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Abode Services

Rating: 4.33 stars   24 reviews 4,674

Nonprofit Issues:

Homeless & Housing

Address:

40849 Fremont Blvd. Fremont CA 94538 USA

Mission:

Abode Services believes everyone should have a home. Every day we provide housing and services to homeless people in our community while working to end the cycle of homelessness.

Target demographics:

Homeless and low-income families and individuals in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Several of our programs provide service coordination for specific populations (e.g., individuals with disabilities, or youth aging out of the foster system).

Direct beneficiaries per year:

4,280

Geographic areas served:

Alameda and Santa Clara Counties, California

Programs:

We offer a wide breadth of programs intended to help homeless and low-income families and individuals find and keep stable housing. These include our emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing programs, a program that supports homeless and formerly homeless children and their parents, employment support, and several others. For information about specific programs, please visit our website, www.abodeservices.org, or contact us at info@abodeservices.org.

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(510) 657-7409
www.abodeservices.org

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Reviews for Abode Services

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Abode Services is working to end homelessness for families and individuals by developing and leasing homes. Their utilization of the housing first model has proven so successful that they are now approached by local jurisdictions to get involved in their communities. They have a well deserved reputation of providing high quality services and achieving outstanding outcomes that are changing people's lives. I am proud to be associated with them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

i have been a Board member at Abode Services for 13 years. I hjave seen the organization grow over those years, moving from just having an emergency shelter for homeless individuals and families to a multi-dimensional service provider that develops permanent housing for poor people accompanied with supportive services to keep them in their homes. It has received Charity Navigator's top 4 star rating for 6 years in a row. It is seen as the leading organization in the field of supportive housing. It has a growing loyal donor base of local people who believe in its mission to end homelessness. It has a professional staff that is frequently requested to consult with other like agenies nation-wide. It achieves meaningful results for people -- stable housing and connection with resources to assist in maintaining self sufficiency.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a Board member I have heard the stories of our residents, telling how Abode Services changed their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Broaden its services to neighboring counties.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been connected to Abode Services since it began operations about 20 years ago, as a advocate speaking at City Council meetings in favor of building an emergency shelter for homeless individuals and families, as a donor, as a volunteer, and for the past 13 years as a Board member. From my experience and first-hand observations as a consultant for nonprofit organizations, I believe Abode Services is the most effective and efficient nonprofit organization in the San Francisco Bay area. It is innovative in finding solutions for homelessness, responsive in providing permanent housing for those most in need, willing to partner with other organizations, respected by donors, funders, and the people it serves, and a model for other organizations. I am proud to be associated with this exemplary agency.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

assisting individuals and families locate permanent housing and supportive services.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being associated with an organization that achieves its biggest goals and is willing to respond to needs and opportunities with thoughtful actions and services.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly qualified for their work and motivated to make a real difference in people's lives. They believe everyone can succeed!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

house many more people without worrying about where the money will come from.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a volunteer, I have provided administrative assistance to Abode Services Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter for the past five years. I have also helped organize fundraisers through another non-profit organization providing donations of clothing for the residents of this Shelter. Abode Services provides an outstanding service for the homeless in the area and is totally committed to improving the lives of homeless people. I know they really appreciate all of the volunteers that help keep this Shelter going.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My husband and I have volunteered with other church members to provide dinners ever since Abode's Sunshine Village opened. We also donate to Abode because of the value of their services.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Have been going to the Sunrise Village for the past 20 years. Jean is very friendly to work with. We cook meals(mostly dinner) for the residents. Although my daughter would like to tutor some day. Kitchen is clean and well maintained.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Our church group has been purchasing, preparing, and serving a monthly evening meal for the residents at Sunrise Village ever since it opened. We have stayed committed because we have seen how dedicated and effective the administration has guided the homeless to better opportunities for themselves and their families. Their methods have gained national and regional attention. The residents themselves have been so appreciative of the help, we feel a kinship to them.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Very well organised place that provides temporary shelter with all facilities for needy people. Great service to the community.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am very thankful to Abode Services for giving me the opportunity to work with this organization as part of the SSVF program. I was promoted to lead case worker three months ago. This was very rewarding to me and showed me that I had the trust of my peers and supervisor and upper management to carry out this task of training and supervising fellow co workers. This is a powerful program that assist homeless veterans or at risk of becoming homeless. It was very satisfying to help our veteran to get back on their feet and thrive in the community. This is by far the best program to date in assisting veteran families. From our shelter to the out reach workers in the field have extended a professionalism beyond compare to the veteran and their families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Attempt to get the VA to arrange the grant that would allow us to pay up to one year of a homeless veterans rent until they are on their feet with complete income.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Absolutely horrible place to work. They hire uneducated poor quality managers that dictate rather than lead, unhealthy negative work environments, and you will be surrounded by cut throat co-workers. Zero protection and or development of staff. Organization ran by four women mainly whom are liars, unprofessional, and undermining. HR is a joke and policies are ignored. If you are young, educated, smart, and beautiful stay away, you will be targeted! Best day of my life is when I left and never looked back.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire new leadership team and retain the best and brightest employees.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This review is based on their reputation for inability to retain staff and high turnover. How can the public receive consistent services if their staff keep changing? I am frustrated as a client and have inquired about this issue. I am suspecting this is due to management.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

To end homelessness by assisting low-income, un-housed people to secure stable, supportive housing; and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness in Alameda County, California. An ambitious goal set by an ambitious organization, staffed by dedicated professionals, all working united behind the common goal of ending homelessness as we know it! I have been associated with Abode Services for over 12 years, the last 1.5 year serving on the Board of Directors. In my tenor on the Board I have become ever more aware of the scope and reach of the organization and how many lives Abode Services changes for the better every day. It is inspiring to watch the dedication and commitment of the management and staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing the life’s that are rescued at Sunrise Village and changed by providing affordable housing for numerous individuals and families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to fund more afforable housing develpments.

 
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