REALTORS® reach out to homeless youth with donation

REALTORS® reach out to homeless youth with donation

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (January 22, 2013) –– The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® recently presented a $5000 donation to Reaching our Outdoor Friends (ROOF).

ROOF is an agency committed to providing for the safety, support, and overall well-being of homeless youths and youths-at-risk, age 12-25, in the Waterloo Region.

Dietmar Sommerfeld, President of the KWAR presented the cheque to Sandy Dietrich-Bell, Executive Director of ROOF on behalf of Kitchener-Waterloo’s REALTORS®.

“We are pleased to support ROOF again this year,” says Sommerfeld. “REALTORS® support building better communities, and agencies such as ROOF are working hard to end the cycle of homelessness.”

Speaking on behalf of ROOF, Dietrich said, “These funds will be used to carry on the good work that our Lifeline program does.  Lifeline is the very foundation of ROOF’s programming, enabling youth to access services through the day and evening.  The services provided meet their basic needs (food, showers, access to laundry, crisis counseling, job searches, housing searches, etc.).  Once these needs are met, we can work with the youth to assist them in finding a new path…one that leads them out of homelessness and into a more stable and healthy lifestyle.”

ROOF is one of three local charities that are receiving funds through the 2012 round of REALTORS Care Foundation (RCF) grants. The REALTORS® Care Foundation acts on behalf of Ontario REALTORS® in funding shelter-related charities across the province.  The KWAR is proud to support the RCF, through the Every REALTOR® Campaign, ensuring that investments are made back in our community through local charities.

Since 1993 the KWAR has donated in excess of half a million dollars to support local charities.  REALTORS® believe that healthy communities depend on a strong economy, safe neighbourhoods, a clean environment, access to housing and the protection of rights of property owners. The KWAR recognizes the need to support and enhance the Quality of Life enjoyed by residents of Waterloo region.