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November 24, 2010

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December 7, 2009

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... more

November 24, 2010

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.

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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.

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

Broaden its services to neighboring counties.

December 7, 2009

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.

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

assisting individuals and families locate permanent housing and supportive services.

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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

November 5, 2010

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November 5, 2010

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find ways to fund more afforable housing develpments.

December 7, 2009

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December 7, 2009

Abode Services not only helps homeless people, it helps prevent them from becoming homeless ever again. Unlike organizations that provide emergency shelter only, Abode is in it to stablilze participants' living situation for the long term. It treats people with respect and professionalism.

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

seeing the dramatic relief of stress for parents and children who no longer have to worry about where to find a place to sleep each night.

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

devoted people who pour their heart and soul into their work. Equally important, Abode is well managed. They are artists at stretching a dollar and getting bang for the buck.

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

fund an endowment to even out the peaks and valleys of an uncertain economy. Abode could help even more people through their darkest hours.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 3, 2009

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December 3, 2009

I currently set on the Board of Abode Services and Allied Housing. I have been involved with the organization for over 12 years. The growth and development of the programs this organiztion serve in our community is outstanding.

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

The quick response of getting the $28 million Main Street Project "shovel ready" to be able to take advantage of current stimulus funds, has been nothing but outstanding effort on the part of the Allied and Abode Services staff.

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

The professional and caring approach that management and staff take in solving homelessness in our community.

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

Some of the most caring and dedicated people I have ever meet.

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

spread their outstanding service to more homeless in our communities.

Ways to make it better...

there were more money to do more.

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

the continuing economic recession that we are currently experiencing.

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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