Blog :: 11-2015

Help Give the Gift of Grace

Grace Center in Gloucester serves 50-70 people a day. When the shelters close at 8a.m. the homeless have to find safe, warm shelter elsewhere. Grace is open from 8:30am-4pm and its guests are welcome to stay the entire day and have lunch. Although the majority of guests are homeless, some are simply seeking companionship, a break from the loneliness of their single rented room above the YMCA. 

Looking a little deeper, I spoke with Christine from Grace Center to better understand their needs and if there was a way we could help. "Ideally, we would love to have a closet, where we could store coats, hats and gloves," said Christine. She went on to say (with hope in her voice) that unfortunately, for now, they don't have the space for coats. Everything would have to go out, the day it came in. It's just not practical right now. They operate out of 3 different locations.

But, we can do SOMETHING. Christine filled me in. Hats, gloves and socks are small items, in high demand, small enough to store in her car, something she does frequently. Also, razors, combs and feminine products can NOT be purchased with food stamps. If someone has NO money, ONLY food stamps, these items are out of reach. She went on to say how valuable a $5 gift card to McDonalds or Family Dollar is to a homeless person. I had no idea. $3 is not enough and $10 is too much (could be sold). $5 is the magic number. That $5 allows them to sit in a toasty warm McDonalds, because they are a paying customer, and have something to eat. The Family Dollar $5 gives them the ability to buy a snack or a drink, be inside the store, where it's warm, something I take for granted. Grace gives these gift cards out, especially this time of the year, to guests for things like being kind to another guest. Heartwarming.

Listening to Christine talk about Grace makes you want to pay it forward. 

Visit Grace Center's website and see the impressive list of services they provide. 

Feel like helping Grace? We are accepting donations of hats, gloves, socks, $5 giftcards (Family Dollar & McDonalds) and personal hygiene items from now until December 21st. 

National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego! Betty Slatko in the House!

Betty Slatko represented us, this past week, at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo in San Diego. The packed event featured over 100 speakers on varied topics including, Residential Market Trends, Economic forecasts, Federal Issues and community outreach programs as well as classes on Expanding Housing Opportunity, the newest ‘Smart Home’ technologies, and current consumer expectations and concerns. Also featured was some impressive talent: Emmitt Smith, the Dallas Cowboy's 3-time Super Bowl champion and Dancing With The Stars champion, musician John Legend and HGTV stars of Property Brothers to name a small few. 

Betty Slatko, 2016 NSAR President pictured with MA REALTOR® of the Year, Eileen Jonah-Daly, 2015 NSAR President and Amy Walick 2013 NSAR President.

Betty Slatko NSAR 2016 President with Eileen Jonah-Daly voted REALTOR® of the Year

   

Betty being honored around town locally...

 

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    20K Realtors in one place. Now that's something to see.

    Donovan Family of Ipswich, MA Wins Patriots Tickets!

     

    The Donovan Family of Ipswich, MA won 2 tickets to the Patriots/Bills game happening on 11/23/15. “Are you serious?!” Tim Donovan shouted into the phone when we reached him while at a middle school event last Monday evening. Tim showed up with his daughter, decked out in full Patriots garb, obviously big fans, to pick up their tickets. They were so excited and we couldn’t be happier! The raffle took place over the course of our 2-day, 10-year anniversary celebration at The Windhill Building. Over 100 people attended. We are proud to be part of such a supportive community that embraces local business. Our ten year celebration continues! Congratulations to the Donovans!