Real es­tate bro­ker­age shares car­ols with the home­less

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Josh Bird

25.6 per­cent have a re­ported men­tal ill­ness and 13 per­cent of home­less adults are The hol­i­day sea­son is fo­cused on fam­ily, vet­er­ans. and homes of­ten become the place of As Christ­mas ap­proached, Pre­ston’s gather­ing. When Pre­ston was strug­gling mother Kathleen Lopez chose to spend with a se­vere men­tal ill­ness, it was hard her time with those who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing for him to feel at home even around those men­tal ill­ness or are with­out a home. No who loved him the most. While his fam­ily one knows bet­ter than her that there are wel­comed him with open arms, his times when you can’t al­ways fix peo­ple dis­ease af­fected his mind in such a way or take away the chal­lenges they face, but that he of­ten re­fused their help. Pre­ston it doesn’t mean that you can’t share hope suf­fered with his se­vere men­tal ill­ness for through a smile and song. seven years be­fore tak­ing his own life. “These peo­ple are all some­one’s son, Though he al­ways had a home, Pre­ston, daugh­ter, sis­ter or brother,” Lopez said. like many in­di­vid­u­als with se­vere men­tal “When I re­mem­ber that, I feel com­pas­sion ill­ness, ended up in un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances for them and the chal­lenges they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing. that can lead to home­less­ness. It al­ways lifts me up when I can

Ac­cord­ing to the Utah Hous­ing and make their day a lit­tle brighter.” Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Di­vi­sion, there Lopez has made this a tra­di­tion as she are nearly 3,025 in­di­vid­u­als who are with­out in­vites em­ploy­ees from her real es­tate a home within the state of Utah. This bro­ker­age Sen­tinel Sales and Man­age­ment doesn’t take into ac­count peo­ple who at as well as friends and fam­ily to join her some point ex­pe­ri­ence tem­po­rary home­less­ness, twice a year in do­nat­ing time, money and which mea­sured an es­ti­mated items to ben­e­fit the home­less and men­tally 14,516 peo­ple in 2015 within the state. ill. This year, Lopez and com­pany de­cided Though many peo­ple feel that home­less to sing Christ­mas songs at the Provo Food in­di­vid­u­als are to blame for their sit­u­a­tion, and Care Coali­tion. many are vic­tims of cir­cum­stance, ill­ness There are many ways to do­nate with and trauma from vi­o­lence or abuse. The the Provo Food and Care Coali­tion. If you Utah Home­less Man­age­ment In­for­ma­tion would like to get in­volved, please visit Sys­tem found that of the Utah home­less their web­site at https://foodand­care.org/ pop­u­la­tion, nearly 29 per­cent are chil­dren, vol­un­teer/op­por­tu­ni­ties/ to learn more.

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