Hampton Roads Based Multifamily Management Companies Team Up with Drucker + Falk to Support Victims of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

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Multifamily businesses come together to donate over $20,000 and the “snowball” is growing.

Drucker + Falk Multifamily Snowball for Good Challenge for the Hampton Roads area of Virginia

Drucker + Falk Multifamily Snowball for Good Challenge for the Hampton Roads area of Virginia

“It’s really a special cause when employees, partners, and competitors alike come together for the greater good of their communities." -Wendy Drucker, Managing Director for Drucker + Falk

DF Multifamily, a division of Drucker + Falk, one of the nation’s most prominent multifamily management companies, is always looking for ways to give back. Now more than ever, there is a need for monetary support for local non-profits like Samaritan House, located in Virginia Beach, whose mission is to foster personal safety, growth, and self-sufficiency in adults and their children through freedom from sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking and homelessness and Transitions Family Violence Services, a Newport News based organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence. Due to the COVID-19 quarantines in place, non-profits have seen an alarming increase in calls to their victim hotlines and in requests for emergency housing.

Drucker + Falk (DF) has pledged a total of $30,000 in donations to regionally selected nonprofits, with a $5,000 donation in Hampton Roads serving as the kickoff. Knowing that the multifamily industry cares deeply about the communities in which they live, work and provide housing, DF challenged their neighboring multifamily peers to join a giving campaign “Multifamily Snowball For Good” in making a difference and the response has been tremendous.

The Franklin Johnston Group (TFJG), a developer and manager of multifamily residences in the luxury, affordable, and senior housing sectors based in Virginia Beach was the first to accept the “Multifamily Snowball For Good” challenge with a $5,000 matching donation that will be split between The Samaritan House and Transitions Family Violence Services. The Lawson Companies, a development, construction and management company based in Virginia Beach quickly jumped in with a $7,000 donation that will benefit non-profits in the Hampton Roads and Richmond, VA and Charleston, SC regions. Palms Associates also located in Virginia Beach matched the challenge with a $5,000 donation to the growing snowball and most recently, the divisions of The Breeden Company, who specializes in development, construction, and management within the Multifamily industry, were thrilled to join their peers with a $5,000 donation to Samaritan House.

According to Bobby Hall, Development Manager for Samaritan House, “over the last 30 days the demand for emergency shelter and in-house victim services has risen by 86% here at Samaritan House and 50% of our victims are children. The entirety of the multifamily community truly cares about helping us during this critical time.”

As valued Multifamily vendor partners, Knock, an intelligent front office platform joined the fundraising efforts with a $2,500 donation and the RentPath Network, a leading digital marketing solutions company, has committed to a $7,500 donation to Hampton Roads, Richmond and Columbus non-profits that support victims of domestic violence.

Sanu Dieng, Executive Director of Transitions Family Violence Services, says, “We are so grateful to Drucker + Falk, The Franklin Johnston Group, The Breeden Company, Palms Associates and Lawson Companies for quickly jumping in to help us at a time when we need it most. Their willingness to come together as an industry really shows their commitment to the communities where they call home and I am looking forward to seeing this snowball grow!”

Wendy Drucker, Managing Director for Drucker + Falk, says, “It’s really a special cause when employees, partners, and competitors alike come together for the greater good of their communities. The idea of providing shelter and housing is something that is very important to us in the Multifamily industry and we are honored to play a small part in helping during this unprecedented time. This giving campaign “Multifamily Snowball For Good” is just kicking off and we are thrilled to see how much more we can make this grow with additional donations as we continue to challenge our peers!”

If you would like to contribute locally in Hampton Roads to the “Multifamily Snowball For Good” please make your online donation directly to Samaritan House and Transitions Family Violence Services and don’t forget to use the hashtags #MFSnowballForGood #MultifamilyGivesBack #MFCommunitySupport and to share your support on social media

If you are experiencing domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, or stalking, there is help. Please call the 24-hour Samaritan House crisis hotline 757-430-2120 or Transitions Family Violence crisis hotline 757-723-7774.

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