Posted April 11 2012, 4:31 AM PDT by Christine Wood

Windermere Foundation Quarterly Report

Posted in News from the Foundation by Christine Wood

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Greetings from the Windermere Foundation,

Thanks to you and the wonderful support the Windermere Foundation has received so far this year, we have disbursed nearly $185,000 to qualifying social service organizations dedicated to serving low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S.

Our amazing agents, brokers, staff and owners, along with public supporters, continue to contribute generously to the Foundation, making these disbursements possible.

I'd like to share a few stories of how your support is truly making a difference in the lives of those they serve.

Seattle - Madison Park, WA
Last year, the Madison Park office was contacted by a bi-lingual teacher seeking assistance for a family. The father, Bekele, had come to the U.S. five years prior on a visa/lottery from Ethiopia and had worked hard to raise enough money to bring his wife, three daughters and mother to join him. When they finally arrived they had very little, so the Madison Park office decided to adopt them as their holiday family and after meeting this "humble and thankful" family, the agents in the office voted overwhelmingly to provide a scholarship for Bekele to attend a local community college as well. Recently, the office received an invitation to a ceremony where Bekele was being honored as he'd made the dean's list! Thank you to the Madison Park office for making this life changing commitment to this deserving family. In Bekele's words, "Because I am working hard, I am receiving some appreciation from my college. This is not only my achievement, but also your effort. You encouraged me, you helped me. I would say thank you again and again. God bless you and your company".

Redmond, OR - Family Access Network:
The Redmond, OR office held a garage sale which raised $1,200 for the Windermere Foundation. Funds were earmarked for the Family Access Network, which advocates in all public schools in Deschutes County and serves families living in poverty. Advocates work to connect families with resources providing food, shelter, clothing, heat, and school supplies to name a few. With this advocacy and network of aid, children are much better prepared to attend school - setting them up for greater success.

Bremerton, Kingston, Poulsbo, Silverdale, WA - Kitsap Community Resources:
Dear Friends,
Each day Kitsap Community Resources (KCR) works to advance its mission of hope and opportunity. Through our programs, we witness first-hand the many lives that are changed for the better.
Recently, Stephanie and Frank found shelter at a KCR/Salvation Army partnership shelter for families, Sally's Camp. "You can only impose on your friends and family for a roof over your head for so long," explains Stephanie. Both Stephanie and Frank are lifelong Kitsap County residents, but family illness and a failing economy pushed them into homelessness.
Sally's Camp has meant stability as well as a direct connection to health services. "Every week we work with our KCR case manager setting goals and working through our housing barriers. With the help from KCR and The Salvation Army, we have a plan and hope of reaching it!"
Just as with Stephanie and Frank, KCR envisions a community where everyone has a hand-up out of crisis and the opportunity to thrive, and with the help of donations from supporters such as you we are seeing the promise of that vision realized. Thank you for your generous support.

Kitsap Community Resources

As always, thank you for your continuing support of the Windermere Foundation. Many low-income families are receiving basic necessities because of your commitment to helping others.

Best,
Christine Wood


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