A Week of Awareness

November 13th, 2014

Educate. Advocate. Let's End Homelessness!

We’re proud to be part of the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week!  We're planning several activities throughout the week including a "Feed Your Soul" performance night at Mission Coffee on Thursday, November 20th, at 7 p.m. and a candlelight vigil at St. James' Episcopal Church on Friday, November 21st, at 7 p.m.



We’re proud to announce our participation in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which begins Saturday! We’ll be joining thousands of people across the country to raise awareness about homelessness, its causes, and what we’re doing to move people from the streets into homes.

Our goal throughout the week (November 15th – November 23rd) is to promote advocacy and awareness around the issue of homelessness. We believe everyone should have a home, and our efforts during awareness week will explain why this mission is important and what we are doing to end homelessness.

You can help us raise awareness and take action!

We are planning several activities throughout the week to engage community members, including an evening of poetry and music, a candlelight vigil, and a food drive.

“Feed Your Soul” Performance Night

On Thursday, November 20th, Abode Services, with support from Brask House Concerts, will host “Feed Your Soul” performance night at Mission Coffee at 151 Washington Blvd. in Fremont. Performances will begin at 7p.m.

The performance night is a chance for you to learn more about homelessness and to see the hidden talents in our community. We’ll have four live musical acts, in addition to poetry and spoken word from people who can help us better understand the impact homelessness has on individuals, families and the community.

Candlelight Vigil

Abode Services will remember the Alameda County residents who died last year while homeless during a candlelight vigil at St. James’ Episcopal Church next Friday, November 21st at 7p.m.

The event is open to the public and will give the community a chance to honor the lives and dreams of the men and women who died in the last year while struggling to find a home. It will also provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about how we can work together to bring an end to homelessness.

“We should not have people dying on our streets because they could not find a place to live,” Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine said. “It’s a troubling occurrence that we need to end.”

Speakers at the candlelight vigil will include Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who was recently appointed chair of a taskforce at the California State Association of Counties that will focus on policy regarding homelessness, and Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine. Rev. Lori Walton from St. James’ Episcopal Church will lead the group in an interfaith prayer.

For more information about “Feed Your Soul,” and the candlelight vigil please contact Development Coordinator Rosa Baeza at 510-657-7409 ext. 220 or rbaeza@abodeservices.org

We look forward to seeing you!

Food Drive

Help us provide participants with a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal and festive meals throughout the holiday season. We’re asking supporters to host their own food-drive campaigns to collect food supplies that can be used throughout the holiday season or to create Thanksgiving Day dinner baskets for our participants. Once you’ve assembled the baskets, or collected the food items for the holidays, we’ll let you know where the donations can be delivered. An ideal Thanksgiving Day dinner basket for our participants would include:

Frozen Turkey

Aluminum pan (to cook turkey)

Stuffing mix

Two cans of cranberry sauce

Two cans of any kind of vegetable

Instant mashed potatoes

Dinner rolls

A dessert

For more information about the food drive, contact Community Outreach Director Jean Morgan at 510-252-0910 ext. 804 or jmorgan@abodeservices.org.

If you'd like to support our efforts to raise awareness of and end homelessness in our community, you can make a donation here.

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