Hospice of the Valley receives $10,000 Intero Foundation Grant for the Community Grief & Counseling Center’s Children’s Bereavement Program

Grant will provide bereavement support services to children and teens experiencing grief and loss

San Jose, Calif., –December 11, 2012 – Hospice of the Valley, a leading provider in advancing palliative, hospice care, community grief support and education in Northern California, receives a $10,000 grant from the Intero Foundation of Cupertino in support of the organization’s Community Grief & Counseling Center’s children’s bereavement program. The grant will provide bereavement support services to approximately 135 children and teens experiencing grief and loss.

Studies have shown that children who receive timely and appropriate grief support will be more resilient and better able to cope with loss and trauma later in life. If not addressed, children and teens have an increased potential for long-term emotional trauma and negative consequences. [Source: Dept. of Health and Human Services, HHS Publication No. SMA-11-4642 - May 2011]

“The Intero Foundation is proud to support the wonderful programs and services of Hospice of the Valley’s children’s bereavement program,” said Cathy Jackson, president of the Intero Foundation. “They offer an invaluable resource to our community by positively impacting the growth and well being of children, teens and the families.”

“We’re honored to be the recipient of the Intero Foundation grant,” said Sally Adelus, president and chief executive officer of Hospice of the Valley. “The Foundation and its board of directors’ support of our children’s bereavement program will provide the much-needed grief care services for children and teens experiencing loss so they will gradually learn to cope, process their grief and function better in school and at home.”

About Intero Foundation

Intero Foundation has raised more than $2 million to benefit children living in the communities in which it serves. Since its founding in 2002, the Foundation has supported over 70 local charities that work to positively impact the growth and well-being of children by enhancing their education and personal development. Funded, promoted and governed by Intero agents, they are vested in the health of the communities in which they work and live. All members of the Intero community – executives, staff and agents – donate their time to further the Foundation’s mission. For more information, visit interofoundation.org.

About Hospice of the Valley

Based in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, Hospice of the Valley provides end-of-life care and services, including hospice, palliative care and counseling for adults and children. Hospice of the Valley’s Community Grief & Counseling Center provides individual counseling and loss-specific support groups to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Hospice of the Valley publishes a community website for caregivers and families at seriousillness.org/santaclaracounty. A nonprofit organization serving Santa Clara County since 1979, Hospice of the Valley honors all cultures, beliefs, values, and traditions and is committed to serving its diverse community and providing equitable access to care for all regardless of financial ability. For information, call 1.408.559.5600 or visit hospicevalley.org.

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Media Contacts

Hospice of the Valley

Jeanne Wun

Community Relations

1.408.489.6787

jwun@hospicevalley.org

 

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Christmas Poem

On Christmas morning you open your eyes, and awake to such a joyous surprise.

Children filled with wonder, laughter and love,

at the gifts that Santa has brought from above.

But just down the block at another little house,

the children awake quiet as a mouse.

Their eyes fill with tears at the sight of their tree,

small and forlorn with nothing underneath.

Their cupboards are empty and their table is bare,

For them there will be no Christmas fare.

No gifts to make their little eyes shine.

No feast to last from morning to night.

Their mother really did try her best,

but after paying their bills there was nothing left.

Her children wonder what did they do wrong.

All year long they had tried their best,

hoping Santa would remember them like all the rest.

But, this year Santa didn't come,

and heartbreak and tears filled their little home.

Their mother's heart was broken at the sight,

how could she explain to the children their plight.

She gathered them round and gave them a hug,

for she had nothing to give them, except for her Love.

They had been good and done their best,

so she tried to put their minds to rest.

It was nothing they did or didn't do,

there just wasn't enough money to see them through.

She explained to them that all those gifts were not free,

and why there was nothing under their tree.

She spoke of bills and money and love,

and how Santa can't come to everyone.

The only thing the children knew,

was that the stories of Santa really weren't true.

She put them to bed, and kissed them goodnight.

There is no Merry Christmas when your life is a fight.

Cecia Jean DeCarlo

Former Resident - San Jose

Family Shelter

The Intero Foundation: Why does it matter?

*Because the children in our communities belong to ALL of us. The Intero Foundation is a funnel for funds to flow to the kids who are in real trouble and are suffering. We have created a culture of CARE for others, and of loving support for the children who need us most--those who don't live with us but have few or no other resources for help.  That matters! *Because The Intero Foundation recently gave a grant to At The Crossroads, an organization for kids, mostly teenagers, who are living on the streets and have no money, no families to help, no access to bathrooms or hygiene items, and no clean clothing to wear. Volunteers and therapists visit them in their environments under bridges and in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco four nights a week from 2:00am to 6:00am, giving them food, socks and underwear, hygiene items. More importantly, these counselors  sit with the homeless children to listen to their stories and offer them hope. That matters!

*Because the Intero Foundaiton funded a grant to KARA, an organization that provides counseling support to children who are experiencing substance abuse, rape, depression, PTSD and childhood neglect. Many of the counselors volunteer their time and no child is turned away. That matters!

*Because we have so much to be thankful for and some of our greatest blessings are our children. That matters!

Our amazing Intero agents, who fund the Intero Foundation with a donation at the close of every escrow, MATTER and are all heroes and heroines.

In this season of Love and Thanksgiving, it is YOU who matter to the children--Thank you!!

Supporting non-profits in San Benito County

The Intero Foundation with combined efforts of the local Hollister Intero Real Estate Services office recently announced that they are granting local non-profits Small Steps and HOPE Services a combined $17,500 towards programs that benefit underprivileged children right in San Benito County. The board members of Small Steps are fortunate to receive the grant this year to continue efforts and expand resources, in supporting annually over 300 children with funds to buy winter coats and shoes. The President of the Intero Foundation Cathy Jackson believes that, “Hollister is such a small yet loving community and it is important to give to the event that means so much to the community.” Small Steps is excited to have the support from the Intero Foundation, along with providing a huge volunteer opportunity for the San Benito County residents.

For the first time, the Intero Foundation has granted HOPE Services Homestart Program which provides professional guidance and nutritional education to physically and mentally disadvantaged children and their families. As the Hollister Intero agents discussed the grants before submitting them for board review, agents discovered how much the program personally influenced our clients and friends.

Intero real estate agents truly stand by Broker Gino Blefari’s Vision and Value building block compassion. We never underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, or a listening ear. We exist to serve the needs of those we touch. To learn more about the $2 million given to Bay Area children in grants, please visit InteroFoundation.org

The Real Meaning of What We Do

My entire career in Real Estate I've been involved in various volunteer activities, including the annual Make-A-Wish softball tournament at Twin

Creeks and hosted by Chicago Title, the local Realtors Seniors Volunteer

Program in Mountain View and Los Altos, as well as the Intero Foundation.

I've always been involved with children and enjoy interacting with them,

including my nephews, friend's kids as well as participating in the Little

Sister/Big Sister program while I was in college.

 

One of the reasons I joined Intero was the Intero

Foundation. I came from working for several large corporations and was

intrigued when I heard about Intero and their Foundation. I found it very

interesting that a smaller real estate brokerage (at the time), had the

foresight to create a Foundation and had a core set of values including

giving back to the community in which its serves. It's so simple and yet so telling

about the true intentions of the Intero Founders and the company

as a whole. I'm in my ninth year in real estate and always

contribute to the Intero Foundation every time a happy client closes

escrow. In addition, two years ago I joined the Intero Foundation task

force as an ambassador and am now the Chief Marketing Officer.

 

Collectively, we're doing amazing things for the children in need in our

local communities. I am proud to be a part of such an incredible group of

people.

 

Hollister’s Hot Wheels for Kids Helping Children Give Back

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holister hot wheels for kids

A few months ago Hollister’s Intero Real Estate Services raised over $1000 in the First Annual Hot Wheels for Kids Car and Motorcycle Show for the Intero Foundation, which gives the funds back to Bay Area children.  Following the steps of the Saratoga event, Hollister provided a day of fun for the whole family with classic and antique cars and motorcycles for display.  The family oriented community always finds ways to make a difference in children’s lives.

While people voted for the best vehicle at the first annual event, they enjoyed the beats from the local band Smith Alley, starring the talented singer Jesiah Baer.  For a small donation children were able to put on tattoos, play bean bag toss, and cast a line for a fishing game with a guarantee prize.  Children, adults, and Intero agents were smiling and dancing right in the Intero parking lot to create awareness and raise donations for the Intero Foundation, and I am sure they will be in attendance next year.

People do not move to Hollister just because of the affordability and short work commute to the Silicon Valley, but rather they are attracted to the supportive family community.  The Intero Foundation event not only provides a day of fun in Hollister, but teaches children to also give of themselves to help someone else in need.  As the Hollister Ambassador, I am continuing to give back to my community which supported me throughout my childhood.

Friday Cooking at the JW house was wonderful

We added meaning to our generous donation of $10,000.  Thank you all for coming and helping out. I was a bit overwhelmed to have so much help around the kitchen. ( I normally don't get that much help) it was great, Fun, rewarding and turned to be tasty. I guess our secret ingredient for the tasty food really worked (love, generosity and good intentions). Especially thanks to my 2 girls, to Dana and Amit; you were amazing, you stayed until everyone finished eating, helped to wash the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen. You did it all with smile and grace. I adore you girls!!

As dinner was going on, few guests came to speak with me to compliment us for the great food and thank us. While speaking, they shared their hardship of their loved ones being sick and hospitalized for many months at Kaiser.   Hearing all this, emphasized the essence of the JW house and the services they provide. During the conversations, some asked who we were, I told them about who we are and about our foundation and contribution to the JW house and to many other great charities. They were all so much impressed and thankful. One told me "you wouldn't think real estate office will do such a nice thing" I went on explaining about our Intero and why the foundation was created and that we are really involved in the community and try to give back as much as we can...Show me another Real Estate Company who does that!!!

For all the agents who like to help and be part of such spititually rewarding activities, there are more opportunities to help, all you need is to let me know you want to help.

However, for now please consider to donate to our foundation out of your transactions, your hard earned money will be used for amazing causes to help so many in need out there in our surrounding community where we work and prosper. Please reply just to me with the amount you are willing to donate out of your transactions.

Intero Agents, You Rock!!

Thanks again for your help and generosity.

Proud Supporter

I am a proud supporter of the Intero Foundation. One of the most impressive things about our organization for me is that we do not support just one particular cause or organization, but, rather, we are able to provide the resources to help many local charities in need. Through every real estate transaction an Intero agent is involved in, we have the option to donate a portion of our commission to the Foundation upon the close of the transaction. Additionally, our agents offer their time to help make a difference in the communities we live and work in by volunteering for various fundraising events. Each grant that the Foundation receives from local charities is carefully reviewed to ensure money and other resources reach the causes most vital to the children in need in our communities. Given the financial hardships we are facing as a nation, nonprofit organizations are in even greater need of support from outside sources. At the Intero Foundation, we are committed to aiding these organizations, ensuring their vital and important work is not hindered. Nisha Sharma, Foundation Member

Intero Foundation Day at the Giants

On July 25th Intero Real Estate agents from all over the Bay Area and real estate affiliates will be heading to San Francisco for the 2nd Annual Intero Foundation Day at the Giants. A $60 ticket provides each fan a catered tailgate lunch, drinks, raffle, live music and of course a bleacher seat to watch the Giants take on the Padres with 350 other Intero-Giant fans. It's destined to be a great day! Tickets are still available... Fill out the form below and return it to Kelli Dixon. Last year nearly $8,000 was raised for the kids in our communities and with the momentum building this year, we plan to raise even more. If you are interested in sponsorship, there are still opportunities. Please contact Kelli Dixon at kdixon@interorealestate.com.

Go Giants!

Intero Giants Game Registration Form
Intero Giants Game Registration Form

Every Nickel Counts! The Intero Foundation beneficiary of the Whole Foods Nickel for Non-profits campaign

Save a bag and support The Intero Foundation During the upcoming months of July, August, and September the Intero Foundation, a non-profit organization funded, promoted and governed by Intero Real Estate Services, Inc. agents is being featured by the Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill Road, in their Nickels for Non-profits campaign.

Nickels for Non-Profits is the Whole Foods community giving program which features a local non-profit for three months. Every time a customer reuses a shopping bag, a nickel is donated to the chosen local non-profit. The goal of the program is to reduce the use of new bags while increasing funding for a local non-profit.

The Blossom Hill Whole Foods store chose The Intero Foundation as a beneficiary of the five cent bag refund program because they felt the Intero Foundation could reach the most number of people to promote the event and bring people to the Blossom Hill store and also because of the great work the foundation does for kids. Customers who shop at this location and bring their reusable shopping bags for groceries at checkout will be asked by a Whole Foods checker if they would like to donate five cents to the Intero Foundation or receive a five cent credit between July 4, 2011 and September 24, 2011.

In addition, the Intero Foundation volunteer Realtors will be at a table near the entrance several Saturdays each month promoting the Foundation, and handing out reusable grocery bags as well as information about the Intero Foundation.

Thank you for re-using your shopping bags, honoring the environment and supporting both The Intero Foundation and your local Whole Foods Market!

Intero Foundation Provides Much Needed Grants

Local nonprofits Family Connections, My New Red Shoes and Spark received much needed grants from The Intero Foundation.  Grants to the three organizations dedicated to assisting children totaled $20,500.

Founded in 2003, the non profit Intero Foundation has raised more than $2 million to benefit children living in the communities we serve. The Intero Foundation is funded, promoted and governed by the real estate agents at Intero Real Estate services. All members of the Intero community – executives, staff and agents – donate their time to further the Foundation’s mission.

To date, the Intero Foundation has lent its support to over 70 local charities – organizations that range in size and mission, but all work to positively impact the growth and well being of children by enhancing their education and personal development.

 

 

Free e-Waste Recycling Event Benefits Children

Free e-Waste Recycling event at Intero Real Estate San Mateo

Did you know 2.5 million tons of e-Waste is created each year?

82% of it ends up in landfills unrecycled.  Help us change this!

Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to bring their e-Waste to Intero Real Estate on:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

1100 Park Place, Suite 100, San Mateo (in the parking lot just east of Whole Foods)

We take all computer & electronic equipment.   Visit: www.EarthCareRecycling.com for a complete list of acceptable items.

Any proceeds will benefit the Intero Foundation, funding grants to children’s charities in our communities.

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For some, the path to a better life begins here!

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Thank you Intero Foundation! Did you read the Mercury News today?  The Wish Book.  They talk about a young girl who was headed down the wrong path and Alum Rock Counseling Center helped her turn around.

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Alum Rock Counseling Center received a grant from The Intero Foundation in the past…. so that means The Intero Foundation had a hand in a young person getting on the right path.... the path to a better life, to college, to a career. She is now getting good grades because of the direction this Counseling group has set her on.

We, at Intero Foundation, have raised $200,000 this year… a year that has been a challenge for the real estate industry. Those contributions have helped 20 non-profit organizations help children in our community.

2010 has been a great year for the Intero Foundation... A great year of giving.

Thank you Intero Real Estate Agents for your generosity.

Thank you Intero Foundation!

Summer Search Silicon Valley

Summer Search Silicon Valley is a recipient of an Intero Foundation grant.  The program provides deserving young people with intensive mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college access resources, and professional development services that empower them to change their lives and communities. Summer Search Silicon Valley provides mentoring to 82 low-income juniors and seniors who recently returned from summer experiential education programs.  Post-trip mentoring provides holistic support and helps students build on the life skills and self-awareness they gained over the summer to excel academically and become community leaders.  Intero Foundation is excited about the improvements the Summer Search program is making in the lives of young children.

Special Olympics Schools

Special Olympics Schools Program of San Mateo received a grant from the Intero Foundation, Los Altos office.  The program is designed to help children between the ages of two through seven with developmental disabilities and introduces them to developmental appropriate play program.  The Intero Foundation is delighted to be actively involved with the Special Olympics.

JustREAD

Intero Los Altos agents had the pleasure of presenting a grant to the JustREAD program in Mountain View.  The optional tutoring opportunity is dedicated to improving the reading skills of  high school students in need of assistance and helping them become self directed and motivated learners one student at a time.  We look forward to seeing the continued success this program has achieved through the years.