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March 30, 2012 > Abode Journey Home Breakfast Fundraiser well attended

Abode Journey Home Breakfast Fundraiser well attended

Submitted By Katie Derrig

On March 15, more than 350 members of the Tri-City community joined Abode Services for its seventh annual Journey Home Breakfast fundraiser. This event raises donations that support Abode Services' efforts to provide housing and services to homeless people in our community.

This year's breakfast at the Fremont Marriott featured remarks about Abode's mission and vision from Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine and community representatives. Participants in Abode Services' programs also shared their personal stories of escaping from homelessness into a better, more hopeful life. One participant, Jennifer, spoke of how the help she received at Abode Services inspired her to seek her own master's degree in social work, saying that having a home "made it possible for me to grow into a loving mother and pursue my career."

"Our goal of ending homelessness depends on the support of the entire community," said Executive Director Louis Chicoine after the event. "Having so many people who are willing to come to this event and show their support means a tremendous amount. It really demonstrates the deep commitment there is out there to addressing this issue and creating homes for people who need them."

Many Tri-City dignitaries attended the event, including representatives of local school and special district Boards of Directors; members from the City Councils of Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward and Pleasanton; and Congressman Mike Honda of California's 15th Congressional District. David Bonaccorsi, Esq., served as Master of Ceremonies.

The event was sponsored by Fremont Bank Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Symantec, Digital Nirvana, Gonsalves & Kozachenko, BKF Engineers, Hayward Tri-City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Lizard Auto Glass, Inc.

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit On our website, you can also read about our ongoing challenge match grant from The Sobrato Family Foundation, matching certain new or increased donations this fiscal year.

Photo Caption: Abode Services Board members David Bonaccorsi and Hattie Hughes, and Executive Director Louis Chicoine (David was also the Master of Ceremonies for the event)

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