donating $500,000 to Abode Services, which will help more than 1,200 formerly homeless people by providing them laptops as they settle into their new residences.
“We’re thrilled and grateful to Google.org for recognizing our efforts to end homelessness and the role that technology can play in fulfilling that mission,” said Louis Chicoine, Executive Director of Abode Services. “Silicon Valley has helped make this one of the world’s most prosperous regions, and this generous gift will help participants in our programs gain access to the technology that’s so vital to modern life.”
Google.org’s donations to global nonprofits – totaling $30 million worldwide this holiday season and more than $100 million for the year – are intended to assist organizations like Abode and others whose programs ensure that everyone has a chance to participate equally in society – from people experiencing homelessness to individuals trying to find a pathway out of poverty.
Abode Services is a Housing First agency that works to end homelessness with the belief that safe, affordable housing is a fundamental right to all.
It will spend its grant funding on providing technology move-in kits for formerly homeless people who have recently been re-housed.
“All Abode programs are designed to maximize independence and self-sufficiency, so technology is a necessary part of quality service delivery to the participants we help,” Chicoine said. “We thank Google.org for its visionary approach and bold leadership.”
About Abode Services
Established in 1989, Abode Services’ 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. Abode Services, the Bay Area’s largest provider of housing services to homeless people, has provided homes to 5,074 adults and children in the past five years. Abode Services offers programs in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Alameda counties that combine housing and services to assist homeless families and individuals in establishing stability and independence. Last year, Abode Services assisted more than 4,400 people and ensured that on any given night more than 2,000 people slept in a home rather than on the street.
To learn more about Abode Services visit: www.abodeservices.org.