FESCO honored for work with homeless

The Hayward-based Family Emergency Shelter Coalition was named a 2010 Food and Shelter Award recipient for the second straight year.

The coalition is one of 76 nonprofits nationwide to receive the award, which is aimed at getting the word out about nonprofits rated highly by GreatNonprofits.org.

FESCO helps homeless families move toward self-sufficiency through services such as mental health counseling, money management and cooking classes. Its goal is to end homelessness in Alameda County. Read the press release after the jump.

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition Receives Top Food and Shelter Award 2010

FESCO Honored as the Only Recipient in the East Bay  


Hayward, CA – January 24, 2011 – The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) today announced that it has been named a 2010 Food and Shelter Award recipient for the second consecutive year.  FESCO is one of only 76 nonprofits nationwide to receive the award sponsored by GreatNonprofits.org, which began the award to raise awareness of highly-rated nonprofits.

FESCO’s mission is to help homeless families move to self sufficiency. Services include mental health counseling, money management classes, and cooking classes, to name a few. The program is designed to help clients become stable and self reliant. Two-thirds of FESCO residents are children; 46% of these children are five years old or younger. Still, on any given night there are over 1,000 homeless children in Alameda County.

GreatNonprofits.org publishes ratings and reviews of nonprofits nationwide. Reviews and ratings are given by volunteers and clients–those most affected by the organizations–creating an unbiased resource for potential volunteers and donors. The site does not remove negative reviews. Users can rate more than 1.2 million nonprofits at GreatNonprofits.org.

“This award is very gratifying because it’s based on the experiences of the formerly homeless families we have served as well as the volunteers whose efforts make our work possible,” said FESCO executive director Cate Steane. “Greatnonprofits.org and this award help raise awareness about our work, which is important now more than ever as government funding for safety net services dries up making it critical that we add monthly donors.”

Through client and volunteer uncensored reviews on Greatnonprofits.org, potential supporters can get an in-depth look at the quality of FESCO’s work as experienced by the families served and volunteers who work with the shelter.

“FESCO helped our family with valuable advice and education on getting jobs, finding our first apartment; including the furnishings, and taught us how to budget, start saving money, and establish and maintain good credit. The insight and great advice from the staff and volunteers also helped to motivate our three children to work hard at obtaining a good education,” said a former FESCO client.

About Family Emergency Shelter Coalition

Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) works to end family homelessness in Alameda County. FESCO serves families of all configurations—two-parent families, single fathers, single mothers, and all children under 18. FESCO has developed goal-oriented support services that address the issues that lead to homelessness and instill skills that will move the families toward employment and independent housing. 

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Eric Kurhi