I was fortunate to participate last Thursday in an awards luncheon hosted by the Housing Opportunity Foundation. The HOF is the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtors Association. At the luncheon I enjoyed meeting Brenda Speece, Executive Director of Children’s Homes of Iredell County, and hearing details of the wonderful work they’re doing to help upper aged children get a sound start in adult life. The HOF presented a total of $10,000 in grants to 5 housing related organizations in Iredell and Mecklenburg counties. As you can see in the news release below, the Children’s Homes of Iredell county received a well-deserved grant of $2,500. See more about Children’s Homes of Iredell County HERE.
Housing Opportunity Foundation awards $2,500 to
Children’s Homes of Iredell County
Realtors® continue to make a difference through third-annual Community Grants Program
– The Housing Opportunity Foundation awarded Children’s Homes of Iredell County $2,500 through its annual Community Grants Program. The foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association and is dedicated to making a difference in the community by creating housing opportunities, promoting homeownership, and positioning and educating Realtors® as leaders.
The Community Grants Program, now in its third year, supports area organizations that address unmet housing needs in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. The Realtor®-directed and funded program awards a total of $10,000 annually to area agencies, and has awarded $30,000 over the past three years to 14 nonprofits.
Children’s Homes of Iredell County was awarded $2,500 to provide educational training materials, college application funds, and transportation funds for employment and college visits to the young adults in the Children’s Homes’ Transitional Living Program. This program houses foster children ages 17-21 who have been in the care of the Iredell County Department of Social Services. The skills and resources that these young adults receive through this program help them to become more independent and self-sufficient as they age out of the foster care system. This funding will allow them to gain the skills necessary to pursue employment and/or advanced education, and will prepare them to be productive adults. Realtor® and volunteer Sonya Leonard provided a recommendation for Children’s Homes of Iredell County to receive funding.
“Realtors® recognize the vital role that agencies like Children’s Homes of Iredell County play in meeting the very basic needs of stability and shelter for children who have been separated from their families,” said association/Carolina Multiple Listings Services, Inc. (CMLS) President Laurie Knudsen. “We are thrilled to be able to assist this organization that works to provide homelike environments for those who are the most vulnerable in our community.”
For more information about the Housing Opportunity Foundation, the association or CMLS, visit www.CarolinaHome.com.