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March 5, 2013 > Abode Services receives grant from Fremont Bank

Abode Services receives grant from Fremont Bank

Submitted By Kurt Heath

Fremont Bank Foundation awarded Abode Services $25,000 on February 25 for its HOPE Crisis Outreach Team (HCOT), an innovative partnership with Fremont's Police Department and Human Services Division to care more effectively for the city's homeless.

HCOT was formed last year to engage Fremont's homeless population and improve coordination among agencies responsible for their well-being. The team consists of a full-time social worker and a peer counselor who collaborate with local law enforcement to connect individuals with critical health, social service and housing programs.

"This generous grant from Fremont Bank Foundation will support our ongoing partnership with local law enforcement to help homeless people access housing, health care, and other services," said Louis Chicoine, Abode Services' executive director. "The HOPE Crisis Outreach Team meets a critical need in our community, and we appreciate the foundation's commitment to keep it moving forward in service to Fremont's most vulnerable residents."

In the first seven months of operation, HCOT engaged nearly 100 individuals, successfully connecting many of them with mental and primary health care, shelter services, and permanent housing, among other programs.

"The HOPE Crisis Outreach Team is one of the most creative partnerships I've seen to care responsibly for the homeless in a community," said Hattie Hyman Hughes, president of Fremont Bank Foundation.

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