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Published February 13, 2018

Charity of the Month: Abode Services

Charity of the Month

Helping Abode Help the Homeless

“Abode Services is one of the largest and most effective nonprofits fighting to end homelessness in the Bay Area” says Abode Services Community Landlord Retention Coordinator Audrey Kwon.

And Meriwest Mortgage is lending a hand. In January, our Mortgage department collected 440 pounds of supplies, including toilet paper, laundry detergent, and a variety of kitchenware for the homeless. They also raised $1,878 in cash to go towards Abode’s efforts, to provide meals for those in need of a home.

Abode Services uses a Housing-First approach to successfully re-house people experiencing homelessness, emphasizing housing as the foundation for life stability. On average, Abode helps over 6,100 adults and children receive housing and supportive services each year.

Meriwest Mortgage Operation's Supervisor, L.J. Grossweiler said the department picked this charity “to continue what we started last year. We are in the business of putting people into homes and we are sad not everyone is able to have a home. This year we were very excited to help support those who are transitioning to permanent housing.”

A homeless man who was recently assisted by Abode Services said “Things are different now. Abode Services outreach workers helped me apply for housing opportunities, and eventually, I was accepted into a permanent supportive housing program. My advice to other people who are struggling is: Don’t give up. Continue to think positively, and if an opportunity presents itself, consider it and give it a try.”

Thank you Abode Services for all that you do.


More information:

Here are some statistics provided by Abode regarding the help they provide:

  • 2,246 individuals housed on a given night, instead of being homeless.
  • 2,690 active rental units since 2013.
  • 7,808 housed since July 2010.
  • Of the people served, 14% were veterans, 22% were children, and 31% were chronically homeless.
  • 98% of households in Abode Services’ permanent supportive program maintain stable housing.


Interested in helping Abode Services? Here are several key ways to support them and their mission to end homelessness:

  • Stay in the know: Sign up for their monthly e-newsletter. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Make a financial or in-kind contribution today.
  • Lend a helping hand in person.
  • Refer a community landlord! If you or someone you know has a vacancy, Abode Services is interested in hearing from you. For more information, call the toll-free landlord inquiry number (800)-811-0393 or email landlords@abodeservices.org.

For more information on how to participate with Abode Services, click here.
For more information about Meriwest, visit our homepage.

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