The Royal LePage Commitment to Women and Children in our Communities

By: Christopher Toste

The Royal LePage Commitment to Women and Children in our Communities

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The Royal LePage Commitment to Women and Children in our Communities

“On any given day in Canada, 3,000 women (and their 2,500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape family violence”**

That is an alarming statistic but one that rings true in many of our communities. Violence against women and their children is a significant problem in all communities in Canada. This is why as a member of the Royal LePage Supreme team, we are proud to be working with women’s shelters and our national partners to provide safety and hope to women and children experiencing violence and abuse.

Royal LePage is committed to strengthen the communities where we love and work, Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charitable foundation. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs.

By supporting women’s shelters, the foundation is ensuring that women and children have a safe place to go to escape domestic violence. With their national partners, they are able to fund healthy relationship programs for youth and support programs that help women and children heal from their experiences of abuse and rebuild their lives.

Women’s shelters direct the foundation’s funding to meet their greatest needs and priorities. Funds are used to provide critical services such as: trauma counseling; job training and placement; emergency transportation to the shelter; play therapy for children; homework help for youth; renovations to existing shelters; and building new shelters. In some cases, the funds are used to help women and children after they leave the shelter and move into their own accommodations.

To make a meaningful difference at a local level, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation matches Royal LePage offices with a women’s shelter in their community. Ours is the Redwood Shelter in Toronto. We are all passionate about the shelters that we are connected to and we help organize fundraising events such as the National Garage Sale that is usually held before Mother’s Day, a boat cruise and festivals. Also many of our realtors, myself included, donate a portion of the commissions when we help our clients buy or sell a home. All the support stays in the local community and because Royal LePage covers the administrative cost of the foundation, one hundred percent of the fund raised go towards supporting women’s shelters. Since 1998, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has raised more than $24 million. This past spring Royal LePage Supreme was able to raise over $6600 at our annual garage sale.

This cause is one of great importance to me as we are able to help families find their dream homes on a day to day basis and with each sale we are also helping those who do not have a safe and peaceful home through the Foundation’s funding.

If you would like to learn more on the research on family violence please visit, www.canadianwomen.org. If you would like to contribute and make a difference in the lives of the families affected by violence, please visit the secure donation page by clicking here. To check out what events might be happening in your area, click here.

Keep in mind that when using a Royal LePage Supreme realtor to assist you in selling or buying a home is also helping those who are affected by family violence. Please feel free to contact me if you want to get started.

**Canadian Family Violence: A Statistical Profile 2009, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada, page 12**

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