Last month, our Intero Fremont group granted 3 different charities in the Tri-City area. Check out the love they are spreading in the communities they serve:
To positively impact the growth and well being of children in the communities in which we work by supporting organizations focused on assisting in their education and personal development.
We use to have a house, a place to come home to. I had my own room with pink walls and a basket full of stuffed animals. We had a yard where my brother and I played until the sun went down. We had all of this until rent went up and Mom and Dad couldn’t afford it anymore, even with 3 jobs between them. We looked at other homes; one with a swing in the back, another attached to other homes but we didn’t get any of them. Mom got really sad and Dad didn’t say much. We were living in a rundown hotel, all 4 of us in one room with one bed. Based on what I heard from my parents, I knew we couldn’t stay there for much longer.
Then we heard about Family Supportive Housing. They had a room just for us with 3 beds; one for my parents, and one each for my brother and me. We even got to pick out our own sheets. I went straight for Frozen and my brother got Transformers. They had a place for us to sit and eat a meal; not just soup from a can. Mom and Dad got to go to work and we had a safe place to go, the Voyager Child Development Center right on site. Mom started smiling again and Dad said we might be getting our own house soon. We have hope all thanks to Family Supportive Housing.
Family Supportive Housing offers a warm, welcoming and respectful environment that supports families experiencing homelessness throughout Santa Clara County. They keep families together while offering services that address their needs for food, shelter, clothing, education and employment. Their ultimate goal is for those families to gain self-sufficiency allowing them to move forward on their own
The Intero Foundation Grants $41,000 to Silicon Valley Organizations
On March 19th, the Intero Foundation issued their first round of grants for the year directed towards the California communities of Los Altos, San Carlos and San Mateo. In 2002, the leaders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., founded the Intero Foundation to be a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children in the communities surrounding Intero locations.
Over a decade later, the Foundation empowers a diversity of organizations that positively impact the education and personal development of children. Through Intero’s agents, employees and fundraising events, the Foundation has generated over $3 million with an endowment of more than $1 million and gave $225,000 in 2014 alone.
In order to sustain its commitment to giving back to the community, each quarter, the Intero Foundation presents grants to non-profits that have been approved by the Foundation Committee. This third quarter round of grants were brought to the foundation by Intero’s offices located in Los Altos, San Carlos, and San Mateo. A total of $41,000 split amongst the following organizations:
- Inn Vision Shelter – Dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals regain permanent housing and self-sufficiency through a variety of supportive services including interim housing. A grant of $8,000 will go towards their STEM Summer Adventure Camp.
- In Their Own Words (anti-bullying project) – Affiliated with the AACHAC of Mills Peninsula Health Services, this youth-led marketing campaign and peer support service addresses teen bullying among at risk youth. A grant of $8,000 will go directly to supporting this program.
- PARCA Raji House – An out-of-home respite care program for children and teens with developmental disabilities. The home provides a safe environment where the kids engage in games, sports, field trips, and the development of learning skills in a schedule of activities specially designed to meet their needs. A grant of $7,500 will go towards funding the home’s annual operational costs.
- Grateful Garment – Reduces any further negative impact on victims of sexual violence and human sex trafficking. The Intero Los Altos Office presented $7,500 for the purchase of clothing, food, and toiletries to minor victims of sexual assault; prevention education and training; and administrative expenses (supplies, storage, telephone, mileage, etc.) within the Santa Clara County.
- Scholastic Interest Group – Helps at risk young men residing in low income communities of San Francisco reach their full potential by offering a variety of programs that promote the importance of staying in school, the value of high education, and the critical need of personal character development. A grant of $10,000 will support educational “field trips” and weekly personal development workshops.
We’re gearing up for our annual Hot Wheels for Kids Car Show benefitting the Intero Foundation and we want you to show off your cool ride. Join us on May 2nd, for vintage vehicles, music, food, and prizes. Admission is FREE. If you’d like to sponsor the event or register your car go to www.hotwheelsforkidscarshow.com and download forms there.
You just had your first child. A beautiful baby boy…..6 weeks early and only 3 lbs. You’re told that the newest addition of your family will have to stay in the hospital for another 4 weeks or until he’s healthy enough to leave. What do you do? You can’t imagine leaving your child but you can’t stay in the hospital. Where would you sleep? On a reception chair? What would you eat? Take out for every meal?
Just as you’re about to give up crying in a heap on the floor a social worker tells you about the JW House. Just steps from the hospital, this facility provides a place for you and your husband to stay while your child goes through their treatment.
Whether you just need an hour away from the tubes, medical machines and doctors or a room for the night, the JW House provides families with a place to stay while their loved ones go through treatment. They accept day guests as well as overnight guests both of which are welcomed and treated like family throughout their stay with hot meals, a place to rest for a bit and an escape before heading back to the hospital helping to make their time there a little less stressful.
The Intero Foundation has been honored to support them through the years including a grant of $3,000 given in 2014. Check out what makes this a magical place full of hope, hospitality and healing.
The organization is always looking donations and volunteers. Find out more about how you can help HERE.
Picture this, a child is taken to a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) facility after being sexually abused to be examined and checked medically and emotionally. They’re devastated, tired and hungry. All they want to do is go to a comfortable place, not talk to anyone and just let everything go back to normal. Instead, they have to answer questions, go through tests, and maybe even give up their clothing for forensic evidence leaving them with nothing but a simple paper hospital gown.
This is where the Grateful Garment Project steps in, helping make this process a little more comfortable. They ensure that every victim of a SART facility or a victim whom seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with whatever new clothing, toiletry, snacks and miscellaneous items they may require to reduce any further impact on their being. This small act of kindness is making a big difference in the minds of the kids who just went through such a traumatic event and it just amazes us every time we hear about it.
The organization is always looking for snacks, clothing and other items to support these kids after such a traumatic experience. If you’d like to donate some of their needed items, you can find their full wish list HERE
The numbers are in! We had quite the successful Winter Coat Drive surpassing our goal of 4,500! Thank you to everyone who collected and donated for us on behalf of the One Warm Coat organization. This would not be possible without everyone’s help.
The Intero San Diego office located in Chula Vista, CA, started off their year with a generous $1,000 donation to San Diego VeloYouth. This is a program that helps young athletes experience self-respect, teamwork, achievement, responsibility and success through cycling – STARS Create Possibilities! Put on by Quality Life Connections, an organization that aims to positively impact the world one life at a time, San Diego VeloYouth works with schools where at least 65% of the students qualify for the free and reduce-price lunch program. We’re excited to see our dollars expanding beyond the bay area and into other cities where we work and play.