Beat the Summer Slump Jun21

Beat the Summer Slump...

As the summer heat approaches, many bask in the sun, enjoy longer days, and create lasting memories with loved ones. However, some may find themselves in a summer slump, especially inside the office. Here are some tips to help beat the summer blues and make the most of this season. Goals. In some societies, many will have the entire summer season off. Unfortunately, that relaxed space isn’t worldwide. Summer can be busy for some and slow for others, but regardless of what is going on, summer is a great time to reorganize and refresh from the whirlwind of spring’s new beginnings.  Set some SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) and write them down. A goal without a plan is just a wish. Sometimes, writing out the goal will be more motivating and achievable in a world of computers. Make goals a priority. Give them focus, energy, and attention daily. Create a specific game plan that drives ROI outcomes. Emphasize attainable goals and set consistent goals for employees with similar responsibilities. Refrain from promoting internal rivalries, which can lead to resentment and devalued morale. Focus on the mindset plan to overcome loathing and step outside the status quo. Summer is a great time to manifest what the end of the year will look like. Sow the seeds in the summer and harvest before winter. Set positive goals only! All well-crafted goals are aligned with more extensive key business strategies. For example, if you want to work on professional development, have employees complete some training courses provided on Yardi Aspire or LinkedIn learning before a performance review at the end of the year. If your company offers upcoming webinars, have employees attend if they are available and then share findings with the team during...

Commercial Briefing Montréal...

Yardi Canada recently hosted its inaugural Executive Commercial Briefing at the W Montréal Hotel, setting the stage for an evening of insightful discussions and networking. This event left attendees inspired and eager for more conversations with industry experts. Keep reading to learn what you can expect at our future executive briefing.  A platform for industry insights and collaboration The Executive Briefing series is an invitation-only event that delves deep into property and program management topics. It provides industry leaders and our executives with the opportunity to discuss the latest challenges and technology solutions shaping the real estate and housing markets. These briefings offer a platform for sharing insights, best practices and innovative strategies directly from top experts and decision-makers in the field. Through exclusive networking opportunities, interactive sessions and presentations from leading analysts, participants can forget important connections and gain valuable knowledge. With the rapid evolution of the real estate market and its supporting technology, these briefings are essential for staying ahead of the curve. Key highlights from the briefiing Jason Chacko, senior account executive of Yardi, shared compelling insights into the Yardi Investment Management Suite. He highlighted the efficiency brought by automation, stating, “The example I like to quote is with on of our major clients. On a quarterly close, they were taking 21 days to calculate their waterfalls. They reduced that to a half-day process with Yardi.” By integrating accounting, performance measurement and reporting into one platform, real estate businesses can streamline investment management. This tool provides real-time insights, boosts efficiency and supports data-driven decisions, helping clients like Timber Creek reduce manual work and improve accuracy in financial operations. The client panel also provided valuable perspectives on digital transformation. Olivier Rocheleau, corporate controller of Groupe Petra, emphasized the necessity of a fully...

The Fishing Foundation Jun19

The Fishing Foundation

The Fishing Foundation, established in 2010 in Berea, Ohio, is enriching lives through the sport of fishing. The program structure includes classroom-style instruction and training in four areas: aquatic education, casting, water safety, and identifying local fish species, as well as fishing from shore in a safe and secure environment. Moreover, The Fishing Foundation is making a significant impact in promoting environmental conservation, a cause that we can all be proud of and take responsibility for. Since its establishment in 2010 and the introduction of free fishing events in 2012, The Fishing Foundation has been a catalyst for personal growth and empowerment. It has touched the lives of over two thousand teens, youth, and adults, giving them a unique opportunity to connect with others, commune with nature, and expand their environmental experience. The day is filled with learning casting techniques, rigging, knot-tying, fish species, the importance of sustaining the environment, and fishing from shore, all of which contribute to their personal development and empowerment, inspiring them to reach new heights. At each fishing event, participants receive a rod and reel, bait, tackle, and hands-on training by certified fishing instructors, The Fishing Foundation Souvenir T-shirt, refreshments, and lunch. All organizational staff and essential volunteers are “certified” fishing instructors under the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’s “Passport to Fishing” program. The Fishing Foundation’s popular book published in 2022, “Learn to Fish: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginning Anglers,” co-written by The Fishing Foundation co-founders Dennis Knowles and Gail Grizzell, is a 100+ page instructional resource and is given complimentary at all the free fishing events. Content from the book will be distributed across multiple platforms, including in-person programming, online, web, and social media, to introduce youth and teens to fishing, expand their knowledge of sport and encourage them to enjoy the great outdoors while learning how to fish. “We are continuously innovating and evolving our programs to address the evolving needs and challenges facing our environment and communities. Whether it is through conservation initiatives, educational workshops, or community outreach events, we are committed to making a lasting and positive impact on both people and the planet,” said Dennis James Knowles, president of The Fishing Foundation.  In the Media The Fishing Foundation partnered with Signal Cleveland, an online newsroom in northeast Ohio, to introduce a syndicated-style comic strip titled Hooked. The strip features characters from the book who love to fish and decide to form a fishing club in Cleveland, Ohio. Together, through humorous adventures, they explore ways of becoming better anglers, the environment and conservation and the joy of being outside. “The comic strip premiered in September 2023, and it continues to appear monthly in Signal Cleveland, which has a reach of nearly 10,000 subscribers,” said Knowles.   The Fishing Foundation plans to partner with more community newspapers and online newsrooms throughout the area. In addition, The Fishing Foundation hopes to provide more venues to connect content to the end-user and complete a new coloring book with fish species and their habitat designed for children ages two to eight. Funding from Yardi provides underserved children and families an opportunity for environmental education they usually couldn’t access. “When children are exposed to educational programs and activities like fishing, they will realize the importance of protecting the natural environment and essentially act as ‘ambassadors of nature’ in their communities,” explained Knowles. By teaching young people a new skill or offering a peaceful activity, funds help the foundation spread the love of fishing and the benefits it brings. “The Fishing Foundation is incredibly grateful for the generous donation received from Yardi. Your contribution is instrumental in helping us further our mission at The Fishing Foundation. Your financial support means a great deal to us, and we are excited about the opportunities funding provides to expand our programming reach and make a positive difference in marginalized communities,” expressed Knowles. King W. The Fishing Foundation is there...

CFAA 2024 Recap

The Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations (CFAA) hosted its annual conference in May located in Toronto. This year’s theme, “Building Communities Together,” highlighted the urgent need for collaboration and innovation in the multifamily housing sector. As the industry grapples with longstanding status quo and historically low vacancy rates, stronger partnerships are essential to address Canada’s housing challenges. This event provided a crucial platform for fostering discussions on these pressing issues and exploring prospects for the multifamily housing industry. As a strategic partner and sponsor, Yardi played a pivotal role in the event, contributing to multiple sessions and sharing valuable expertise on various aspects of property management and technology integration. Day 1: Innovations in urban living & industry insights The conference kicked off with a series of building tours, including notable properties managed by Tricon Residential, Minto Apartments and Stackt Market. These tours highlighted new practices in real estate management and provided a practical understanding of how modern technology enhances building operations and resident satisfaction. One standout visit was to Stackt Market, a vibrant community space designed entirely using shipping containers. Stackt Market exemplifies how innovative design can create dynamic community spaces, fostering a sense of community while maximizing the use of urban space. Yardi’s own Parisa Vafaei, director of sales, led a session that delved into the findings of the latest Yardi Multifamily Report, highlighting the necessity for innovative ideas and new partnerships as more units are expected to come into the market to address Toronto’s low vacancy rates. “The vacancy rate in Toronto for Q1 2024 is 2.5 percent, indicating a tight rental market,” Vafaei noted. The report also revealed that Toronto has one of the lowest annual turnover percentages among Canadian census metropolitan areas (CMAs) at 11.6 percent and a lease-over-lease rent growth for new leases of 15.5 percent. These metrics show the critical need for strategic planning and collaboration to manage demand, improve housing availability and maintain affordability in the multifamily housing sector. Day 2: Thought leadership and technological innovations The second day featured key industry leaders, including the mayor of Toronto. Peter Altobelli, vice president of Yardi Canada, led a session on “Leading the Way: The Next Generation,” focusing on workforce management. This session reviewed aligning company values with new talent, fostering mentorship and offering structured career development. The panel discussion highlighted new expectations of the emerging workforce. “Today’s talent is entrepreneurial and ambitious,” one panelist noted. “They interview employers as much as we interview them. While they have technical skills, we seek soft skills. They want autonomy, decision-making roles and alignment with company values.” The discussion stressed the importance of providing broader perspectives, growth potential and dedicated time for succession and leadership planning. Innovative strategies to attract new Canadians were also highlighted, with Fritzrovia’s rotational program standing out for its unique approach. This program helps retain talent by moving individuals through various roles and departments over a set period of time. Emphasizing resident experience and partnering with firms that share ESG commitments were noted as crucial. “Transparency about these commitments is key to attracting talent,” added Courtney Chisholm, project manager at Fitzrovia. Structured onboarding and new technology were also highlighted as critical for maximizing talent contributions. Evolving property management One of the most anticipated sessions was “The Crystal Ball of AI: Leveraging Data & AI for Predictive Insights in Property Management,” moderated by Meherzad Bakht, senior sales manager for Yardi. This panel discussed the transformative impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics in the multifamily housing sector. Killam Apartment REIT covered the benefits of generative AI technologies, such as chatbots and automated crm systems, to streamline interactions with prospects and residents, enhancing efficiency and improving response times. QuadReal Property Group shared their use of biometrics to authenticate applicant identities before a tour as a new first step for fraud prevention. simplydbs’ survey of 20,000 Canadians revealed renters want their next unit to be...

Supporting 360°kids

At Yardi Canada Ltd., our commitment to giving back to the community is a core value that drives our actions and decisions. Since 2019, we have been proud supporters of 360°kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth in York Region who are experiencing crises in their lives. About 360°kids 360°kids is a crucial lifeline for young people who are experiencing homelessness, crisis or other significant challenges. The organization provides a range of services designed to meet the immediate needs of youth while also supporting their ongoing development and independence. Through programs such as emergency and transitional housing, counseling, outreach and employment training, 360°kids helps vulnerable youth stabilize their lives, enhance their support networks and build self-sufficiency. The importance of 360°kids work cannot be overstated. By addressing the immediate needs of young people in crisis, they provide a foundation for these individuals to rebuild their lives. This support is essential in preventing the long-term negative impacts of homelessness and instability, fostering a healthier, more resilient community. Our Ongoing Commitment Yardi Canada Ltd. has made significant contributions to 360°kids, assisting in the continuation of their vital programs and services. With the support of caring corporations like Yardi, 360°kids can offer young adults the assistance they need to build a more stable and self-sufficient future. “Yardi is honoured to be able to give back, and we are proud to support 360°kids, helping to make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable youth in our community. By providing resources and support, we can empower these young individuals to overcome their challenges and build a brighter, more successful future,” said Peter Altobelli, vice president of Yardi Canada. Making a Real Impact The Yardi Toronto office of is home to 400 employees, with a dedicated committee actively participating...

iPad Update

Apple gadgets and products have improved significantly since their launch. Now, they are more portable and powerful than ever. Let’s explore the latest Apple iPads, Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil upgrades. The iPad’s versatility defines it. The new iPad allows users, from consumers to pros, to take their creations to new heights. It brings lessons and learning to life for teachers and students alike, as well as gaming and entertainment. Light as a feather, the newest iPad Air offers engaging content, gaming, high resolution and Apple silicon, making it versatile for so many. It is available in 11-inch and an all-new 13-inch since many prefer a significant 30% more screen real estate. The 13-inch allows for more participants on Zoom calls. The new camera has a front-facing camera in landscape view, making it perfect for taking notes on the magic keyboard or FaceTime calls. The sound quality of the iPad Air is immaculate, with double the bass. iPad Air includes an Apple silicon M2 powerful chip with a faster GPU, CPU and Neural engine, 50% faster than M1 and better memory with powerful AI and learning features. These improvements in performance and capabilities ensure that the iPad Air is a reliable and powerful tool for any task. iPad Air comes in two new colors, blue and purple, along with space gray and starlight and is designed with 100 percent recycled aluminum in the enclosure. iPad Air also works with the new Apple Pencil Pro to add more capabilities and bring ideas to life like never before. The starting price for the iPad Air is $599. Crush the limits with iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is now so thin and so powerful, with a breakthrough display and amazing pro apps. Available in 11inch, 5.3mm and...

Food Bank of the Rockies Jun13

Food Bank of the Rockies

Serving 32 counties in Colorado and the entire state of Wyoming, Food Bank of the Rockies ignites the power of community to nourish people facing hunger. Since its establishment in 1978 in Denver, the Food Bank of the Rockies has been a steadfast pillar in the fight against hunger. As the largest hunger relief organization in the Rocky Mountain region, it is a testament to its commitment and ability to address the enormous hunger challenge. Distributing upwards of 196,000 meals daily, the Food Bank of the Rockies puts the power of the community to work for its neighbors. Providing more than just a meal, this organization gives hope and opens a future for its clients. “Because when you can’t provide for your family today, it’s hard to even think about tomorrow,” said Charlene Moser, corporate partnerships manager at Food Bank for the Rockies. Ninety-six cents of every dollar go directly to distribution. Food Bank of the Rockies has four distribution centers and coordinates with more than 800 Hunger Relief Partners throughout Colorado and Wyoming, acting as a distribution hub for food, essentials and logistical resources. It also operates its direct programs, providing for those in need through its Mobile Pantries, Food for Kids programs and home-delivery services for older adults. The Food Bank of the Rockies is focused on fresh fruits and vegetables, cultural prevalences and expanding its Food for Health program to focus on community members living with chronic diseases such as pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Those suffering from diseases will receive a box of food and produce delivered to their homes weekly for an entire year to help them maintain or restore their health. Every donation makes a difference! The community’s need for food is still higher than pre-COVID levels. The food bank spends more than three times as much monthly to purchase food than before. Thanks to its robust purchasing power, Food Rescue Program, government allotments, donations, and lower bulk pricing, one dollar helps distribute enough food for three meals. Yardi’s funding and volunteer work have made a tremendous difference for the Food Bank of the Rockies. “Since 2020, Yardi has donated more than $110,000 to Food Bank of the Rockies, enabling us to provide more than 330,000 meals throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Your impact is meaningful, and we are grateful! We could not do what we do without amazing partners like Yardi,” explained Moser. Happy Clients The following stories are from some neighbors of the Food Bank of the Rockies who receive food assistance through its mobile pantry or Food for Health program. Sam: Sam is a patient at Denver Indian Health and Family Services receiving treatment for his diabetes. Sam shared that food expenses have been challenging for a daughter to care for, even with SNAP benefits. His medical provider connected him with the Food for Health Program to help with both his diabetes and lessen the burden of food insecurity. “We’ve been living just off the bare necessities lately, and this really helps to prepare meals and stuff on a weekly basis. Sometimes, I have leftovers, use my food stamps, and make a meal out of all that.” Dasja and her mother, Sabrina. Dasja and her mother, Sabrina, live near one another and do everything together. That includes getting food at their local food pantry, a Hunger Relief Partner of Food Bank of the Rockies. Dasja has Chron’s disease, is on disability, and is a stay-at-home mom for her seven-year-old daughter. She shared that the food they get to choose from the food pantry helps, especially when it comes to managing her Chron’s disease with a specific diet. “I’m always trying to cook different meals, so this really helps out,” said Dasja. “The meat is good because you can read the [recipes and instructions they include], portion it, and freeze it. They have fish, which is good because that’s what I...

Dubai92 Radio Jun12

Dubai92 Radio

Team Yardi Dubai was one of the lucky winners of the Dubai 92 radio Office Escape this summer, earning a visit from staffers for the UAE’s Feel Great radio station. The team enjoyed hilarious moments with Dubai 92’s famous radio presenters during an hour of entertainment and friendly competition for prizes. It was the perfect way to break up a normal work day, bond with colleagues, and create unforgettable memories. “We’re taking over five lucky offices, and yours could be next! Enjoy an hour of non-stop entertainment, games, and music with us. Gather your colleagues and get ready to compete for amazing prizes,” states a station promo for the...

Replacing Siloed Software

Siloed software systems often pose major challenges for senior living operators. Since they require navigating various platforms and manually transferring data, these systems waste valuable time, increase the risk of errors and place a burden on your staff. The Yardi Senior Living Suite, on the other hand, is an all-in-one, interconnected solution that unites financials, care, business intelligence and more on a single platform. With one integrated software solution, you unlock everything you need — all in one place. Why make the switch to a single connected solution? If you’ve used disconnected software tools, you’ve likely experienced the frustration of data-entry errors, time wasted digging for answers and the hassle of transferring information from one system to the next. That’s because disparate tools seldom speak to each other as efficiently as single-stack solutions do (or often, they don’t speak to each other at all). Not to mention, siloed systems aren’t necessarily as cost-effective as one fully integrated platform. They usually require varying licensing fees, plus you face the costs associated with maintaining and upgrading each individual system. With a single connected solution like the Yardi Senior Living Suite, you alleviate these challenges, risks and frustrations by accessing every tool needed in one secure place. You empower your teams with an intuitive, easy-to-access platform — all while improving care and enhancing efficiency. What makes the Yardi Senior Living Suite an unmatched solution? The Yardi Senior Living Suite offers more than your average solution. Uniquely designed to meet the needs of senior living operators, the suite of integrated tools is hosted on a cloud-based, HIPAA and SOX-compliant platform. These tools support the full spectrum of senior living — from assisted living to CCRCs to value-based care. We also place a strong emphasis on taking care of our clients and driving growth year-round, which results in a platform that’s ever-evolving, cutting-edge and built to help you succeed for the long term. We’re proud to be a Forbes Cloud 100 software provider supporting our clients for 40+ years. You can explore our full product suite to learn more, but some of the highlights include:    Voyager Senior Housing, our community management powerhouse that combines property management, financials and complete business oversight. Yardi Senior IQ, the only business intelligence solution built for senior living — a system that helps you make smarter, faster decisions with actionable information for your entire portfolio. Yardi EHR, our full-service, interoperable electronic health record solution that helps mitigate errors, limits liability and empowers staff to deliver the best resident care. Senior CRM IQ, our collection of mobile-friendly sales and marketing tools that help you attract new residents, nurture your leads and maximize occupancy.   RentCafe Senior Living Portal, our secure online platform that keeps residents, families and staff connected around the clock. Watch a webinar Integrated software offers advantages that siloed systems can’t match. If you’re ready to see the Yardi Senior Living Suite in action, explore our library of on-demand...

Joint Action Energy

At Yardi, part of our motto is to “take care of our communities.” Many Yardi office volunteer events have focused on food banks and supplying organizations with food, hygiene products and toys for underserved children and their families. In addition, they have helped the environment with trash pickup and planting native plants and produce. Here’s a look back from the past year at some of the offices doing their part in the communities they belong to. Pictured are the offices and nonprofits. Santa Barbara: Direct Relief Oxnard, CA: Food Share of Ventura County Atlanta: Atlanta Community Food Bank, Chattahoochee Nature Center, and OneGoal Summit Dallas/Irving, Texas: Texas Conservation Alliance and Operation Kindness NYC: Feeding New York Cleveland, OH: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Raleigh, NC: SOAR Outreach Denver, CO:  Food Bank of the Rockies Dubai: Al Noor Centre Find future non-profit profiles at https://www.yardi.com/blog/category/giving. Yardi is Energized for Good! Visit www.yardi.org for more about our philanthropic...

Summer & Fall Events

Attending any senior living events this summer — and throughout the fall season? Team Yardi looks forward to meeting you, discussing the latest industry challenges and sharing what’s new with our single connected solution. See below for a list of events we’ll be attending, plus book time to meet us at each! ASHA 2024 Mid-Year Meeting Meet us at the ASHA 2024 Mid-Year Meeting in Dana Point, California. Our team is excited to share how the Yardi Senior Living Suite works to empower staff, automate workflows and enhance resident care. Contact us to schedule time to meet at the event. Event details: Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach June 17-18, 2024 FSLA Annual Conference Attend the FSLA Annual Conference — Engage 2024 — in Orlando, Florida. Stop by booth 29 to see how our single connected solution helps providers drive success. Book time to connect with our team during the conference. Event details: The Ritz Carlton Orlando July 10-12, 2024 OHCA Annual Convention 2024 Find us at booth 708 at the OHCA Annual Convention 2024 in Portland, Oregon. We’ll show you how our single connected solution helps providers streamline operations and deliver better care. We are pleased to be an Awards Program co-sponsor. Get in touch to schedule time to meet. Event details: Oregon Convention Center September 17-18, 2024 2024 NIC Fall Conference Visit us at the Woodley Park meeting room at the 2024 NIC Fall Conference in Washington, D.C. You’ll learn how our fully integrated technology helps providers unify operations and deliver quality care. We are pleased to be an official NIC Conference partner. Reach out to book a meeting. Event details: Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. September 23-25, 2024 AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo Connect with us at the AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida to explore how the Yardi Senior Living Suite creates a foundation for success. You’ll find team Yardi at booth 2119. Contact us to get a meeting on the books. Event details: Orange County Convention Center October 6-9, 2024 SMASH 2024 Let’s network at SMASH 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Come meet with us to discover how our single connected solution helps providers raise the bar. We are pleased to be a Premier Platinum sponsor. Connect with team Yardi to book a meeting at the show. Event details: JW Marriott Las Vegas October 14-16, 2024 LeadingAge Annual Meeting Meet with us at booth 2239 at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Our team can’t wait to show you around the Yardi Senior Living Suite. Arrange a meeting with us. Event details: Music City Center October 27-30, 2024 CALA Fall Conference & Trade Show Connect with team Yardi at booth 510 at the CALA Fall Conference & Trade Show in Palm Springs, California. You’ll discover how our single connected solution offers every tool you need, all centralized in one place. We are pleased to be an Awards Luncheon sponsor. Schedule time with our team. Event details: Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel & Palm Springs Convention Center November 4-6, 2024 We look forward to meeting you! Looking to explore the Yardi Senior Living Suite prior to these events? Visit our product suite or watch a quick, on-demand...

Affordable Housing Training...

When it comes to mastering the complex processes of affordable housing, staying up-to-date and compliant is easier than ever only when you have access to effective training resources. That’s where Yardi Aspire comes in. From bite-sized courses to personalized learning plans with unlimited user access, Aspire delivers unlimited user access to unparalleled training content. This can elevate the skills of your housing specialists, accountants, front office staff, maintenance teams and more.  One of the primary visionaries behind Aspire’s affordable housing training development is Patty Evans, industry principal for Yardi. She has been with Yardi for more than two decades with a focus on training Yardi team members and software users. Evans recently shared insights about Aspire as she considered the benefits of the Yardi affordable housing training solution. Here are the five stand-out takeaways: Shorter content is more engaging In Patty’s expert opinion, shorter content is much more effective in capturing and retaining the attention of learners. This is because each Aspire course encourages them to apply key information and practice a specific skill in just a few minutes.  “That’s why Aspire’s courses average just 12 minutes compared to other training providers that offer lengthier courses that take anywhere from 30 minutes up to 25 hours to complete. Studies show that longer training programs are the leading cause of learner fatigue, which reduces the likelihood of training completion,” says Evans. Aspire’s micro courses, paired with immediate recognition like rewards and badges, encourage continuous skill development and positive learning habits. This creates an ongoing cycle of “learning and earning” throughout a user’s career. Shorter courses do not mean less content  While affordable housing training courses in Aspire are usually quick to complete, that doesn’t mean there is any lack of overall content.  Aspire has more than...

2024 PHA Forum Recap Jun05

2024 PHA Forum Recap

The recent Yardi PHA Forum hosted over 600 guests from around the country in National Harbor, Maryland to discuss innovative solutions for subsidized housing. The event offered 64 interactive courses, covering almost every PHA-specific product in the Yardi suite. This event had a great attendee turnout and featured numerous courses, networking opportunities and presentations from industry leaders. And it’s all thanks to you! Here are some key takeaways from this year’s Forum: Popular PHA classes this year The PHA Forum offered dozens of courses, catering to diverse interests and needs. Among the most popular were ones focusing on financial management, compliance and advanced reporting techniques. Here are the top classes from this year: Maximize Funding with VMS Reporting Online Briefing, RFTA & HAP Contracts HOTMA: All About Interims Correcting Ledgers and Subledgers: Best Practices PHA Rent & HAP Posting: Best Practices If you missed out on these classes this year, many will be offered in August at YASC San Diego. Be sure to register today. Innovative product demos at knowledge central We loved delving into the software during our one-on-one training sessions. Sometimes, we underestimate the value of in person sessions, especially when learning about a brand-new product or service. Having an expert show you features in real time is truly a benefit and a reason the forum is so popular. Networking events and socials It’s not just about taking notes and learning! We hosted several networking events following the classes for attendees to debrief and socialize — including a rooftop cocktail event which overlooked the scenic and historic Potomac River. And we can’t forget our very own Yardi Party. After a long day of classes, we hosted staff and attendees for a night of networking and dancing. The evening was filled with lively conversations, a photo booth, delicious food, and a vibrant dance floor — creating the perfect atmosphere for socializing and unwinding after a productive day. Sharing in the Yardi Ambassador Program Guests enjoyed chatting with Yardi’s Sean Geraghty at the ambassador booth to learn more about how they can get involved with The Ambassador Program. This year’s Forum saw over 100 ambassador sign ups. Geraghty explained: “The program is designed for clients who aspire to be industry leaders, celebrate their successes and give credit to their teams.”  This program is designed to be mutually beneficial: we gain valuable insights from their stories and clients have a platform for them to establish themselves as thought leaders. Feedback from our clients Our team was lucky enough to sit down with clients and learn about their experience with Yardi. We had some great conversations about why our clients love attending The Forum each year. We’re always striving to learn how we can help you innovate and grow. Here are a few of our favorite comments: “My favorite thing about Yardi is the ability to manage all our daily business in one software. It just makes life that much easier.” – Weneisha Brand, Ann Arbor Housing Commission “I am also excited to go to the class today on the Asset IQ Executive Dashboard. I have a manual dashboard that I have been keeping but if I can have that automated and put it into the system and pull the data from there. I am excited about that capability” – Carol Jones-Gilbert, Palm Beach County Housing Authority “And so, as we became a Yardi, customer a few years ago, we have been really looking at the different platforms that you offer to make sure that we are working smarter, not harder.”” – Denita Bearden, Housing Authority of the Birmingham District Summing it all up What makes The Forum so special is the opportunity to build relationships. Meeting face-to-face with people who have supported you over the phone fosters even deeper connections. As Jeanette Porter, a senior manager at Yardi, explained: “For me, The Forum is all about connecting with our clients...

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Jun04

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs...

Guide dogs are a precious miracle for many. BC & Alberta Guide Dogs is a Yardi-supported nonprofit organization founded in 1996 in Delta, Canada, that breeds and professionally trains guide dogs, autism service dogs, and OSI-PTSD service dogs for citizens of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. BC & Alberta Guide Dogs is not just a place; it’s a community. It hopes to raise awareness, attract new volunteers (puppy raisers), and raise funds for its Capital Campaign—a new building. Support, whether through volunteering or donations, keeps them going. Learn the journey timeline a guide or service dog takes to become such an asset: Breeding & Care: focuses on the human-dog bond for up to eight weeks Training with Volunteer Puppy Raiser: eight to 15 months Formal Advanced Training: This is done in various settings with professional instructors for 18-22 weeks after the dog turns 15 months old Training with Teammate: Done in the student’s home/living environment for 15 days Follow-up Support: Yearly after-care visits. The dog’s working life averages about eight years, and it retires at the age of ten Yardi funding gives BC & Alberta Guide Dogs a better marketing and outreach program to secure more volunteers and donations. “Thank you for supporting us all these years through your corporate donations,” expressed Melissa Toong, marketing and communications coordinator for BC & Alberta Guide Dogs. Team Terrific Living with autism is tough for not only the person living with autism but also for the family. Meet Reece, a child with autism, and Shay, his labrador retriever service guide dog, who has been a miracle companion and a source of hope for Reece and his family. Shay entered Reece’s life in May 2023, and they have formed an incredible team from day one. Reece’s mother no...

Orange County Rescue Mission May31

Orange County Rescue Mission

Restoration and reconciliation for people experiencing homelessness are what happens at this Yardi-supported nonprofit. Orange County Rescue Mission is a faith-based life transformation program that provides on-campus housing, basic needs, and comprehensive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Founded in 1963 in Trustin, Calif, this organization is 100 percent privately funded and has nine campuses, including: Tustin Veterans Outpost Alumni Housing Hope Harbor Village of Hope- providing transitional and long-term housing and care for teens at risk of homelessness. Double R Ranch In 2023, Orange County Rescue Mission introduced the Double R Ranch program, a unique initiative combining nature’s and animals’ healing effects with hands-on skill training. This horse and livestock ranch provides a unique experience for men, women, and children and serves as a weekend retreat for Village of Hope families. “In 2024, we are looking forward to expanding our reach to more families by bringing more men to this program and running more family camps and programs for teens,” said Jeana Baltierra, donor relations manager for Orange County Rescue Mission. Thanks to the generous funding from Yardi, the Double R Ranch program can operate and directly serve the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Watch how impactful 2023 was for Orange County Rescue Mission. “We are so moved by the generosity of Yardi and their partnership to help people experiencing homelessness in our community,” said Baltierra. Joey and Sierra’s Journey Joey and Sierra were living in a downward spiral with a life of drugs and experiencing homelessness while sleeping in a church parking lot. Trying to work as hard as they could for their children, ten years of heavy drug use affected this ability. When a drunk driver struck Joey and his oldest daughter, Joey ended up in the hospital in a coma for two weeks, and his daughter was killed instantly. “We should have noticed that as a gift from God,” Sierra explains. “But we didn’t know how to grieve, so we fell into addiction. After losing our daughter, we lost ourselves.” Unfortunately, Joey and Sierra soon hit rock bottom. They turned to drugs, spending all their money on drugs, and they couldn’t provide a stable home for their other two children. Joey and Sierra decided to rebuild their lives. They arrived at the Orange County Rescue Mission, where they found security, allowing them to take steps toward long-term stability. “Joey and Sierra are finding healing via therapy, rehabilitation programs, a loving community, and a deep relationship with Jesus Christ that drugs cannot provide,” said Baltierra. Now, they are at the final stage of their program—working seniors who are both employed and saving money and will soon move to the alumni housing program. Learn more about Joey and Sierra’s journey.   Volunteer Opportunities Orange County Rescue Mission has volunteer opportunities from Monday through Sunday to help with daily operations. Visit its website for more information or contact its volunteer team at [email protected] or (714) 441-8089. Find future non-profit profiles at https://www.yardi.com/blog/category/giving. Yardi is Energized for Good! Visit www.yardi.org for more about our philanthropic...

Santa to the Sea May30

Santa to the Sea

The world’s largest Santa was saved from demolition in Carpenteria, California and moved to Oxnard, where this novel toy drive started in 2003. Santa to The Sea (STTS), a Yardi-supported nonprofit organization, makes a significant impact by providing toys to over 1,500 kids in Nyeland Acres, one of the most impoverished communities in California, and ensuring holiday dinners for the community families with turkeys. STTS aims to provide every kid in Nyeland Acres with a toy and families a celebratory dinner this holiday season. For some kids, this is the only gift they receive. Yardi’s funding of Santa to The Sea guarantees a sense of joy and community and supports the development and well-being of kids through play. This recognition also teaches kids the value of giving back and empathy towards others. “We are so grateful for your support and would love to see more Yardi team members at the race and toy giveaway,” said Suki Sir, fundraise and sponsorships for Santa to The Sea. Volunteer Opportunities Santa to The Sea welcomes Yardi employees and other community members to get together for a run, walk, and crawl (diaper dash). Enjoy team building with inter-departmental challenges, throw the gauntlet down, and dress up fun! “We want Team Yardi to know that the support you give to the community is vital. It bears repeating: Santa to The Sea and the Nyeland Acres community are grateful for your support. You are invited to come out to the world’s largest Santa and take a group photo! I know Santa personally…” expressed Sir. Check out more photos of Santa to The Sea and a glimpse of the world’s largest Santa! Find future non-profit profiles...

Backyard Players May29

Backyard Players

This Yardi-supported nonprofit organization’s mission is to make the world a more inclusive place. Backyard Players & Friends (BYP), founded in 2015 in Rockville Centre, NY, is an inclusive arts-based community program for teens and young adults of all abilities. BYP has opened its own ‘backyard’ space in the heart of Rockville Centre. It also has two additional storefronts: Love, Nana, a community service project and Front Porch Market, which features merchandise and artwork from neurodiverse entrepreneurs. BYP seeks to expand its arts-based classes and community outreach initiatives. In addition, it plans to enhance the training program for participants who wish to work at The Front Porch Market and increase its online presence to create more opportunities for its participants. Funding from Yardi allows BYP to increase its capacity to offer more classes to participants. In 2023, BYP launched two new cooking classes—BYP Test Kitchen and Healthy Eats 101—in its kitchen classroom. Both were possible with Yardi’s support. In the future, BYP hopes to enhance and expand all programs to provide recreational, community-based opportunities to its participants. “Yardi has been an incredibly generous and active supporter of Backyard Players & Friends,” said Cristine Daly, director and co-founder of BYP. She continued, “We held a game night with Yardi staff and BYP participants and attended a movie sponsored by Yardi. Additionally, volunteers from Yardi have attended our Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser. We are grateful for their consistent engagement and support.” Crafting Inclusivity Each year, BYP continues to build its mission of making the world a more inclusive place. In late 2022, BYP launched crafting classes to create a place where participants learn crafting, retail and economic skills related to budgeting, marketing and commerce. In 2023, they launched The Front Porch Market, a retail store that celebrates crafters,...

Meet Senior CRM IQ

We’re thrilled to announce the release of Senior CRM IQ, our prospect-centric customer relationship management solution for senior living. Evolved from RentCafe Senior CRM and integrated with key elements of the Yardi Senior Living Suite, Senior CRM IQ is designed to provide seamless experiences for both sales counselors and prospective residents.  Meet Senior CRM IQ At Yardi, we prioritize listening to client feedback. We’ve taken thoughtful comments on RentCafe Senior CRM — and gathered insights on what CRM functionality is missing in the industry — to create a fresh, enhanced product. That’s Senior CRM IQ, which includes an attractive user interface, new features and evolved communication capabilities. Note that well-loved dashboards and features from RentCafe Senior CRM were kept, but we’ve added a whole new level of functionality and made things more user-friendly. There’s a range of exciting workflows in the product, but as a highlight, Senior CRM IQ clients will access: A Communication Hub: send and manage all communications with prospective residents including calls, texts and emails from one convenient location. Lead stages: unlock lead stages functionality that guides sales teams through the entire prospect journey. Benefit from seamless automation for common tasks at every stage, from lead all the way to move-in. A prospect overview page: see the prospect overview at the click of a button with a centralized, easy-to-access page that presents impactful data. Intuitive dashboards: manage your digital forms in one place with a comprehensive dashboard that shows every document and its various stages. Enjoy additional dashboards for managing waitlists, occupancy and more. Campaigns: benefit from new functionality that makes it easy to send email and text blasts, then track successes such as click and open rates. You have access to premade templates, or you can create campaigns on your own. Electronic leasing: save time on paperwork and streamline your move-in workflow with electronic leases. Enjoy simplified workflows for every step of the leasing process. Competitive analysis: centralize competitor data, streamline reporting and compare your communities quickly and efficiently. You enter competitor information directly in Senior CRM IQ then unlock organized, intuitively presented insights that live in one secure place. Explore our Senior CRM IQ product page to see more functionality. What makes Senior CRM IQ unique? In addition to offering unmatched features, Senior CRM IQ stands out from the crowd by uniting on a single integrated platform. As part of the Yardi Senior Living Suite, it connects with essential aspects of your business — from Yardi EHR to RentCafe Senior Living Portal. That centralization offers countless benefits, including time savings, a reduction in operational costs and prevention of data-entry errors. Most importantly, using one automated system equips you to deliver great service through the entire prospect-to-resident journey.   “We’re pleased to introduce Senior CRM IQ, a robust customer relationship management solution designed for the unique needs of senior living,” said Ray Elliott, vice president of senior living at Yardi. “With a fresh user interface, new features and enhanced communication abilities, this solution delivers seamless experiences for both sales counselors and prospective residents.” Get in touch to learn more Using RentCafe Senior CRM and ready to move to Senior CRM IQ? Simply contact your Yardi account manager for more details and to begin the transition. If you’re a new client, book time with our team to get started with Senior CRM...

Recognizing Older Americans Month

May marks Older Americans Month, a nationwide observance led by the Administration for Community Living that we’re proud to join. As an annual occurrence, Older Americans Month (OAM) is a time to recognize seniors’ contributions, shed light on aging trends and reaffirm commitments to helping older adults thrive. We’re inspired by this year’s theme — Powered by Connection — and the thoughtful efforts by industry associations, as well as senior living communities across the nation. Read on for a highlight of the meaning behind the 2024 theme, tips for how to get involved and more! Celebrate Older Americans Month this year The 2024 OAM theme is all about keeping older adults connected. More specifically, it recognizes the impact connections have on seniors’ health and wellness — and brings awareness to the role we can all play in building those connections.   As part of the observance this year, the Administration for Community Living shared a list of ideas for participating, including suggestions for how to create connections and boost seniors’ physical, mental and emotional health. Their list is full of fun ideas like coordinating a class on topics seniors are interested in, hosting a musical event or even planning a game night. Read the full list of suggestions for participating in Older Americans Month. See how LeadingAge is getting involved   LeadingAge, an industry association committed to serving older adults, is taking part in OAM with their annual “Video Share Day.” Occurring on May 15, Video Share Day invites LeadingAge members to post PSAs with ideas for keeping older adults connected. They’ve thoughtfully created resources for members to utilize including sample videos, social media captions and more.   Read more about LeadingAge’s efforts for OAM — and keep an eye out for videos shared across social media! We’re loving this video LeadingAge posted on LinkedIn to commence Video Share Day.   Learn how Yardi powers connections in senior living We hope you’re encouraged to take part in this year’s OAM theme, Powered by Connection. Read more about the importance of OAM. If you’d like to learn how Yardi’s senior living technology solutions — including RentCafe Senior Living Portal and RentCafe Wellness — power connections for older adults, reach out to our...

Happiness In Senior Living

It’s always a pleasure to spotlight stories from our wonderful senior living clients — we love sharing how they’re engaging residents, celebrating staff members and ultimately making a difference in their communities. In that spirit, we’ve compiled a roundup of recent finds from our clients’ blogs and social media pages. We hope you enjoy! Inspiring community art Watercrest Senior Living recently shared an array of photos from their community art shows, which they describe as “a celebration of creativity and community.” We wholeheartedly agree after seeing the amazing creations! Watercrest makes it an event to remember by inviting residents, families, associates and even local schools to participate. Explore the photos on their social media which showcase caricature drawings, hand-stitched blankets and more. Honoring Earth Day In honor of Earth Day, an annual event held on April 22, Pacifica Senior Living brought residents together to create delightful art projects — all out of recycled materials! In addition to sharing photos from the arts and crafts session, Pacifica also posted pictures of residents giving their community gardens extra love and care. Check out the photos Pacifica shared on LinkedIn. Volunteering with care As part of National Volunteer Awareness month, Maplewood Senior Living created a blog post highlighting volunteerism throughout their communities. The uplifting stories include residents volunteering — such as residents knitting baby clothes for mothers in need — to mentions of students and family members joining Maplewood for volunteer efforts. Thanks to those volunteering, residents are learning how to play musical instruments, write poetry and so much more.   Read Maplewood’s blog post to see the stories of volunteer initiatives across their communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Ohio! Celebrating 2024 Nurse’s Week Did you know National Nurse’s Week occurs each year from May 6-12? Our clients love the opportunity to thank and recognize their care staff, so it’s no surprise to see them celebrate Nurse’s Week with pride. Brightview Senior Living shared a social media post extending their appreciation for nurses, complete with a collage of charming photos of their staff. Sagora Senior Living did the same, posting a heartfelt thank you on LinkedIn directed at the nurses across their 64 communities. Thanks for reading! We appreciate our amazing clients for sharing all the above — there’s nothing better than seeing the inspiration and joy you spread in your communities. If those reading have any questions on how we support our clients with dynamic senior living solutions, reach out to book time with...