Dear Red Day Participants,
In 2011, we learned that there is no local shelter in our area to keep families together, and there are over 1800 homeless children in our county alone. Last year “60 Minutes” did a story on this tragic situation including Pathways to Home, which places homeless families and children of Seminole County in a house. Pathways also help these families get back on their feet through education and job opportunities.
So many people at our Market Center were touched by the cause that we decided to partner with the organization for Red Day 2011. So, last May 12, we set up a home for a family of 10 who had been separated in shelters for many months—two parents and eight children aging from two to 16. The house is a 3/2, 1200 square-foot home with an added room on the back, no garage and a nice yard.
As you can imagine, many weeks of preparation and planning took place to make this happen. Our agents reached out for donations—money, furniture, food, cloths, etc. We went to many stores and small businesses asking for support. And, it was amazing to see it all came together with donations of time and materials.
To see over 40 agents and volunteers come together to put up a fence, furnish the home, stock the cabinets with food and supplies, install blinds and landscape with almost 100-percent donated goods was an amazing experience.
The finished project is a happy family in a beautiful home. And, it is hard not to cry every time we watch the video of the family coming together to see their new home for the first time.
But, our project does not end here! We have committed to helping this organization throughout the year to get other families into homes as well. We are currently working on three more homes, setting up furniture, getting donations, supplying food and reaching out for help from our local business owners. There will be many more stories and memories to share and our agents are looking forward to making a difference in the lives of these local families.
Red Day is not just one day in May for us, but an ongoing effort to reach out and help others in need.
Alexandra Cope, Realtor
Keller Williams Advantage Realty