After playing a role in the delivery of more than 13,000 meals over an 18-year career, a convection oven at Abode Services’ Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter recently ceased operations and could not be repaired.
But a generous donation from the Foundation for Initiatives Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation allowed Abode Services to purchase a new oven, ensuring hundreds of residents a year will continue to receive warm meals three times a day.
The Vulcan convection oven was delivered and installed June 13, and immediately began filling the kitchen with the savory smell of garlic bread, the first item cooked in the new oven.
“Ensuring residents at Sunrise Village receive a hot meal is vital to our goal of moving people off the street into homes,” said Community Outreach Director Jean Morgan. “A daily hot meal brings stability to many who have come to the shelter for support.”
Approximately 300 people a year who are homeless in Southern Alameda County turn to the shelter for support, including single adults and families with children.
Households can stay at the shelter for up to three months. During this period, they receive three meals daily and comprehensive services, including help finding permanent housing and jobs; primary and mental health care; child care and parenting support; and other services that help them escape from the crisis homelessness causes and lay the foundation for a better life.
All meals at Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter are prepared and served by groups of volunteers representing various organizations and companies throughout the Bay Area.
“We appreciate having this oven to help prepare the food we need to serve all the people at Sunrise Village,” said Denise, a volunteer who prepares and serves lunches. “I love this oven. I wish I had one in my house.”
About the East Bay Community Foundation
The East Bay Community Foundation transforms lives by harnessing financial capital, leadership and philanthropic expertise through the power of many: partnerships with individual donors, business, government, and private foundations. We are especially dedicated to advancing economic opportunity for those in need and the education that leads to it. As a leading resource on charitable giving and community needs, we manage more than 500 charitable funds and endowments.