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November 2, 2010

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November 2, 2010

We have supported Abode for a number of years. When we choose a non profit to align with we look for several positive factors: efficient use of donated funds or services, great staff members who exemplify the mission of the organization and visionary leadership from both the top staff members and the board. Abode excels in all three categories. They have ranked at the top with Charity Navigator for 5 straight years, their staff members all believe in the mission with vigor and often support it with their own donations and finally the top staff and board could not be more supportive and in sinc with one another and the entire community they serve. Abode is a winner in every senses of the word.

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

I have visited every facility they own and/or manage. Support services are an integral part of their mission. They don't just house people in need, they provide social services so they can help them selves out of homelessness.

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

Give them more money.

January 11, 2010

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January 11, 2010

My husband and I have been volunteers with Abode Services for many years. We have cooked dinners at Sunrise Village, delivered food from the food banks, and tutored children at Sunrise and the Winter Relief Program. The Abode staff is always so helpful, attentive and most appreciative. They really care about the families they are helping. We also enjoy the compkany of all the other volunteers - great people!

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

great people!! All are caring, supportive, doing their best to help, appreciative of the help of volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 7, 2010

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January 7, 2010

I have cooked dinner once a month at Abode (formerly at Tri City Homeless Coalition) for about 12 years. It is a great place providing much needed services in our community. The staff is wonderful. They do so much with so little. Over the years, I have involved my 2 oldest children, teaching them the value of giving back to our community. I feel strongly about the services Abode provides. So strong, that last year I persuaded my church to make a significant donation to fund a piece of capital equipment needed for the kitchen.

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

The cheerfulness of everyone at Abode; the staff, the clients, and the volunteers. When I volunteer at Abode I feel like I really make a difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009

I found ABODE Services through a friend and have been a volunteer tutor for the last couple of weeks. I am looking forward the next school season and see results...it will be the most rewarding experience.

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

The staff is very helpful and concerned about people needs. The volunteer peers I met are very graceful and enjoy their time with the kids.

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

expand through the entire bay area and be able to reach more people in need, create more helping programs or maybe start a new business that would create jobs and would keep generating income to make the organization grow.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 18, 2009
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December 18, 2009
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I spend time with the teens each week. Mostly just spending time with them, playing games, etc. Recently took them on a field trip to a rock climbing gym. Also voluteered at another facility to offer a fitness class. And donated some money. Don't have too much insight into the inner working of the organization, but the services they provide seem to be very helpful. They have both short term and long term assistance. They accomodate varying level of needs, as far as counseling, etc. are concerned. At the long term facility they counsel family units as a unit, not just individuals, which I think is great. All the people that I know that work for them seem to enjoy what they are doing, which is always important, and the residents seem to be benefiting from the services and assistance they receive.

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

seeing a family move on from the short term facility. One of the best things such services can do is give people a break for a spell then empower them to move on. Seen them do some great things for the kids, throwing birthday parties, etc.

Ways to make it better...

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

not enough experience to say

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

Getting to know a couple of the teens better, and even getting to take them out to do a couple things they've never done before (ice skating and rock climbing)

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

engaged, committed, and competent. They seemed to enjoy what they did and had the best interest of those whom they serve at heart.

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

expand its services further throughout the bay area and accomodate more residents. i think they could also get more staff to provide more services. I think they're sort of pressed as far as enough workers for the load is concerned.

Ways to make it better...

there were more teens to work with. young children is not my gift. I'm better off working with teens, but most of the children that come through are much younger.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

follow-up. don't know if they have any way of helping people once they have left...i.e. tapering off rather than a sudden drop, or just checking up to see how people are doing later. They may do this and I just don't know about it

One thing I'd also say is that...

i'd recommend volunteering and or donations

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009

I have a very fun time volunteering at this non-profit organization. They are doing a great job helping homeless people out. They give these people a shelter which they can call home.

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

seeing all the families it has given a roof to.

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

very helpful, kind, and sincere.

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

impact the Bay Area population significantly. There would be a whole change in the population of the region since everybody was being cared for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 8, 2009

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December 8, 2009

I have enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen at least once a week for the last three years. I am impressed at the full range of services that are given to those in need. Abode not only gets homeless people into shelter but gets to the causes of homelessness.

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

helpful and friendly. Everyone goes the extra step to help.

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

expand its live saving help to more homeless people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 2, 2009

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December 2, 2009

I am a long-time supporter and former board member of Abode Services and Allied Housing, and was chair of the Fund Development Committee. I worked especially hard on the Journey Home Breakfast using the "Raising More Money" model. I think the property tours and the timely following up with potential donors is imperative for this model to be successful.

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

The working together between the board and staff. This 'teamwork' is refreshing and essential.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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