The grant originates from the Despeaux Good Works Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation. This fund was created from a portion of the estate of Harriet Despeaux, a member of Abode Services’ Board of Directors. Until her death in 2011, Harriet Despeaux was a dedicated supporter of several nonprofits in the East Bay, and a leading advocate for increasing access to affordable, supportive housing as a means of ending homelessness.
The Despeaux Good Works Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation provides the foundation with monies to help causes that Harriet supported.
“We are very grateful to the East Bay Community Foundation for this generous funding,” said Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine. “By helping us provide homes to vulnerable families and individuals in our community, this gift will truly honor Harriet’s legacy.”
The East Bay Community Foundation is one of the largest sources of philanthropic support for the East Bay. It also focuses on ensuring young children succeed in school and helping those with barriers to employment acquire job skills and get jobs.
“The East Bay Community Foundation is committed to partner with donors to invest in strong nonprofits like Abode,” said East Bay Community Foundation Philanthropic Advisor Nicole Kyauk. “We are pleased to honor Harriet Despeaux’s legacy by supporting Abode in its mission to end homelessness.”