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Abode Services

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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

61 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.

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.

1

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.