The Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation recently contributed $3,000 to Empowerhouse to support the group’s latest housing project. Empowerhouse serves victims of domestic violence throughout the Fredericksburg region and recently opened a new shelter to provide longer term housing for families who need it.
This new transition house provides women and their children a safe place to go while securing a job, affordable rental, and day care. The home will provide much-needed stability for families who greatly need it and will help them get back on their feet.
Foundation Governor Mary Beth Rich presented the check to Empowerhouse Executive Director Kathy Anderson.
The Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR) held its annual Awards Luncheon on April 11, 2013. Approximately 150 members were attendance for the festivities, which included a Silent Auction and awards ceremony.
Proceeds from the Silent Auction went to benefit the Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation, whose efforts go to support local non-profit organizations that help individuals and families secure and retain shelter. Thanks to donations from FAAR’s REALTOR® and affiliate members, the Foundation was able to raise nearly $3,000.
Also during the event, awards were handed out for Manager of the Year, REALTOR® of the Year, Rookie of the Year, REALTORS® Choice, and Melanie Thompson Award. Sabrina Anderson of Coldwell Banker Carriage House Realty, Inc. won Manager of the Year, Chip Taylor of Century 21 Battlefield won REALTOR® of the Year, Carrie Danko of 1st Choice Better Homes and Land, LC won Rookie of the Year, Juli Hawkins of Realty World Select won REALTORS® Choice, and Drew Fristoe of Coldwell Banker Elite—Massaponax won the Melanie Thompson Award. In addition, 38 members were recognized for achieving the Professional Honor Role for 2012. The Honor "Role" award spotlights members who have made contributions to the real estate industry, the Association, and the community.
Taylor receiving REALTOR® of the Year. (Picture provided courtesy of Dan Clifton, photographer with The HD Bros.)
The Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation recently presented representatives from the Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter with a $1,500 check to help with costly maintenance repairs to keep the shelter running smoothly. The Center has served over 6,000 people since it opened its doors in 2005, and often is at capacity every night. The Foundation has provided financial assistance to the Center in the past and was pleased to help such a worthy cause again. The Center is facing significant budget constraints as a large part of the federal funding it receives must be directed to client services only, it cannot be used to maintain the facility that houses its clients.
Foundation President, Drew Fristoe, presents representatives from the Thurman Brisben Center with a check for maintenance repairs.
Governors from the Fredericksburg REALTORS® Foundation recently presented the folks at Rappahannock Legal Services (RLS) with a $1,500 check to assist with their landlord-tenant assistance services. RLS employs a paralegal and an attorney who help homeless and low-income individuals and families deal with landlord and tenant issues. They provide legal assistance and counseling to help in disputes and also provide training on the fundamentals of a lease and what rights they have as tenants. RLS provides invaluable services to people at no charge. The Foundation grant will help keep their program running.