Miami Realtors Join Chapman Partnership to Feed Homeless

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Continuing its changing communities initiative, MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) members and peers again fed dinner to 500 homeless residents on Thursday, June 14 at the Chapman Partnership’s Downtown Miami Homeless Assistance Center.

George C. Jalil, MIAMI Chairman of the Board

“MIAMI takes great pride in helping and improving our beautiful community,” said MIAMI Chairman of the Board George C. Jalil, a Miami Realtor.

Continuing its changing communities initiative, MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) members and peers again fed dinner to 500 homeless residents on June 14 at the Chapman Partnership’s Downtown Miami Homeless Assistance Center.

“MIAMI takes great pride in helping and improving our beautiful community,” said MIAMI Chairman of the Board George C. Jalil, a Miami Realtor. “We hope our volunteerism at Chapman Partnership will in some small way ease the plight of the homeless and inspire others to support the Chapman Partnership.”

Chapman Partnership serves 5,000 homeless men, women and children each year. The Chapman Partnership — which runs homeless assistance centers in Downtown Miami and Homestead — empowers the homeless population through access to care, a nurturing environment and life-skills training.

Chapman Partnership has a 64 percent success rate of empowering people from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Since 1995, the partnership has had more than 105,000 admissions, including 21,000 children in Miami-Dade County.

Second Annual MIAMI Dinner for Homeless
This marked the second consecutive year MIAMI has hosted a dinner for the homeless.

As part of the initiative, MIAMI toured Chapman Partnership’s Downtown Miami Homeless Assistance Center at 1550 North Miami Ave.

MIAMI and peers spoke with and got to know the homeless residents in attendance and assisted the elderly before serving dinner, which included a special ice cream dessert courtesy of MIAMI.

Changing Communities Initiative
In 2017, MIAMI invested nearly $100,000 in grant funds from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to improve our South Florida communities. These dinners at Chapman is part of the MIAMI Realtors campaign.

Through member engagement and feedback, MIAMI developed a list of local community projects that could have the most impact. MIAMI invited its 46,000-plus membership for a brainstorming session and more than 200 members contributed ideas and volunteered to help.

In 2017, MIAMI hosted more than 10 local community initiatives, from helping create a new Miami Shores community destination to re-painting Miami Gardens commercial buildings. Each project was led by the Realtor who proposed it and supported by a team of fellow Realtor volunteers and a Realtor partner (usually an elected official).

To learn more about how MIAMI is using Realtor Party resources to improve their communities, contact Ana Maria Rodriguez, MIAMI Vice President of Government Affairs, at 305-468-7017 or ana@miamire.com

About the MIAMI Association of Realtors
The MIAMI Association of Realtors was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 97 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida. Comprised of six organizations, the Residential Association, the Realtors Commercial Alliance, the Broward Council, the Jupiter Tequesta Hobe Sound (JTHS-MIAMI) Council, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Council and the award-winning International Council, it represents 46,000 real estate professionals in all aspects of real estate sales, marketing, and brokerage. It is the largest local Realtor association in the U.S., and has official partnerships with 178 international organizations worldwide. MIAMI’s official website is http://www.MiamiRealtors.com

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