Connecting people to place is what gets us up in the morning – and occasionally keeps us up at night. But connecting the people we work with to others in order to build and better love our community is what brings life to our work. Here’s how we live out what we’re all about:
In 2019 we sponsored a neighboring challenge to give folks an excuse to get out and get to know their neighbors. While the official challenge where we gave away $1,000 to someone (and another $1,000 for their favorite local charity) has ended, it’s never find more ways on how to love the people right outside your front door!
In 2009, twenty Denver area pastors gathered together with a local mayor to ask what they could do to best serve their community. The mayor replied, “the majority of issues that our community is facing would be eliminated or drastically reduced if we could just figure out a way to become a community of great neighbors.” He went on to say that government programs aren’t always the most effective way to address social issues — relationships matter more. When neighbors are in relationship with one another, the elderly shut-in gets cared for by the person next door, the at-risk kid gets mentored by a dad on the block, etc.
We love the heart of this book and its goal of helping us see what we can do to be the change in our own neighborhood. We gift a copy to all of our clients when they buy or sell a home with us.
We are blessed to live in a city with numerous organizations doing incredible work to serve our community. Being in real estate, we have chosen to support organizations that understand the crucial role housing plays in transforming lives. With every home purchased or sold with Love Your Hood, we give five percent of the proceeds directly to these organizations. Learn more about what they’re all about and how you can get involved.
Open Door Ministries exists to provide practical help and hope to people in urban Denver who are homeless or low income. They offer a variety of housing options to help move people toward self-sufficiency by helping to change circumstances and life patterns, Open Door also provides support through leadership development (including their Street2Life Print Shop), outreach, and children and youth programs.
First-time homelessness in Denver doubled between 2020 to 2021. Providence network focuses on providing safe, loving, growth-oriented homes that help people change the trajectory of their lives. In addition to a safe, stable living environment, they offer help with addiction recovery, counseling and mentoring, vocational assistance, life skills development, and long-term support.