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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing Development, Construction & Management

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, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Napa 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: 8,034

Geographic areas served: Alameda, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz 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.

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Margie Naiou L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been the Executive Director of Into the Solution, Inc. a nonprofit in Alameda County for going on twenty years and have worked with many many different agencies and I have to give credit where credit is due, Abode Services is the best in client care in terms of finding placing and then keeping in close communication with their clients to make sure that their every need is met, they are great with us and we have established a really positive relationship that we look forward to lasting for a very long time. I have not met one staff member who does not care deeply for this very fragile population and that is refreshing in this business because there are not many who have a passion for working with this population, do a BIG BIG BIG SHOUT OUT to Abode Services keep doing what you are doing for you truly are changing lives. They just held a meeting where we could not only put faces to names but also get to know other providers and then watch a very moving video of the faces of the homeless, as well as get acknowledged for our part in this whole plan to get the homeless house with a plaque and ribbon and breakfast I was very impressed and felt valued as a team player. Thank you ABODE.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To grow up in the Bay Area is to know that too many people live on the margins, too many people live without housing. I commend Abode for doing their part to solve this problem.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abode stands out as an example of how an organization can help to address the need for support. Abode is always a bright spot, especially during the quarantine.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Bay Area is such a wonderful place to live and agencies like Abode Services are part of the reason. The employees there make sure that the nexus of housing and services and compassion prevent poverty from spreading.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Encampments. Tent cities. Life on the streets. This is no way to live. Fortunately, Abode Services is one of a few local nonprofits that are doing everything possible to end the problem of homelessness. I've seen their work firsthand.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If we're ever going to solve the homeless crisis, we are going to need agencies like Abode. They do amazing work and never judge the many people they give help to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All credit to Abode Services. We all face hardship from time to time. We're all just one or two paychecks away from possibly being homeless. Abode is always there for people who've hit hard times. They're simply the best.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abode Services is right -- everybody should have a home. It's a human right and I'm giving Abode the highest praise for all the great work this nonprofit group does.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Housing is a human right, not a privilege. So it's time we make sure everybody has shelter, that everyone has a home. That's why I admire Abode's work. They work to provide that human right of housing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I give Abode 5 stars because they are so excellent. I would give them 10 stars if I could. They're not the only nonprofit assisting homeless people, but they are the best in my opinion.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Bay Area's biggest issue is homelessness and it would be an even bigger crisis if not for Abode Services and all the great work its employees do. They're committed and dedicated and I thank them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization really cares about the people they support with the creative way the secure housing and advocate for the homeless. Great mission.....

RDeB

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abode is great because it offers services tailored to individual client's needs.

This nonprofit excels because of its great staff.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abode does a great job rehousing homeless people, which helps to address this serious issue here in the Bay Area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Abode Services has improved so many different neighborhoods and cities with their work! I personally thank Abode for doing all they can to help people who once were living on the streets and give them a hand up so they could get a roof over their heads.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I know what it's like to be financially struggling, to be socially vulnerable. To have to worry about where your next meal is coming from. I'm doing fine now, but many a night I couch surfed or worried about sleeping in my car. Now that I'm in a good spot, I try to give back and help the people who struggle like I used to. Abode Services helps people who are in my shoes. People who, like me or maybe you, are just a few bad breaks away from being homeless. Keep up the great work, Abode!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abode Services takes care of those who are in need, unheard and unseen. Their staff is dedicated and delves deep into the community to help those who are less fortunate.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abode Services has saved so many people from falling through the cracks. They have a dedicated staff that helps the community and those less fortunate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Abode gets the job done. In a year with millions of people newly unemployed, Abode Service rehouses people and gets them medical help. People who might otherwise die without the kind work of these hard-working employees.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen this nonprofit do good work in fixing the housing crisis. I've had relatives who needed help ASAP and Abode staffers came through for them. I so appreciate them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Think of how challenging the housing crisis would be if we didn't have excellent organizations like Abode Services, which keeps people off the streets. Abode improves the quality of life for people who would otherwise struggle in serious, major ways. Thank you, Abode Services!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's hard for me to write about Abode without getting emotional. They rock! During this pandemic, they just stepped up and gave shelter to kids, moms, dads, etc. Everyone should be treated as nicely as Abode workers treat their participants.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your sole purpose is to give dignity back to the homeless and economically challenged for a safe, and healthy living environment. Which means a roof over their head, a warm or cool place to rest their head and reinstate an innate sense of wellness and belonging to a community. Thank you Abode.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Abode Services showed the strength of its core mission during the Covid-19 crisis by stepping up to help individuals and families with the most imperative of needs -- shelter -- made more critical by the pandemic. Many thanks to Abode, and those who support the organization, for its essential work providing others with the foundation for the stability, security, and independence that we too often take for granted.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen my neighborhood improve 100% after Abode Services developed an apartment building there. People who had been struggling now have a home and are off the streets. The street in which I live, which used to look a little haggard and disheveled, now is clean and inviting. A few new businesses have even moved in. I really appreciate the care and pride that Abode Services has brought our neighborhood, while also helping people who would otherwise be struggling.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Abode Housing services is horrible! I’ve had to live next door to three different tenants from this program and now it is time for me to move out. I can’t take it anymore. They will move in drug dealers and people with severe Issues into a nice thriving neighborhood and these clients of theirs will run that neighborhood into the ground as they have done mine. It’s horrible, I used to think so differently about housing programs until I experienced living next door to multiple people from this program. So disappointed that this is where my tax dollars are going.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This housing crisis is so serious and hurting so many people in the Bay Area. Abode Services deserves so much credit for helping thousands of homeless people each year.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Homelessness is a serious situation in the Bay Area and Abode is always helpful and is a wonderful resource.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are an important partner in the community working to assist people in need of housing and other services that are badly needed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

During the Bay Area's housing crisis, Abode Services' nonstop commitment to ending homelessness is needed more than ever. I salute Abode and all its employees who work so hard to help those in need of a home, especially children and families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just retired from Abode Services after 18 1/2 years of direct service case management - starting at Sunrise Village Shelter and making my way through many of Abode's supportive housing Programs I had the opportunity to work with Transition Age Youth, families, singles, Veterans, individuals living with HIV, mental health, physical health and substance use challenges.
My experience during my tenure was incredibly positive. Abode Services focuses on supporting the most vulnerable in the Bay Area, upper management works to find new and innovative solutions to solving the issue of homelessness and supporting those who are experiencing transition into supportive housing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an overdue review. Back in late July, I happened to see a Abode HOPE Project Mobile Health Clinic at a church parking lot. I parked on the side to observe and saw first hand how two Abode employees interacted with several homeless people with kindness and respect. I then stopped by to introduce myself and gave the Abode employee by the name of Kevin a Kids Against Hunger meal pack and a brochure.

A homeless man asked me if I had more Kids Against Hunger meals to give to him. I told him that I didn’t have anymore to give out but that the students in Fremont would love to pack more meals to help the needs of our community. He asked if I’d mind that he prays for the Kids Against Hunger volunteers, for Kevin and for Abode. I was deeply touched hearing the words of his prayer, giving thanks about all the help he has received from Abode. Thank you Abode for bringing hope to those who feel hopeless.

https://abodeservices.org/…/AbodeServices%20HOPE%20Brochure…

Client Served

Rating: 5

Abode has turned my life around. I am a single mom, over a decade ago, I found myself homeless. My sons and I found hope with abode. Through the shelter we were able to find and sustain the basic needs we needed, and more importantly find housing. We hav been stable ever since. I believe in Abode. The staff at Abode is the best. They we’re diligent at helping a homeless single mom over a decade ago. They helped me and they can help you as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a community member, I have seen how Abode Services believes in more than Band-Aid fixes to make the Bay Area a livable place for all of its residents. Abode has been making the Bay Area a better place for its residents to live now and in the future, no matter what their means. Thank you, Abode, for the work you are doing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Abode services gave me a hand up when I needed it most, saved me and my mom from homelessness. This non profit shows what it means to help communities with low income families thrive. I would not be attending college and fighting for my dreams if it was not for Abode services. Thank you for everything abode.

Donor

Rating: 5

Abode Services is a leader in the homeless area. I am confident that our donations are used to the best capacity. They work tirelessly in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Abode for many years, both as a financial supporter and volunteer.

Their efforts to aid low-income and homeless families and individuals in finding shelter and housing makes a positive impact on many communities throughout the Bay Area.

I'm proud to work with the staff of Abode Services to improve the lives of those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are very proud to be involved with Abode Services. They are passionate about their mission to provide homes for the homeless. It is a privilege to be able to help support their work with both donations and volunteering where we are able.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Abode Services truly understands the need for people to have a place to call home. Homelessness is an epidemic in our society. Most who find themselves homeless are there, not by choice, but because of life circumstances that were outside of their control. Abode works to provide relief to those who find themselves without a home, with an ultimate goal of helping individuals to get back on their feet and re-enter the normalties of life that many of us take for granted. Abode uses their funds wisely to make the largest impact with the resources that are available to them. I feel lucky to be able to fill a small role as a volunteer with their organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been donating my time and money here for over 20 years. I have watched them grow from a small organization in the Tri-Cities to a much larger impactful one helping to end homelessness now across the entire bay area. They have been at the top of my monitary list for several years and now that I am retired they are at the top of where I volunteer my time. They are pioneering in their approaches to combating homelessness. You should check them out and add them to your list.

Alex Starr

Donor

Rating: 5

Abode is better than ever. Compassion, integrity, financial acuity, terrific support for their clients. Abode does it all. Every year they serve more clients in more areas with great support for all of their residents. Charity Navigator agrees with us and has given Abode a 4 star rating for 13 years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a dedicated fan of Abode Services for many years - participating in volunteer activities, making donations, attending fundraising and community outreach events. They have been an active member of our community for so long, providing support through shelter and services -- and working with government, local businesses, and landlords to creatively fund, and effectively enable this support.

Homelessness is a difficult challenge to address in all communities. Their multi-faceted approach to deal with both temporary and long-term housing needs, focusing on safety, stability, and independence, has been a winning combination in addressing the needs of our community members.

Dick P.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Abode Services is a leader in the homeless area. They provide homes, but they also provide support services to the homeless. They make a difference in the communities that they serve!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Abode Services' mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, un-housed people, including those with special needs, to secure stable, supportive housing; and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness. Their work is critical in 2018 and beyond in the San Francisco Bay Area! Homelessness is at a record high and the average cost of rent is increasing day-after-day. Homelessness has no face and can often be chalked up to bad luck or having been dealt a difficult hand. Abode Services truly works to develop and implement innovative programs to end homelessness in the Greater Bay Area.

Abode Services has been in our community since 1989, when a small group of people came together to address a growing problem with family homelessness in the Tri-City Area. Since then, the organization has expanded their impact throughout the Bay Area, serving more than 6,100 adults and children per year in Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Napa counties!

The Abode Services Outreach Team finds people like Matt (pictured) who are living on the streets and connects them to housing and the services they may need to remain housed.

Matt lived on the streets for five years before he sought help from an Abode Services Outreach Team staff member who was visiting an encampment. Now, Matt lives in an apartment near Oakland’s Lake Merritt.

“The place is just unbelievable,” Matt says of his new home. “It’s something I thought I would never have again.”

Client Served

Rating: 1

Some Abode housing specialists are unhonest and corrupted. Housing specialist for Calworks in San Mateo attempted to push my family to rent through Abode program the terrible unit in the basement approximately 240 sqft for $2400 monthly it is very overprised. The address of the unit is 148 bryne st, Daly City CA. The same units on Craigslist are $1600 monthly. I can guess that the owner is her friend and she wants to give him more governmental money or that she is in conspiracy with him and they have additional $800 monthly. Also this property was not published for rent with fixed price in open sources and housing specialist confirmed me in text messages that she knows the owner and that he didn't post the advertisement. I have reported that in State Senate and l hope this staff will be fired.

Donor

Rating: 5

Abode Services is a wonderful nonprofit in the Greater Bay Area. They provide services and resources to the community in regards to affordable housing. The staff is passionate with helping the community. Abode believes and remains committed to their mission by eradicating homelessness. Their approach is to use the Housing First Model. And it works! Housing First equates to life stability. It gets people into housing by eliminating the many obstacles one needs to find housing. In addition, staff provides the resources to participants by meeting them where they are at and assessing plans that help them succeed to get them into housing and keep them there.

I'm not only a donor, I've also referred a close friend of mine to Abode's resources. Outside of Abode, she had many hardships to overcome. She was immediately placed in our shelter for a short period until her case worker was able to secure permanent housing for her and her 4 children. She has since been housed for the last 6 months of this review. With the support of staff, family and friends, she now has created an even bigger support group to keep her housed thanks to Abode.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Administrative staff member of this organization, I see a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that occurs at Abode Services. It is incredible to see how much work goes into making our services possible and how dedicated our agency is to making it happen every single day.


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Donor

Rating: 5

Abode is help the less fortunate and giving people their lives back. They do amazing work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I feel confident that my donations are going to a good cause.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

From my experience working here for more than 3 years I feel that the organization's mission to end homelessness is a top priority for all employees and that responsibility is carried forward in the communities that we serve and clients we encounter.

I feel proud to work for Abode Services.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's welcoming environment where everyone cares about their mission to house everyone they can :)

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Abode Services provides variety of services to reduce homelessness in the Bay Area. The clients are served by getting shelter, food and clothing and also employment so they can provide for themselves in future. Abode Services has been recognized for their good work in the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The greatest bridge to work through my daily struggles is Abode Services. Adjustment was hard but they were and are there for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Abode Services has saved and changed my life. Without their resources and someone to help I would still be in a tent. They helped me be stable, I got a bed and stability for the past 3 years. They help feed us so we won’t starve, have clothing for us, anything we may need they try there best to get it for us. They make me feel that they care about my situation and it feels good to know someone is always there to help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Abode is awesome they are awesome people. Alex my service coordinator, she is great and I always feel comfortable going to her for anything.

Bronwyn H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I see first hand every day the lifesaving work that Abode does. We serve the most vulnerable members of our community - and we do it proudly and respectfully.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a senior manager with Abode and this agency is uber focused on ending homelessness. I have been in management for over four years and the commitment to service and continuing to come up with creative ways to create more homes is unsurpassed in our industry. Abode knows how to do it and does it right!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abode Services is a wonderful nonprofit that is making head way in the bay area. Homelessness is at an all time high and Abode is working to put an end to this. They have helped several people in many ways from shelters to building homes and even working with landlords. Their employees are friendly and caring people who are passionate for the work they do. I would recommend Abode Services to anyone who is currently experiencing homelessness. Great Job!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you, Abode Services, for believing in us. We won’t let you down.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Abode is great because its workers have been willing to assist me for any inquiries for services I need or problems that arise. They’ve helped me adapt to the neighborhood. It’s been really good having someone there to answer questions or give you guidance to the answers. Having someone from Abode here on site, having that point of reference, has helped me because, without them, a lot of times we’re alone and don’t know who to ask. Abode has made the transition from homelessness to being housed a lot better. It’s a weight off my shoulders knowing that someone is there to help. Abode helps in so many ways. It’s shocking to me – in a good way – that this kind of help is available.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My income is quite low and my family of five needed help with food and with moving, and Abode Services helped us out. Their employees go the extra yard -- they helped us settle in, and got us clothes and furniture and they're even going to give my son his first real birthday party. I'm a veteran and, from what I've heard from other veterans, Abode has helped them out a lot, too.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Abode has given me a home for me and my kids, and made my life a lot better. I felt really stagnant before; I had things to do but I couldn't do them because I didn't have stability. Now that I have stability, I can live my life. That stability allows me to do the simple, normal things I couldn't before. Now that I'm housed, I don't feel stuck anymore.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was two or three days away from being on the street and Abode Services saved me. My experience at Abode was nothing but wonderful. When my ship comes in, I’d like to help Abode the way it helped me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really appreciate all that Abode Services has done for me. Several Abode workers have not only assisted me, they've also been straight shooters with me. I've gotten a roof over my head and I've gotten back on my feet, and a lot of that is because of Abode. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Abode gave me stability, which gave me the ability to branch out. Now, my self-esteem and trust in people have grown. Having my own place allows me to do positive things. When I do the right thing now, I feel great. That's what life's about: helping others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Abode Services helped me. Everybody was nice and helpful and they've helped me in many ways. They've been great