Camp Twin Lakes May24

Camp Twin Lakes

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. In 2021, Yardi offices supported more than 350 nonprofits worldwide. For the remainder of the year, we will be bringing you the stories of those organizations and insight into how they aid their communities. Today, get to know Camp Twin Lakes, a Georgia-based organization that addresses the need for youth development and wellness opportunities for children with special healthcare needs and life challenges. “We work with more than 60 other nonprofits each year to build programs that engage campers in hands-on, nature-based programs to improve their well-being, self-esteem, sense of belonging to a community, and confidence in their skills and abilities,” says Anna Hutchins, Director of Grants & Outcomes Measurement for the organization. The 2022 summer camp season begins in-person on May 28. “All of our activities are fully adaptive and medically supported. That means that kids of all mobility levels, and their families, can sail down the zip line, scale the rock wall, ride bikes, and get in the pool. We are also able to take care of our campers’ medical needs onsite, including chemo and dialysis.” Expanding to fill growing needs Twin Lakes began operations in 1991 and held its first summer programs in 1993. Its two current campuses are in Rutledge and Winder, Georgia. “Our current partners and larger community have been expressing the need for more – more programs, more family weekends, more child-only summer camps,” explained Hutchins. “To meet this need, we are building a third, year-round campus on additional land in Rutledge that will allow us to serve 3,500 more campers every year, including kids with Down Syndrome, pancreatitis, skin diseases, and mental health diagnoses.” The new campus is expected to open in early 2023, and Camp Twin Lakes expect to serve more than 12,000 campers next year across all three locations. Yardi has been a community partner with Camp Twin Lakes for more than fifteen years. “Yardi supported us through the pandemic, making therapeutic, educational, and recreational programs possible for hundreds of kids during a really difficult time. And with our new campus opening next year, your support will bring the joy of Camp to even more campers,” shared Hutchins. Camp Twin Lakes offers a donor-funded Camper Scholarship Program. It funds program supplies, onsite medical support, accessible onsite housing, and meals meeting specific dietary needs. Providing this support relieves the financial burden from camper families, making the transformative experience of Camp possible for thousands of kids every year. A sense of fitting in We asked Hutchins to share one the story of a camper who was positively impacted by their experience at Camp Twin Lakes. She shared Morgan’s story with us. “Morgan has Apert Syndrome, which affects facial features and limbs. Morgan shared that people often stare at her because she looks different, but Camp is different,” said Hutchins. “No one stares at me,” said Morgan of what it is like for youth attending Camp Twin Lakes. “No one treats me like I am a kid with Aperts, or a kid who was born without fingers and toes, or who cannot lift her arms above her head. Camp is a place where kids who are extraordinary can just be ordinary. It is my favorite place in the entire world. I wish the world were just like it – understanding, patient, caring, and fun.” After first attending camp at age 11, Morgan is now a volunteer counselor for the organization during the summer. As a counselor, Morgan says her goal is to “tell my campers that it is OK to be different. People are going to stare or wonder why you are doing something a certain way, but it is uniquely your way.” Opportunities for Yardi employees to volunteer There are many ways for Georgia...

Patriot PAWS May20

Patriot PAWS

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. In 2021, Yardi offices supported more than 350 nonprofits worldwide. For the remainder of the year, we will be bringing you the stories of those organizations and insight into how they aid their communities. Today, we are talking with Patriot PAWS, a Rockwall, Texas organization that since 2006 has provided fully trained service dogs of the highest quality to disabled American veterans at no cost to the veteran. Patriot PAWS was founded in 2006 by Lori Stevens, who observed several veterans attempting to train their own dogs to become service dogs. As a dog trainer with 30 years of experience, Stevens knew she could help. What started out as just Stevens and four volunteers has become a national organization with more than 380 service dog placements in 39 states and ongoing growth each year. Readying a service dog is a major undertaking.  Each Patriot PAWS service dog costs $35,000 to train and provide care for. “All funds will go towards continuing the mission of providing these life-saving dogs to our veterans in need,” said Marissa Pittman and Sarah Mathers, development coordinators for the organization. “Yardi’s generous support has helped us bring several dogs into training and place dogs not only as service dogs, but as in-home working dogs for our veterans as well. We truly could not do this without the support by amazing companies like Yardi,” Pittman and Mathers said. Freedom and Gus’ story Freedom, a U.S. Army Combat Medic, endured physical, mental, and emotional injuries because of her military service. While all these injuries impacted her life, she struggled most with debilitating Post-Traumatic Stress...

Commitment to Education May16

Commitment to Education

Continuing a longstanding focus on education, Yardi is pleased to announce the establishment of new scholarships at four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta and Raleigh, cities that are also home to Yardi offices. There are 107 colleges in the United States that are identified by the U.S. Department of Education as HBCUs. Most were established in the Southern U.S. prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and were created to provide opportunities to Black Americans who were excluded from attending other higher education institutions during segregation. HBCUs are known for providing diverse and inclusive communities of scholarship, strong academic preparedness for post-college life and rewarding student and alumni experiences. HBCUs Morehouse College, Spelman College, North Carolina Central University and Shaw University will be home to four-year full tuition scholarships funded by Yardi that will begin in Fall 2022. Yardi already supports secondary education in its hometown of Santa Barbara, California through its support of the UC Santa Barbara School of Engineering, Santa Barbara City College, CSU Channel Islands, and the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation. Reflecting Yardi’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, Yardi’s executive team decided to support secondary education at HBCUs. A working group of Yardi employees, James Armour, Jackie Jones and Adrian Paul, led the effort to identify the best institutions to fund and the scope of the scholarships, supported by philanthropic leads Liana Rao and Arnie Brier. “Expanding our commitment to continuing education by funding full scholarships at HBCUs is incredibly important to the company,” said Rao. “These scholarships exemplify our corporate commitment to diversity and inclusion at Yardi. We hire talented folks from all four of these schools and are excited to expand our partnership with each university.” James Armour, Finance Director in Yardi’s Atlanta office, commented on the critical impact that support of HBCU students can provide. “In life, we have different starting lines and some people start ahead of others. I think this is just one step in moving that starting line for those who are at the back. I see this is as life changing for the recipients that will be receiving these scholarships. They will be that much closer to their goals,” Armour said. Jackie Jones, a Senior HR Manager in Yardi’s Raleigh office and a graduate of NCCU, described the significant impact attending an HBCU had on her college experience and life. “The HBCU experience, for me, was nurturing but also provided lessons at every turn,” Jones recalled. “I still attend homecoming events each year when I can. I made friends during college who are still among my best friends today.” Marcus Rutherford, a member of Yardi’s corporate training team, attended Johnson C. Smith University, an HBCU in North Carolina, said that his experience at the school has empowered his future. “It’s a legacy that I hold near and dear to my heart. As an alumnus I can encourage dreamers wanting to attend college to believe in their dreams. Don’t just reach for the stars. Be the star,” Rutherford said.Learn more about HBCUs and more about Yardi’s corporate philanthropy...

Reach for Excellence May13

Reach for Excellence

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. In 2021, Yardi offices supported more than 350 nonprofits worldwide. For the remainder of the year, we will be bringing you the stories of those organizations and insight into how they aid their communities. Today, we are getting to know Reach for Excellence, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that serves middle-school children through educational enrichment. Founded in 2001, the mission of Reach for Excellence is to empower determined leaders and expand their possibilities in the classroom, in the community, and in life. Reach for Excellence is a tuition-free academic and leadership enrichment program that offers students of limited income a mix of academic, cultural, and community-based experiences that prepare them for the challenges of college-preparatory programs and high schools. Director of Development Matt McGee shares: “While there are many worthwhile educational enrichment programs in the Atlanta area, Reach for Excellence is one of the few that focuses on middle school-aged children. Research from ACT found that the academic achievement students attain by eighth grade significantly impacts college and career readiness. Therefore, it is critical for this age group to gain exposure to the academic and leadership skills necessary to succeed in high school, college, and beyond.” Program offerings Reach for Excellence keeps students focused on learning by engaging young scholars in academic and leadership enrichment classes over six weeks during the summer. The program continues throughout the school year with 16 Saturday sessions. Two hot meals are provided each day in the summer, and a hot lunch is provided on Saturdays, ensuring that students are well-fed and ready to learn. Reach for Excellence also provides transportation assistance. “The program requires hard work, commitment, and discipline, but the rewards can last a lifetime,” says McGee. He shared the story of Jocelyn Calvillo, a Reach for Excellence student who later became an attorney. “Jocelyn was eager to join Reach, but her parents were concerned about maintaining a commitment to attend classes on Saturdays and during the summer. She had three siblings, and both parents worked demanding schedules. Transportation to the program would be an issue. Her parents recognized the importance of education and worked with Reach and other families to negotiate Jocelyn’s transportation,” McGee shared. But once she was able to attend, “It was comfortable to be in an environment with kids from similar backgrounds, and she never felt like she was less than her peers. She recalls that there were always books available and visited Reach’s library often. She loved reading and was good at math, a big part of the Reach curriculum,” said McGee. Calvillo ultimately attended high school at Atlanta’s Marist School in Atlanta, Agnes Scott College, where she majored in political science and Spanish, and Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. She now helps her community as an immigration attorney with Catholic Charities Atlanta, an organization that helps families to overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. “Jocelyn believes that Reach for Excellence opens doors and helps students succeed despite all the barriers they face. Seeing all that her fellow Reach classmates have accomplished, she believes Reach students will change the world,” said McGee. Future goals In 2022 and 2023, Reach for Excellence is working to offset the impact of the pandemic on students’ academic growth. The pandemic has taken a particular toll on the education of children in low-income families. Research from Georgia State University recently found that many students in the Metro-Atlanta area experienced reductions in academic growth over the last two years. The math and reading achievement reductions were more significant among students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, students of color, and English language learners. All of Reach for Excellence students match these demographics and experienced more significant reductions in academic growth than their peers. “Additionally,...

ShelterBox Spotlight

Since 2015, Yardi has been a supporter of ShelterBox, a crisis response non-profit that assists globally in natural disasters, war zones and other crises. Last month, Yardi awarded ShelterBox a $100,000 grant to support the organization’s response to the war in Ukraine. The funds are being put to immediate use on three vital projects. Read on to hear the non-profit’s story and learn about volunteer opportunities. ShelterBox responders coordinating distribution to refugees from Ukraine. Photo courtesy ShelterBox. An Organization Overview ShelterBox President Kerri Murray visited Poland, near the Ukrainian border, during the early weeks of the war and was struck by the outpouring of support for refugees from throughout Europe. Individuals were arriving in their own cars, having driven for hours, to offer transport and refuge in other countries. “It’s really profound, in the midst of all this heartache, to see things that make you really hopeful,” said Murray. “In the worst of times, you often see the best of humanity.” She was also struck by the sadness exuded from the refugees who had to leave loved ones, especially men of age to serve in the military (ages 18-60), behind in Ukraine. “I noticed that people were not relieved. Even though they were now safely in Poland, their families were ripped apart.” ShelterBox staff and volunteers are no strangers to these situations, as they have contributed support to more 2.5 million people during over 300 crises in nearly 100 countries since the non-profit was founded 22 years ago. “As a humanitarian aid organization that works globally, we’re trying to tackle one of the biggest issues that’s plaguing our world, and it’s the massive displacement of people,” Murray said. Including the conflict in Ukraine, more than 119 million people are currently considered displaced, more than any other time in recorded history. “These include victims of violent conflict situations, like we are seeing in Ukraine, civil war situations, and then disaster situations. It could be earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, hurricanes – any events that have forcibly displaced people from their homes,” Murray said. Prior to the war in Ukraine, ShelterBox was responding in the Philippines to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Rai, which decimated homes and displaced millions in December 2021. The organization was also continuing its ongoing response in war-ridden Syria, where it has served continuously since 2011. Recipients of a ShelterBox kit in Malawi after flooding there in 2015. Photo courtesy ShelterBox. “It’s this kind of quiet work in conflict situations that are the reason ShelterBox has now been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Murray said of the Syrian efforts. “The essential premise behind the organization is that we provide the things that you need to sustain your life if you lose everything in an instant, and you’re forced to flee your home.” Supporting Ukrainian Refugees The United Nations estimates that 12 million Ukrainians have been displaced because of the war, with 7.7 million remaining within the country’s borders. The organization was prepared for the conflict with advance assessment work, something they attempt to do in any country where there is a potential for conflict. Learning from its experiences in Syria and other conflict zones, ShelterBox knew that the most effective response strategies would be the most portable. Its three projects in Ukraine include the following: Mattress distribution to provide refugees on the move with a comfortable place to sleep. “These are for people who are cycling through the collective (refugee) centers, so they’re not sleeping on floors,” explained Murray. Thousands have been used over the last five weeks, and are returned after use so that they can be distributed again.Shelter-in-place kits for Ukrainian homes that have been damaged by bombs, customized to regional needs. These include tarpaulins to cover roof or wall damage, basic tools and building supplies, as well as solar lights, water carriers, thermal blankets, and hygiene kits. “It’s a very customized bespoke kit based...

Never Miss a Meal Apr28

Never Miss a Meal

Food insecurity can often go unnoticed. The imperceptible public health issue is the result of multiple systemic factors as well as unprecedented situations, such as COVID-19 job losses. In Ontario, Daily Bread Food Bank works to alleviate hunger through emergency aid and long-term sustainable change. The growing need for meal support in Toronto In 2021, Daily Bread witnessed a 61% increase in new clients. Of the new clients, about 44% did not eat for a whole day almost every month and 58% of existing clients had similar experiences. More than 30% of clients report going hungry at least once a week. The causes of food insecurity vary, but there are a few common threads: 2 in 5 food bank clients seek services because their income is too low. Recent studies reveal that 1 in 5 clients lost their job in the past year and 20% report that their employment will not last more than a year. The affordability crisis also plays a role in food insecurity. About 65% of clients live in private market rentals, not subsidized housing. The median monthly income for clients is $1,106 and they’re spending 68% of their income on housing. After paying rent and utilities, clients face an average of $9.17 per person for transportation, clothing, day-care, medications, and food. There simply isn’t enough money to go around for working families. The food budget is usually to first to get cut and 51% of clients forgo food to pay for other necessities. Of respondents, 80% are at high risk of homelessness. Daily Bread Food Bank promotes immediate and long term solutions In December 2021, visits to food banks increased by 47% compared to this point last year. To manage the need, Daily Bread Food Bank collaborates with 118 member...

UNICEF UPDATE Apr15

UNICEF UPDATE

Yardi received the below video from UNICEF Romania, which was recently the recipient of a portion of $1 million (U.S.) that the company contributed to efforts to support refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. “Let me start by thanking you from the bottom of my heart for your generous contribution. Your contribution to UNICEF, which will help children and refugees coming from Ukraine,” says Pieter Bult, UNICEF representative Romania, in the video. Bult is speaking from one of UNICEF’s Romanian Blue Dot locations. Blue Dots offer integrated services in child friendly spaces with a focus on the most vulnerable refugees, as well as assistance with family reunification and communication, information/advice desks, dedicated mother and child areas, psychosocial aid, hygiene, first aid and more. Blankets, warm clothing, health and recreational kits along with hygiene products and baby food are available. “The Blue Dot is one of our symbols of child protection response. In this Blue Dot, the main service that is provided is the registration of children and the care that children need upon arrival here,” said Bult. “This registration is critical also to identify the most vulnerable children, who need special attention and special protection. When they are registered, they will go where needed in the National Child Protection System.” He continues: “There are other services here as well. Psychosocial services, to give attention to the stress that all the families are under, especially the children.” But the Blue Dots are also a refuge, a place where children can relax after their journey out of Ukraine and play with other kids, which is shown in the video. Meanwhile their mothers are receiving information about where to go next, including transportation and housing resources. “This Blue Dot is a critical part of a safety net...

Eva’s Initiatives

Nearly 10,000 youth in Toronto struggle with housing instability each year. On any given night, about 2,000 of them call the streets home. Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth strives to prevent homelessness while facilitating a brighter future for homeless young people. Andrea Gunraj serves as the Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications at Eva’s. She bears testimony to the dire situations that drive people out of their homes. Many misunderstand the catalysts for homelessness. “They assume young people are not following the rules or they’re getting into things that they shouldn’t. It can be a blame approach,” reflects Gunraj. She continues, “I think one of the things that people often misunderstand is why young people become homeless in the first place. In Toronto, there is a high number of people who experience issues at home like abuse. With 70 percent of young people, they identify that as one of the reasons for leaving home. And it’s not easy to leave by any means when you don’t have money or support. Often, there are really dire situations that push people to leave.” There is also a misconception that mainly youth from economically disadvantaged families are at high risk of homelessness. About 50 percent of homeless young people come from middle- and upper-income families. Eva’s provides services for young people and their families to keep the household healthy and intact if possible. Two shelters and a transitional housing facility, plus education and job training services, are available to help them make the transition to independence. Yardi supports Eva’s Satellite, Eva’s Phoenix, and Eva’s Place. The three facilities are home to 123 homeless youth aged 16-24 every night. Residents receive basic necessities such as food, clothing, and hygiene items. Staff members assess the young persons’ mental, physical, and...

Aid for Refugees

Yardi will contribute $1 million to the relief efforts of non-profit humanitarian aid organizations working to assist and support Ukrainian nationals displaced by the war between Russia and Ukraine. “We are heartbroken to see the events happening in Ukraine, and as we hope for swift peace, we will be doing everything we can to help our neighbors,” said Bianca Geomolean, director of human resources at Yardi Romania. The United Nations estimates that over 3.7 million people have left the country because of the conflict, and up to 10 million are displaced within Ukraine. Many evacuees are attempting to reach neighboring countries, including Poland, Romania, Hungary and others. The United States announced today it would accept 100,000 refugees. Funds donated by Yardi will be distributed between the following organizations: UNICEF, the Romanian Red Cross, Direct Relief, ShelterBox, and five NGOs that are based in Romania: Fundația Regală Margareta a României, Dăruiește Viață, CERT Transilvania, Beard Brothers, and O Masă Caldă. “One of Yardi’s core values is to take care of the communities where our teams live and work. This time, this extends beyond the borders of our country,” Geomolean said. “We stand by Ukraine and its people, we stand with humanity, with freedom and with peace. We wish that our contribution will bring relief and a bit of hope to those in desperate need of it. Together, we are #EnergizedForGood!” UNICEF focuses on vulnerable refugees In Romania, UNICEF is supporting the Romanian Government, local authorities, UN agencies and non-government organizations to monitor the inflow of Ukrainian refugees and offer immediate support for urgent needs. UNICEF’s response focuses on establishing and operationalizing Blue Dots at the border crossings. Blue Dot locations are dedicated refugee children and family support hubs. They represent an integrated model that will provide support for the most immediate needs of children and women. Blue Dots will offer integrated services in child friendly spaces with a focus on the most vulnerable refugees, as well as assistance with family reunification and communication, information/advice desks, dedicated mother and child areas, psychosocial aid, hygiene, first aid and more. Blankets, warm clothing, health and recreational kits along with hygiene products and baby food will be available in Blue Dots as well. “UNICEF is working day and night to scale-up support for children and women affected by the escalating conflict. There are already three Blue Dots functional at Sighetu Marmatiei, Siret and Isaccea providing support to those crossing the border to Romania. Other Blue Dots will be operationalized in the following days,” said Pieter Bult, UNICEF Representative to Romania. UNICEF in Romania has launched an online appeal to raise funds for children’s needs affected by conflict in Ukraine. Personal donations can be made here. A portal for corporate donations is also available. ShelterBox sends humanitarian supplies ShelterBox, another organization Yardi has previously supported, is working on three projects – two within Ukraine and one to support refugees fleeing to neighboring countries. ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray recently traveled to Poland’s border with Ukraine and met with refugees. Photo courtesy ShelterBox. Refugees from Ukraine in a temporary shelter. “ShelterBox USA is deeply grateful for Yardi’s contribution,” Murray said. “This charitable support will enable us to deliver critical relief supplies to Ukrainians who need them most. When I was working in Poland on the Ukraine border, I met with women and children who had to travel for days by foot, bus, and train flee the violence, many of whom had to leave members of their family behind to fight. Yardi’s support is critical to helping us provide essential aid to those families.” “Yardi values our long-term partnership with ShelterBox, a fellow Santa Barbara organization with a strong commitment and proven track record for assistance in disaster relief around the world,” said Arnie Brier, Yardi senior vice president. “We are reassured to see ShelterBox involved in supporting Ukrainian refugees during this devastating crisis.” ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in...

Commitment to Community Jan27

Commitment to Community...

It has long been a cornerstone of Yardi’s mission to support the communities in which its corporate offices are located. In this blog post, we share more about the organizations and causes supported by Yardi and how employees are directly involved in selecting these organizations. A lasting legacy Yardi has always believed in contributing to vital charities that work to make the world a better place. Since the company’s beginnings in Santa Barbara in 1984, Yardi has supported local philanthropic causes. As the company has grown, the reach of its charitable work has also expanded. From the Yardi corporate mission statement: Yardi considers itself an integral part of the communities in which it operates and, by extension, the larger global community.As such, we believe it is vitally important to contribute to the health and well-being of those communities, whether by volunteering time and energy to worthwhile causes or providing financial support to advance humanitarian goals. In 2021, Yardi offices supported more than 350 nonprofits worldwide. Employees in each Yardi office identify and select impactful nonprofits in their local communities. Supporting communities Every year, each of the approximately 30 Yardi offices with over 10 employees is provided a budget for community support. A committee of employee volunteers leads the annual process of selecting nonprofits. All employees are welcome to nominate nonprofit organizations, and each local committee evaluates the nominated non-profits, which includes reviewing the organization’s outcomes and financial statements. “We give a lot of autonomy to the local office committees. We have found that each office focuses on slightly different causes, based on the needs of the local community and the passions of our employees. For example, we have one office who has historically focused on mental health and another office who is dedicated to...

Pennrose Foundation Jan20

Pennrose Foundation

Yardi client Pennrose is continuing its mission to transform communities one child at a time. The multifamily real estate development and property management company has launched its latest scholarship program to help youth reach their goals. And you can pitch in! Pennrose Foundation Scholarships Since 2010, Pennrose Foundation has offered two types of scholarships for resident youth: the Summer Camp Scholarships and the Academic Scholarships. Summers are a crucial time for young learners. Summer programs are essential to prevent the “summer slide,” when children do not retain or build upon what they’ve learned in the previous academic year. The Summer Camp Scholarships help youth in economically disadvantaged families continue their education through the summer. In addition to academic support and reinforcement, children also gain access to extracurricular activities. Programming such as environmental conservation, sports, music and the arts provide enrichment for growing minds. Applications for Summer Camp Scholarships will be accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for 2022 Summer Camp information and application. The academic program grants scholarships for higher learning opportunities to residents of Pennrose-managed affordable communities. The goal is to optimize the potential of promising youth in economically disadvantaged households. Through financial support, youth are better prepared to achieve their education and career goals. The organization is receiving applications for the 2022 Academic Scholarships through May 1, 2022. Click here for 2022 Academic Scholarship information and application. About the Pennrose Foundation The Pennrose Foundation is a project of Pennrose, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The Pennrose Foundation was established to enhance the parent company’s mission of transforming communities by supporting charitable organizations and events. Target beneficiaries include seniors and families, wellness initiatives and communities surrounding Pennrose locations across the company’s footprint. The Pennrose Foundation is recognized as tax-exempt under...

Building Bridges Dec24

Building Bridges

For many developmentally and neurologically divergent children, navigating the world requires a customized approach. Recent decades have cultivated improved understanding of neurological disorders, offering new therapies to children and their caregivers. The Warren Center leads the charge in bringing innovative care to Texas families. Meet Matthew When Matthew first arrived at The Warren Center, he was nonverbal. His Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis helped to explain why he found it difficult to communicate. When he became frustrated or overwhelmed, he would hide under a table. His parents sought ways to help their bright child better express himself and improve his social skills. After working consistently with The Warren Center, Matthew is now able to express his needs, desires, interests and ideas. As a result, he ditched his habit of hiding under the table. He is now speaking in sentences. “He started with five words, and now his words are countless and he’s saying five-word sentences,” said his mother with a smile. Matthew and his mother are one of many families who have found the tools that they need through The Warren Center. Each family receives customized care plans based on their unique circumstances. Experts work one-on-one with families to empower them with the therapies and services required for success. The Warren Center offerings Yardi is a proud sponsor of The Warren Center, which serves children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. The nonprofit operates 15 sites throughout Texas as well as ongoing telehealth services. Programs at The Warren Center include the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program in which personalized therapy sessions take place in a child’s home or daycare. Children under three years of age receive therapy in communication, motor skills and sensory processing. Clinic Therapy Services offer comprehensive evaluation and therapy for...

Ending Homelessness Dec07

Ending Homelessness

When is tee time more than the start of something fun? When the sport helps to end the cycle of situational homelessness. Yardi is a proud co-sponsor of the Shelters to Shutters (S2S) Atlanta Topgolf Invitational. The fundraising event gives hardworking individuals the opportunity to rebuild their lives in the safety of their homes. Homelessness in Atlanta Approximately 3,200 individuals experience housing insecurity within Atlanta city limits. They are a fraction of Georgia’s 10,300 people without a residential address. Though the Department of Community Affairs hosts programs such as the State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program and several mortgage assistance programs, residents fall through the gaps in the system. Gaps in coverage are exacerbate job insecurity, health and safety issues. Shelters to Shutters fills those gaps. The nonprofit has implemented a model that helps those in need obtain housing and employment in a sustainable manner. Shelters to Shutters Situational homelessness is housing insecurity that has occurred within the last three years and is not the result of chronic mental illness or drug abuse. S2S offers Atlantans a pathway from situational homelessness to economic independence through full-time employment and housing opportunities. It is a “hand up, not a hand out” approach to ending situational homelessness in the metro area. S2S receives nominations through partner programs. Nominees are reviewed before being placed with volunteers who help them refine their resumes and develop interview skills. Once employed with an industry housing partner, the nominee is placed in on-premises housing with a 70% discounted rent for the first year. The unit is equipped with the basic furniture needed to make an apartment feel like home. Nominees may also pair up with a volunteer financial advisor and mentor who helps them set a budget, repair their credit and set long term goals. Employment through S2S results in an average minimum wage of $15.50, more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Employees receive a full benefits package that includes medical and paid holidays. There are also opportunities for career development: maintenance technicians are in high demand. S2S funds the Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT) for interested nominees. More than 70% of job placements through S2S result in a subsequent promotion. To date, the nonprofit has assisted more than 360 individuals in their journey towards housing security. The success rate of the program is demonstrable. About 93% of participants have not re-entered services for the housing insecure. About Topgolf Invitational On Nov 18, Topgolf Pro in Atlanta hosted a two-hour, invitation-only tournament. Proceeds from the event support the transition program at S2S. About 120 participants including several Yardi employees enjoyed a golf challenge, raffle, silent auction, dinner buffet and networking opportunities.   The organization successfully raised more than $40,000 for S2S. The funds support the organization’s goal to expand services in 2022. This year, S2S assisted 50 individuals with employment and housing placement. Next year, the organization aims to assist at least 60 individuals. Supporting S2S April Cline, executive direct for S2S Atlanta, says, “If it is not addressed, situational homelessness can lead to long-term homelessness which places people at higher risk for substance abuse, exposure to dangerous situations and three-times the risk of getting COVID. We aim to stop the cycle before it starts.” Want to help end the cycle of situational homelessness? S2S is actively seeking volunteers to assist with resume writing, mock interviews, basic financial advice and mentorship. Please email [email protected] to get started. In-person and virtual opportunities are available. Yardi is Energized for Good! Read more about Yardi’s philanthropic outreach on our Giving...

Making a Difference Nov30

Making a Difference

‘Tis the season for sharing and caring. Giving Tuesday is a terrific opportunity to share the giving spirit of the holidays. By supporting causes that are close to our hearts, we can amplify their message and their impact on our communities. In honor of Giving Tuesday, we are recapping a few nonprofit features of 2021. We welcome you to join Yardi in supporting these causes. Angela’s House supports medically frail children and their families.The organization arranges life-saving home care services, medical supplies, assistive technologies, home modifications and counseling services. Through its programs, families are able to focus on one another rather than medical challenges. Santa Paula Animal Resource Center (SPARC) is a nonprofit shelter that provides progressive programs, resources and services to help rehabilitate and rehome abandoned and stray animals. SPARC celebrates the human-animal bond and aims to eliminate the barriers that hamper the advancement of companion animal welfare. Their efforts promote a future that considers all pets within the community, not just those who end up at a shelter. Connections for the Homeless took a creative spin on providing shelter and food for the housing insecure. Partnering with landlords, hotels and restaurants during the early stages of the pandemic helped the organization support more nearly 3,400 individuals.   kidSTREAM reignites the passion for learning through play. The organization provides an interactive environment where kids explore, play and discover. Each experience aims to inspire and empower kids to become critical thinkers, innovators and life-long learners. Flusterpost E.V. is a German nonprofit that helps families cope with cancer diagnoses to develop greater preparedness, resiliency and hope. Participants engage in counseling, play therapy and additional resources. All services are confidential and free of charge. Clients can access services in person, by phone, email or via social media. Dress for Success Boston  uses clothing as a steppingstone to...

IREM Fun Run Oct21

IREM Fun Run

Ready, set, go! End the month of October with a virtual run or walk that supports higher education. It’s a fun and healthful way to support future real estate industry leaders.  IREM Virtual Fun Run + Walk 5k The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is hosting its annual race to support the development of real estate management professionals, the IREM Foundation Virtual Fun Run + Walk. You can participate regardless of where you live or how you choose to get around: whether you’re in a wheelchair, walking, jogging, running or anything in between, this race is for you. Register to participate in either a 5k or one-mile event. Once registered, you will receive a digital bib. (You can also jazz-up your participation with merch, a great way to promote the cause while you’re on-the-go.) You can then complete your distance at any time between October 22- 31, 2021. After completion, you will receive your race results along with a printable virtual medal. We encourage you to take a picture during your race, jot down your completion time and share the event on social media. Use the hashtags #IREMFunRun or #IREMFoundation to share your experience with other supporters and participants. By participating, you can help communities thrive The IREM Foundation believes that well-managed real estate leads to thriving communities. To create these safe and prosperous spaces, the organization creates scholarships to ease the financial burden on members who want to further their education. You can help! All proceeds from the race support IREM Foundation scholarships and programs to elevate diverse leaders. Yardi is a proud sponsor of the foundation, which provides tuition assistance for up to three certification courses. Scholarship recipients have demonstrated commitment to a career in real estate management. Through your participation,...

Stronger Together

In Germany, an estimated 51% of men and 43% of women will develop cancer during their lifetime, reports medical research firm Bristol Myers Squibb. While the number of survivors is steadily increasing, so is the number of incidences amongst people of working age.  One non-profit organization helps families cope with cancer diagnoses to develop greater preparedness, resiliency and hope. Clarity, communication and community at Flüsterpost e.V. Flüsterpost e.V. (Whisper Mail in English) supports children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer. This is done primarily through counseling for parents, which coaches adults on how to handle the diagnosis with their young family members. Pictured from left – Anita Zimmermann (Founder of Flüsterpost), Bärbel Welches (Yardi), Dirk Kolbe (Yardi) Karin Burchardt (Flüsterpost), Kathrin Stahl (Yardi) and Denis Litke (Yardi). The counseling sessions encourage open and honest discussion within the family. Through discussion, families can address or resolve issues and mitigate additional psychological and physical stress for the youth and young adults in the family. Additionally, children get the chance to learn how to deal with crisis situations in a capable and self-efficient way, thus strengthen their resources and resilience.  Family counseling is supplemented with additional research and resources. All services are confidential and free of charge. Clients can access services in person, by phone, email or via social media. Youth also have access to play therapy. At the center, kids can play instruments, explore the arts, participate in equine therapy, and so much more. Each activity is crafted to provide emotional support through self-expression and energetic release.  Flüsterpost e.V.  + Yardi Yardi is a proud sponsor of Flüsterpost e.V. Team members from the Germany office visited the site to learn more about the organization. Yardi team members Bärbel Welches, Dirk Kolbe, Kathrin Stahl and Denis Litke explored rooms that...

Ready, Set, Succeed! Sep17

Ready, Set, Succeed!

Yardi Atlanta has done it again! Team members have joined forces to help students of a local school beat the odds. Through their efforts, disadvantaged youth are able to start off the year with the tools needed for success. Mimosa Elementary School: overcoming the odds Mimosa Elementary School thrives because of dedicated teachers, engaged students and active parents. The academic growth of Mimosa students is higher than 74% of schools in the state, and higher than its district. About 34% of its third-grade students read at or above the grade level target, an important milestone for youth. Mimosa Elementary School is Beating the Odds, meaning that it performs better than similar Title 1 schools. The school receives 4.7 stars on Google reviews, mostly from pleased parents. Mimosa Elementary School challenges public perception of a Title 1 school. The student body, with fewer than 800 students, rests within an Economic Opportunity Zone. Most families have incomes below the poverty line and approximately 95 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch rates. But the school isn’t a place of lack. Yardi Atlanta’s Back to School Supply Drive Economic challenges are met with resourcefulness, creativity and community support. Yardi Atlanta is a proud sponsor of Mimosa Elementary School. Each year, team members raise funds and buy supplies to support the Back to School Supply Drive. In its second year of remote employment, Yardi Atlanta remains dedicated to addressing real-world issues. The School Supply Drive Committee organized a virtual fundraiser to gather supplies for disadvantaged students. Participants could send donations via an electronic platform, submit cash donations through HR or supply item donations to the local office. By any means available, Yardi team members showed their support for local students. A virtual fundraiser for a largely remote group has its challenges....

3D-Printed Housing Sep15

3D-Printed Housing

Habitat for Humanity is leading the way on innovative housing solutions. The Tempe branch is exploring 3D-printed ranch-style homes to address a growing need for housing. The flagship structure demonstrates the efficiency and beauty of combining conventional and 3D printer construction. It takes a village to print a 3D house The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house was designed by Scottsdale-based Candelaria Designs and printed by PERI group of Germany using a Build On Demand (BOD2) printer. More than 20 sponsors provided funding. The house contains 1,738 square feet of living space and a total of 2,433 square feet for the project, reports the nonprofit. Of the total square footage, 70-80% of the house will be 3D printed. The BOD2 works alongside construction crews and volunteers. It uses the gantry principle, which allows it to move in any position within the structure, printing inner and outer walls in thin layers. As it prints, human workers can continue their electrical, plumbing and other tasks. Humans will also install the ceilings. Construction is scheduled for completion in October 2021. Explore Habitat for Humanity’s earth-friendly passivehaus design. For now, the BOD2 house at 677 W. 19th St. will be one-of-a-kind. The 15 adjacent homes will be traditional builds on four city lots. Habitat for Humanity has made it clear that more 3D-printed homes are of interest. The project is a direct response to an acute affordable housing crisis in the area, reports the nonprofit. About 20% of renters are considered extremely low income. Of them, 75% of households are severely cost burdened. The phrase is used by the National Low Income Housing Coalition to describe renters spending more than 30% of their income on housing. The state would need more than 136,000 affordable units to safely house extremely low-income renters. Scalable, affordable...

Tech for Success Aug13

Tech for Success

Virtual classrooms demonstrate the marvels of modern technology—for those with access to them. Students without adequate technology faced a myriad of challenges. Among them, some students did not have internet connectivity while others struggled to navigate multiple class schedules on shared computers. The attentive staff of Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) noticed the need and stepped in to help. We caught up with Toshania Solomon and Debra Shaw at TCHC via Zoom to learn how they helped tenants thrive in remote learning environments. Meeting the need Solomon was fresh on the job at TCHC when we spoke. With her, she brought years of experience in program management and community planning. This enabled her to hit the ground running as the supervisor of program support and implementation. “One part of me was always working with people while the other part worked in the background with strategic structure,” smiles Solomon. “For me, it’s all about impact.” The first high impact project was largely self-assigned. During school closures during COVID-19, Solomon and her team noticed profound needs in the community. “My job entailed afterschool and summer programs,” began Solomon. “I noticed many families didn’t have access to devices or only had one device with multiple kids.” The organization developed the idea of Tech for Learning Success, technology kits for families. The kits would include laptops for children and youth grades one to 12, internet subscriptions via Rogers Connected for Success, connection hardware, homework assistance and resources for adults. “One the idea was in place, everything just…began to come together,” says Solomon. Tech for Learning Success TCHC received a grant from Yardi to purchase the kits. With the funds, Solomon and her team were able to expand them to include laptop carrying bags, mice, headphones, notebooks and other essential office supplies. “Thanks to Yardi Canada’s donation, we provided technology kits to 20 families in total. Sixteen families connected to TCHC through our Active Living programs, and four families from our rapid housing program that places families from the Toronto Shelter system into TCHC units,” reports Debra Shaw, development officer for programs and partnerships at TCHC. “It’s so important that kids in our community could be equipped like everyone else. We were able to meet them where they’re at and elevate them from there,” says Solomon. It was so important to her, in fact, that she participated in the assembly and delivery of the kits. Along with members of the regional team, Solomon put supplies in the hands of 43 young people. They belonged to families that had registered on a first come, first serve basis as well as families with unique needs. Shaw explains, “One family has a child with cerebral palsy who needs to spend more time in her online classes. This affects the other four children in the household who also need access to the device for online classes. It has been difficult to balance all of their online learning. They are particular pleased to have been selected for this program.” Putting kits to work To optimize use of the kits, TCHC developed two learning streams. In Stream one, parents attended four 45-minute online workshop sessions. The sessions introduced parents to the devices as well as the basics of cybersecurity, teaching at home and general wellness. In stream two, kids and youth learned how to operate the technology appropriately and how to stay safe while on the internet. Families also receive a PDF listing free educational resources such as community agencies offering support, games, worksheets, literacy and free tutoring services. These resources are all accessible online and community services broken down by geographical regions. “This project has been so rewarding,” beams Solomon. “To be clear, tenants are thriving with or without our help. They’re doing what they need to in order to get things done. Tenants, including the kids, have an unmatched sense of resiliency and they’re able to tap into...

Digitizing Priceless Texts Jun08

Digitizing Priceless Texts

Have you ever heard the saying, “We don’t know what we don’t know?” We cannot quantify the impact of lost or destroyed information once it’s gone. Subsequent generations are simply left not knowing what was once known. From the destruction of the Xianyang State Archives in 206 B.C. and burning of the U.S. Library of Congress in 1814 to the vandalism of the Central Library of Mosul in 2015, human action and natural disasters have robbed the world of more than 100 major libraries and their irreplaceable texts. In 2003, many sacred and historic texts at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) in Pune suffered at the hands of vandals. The incident was a sober reminder that we must proactively protect the fragile and irreplaceable documents that influence cultural evolution. To protect the legacies of literature and celebrate its centennial anniversary, BORI and Yardi have teamed up to create a digital library. Meet BORI Established in 1917, BORI is the caretaker of more than 153,000 rare books and 28,000 manuscripts. Texts offer valuable insights on topics such as the Vedas, Ayurveda, Buddhism, Jainism, Sanskrit and ancient Indian philosophies.  In 2017, the organization celebrated 100 years in operation. Staff initiated a new digital library that would protect its priceless holdings while making content available to larger audiences. “We recognized the need to evolve in a new direction,” explains Sudheer Vaishampayan, honorary secretary of BORI. “We recognized the need to protect the treasure in our care as well as the significance of making it accessible. Hence we started the mission to digitize our library.” A labor of love and a legacy To create the digital library, staff followed five basic steps: Create an online catalogue system to ensure that texts are easy to find. BORI used a “Marc-21” standard that includes 26 fields per catalogue entry.Select books for scanning based on three parameters: online availability, copyrights and academic significance. Based on those criteria, BORI selected nearly 16,000 books.Establish the Digitization Lab. BORI is home to one of the most well-equipped digitization labs in India that includes three book scanners and two document scanners.Begin the time consuming and tedious process called non-destructive scanning. Page-by-page, staff scanned in almost 16,000 books. BORI staff partnered with Nyansa, an end-to-end digital solutions facilitator. The teams worked in three shifts from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.. It has taken two years to scan nearly 7 million pages—and work is still in progress!Transition scanned files to the Digitalaya platform created by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). Lastly, BORI established BoriLib.com.  The digital library went live in late 2019. It currently hosts 8,269 books with about 7,500 books in the pipeline. “After five years, and tremendous efforts of multiple teams, we know that our digital journey has only begun,” said Vaishampayan. “The pandemic has put a brake on our speed, but we will finish the job by the end of 2021.” BORI + Yardi, safeguarding the future by preserving the past The information and philosophies found within the books have already survived the test of time. In a digital library, they will remain with us even if the original texts cannot. The benefits of such work are innumerable. Yardi is a proud sponsor of the digital library. “Yardi sponsors the whole initiative,” says Bhupal Patwardhan, chairman of the executive board at BORI. “Mr. Anant Yardi, the founder of Yardi Systems, facilitated the implementation of the entire project. They donated two new book scanners, sponsored the digitization process and also our move to the Digitalaya platform developed by C-DAC.” He continues, “We are also eternally grateful to Ajmera group for helping us buy the first book-scanner in 2016.” Though the bulk of the project is complete, work remains. The library is currently accessible online and will receive updates as new resources become available. “We remain grateful to every helping hand as we strive to safeguard the...