When 14 of LIV North’s service vehicles commercial lives came to an end the leadership team knew they had a useful purpose for someone.
So the leadership team at LIV North coordinated a donation to Homeless Cars, a Canadian charitable foundation that accepts used vehicles and donates the proceeds of their sale to food banks and local food shelters.Read more
For individuals or families facing a domestic crisis, a next step can be terrifying. So often, people feel paralyzed, not knowing where to turn for help. That’s where Mesa, AZ-based A New Leaf’s Autumn House program comes in.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the country – and world – California Closets of Phoenix assisted in transforming a multi-use space at Autumn House so that it could better serve its transitional residents.
Phoenix GM Janet Hutchinson and team were converted a social room into a warm, welcoming, and peaceful place for residents to go to for social and life skills activities. This area is used for residents to receive coaching on everything from high school GEDs and college diplomas to employment, healthy lifestyles, and adult self-sufficiency.
In addition, California Closets built out a beautiful new media center where a large screen TV, books, and reference materials could be stored. Hanging barn door sliders were added to conceal the television when not in use.
Autumn House has been providing safe shelter to the community for almost 40 years and was the East Valley’s first domestic violence shelter. It operates 24/7 in a confidential location, accepting survivors all times of the year.
“We are so proud to have been a part of this amazing project,” said Janet, “and to support men and women in our community who have been affected by domestic violence.”
Janet and her team display what it truly means to design better lives, and bring California Closet’s CREDO to life.
“I have always believed that it is better to Give… Give… Give… before you Get… Get… Get…! Having served on a board that serves the homeless population, I gained first hand knowledge of the critical state that this group lives in on a day-to-day basis,” said President, Residential Aquatics, Vic Valentine. “These are not just homeless people; they are sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers. What a better idea than to rally the troops and not only give to individuals in need, but also serve together for a greater purpose than ourselves. Serving the homeless is a great life lesson in humility as well!”In total, 672 bags were distributed, making our homeless community members more comfortable and showing them that people care about their wellbeing.
As part of the 2018 FirstService California Annual Meeting, associates gathered in Irvine, California to celebrate the growth and accomplishments achieved in 2017 by the region’s approximate 1,000 Associates. Attendees participated in a fun outreach activity which involved building 50 care packages for families who have been displaced by fires, homelessness or emergency situations.
According to one Associate who was attending their first Annual Meeting, “it was heartwarming to see our people work together with such care and thoughtfulness to create a basket that will offer hope to people going through a difficult time.”
The activity was fitting in that it reflected the theme of the day: Our Future Starts with Us. We work in teams, made up of individuals, who are making a difference in the lives of each other, our company, our clients, and the communities and residents that we serve. Each regional team was responsible for bringing one of ten items that were included in the Welcome Home Baskets (candles, board games, decorative item, broom/dust pan, first aid kit, etc).
The event was a tremendous success!
Waj H. (Analyst, Risk and Compliance) describes his experience as “eye-opening”. “It made me recognize how fortunate I am to have everything I need, and perhaps I shouldn’t complain about the small inconveniences in my life. I could go on and on, but overall I’m thankful I had the opportunity to give back, connect and appreciate how fortunate I really am. Thank you to Ryan B. (Director, Finance) for organizing.”If anybody in the Toronto area ever wants to get involved with this great program, feel free to learn more here.