A Home of Her Own
We are lucky indeed. I spend the better part of most of my days around housing. Homes. Apartments. Multi-million dollar mortgages. First-time mortgages. And, one thing I know for sure is that everyone celebrates the acquisition of an abode from which to build their lives with joy. In their community, their house is the place friendships are forged. Work is done. Families are built. It's a happy space, and all of us in the real estate industry are lucky to be surrounded by such joy and hope each and every day.
Then I read about women arriving at shelters with just a garbage bag, that represents everything they have in that moment.
I got involved with Empower Her Network, where I sit on the Advisory Network, and serve as an advisor around housing issues. And, interestingly enough, I realized in working with this incredible not-for-profit that we, in the real estate industry, could make a real difference.
So, our team started A Home of Her Own. It's a not-for-profit, where we seek to have more than 1,000 people in the real estate industry - across this vast country of ours - join together with a goal of providing housing for those on their way out of situations that, but-for-the=grace-of-God, could be our own.
Let me introduce to you the recipient of our first donation, which was announced at the launch of AHOHO.org, where every single person in the room signed on. Every one!
This person was sex trafficked from the time she was 14, for the next twenty years. She has spent the last several years since being rescued getting her GED and focusing on her future. She has a steady job and can pay rent. But, she couldn't pay the deposit for housing, and had no furniture. $1,750 dollars later, from our first contribution, she spent the first night in her new abode. And, what did she say? She said it was the first time she was able to lock the door from the inside.
And, we will be working with shelters in the communities where we have members, to provide a suitcase so that when a woman arrives she can get rid of that plastic bag. Inside the suitcase will be some items to make whatever shelter room she has, a #RoomOfHerOwn. Everyone deserves that.
It's $150 a year. Yes, just $150 a year. Please fill out this form and join with us.
And, because business matters too, our Marketing team will be promoting our work in communities all across the land. Have a recommendation for a shelter we should contact about what we do? Send us an email, and we will get in touch. We've just started and are adding names and communities often. Hope to hear from you.
Cynthia Barrett, Brown Harris Stevens
Sal Cataldo, O'Doherty & Cataldo
Melissa Cohn, FM Home Loans (Founder)
Dawn Brennan Hagen, Saunders & Associates
Joyce Mullins Jackson, The Corcoran Group
Sarah Minardi, Saunders & Associates
Cathy Tweedy, Saunders & Associates
Denise Wilder, Douglas Elliman
New York, NY
Barry Brandt, Argo Real Estate
Jodi Nath, Argo Real Estate
Sue Baxter, FM Home Loans
Tim Sickinger, FM Home Loans
Won't you join A Home of Her Own? Goal? 1,000 in our brigade by the end of 2018.
Melissa Cohn, Founder