By Kay Wilson-Bolton
April 5, 2007
The passions that drive REALTORS® come in various degrees and purposes. Housing is usually at the forefront and, as a REALTOR® community, segments of us gravitate towards a variety of issues of the heart and home.
As an organization, we have supported Project Understanding, safe homes for women and children, Child Abuse and Neglect and others.
We are passionate about taking to task predators motivated by greed and short-term thinking who inflict pain and suffering on homeowners and their families
A recent call to action was raised by Monica Hurtado of Select Properties. She can be reached at (805) 650-3636 and would welcome ideas on how to end this problem. Julio Gomez of Legacy Realty Services is leading the effort for Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS®. He can be reached at 805.551.6743 and works with the Homeless Coalition.
While such issues are on the mind of many, it takes one or two to rally support and action. Supervisor Kathy Long has been quick to respond to questions about plans and efforts. None of it is simple, but it is a beginning.
Another heartbreaking issue is the need for Foster Care Families with a focus on keeping siblings together when they are placed in foster care.
There are but 197 foster care families in the County and more are needed, particularly qualified families who will provide respite care for foster care families in the daily trenches of being more than a mom and a dad.
Another area of concern is the need to provide for siblings placed in foster care and keeping them in the same home at a time when their emotional care is paramount and their emotional states most fragile.
Supervisor Steve Bennett continues to carry that flag and the REALTOR® community is stepping up in a most creative way. Some have formed a group of real estate professionals and leaders to raise funds for foster care families to modify homes that will allow siblings to stay together.
That fundraising event will be held on Friday, May 18 at the Poinsettia Pavilion with County elected and business leaders in attendance.
Tickets are 100 and the Non-Profit Sponsor is SPRIRT, a 501-C3 organization established to promote community care.
For more information about the dinner and the effort, contact Dallas Coulter of Stewart Title at 805.290.5342.
REALTORS® care about more than homes. We care about communities.
Kay Wilson-Bolton is the owner of CENTURY 21 Buena Vista, and can be reached at 805.340.5025. Her website is http://www.readysetkay.com