The yearly fundraiser allows Abode to further its mission of ending homelessness in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz counties.
During the breakfast at the Fremont Marriott, community members generously made donations and pledges that will help Abode Services continue to serve more than 4,400 adults and children each year. The event also gave Executive Director Louis Chicoine a chance to share the organization’s vision for ending homelessness.
“They key to all of us succeeding is the common interest we share in having everyone invested in the life of the community,” Chicoine said. “That’s why I’m proud to lead an organization like Abode Services, which has been and will continue to be about finding ways to bring all of us together so that we can all succeed.”
At the breakfast, representatives from congressional offices, local city council members, leaders of faith-based communities, and other residents shared a meal and learned about the powerful impact that Abode’s work is having on the Bay Area.
Among the solutions discussed there was the Housing First strategy that Abode uses, which finds that once formerly homeless people have a roof over their heads, the services that follow are much more effective.
Details about Abode’s efforts were shared by two Abode Services participants -- Eugene and Cesna – who appeared in the event's Journey Home Breakfast Video. They discussed the importance of the community's support by telling their stories of homelessness and how working with Abode helped their individual journeys back to a home. Another participant, Drake, described in a live speech of how he withstood a lot of bad fortune while in foster care, but is now on the right track after being successfully re-housed by Abode Services.
The Journey Home Breakfast was generously sponsored by the:
*Fremont Bank Foundation
*Mean Well USA
*Premier Automotive of Fremont and Newark
*Digital Nirvana, Inc.
*Gonsalves & Kozachenko, Attorneys at Law
*Palo Alto Medical Foundation
*Sisters of the Holy Family
*Washington Hospital Healthcare System
*Bernard, Balgley & Bonaccorsi, LLP
*Devcon Construction, Inc.
*Fremont Elks Lodge #2121
*Heritage Bank of Commerce
*Tri-City Health Center.
To learn more about Abode Services, the Journey Home Breakfast, and how you can continue to support our programs ending homelessness, please visit us at www.abodeservices.org.