In 2011, Chapman-Richards Cares was formed as a corporate advised fund at the Community Foundation of Utah, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. As REALTORS®, we value the great community where we live and work and this organization serves to support many of the worthy causes helping people locally. Our organization is funded primarily from donations made by our agents throughout the year. However, we have been fortunate to receive many substantial donations from affiliate agencies, as well as from some of our buyers and sellers. Lenders, title companies, home inspectors, and others in the Salt Lake City area have supported our efforts both financially and by volunteering on our projects.
Chapman-Richards Cares has given grants totaling over $88,845 and donated countless volunteer hours to worthy local organizations, with our primary focus on housing and medical care for low income families. Some of the organizations that we have supported include: The Eagle Ranch Ministries, who have been providing breakfast under the viaduct for the homeless every Sunday morning for over 20 years; the VA Stand Down project, which supports homeless veterans; The Road Home and Volunteers of America, who work to end homelessness; the Hope and Maliheh Free Clinics, who provide quality medical care at no cost to low income families; the Utah Food Bank and the LifeStart Village which helps homeless women and children learn the skills necessary to hold down a job and qualify to buy a home.
In 2014, we completed our Welcome Home project. In partnership with The Road Home, CR Cares completely refurbished an uninhabitable house, transforming it into a wonderful home for a family of five transitioning out of homelessness. In addition to financial contributions, we supplied the materials and labor necessary to complete this huge project.
When The Road Home opened their new Midvale shelter for families in 2015, our CR Cares foundation completely furnished six communal kitchens, supplying each with new small appliances, cookware, dishes, utensils, and glassware. In addition, we stocked the pantries with non-perishable food. Our agents delivered the items and set up the kitchens before the families arrived.
In 2016, we were instrumental in the construction of men’s and women’s shower and laundry facilities inside of East High School for their very large population of homeless students. Most of these students live on the street and, as minors, do not have access to the same services available to adults. This private facility provides students with lockers and a safe place to shower and do laundry at no cost to them. We will continue to keep the facilities stocked with detergent and soap.
In addition to our continued support of the above organizations, in 2017 we are pleased to be partnering with the LifeStart Village. Their mission is to move single parents with children from dependency to self-sufficiency by teaching them the necessary skills to create a stable, nurturing environment for their families. They provide a three-phase program focused on learning life skills, obtaining education and employment, and securing stable housing.Chapman-Richards Cares is underwriting their life skills class, which is required of all their residents. One of our lenders is collaborating with us to teach their financial skills and budgeting class as well as the children’s money/savings class. This program has an amazing and proven track record of positive long-lasting results and we look forward to a great partnership in 2017.
We thoroughly research each charity to ensure that our grants go to organizations with low overhead and a proven track record of making a positive difference for people and families living in Utah. Scott Chapman and George Richards personally cover all administrative costs, so all donations go directly to services. All of us at Chapman-Richards and Associates are proud to be able to give back to our community. We invite you to learn more about Chapman-Richards Cares and our ongoing projects.