The Simpson Property Group
REACH Teams Up with the Simpson Property Group
We’re lucky that Portland has an abundance of civic-minded companies willing to give something back to their community. We’re especially excited when they’re a REACH neighbor too! Well, at least the Simpson Property Group will be once REACH moves to our new headquarters in the South Waterfront.
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Simpson Property Group®, is an experienced, fully integrated real estate firm providing services in commercial and multifamily property management, development and construction. Simpson Property Group (and its parent company Simpson Housing® LLLP) was established in 1948 for the purpose of building and operating high quality residential communities in the Southwest. The Company has since become one of the largest privately-held residential developers and managers in the nation.
When Jodie Powers, Regional Operations Coordinator, found out about REACH and the Community Builders Program, she and her team moved in action. “Each year we get the opportunity to help in our communities. We were excited for the chance to work with REACH!” says Jodie. “We chose [REACH] since they coordinate repair projects with disadvantaged homeowners, the type of work that our company performs on a daily basis. The repairs and safety upgrades to the home that we worked on was a great opportunity to make a difference and give back to our community.”
On October 18, 2011 Jodie and her team of enthusiastic volunteers showed up and got right to work on the home of a low-income, disabled senior citizen. Collectively, the team made 16 repairs. The safety-aids installed by the volunteers improved safety and accessibility, enabling the homeowner to continue living securely in their home. “I felt the work we were able to do would have been very challenging for these homeowners, tasks they would be unable to do by themselves,” said Jodie. And “Precious,” the miniature pig owned by the homeowners, got into the action by cheering the group on - what better way to spend a day?
Homeowners who participate in REACH’s Community Builders workdays savor their independence and want to remain part of their community. Thanks to support from businesses like the Simpson Group, each year the Community Builders Program is able to serve over 200 homeowners who have low incomes due to age or disability. The improvements spearheaded by the Simpson Group’s crew are among the hundreds of free home repairs the program completes each year. In addition to keeping seniors and people with disabilities safe in their homes, the Community Builders Program also prevents displacement of longtime residents from their neighborhoods.
“This chance to collaborate with REACH and share our skills was a great experience – they were so organized and great to work with. I was truly impressed with the compassion and care that our REACH Project Manager provided. The homeowners were very thankful to have the repairs made, their gratitude was stated – but the warmth conveyed was priceless!”
Our warmest thanks to Jodie and the team from the Simpson Property Group. We look forward to being neighbors!