In Their Own Words: Sherri Schwartz
In our job as Realtors, we help our clients buy, sell and rent on a daily basis. We work with people in all stages of life. It’s certainly rewarding seeing their happiness when a successful sale or rental occurs. But nothing prepared us for the rewarding experience of assisting families and individuals helped by Journey Home. Families who previously had NO home. Making a house a home is a group effort, and we feel lucky to be able to participate.
We began a few years back on a smaller scale, collecting items needed for individual clients. So many of our Coldwell Banker agents were happy to help fulfill these lists. We were also lucky to be able to reach out to our clients who perhaps were downsizing or cleaning and could provide some of these items as well. We were very successful in being able to complete these lists of needed items and personally deliver them to the Journey Home clients in their new homes.
Not that long ago, we learned of the Home Makeover projects Journey Home was starting, and we jumped right on board. Not only did we collect what items were needed, but a team of our agents, along with friends and family, took part in our first amazing home makeover for a wonderful family. We cleaned, decorated, moved and put together furniture, stocked cabinets and drawers. We hung pictures, hung clothes and turned bare rooms into warm inviting spaces for the children and for their parents. We created space where families could have meals together. We were hooked! The joy and amazement we witnessed when the families arrived HOME was heartwarming and moving!
Just last month our team participated in another makeover and we are scheduled for one in June.
We help people find homes every day in our job. The opportunity to help end homelessness in this way takes us to a whole new level and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.