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CBRE’s ‘Get Out and Give Back’ BuildMonth

HomeAid San Diego teams up with CB Richard Ellis to support San Diego homeless

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In 2010, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) selected HomeAid as one of two charitable partners to implement the company’s Shelter Program, which is a part of its corporate philanthropy program, CBRE Cares. This collaborative effort is designed to improve the housing options for low-income communities across the country by assisting with building and housing projects for the underprivileged and homeless through CBRE corporate giving and volunteerism. There are 14 CBRE BuildMonth projects taking place across the country in September, where CBRE offices are partnering with their local HomeAid chapters to “Get Out and Give Back” to a nonprofit in their area that assists the temporarily homeless.

HomeAid San Diego is partnering with CBRE professionals from the San Diego and Carlsbad offices for the CBRE Cares “Get Out and Give Back” BuildMonth. CBRE employees are volunteering their time and talent to provide maintenance improvements and donations to enhance a local shelter for homeless women. Run by Catholic Charities, Casa Maria is a transitional housing program for homeless pregnant women or homeless women 50 years or older, who are undergoing alcohol/drug treatment or are victims of domestic violence.

On Sept. 24 and 25, more than 50 CBRE volunteers will join together to paint the exterior of the home, re-landscape the front yard, build shelving and storage in the garage, and build a new back deck. In addition, CBRE employees are sprucing up the interior rooms with new linens, kitchen items, lamps, pillows, curtains and everyday living supplies. Special recognition goes to the following CBRE-partner companies that are donating 100 percent of their time and materials to this worthwhile project: Sal Concha, Sal Concha Painting; Scott Allen, Allen Electric; Glenn Wilhite, Brickman Group; Steve Harvey, Lot Management; Dan Weaver, Westpro Plumbing; and Randy Signore, Countywide Mechanical.

“HomeAid San Diego is delighted to have the help of volunteers from the San Diego and Carlsbad offices of CB Richard Ellis through the CBRE Cares program,” said Alexis Parker, executive director of HomeAid San Diego. “The updating of Casa Maria, a transitional shelter for older homeless women, will make this house a warm and inviting place for the women who live there as they struggle to get their lives back on track.”

Martha Ranson, who oversees programs and services for Casa Maria and other transitional homes for homeless women run by Catholic Charities, said, “We are so thrilled to be selected as CBRE’s first “Get Out and Give Back” project for the partnership with HomeAid San Diego. We have a deep connection with HomeAid San Diego, as they completely renovated our House of Rachel into a beautiful, livable space for homeless women in 2004. In addition, one of Catholic Charities’ corporate board members is an integral part of CBRE’s “Get Out and Give Back” team. We are so appreciative of their continuing support and this will truly impact the lives of these women for years to come.”

“This new program builds on our company and individual contributions to our communities by more closely aligning our business with our giving endeavors,” said Mark Read, senior managing director for CBRE San Diego. “By partnering with HomeAid San Diego we use what we know and do best -- providing real estate solutions -- to assist those in need of a helping hand.”

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