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Power of R showcases the value of the REALTOR®
organization and the impact of REALTORS® in action.
When Stable Homes
These practitioners refuse to look away from
Are Far From Reach
their neighbors with the most dire needs.
At this time of year, many real estate professionals come together to support
charitable works, but the Good Neighbor Award winners (page 29) aren’t the only
REALTORS® who take it further with their year-round dedication to community
service. The priority for these REALTORS® is helping those who are having di;culty
finding or keeping a roof over their heads, including fellow real estate practitioners
facing major setbacks.
Diane Disbrow, ABR, GRI
Bayshore Agency | Little Egg Harbor, N. J.
Organization she’s involved with:
Atlantic City Rescue Mission
Active since: 2008
What it does: Provides meals, clothes,
and shelter for the homeless
Disbrow’s story: Disbrow is the go-to
person for dona-
tions to ACRM in
Atlantic City, N. J.
After she started
drives and serving
hot meals to the
homeless at ACRM, she broadened her
outreach: getting the Girl Scout troop she
leads to run two major food drives per
year for the mission. She also rounds up
donations from clients who are declut-
tering or downsizing and makes her state
association’s convention—taking place
across the street from ACRM—a hub for
Betty Jones, ABR, SRES
Virtual Properties Realty | Duluth, Ga.
Organization she founded: Real Estate
Agents in Need raincorp.org
Active since: 2011
What it does: Provides financial assistance to struggling Georgia REALTORS®
and their families
How many people it helps: 300 a year
RAIN after learning
about a similar
for police o;cers
The network raises funds for local
REALTORS® through community events.
Recently RAIN helped an agent with
breast cancer who fell behind on her bills.
The utility company threatened to shut
o; her power, but RAIN paid her bill so
she had one less worry at home. “It is the
most wonderful feeling to know that I can
help other people,” Jones says.
Ellen O’Brien, GRI
Coldwell Banker Gundaker | St. Louis
Organization she founded: REALTORS®
Housing Assistance Fund stlouisrhaf.org
Active since: 1989
What it does: Awards grants to local
charities that help homeless find housing
How much it has raised: $700,000
since its inception
“If you go to some
of these home-
believe how many
men stay the
night there,” O’Brien says. That’s what
motivated her to start the RHAF in 1989,
when she was the president of the St.
Louis Association of REALTORS®. For
25 years, RHAF has been raising money
for homeless organizations that help the
elderly stay in their homes, put homeless
pregnant women into safe housing, and
reach out to at-risk youth.