Keller Williams associates chose to “Give Where They Live” as part of RED Day, Keller Williams’ annual day of service dedicated to renewing, energizing and donating to local communities on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
As part of the RED Day effort, close to 100 associates from Keller Williams South Florida Commercial Group (KW) spent the day at HOPE South Florida located at 1100 N. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. A sea of Red shirts surrounded the 21,000-square-foot former Methodist church built in 1964, as volunteers came to beautify the façade of the rundown building.
“RED Day is built on the belief that people can and should come together to achieve extraordinary things to help others,” said Gerry Contrino, Realtor and market leader for the KW South Florida Commercial Group. “This year, we have helped transform HOPE South Florida’s home, an organization that is on the forefront of helping diminish homelessness in Broward County and helped revitalize a community.”
Keller Williams closes their offices for this day dedicated to service, and Contrino said they chose South Florida because “we saw the need they have and we really appreciate the way that HOPE South Florida is giving back to the elderly and the homeless. It’s really fantastic.”
Another nonprofit, Rebuilding Broward Together, which improves the homes and lives of low-income homeowners, also joined in the effort. Robin Martin, executive director of Rebuilding Together Broward, contributed more than 30 ladders as well as other necessary painting tools to complete the project and spent the day volunteering at the site. “We like to help nonprofits serve our community better,” Martin said.
HOPE South Florida is a Christian-based non-profit organization, operating since 1995, that provides crisis and rapid re-housing assistance and support services to thousands of homeless families, veterans and individuals. Their mission is to provide hope for homeless and hurting families through transformational programs and partnerships with the Christian community.
However, Dr. Ted Greer, Jr., CEO of HOPE South Florida pointed out, “We can’t do what we do without our partners.”
Greer said, “HOPE South Florida is honored to have been once again selected by Keller Williams Realty in recognition of their annual RED DAY. We continue to value our growing partnership and KW’s recognition of the need for housing and services for homeless families and veterans in Broward County. Consistent with our desire to be a good neighbor and a contributor to our local community, our staff, volunteers and the homeless families and veterans served by the ministry are all excited by this generous gift of Keller Williams and love the new and improved look of our home.”
For more information about how you and your organization can get involved in helping HOPE South Florida fulfill their mission of helping homeless families and veterans, please visit hopesouthflorida.org or contact Jackeline Alers at [email protected]