Anu Natarajan, a former member of the Fremont City Council, served as the event emcee. She was joined by elected officials, community leaders, and Bay Area residents who shared a meal and learned about the powerful impact that Abode’s work is having on those in need.
“Community was the theme of this year’s breakfast,” said Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine. “A healthy community means coming together to help its most vulnerable individuals and families. It was heartwarming to see our community do exactly that on Friday at the Journey Home Breakfast.”
Four participants at the event shared their stories of how working with Abode helped their individual journeys from homelessness back to a home. Three of them – Angie, Barbara, and Trinity - appeared in a six-minute Journey Home Video that was screened for those attending the event.
Another participant, Christopher, described in a live speech how he battled major injuries and addiction that led him to experience homelessness, but is now on the right track after being successfully re-housed with Abode’s help.
The Journey Home Breakfast was generously sponsored by the:
* Fremont Bank Foundation
* Kaiser Permanente
* Mean Well USA
* Premier Nissan of Fremont
* Premier Subaru of Fremont
* Digital Nirvana, Inc.
* Gonsalves & Kozachenko, Attorneys at Law
* Washington Hospital Healthcare System
* Wells Fargo
* Bernard, Balgley & Bonaccorsi, LLP
* Heritage Bank of Commerce
* MLC Holdings