Three local housing-related charities recently received nearly $30,000 in funding from the REALTORS Care® Shelter Drive, an initiative developed by members of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV).

Covenant House, RainCity Housing and Tri-City Women’s Resource Society each received $9,866 in support of their work helping homeless youth, people with mental health and addiction challenges, and mothers and children rendered homeless because of domestic violence.

“Most of us don’t realize the far-reaching accomplishments of these and similar organisations,” said Jake Moldowan, REBGV president. “They have a real impact in the work they do, which is vital to the people they help and for our society at large.” 

                      Representing the REALTORS Care® Shelter Drive recipient charities (L–R): Scott MacDonald, Covenant House senior development officer; Carol Metz Murray, Tri-City Women’s Resource Society executive director; Jake Moldowan, REBGV president; Sean Spear, RainCity Housing associate director.

The Tri-City Women’s Resource Society provides transition shelter for women and children escaping an environment of violence and abuse. The support from the REALTORS Care® Shelter Drive is designated to increase access to the shelter, programs and other services they provide.

RainCity Housing operates several shelter facilities, one of which provides transitional housing for high-risk, high-needs men and women with a history of chronic homelessness. RainCity will use their donation to help upgrade the shelter’s kitchen facilities so the residents can prepare nutritious meals.

Covenant House helps homeless youth who have run away from physical and/or sexual abuse or neglect at home, among other reasons. These funds will support two youth for a year with programming that will help take them from the street to successfully living on their own.

The REALTORS Care® Shelter Drive was created in 2009 and supports up to three housing-related charities a year from across Greater Vancouver. It is entirely funded from donations made by REALTORS®, fundraising partnerships with other organisations, and REALTOR® sponsored fundraising events.

REALTORS Care® programs include the annual collection of blankets and clothing for those in need.

In addition, more than $6 million has been donated to or raised for charity by Greater Vancouver real estate companies and their REALTORS® over the past three years.