At this yearly breakfast, held in the ballroom of the Fremont Marriott, community supporters generously made donations or pledges that will help Abode Services continue to serve more than 4,200 adults and children each year. The breakfast also gave Abode Services an opportunity to remind the community about the importance of affordable housing.
Participants who escaped the grasp of homelessness by utilizing programs offered by Abode Services shared their gripping tales to a riveted crowd representing a cross-section of our community. Representatives from congressional offices, local city council members, the area’s faith-based communities and community-minded residents shared a meal together and learned about the powerful impact Abode Services has on the area.
Among the Abode Services participants who shared their stories in a video and in a personal speech was a senior citizen who finally moved into an apartment after spending at least a decade on the street, a young woman who struggled to find a home after spending her entire childhood in foster care and a family of four thrown into homelessness after both parents, one of whom is a veteran, lost their jobs.
“Abode Services, they just blessed us completely,” said Cesna Niko, whose family lost their home when both she and her husband, Ekepati, lost their jobs. “Abode Services gave us hope. We were able to get a home. I can’t be more grateful.”
The Journey Home Breakfast was generously sponsored by Fremont Bank Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; Mean Well USA, Inc.; Digital Nirvana, Inc.; Palo Alto Medical Foundation; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Washington Hospital Healthcare System; Bernard, Balgley & Bonaccorsi, LLP; BKF Engineers; Devcon Construction, Inc.; Gonsalves & Kozachenko; Focus Business Bank; Hayward Tri-City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Symantec; and Whole Foods Market Fremont.
“With support from community members, Abode Services has been able to do more than anyone else in the Bay Area to end homelessness,” said Louis Chicoine, Abode Services executive director. “But quite frankly, there is a gap in the resources necessary to get the job done.”