Real Estate for Rehabilitation
Posted by admin On October - 3 - 2014 0 Comment

Last December 4th we rang the bells for The Salvation Army on Real Estate Wednesdays.  Our kettle was at 64th Street and Greenway Road.  That morning we gathered all the email addresses from our database (it was about half of them) and by 11:45am we sent an announcement that we would be at Fry’s Food and Drug from noon to 2pm.


We got there at 12:02 and people were waiting. We reconnected with clients we hadn’t seen in five or ten years.  The first lady to arrive said, “I was at Desert Ridge when your email appeared on my phone so I rushed right over.”  It was the ultimate “Pop By”.


We didn’t have to go to them.  They came to us.


And what a wonderful setting to connect and reconnect with clients.  Originally conceived as “Doing good by doing good”, Real Estate Wednesdays far exceeded expectations.


We were so touched by the experience.


Seeing small children making their first ever donation was special as the parent showed them where to drop their coins.  One of our “moments” came when the young boy employed by Fry’s to recover the shopping carts from the lot came to the end of his shift.  It had been obvious that we were a problem.  Our kettle required him to break his group of ten or twelve carts into more manageable groups of two or three.  He toiled without a break the whole time we rang the bell and then, he pulled a five dollar bill from his jeans, folded it up and pushed it into the kettle slot.  This young man was obviously working for minimum wage and it reminded me that it is often the least of us that give the most.

Donations raised through the red kettles support Salvation Army programs throughout the year transforming lives and giving hope. These programs address homelessness, emergency assistance (rent, utilities, food), domestic violence shelters, disaster relief,
Disaster Relief - Emergency Assistance - Rehabilitation
substance abuse recovery, low-income senior housing, human trafficking abolition, military assistance, holiday dinners, educational programs/tutoring for youth and adults, sports programs and more. Donations stay within the community received.
Homelessness - Domestic Violence - Youth Education