Intero Real Estate Services Creates A Culture of Giving Back

Intero Real Estate Services Creates A Culture of Giving Back

The Intero Foundation, a non-profit organization benefiting children in need, started in 2002 by the founders of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., announced that it has donated over $300,000 to over 35 different charities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014.

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Swinging into the Holiday Spirit, the Intero Foundation Continues to Grow the Business of Giving

Swinging into the Holiday Spirit, the Intero Foundation Continues to Grow the Business of Giving

Throughout the year, Intero makes an effort to give back to the community by giving quarterly grants to organizations that support kids in the community. In fact, since its inception, the Foundation has collected over $3 million through agent/employee contributions and fundraising events. 

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A Unique Thank You From Turning Wheels For Kids

A Unique Thank You From Turning Wheels For Kids

In September, we, as Intero Foundation Ambassadors and Leaders, voted "yes" to grant Turning Wheels for Kids $10,000 to be the helmet sponsor, or "brain protector" for their Big Bike Build Event on December 7th. These helmets, along with bikes and locks will be gifted to needy children in the bay area this holiday season.

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Kids Helping Kids

My daughter Natalie, who turns 6 at the end of the month, was hanging out in the office for a few days over spring break.  Always one to keep busy, she began selling paper hearts that she had cut out of copy paper.  She went around to the agents with some serious sales skills.  By the end of her rounds, she had made about 3 bucks.  She wasn’t quite sure what she should do with the money.  She wanted to give it to someone, but who?  This is a girl with a charitable spirit who gives any extra dollars she has in her backpack to her school friends on Ice Cream Friday.  I suggested she donate it to the Intero Foundation, explaining to her that some children aren’t as lucky as she is, to have what she has….lots of toys, clothes, shoes, a safe home, a healthy body….and that giving the money to the Intero Foundation would be a great way to help other kids. She agreed, and happily stuffed the money in an Intero envelope and addressed it accordingly. Kids helping kids….what could be sweeter!

Natalie Dixon Intero Foundation Donation 4-10-13
Natalie Dixon Intero Foundation Donation 4-10-13

Way to go Team Intero!

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When it comes to the Intero Foundation events, you can always count on Intero Agents to jump in and participate however they can.  Whether promoting our most recent e-waste recycling opportunity to the community or volunteering for a shift during recycling hours, this kind of teamwork is what helped us collect over 8,500 pounds of electronic waste on March 16th  in front of the Intero Saratoga office.  Intero teamed up with Earthcare Recycling of San Jose to help people in the community properly dispose of old printers, TV’s, monitors, computers, etc….all while helping to raise $430 for the Intero Foundation.   Many Intero offices, including the Los Altos and Willow Glen offices, have also held e-waste recycling events over the past few years, with the proceeds being donated directly to the Intero Foundation.   Way to go Team Intero!

Stretching the Body and The Mind

The Art of Yoga Project, www.theartofyogaproject.org, immediately caught our attention. We have not seen an organization like this before and were impressed with the approach and results of helping incarcerated teenage girls. Here is a letter we received from them.

  The Intero Foundation is amazing and speaks volumes on the commitment of all the realtors that support our local community.  We are so thrilled to be awarded this grant in support of our work with incarcerated teen girls.  At the Art of Yoga Project, we are specially-trained yoga teachers and art therapists going into juvenile detention facilities and Aftercare treatment centers to teach an intervention program to promote girls’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. We consciously hold safe space for girls to develop the self-awareness, self-respect and self-control necessary for shifts in consciousness and subsequent behavioral change. Through breath control, self-witnessing, and slowing down to pause between reaction and action, the young women learn to self regulate, and channel their own process from a place of self destruction to one of reflection, healing and personal empowerment.  Thank you for giving us the means to support these girls and offer them the possibility of a better future. With deep gratitude, Lisa Pedersen Executive Director The Art of Yoga Project

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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Thank you SJB Child Development!

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Recently, we, at the Intero Foundation donated to SJB Child Development Center, www.sjbcdc.org$10,000 to provide warm meals to our local children in need. With these dollars they will be able to provide 6,000 meals (breakfast, snack and lunch) to children. Everyone knows first hand that you cannot function, or more importantly learn, if you don't have food in your tummy. Food is a bare essential and that is a significant reason as to why we decided to approve this donation.   In addition, 100% of the money goes directly to feed the children. The facility even has their own garden so the children learn the importance of growing vegetables and their nutritional value. Soon after the check presentation we received the letter below. Thank you SJB Child Development! =======

On behalf of SJB’s Board of Directors, I want to take this brief opportunity to thank you!   Because of the Intero grant we will be able to continue providing nutritious hot meals to hundreds of children every day and we are delighted to welcome the Intero Foundation to our esteemed group of friends and supporters.

Once again, we greatly appreciate your support of our mission to feed, educate and empower the disadvantaged children of our valley. Many of the kids you help with your generous support are the only hot meal they may have for the day...

With deep gratitude,

Victor Hassan SJB Board President

San Juan Bautista Child Development Center 

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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!!

Intero Foundation hits a Home Run by donating to At the Crossroads and Kara!

There is a sea of Orange and Black on the streets of San Francisco. The San Francisco Giants have just won the World Series in Detroit!  Adults, youth and teens alike are celebrating their home team; then travel on to their own home for a warm meal, hot shower and warm bed.  Not so just a few miles away from AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants! We have a crisis of youth and teens living on the streets…homeless. Homeless because of physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, prescription drug dependency and poverty. These adolescents are at the cross roads of their lives. Devoted volunteers, counselors and psychologists of At the Crossroads, based in San Francisco, offer guidance and support. The mission of At the Crossroads is to reach out to homeless youth at their point of need, and to work with them in building healthy and fulfilling lives. Their innovative model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. They are succeeding in their goal of helping their clients to build outstanding lives, not just lives of subsistence.

The Intero Foundation is proud to share that they have continued their support by funding a $10,000 grant to the At the Crossroads Organization, making their total donation of $20,000 for 2011 and 2012.  Please become informed and visit their site at www.atthecrossroads.org

While local fans celebrate having their home team in the World Series, a different type of celebration has been happening down the Peninsula.  A young adolescent has suddenly passed away.  Her family, young siblings and friends at school are at an utter loss as to how to cope with their staggering grief.  The Kara-Grief Support Group, based in Palo Alto provides compassionate support to youth on their journey through grief so that they can move toward renewed hope and to continue in celebrating the life of the deceased. Their clients include those who are grieving a death as well as those coping with terminal illness, their own or of a family member.

The Intero Foundation is proud to share that they have just donated a $7,500 grant to help support Kara’s professional guidance and council.  This is our first year donating to Kara. We were honored and humbled by their request. Please visit their site at www.Kara-Grief.org.

Meanwhile, a third Celebration is taking place at a local Intero Real Estate Office.  The World Series is happening as well as being televised on T.V., but the Intero Agent has stayed late at the office to help his clients.  He just closed an escrow for a young couple that purchased their first home! One of many reasons he came to Intero is because of the core values of Intero and their dedication to helping local children at risk.  Intero Agents have the opportunity to donate a part of their commission to the Foundation, thus allowing funds to be donated to such great organizations as At the Crossroads and Kara.  Looking at his smart phone…he sees that when Pablo Sandoval stepped up to the plate and hit 3 home runs in one game…earned him MVP of the Series! Wow!  Sensing that this evening is a day in history, he decides that now it is his turn to step up to the plate and hit a home run by increasing his donations to the Intero Foundation!

Being at Intero is like playing on a World Series Team!   Every donation, no matter what size, makes a huge impact.  But, by increasing your donations, we can all be team player’s; MVP’s and maybe even a Pablo Sandoval!!