TORONTO, November 25, 2011 -- Greater Toronto REALTORS® are celebrating the start of this holiday season by helping to make the dream of home ownership a reality for one local family.
On November 25th and December 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th Greater Toronto REALTORS® are taking part in the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home that the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has sponsored.
Located at 4572 Kingston Road near Morningside Avenue, the home marks the fourth title sponsorship of seven Habitat for Humanity builds to which TREB has contributed in recent years.
“As REALTORS® we recognize that a home is more than just bricks and mortar: It serves as a retreat from our busy world, a place where friends and family gather, and where memories are made,” said TREB President Richard Silver. “We’re thrilled to be playing a key role in improving the quality of life for another local family, not just through sponsorship but by volunteering to take part in their home’s construction.”
In recent years TREB also sponsored Habitat for Humanity homes in Scarborough’s McLevin Woods and Etobicoke’s Lakeshore Village. The organization, which constructs simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families has built more than 225 homes throughout the city, and has set a goal to build 50 new homes each year by 2015.
“By offering a hand up to families in need, Habitat for Humanity is helping to build a better Toronto, which is a goal that we as Greater Toronto REALTORS® share,” said Mr. Silver.
Each year, Toronto Real Estate Board Members contribute to the overall quality of life in the Greater Toronto Area by supporting shelter-related charities through the REALTORS® Care Foundation. Last year it offered grants totaling more than $178,000 to 35 different organizations throughout the GTA.
“The holidays are a time of year when many people’s thoughts turn to helping those less fortunate,” said Mr. Silver. “I encourage everyone to contribute their time or their financial resources to the GTA’s many shelter-related related organizations because doing so benefits us all.”