RangeWater Real Estate’s philanthropic arm awards Entryway $45,000 to be used toward workforce development programs, skills training, and job placement for individuals at risk of experiencing homelessness.
ATLANTA, GA (August X, 2023) – RangeWater Impact Foundation, the 501(c)(3) volunteer-based and employee-led philanthropic organization of RangeWater Real Estate, announces its five-star alliance partnership with Entryway (formerly Shelters to Shutters). The nationally recognized non-profit Entryway offers a hand up to economic self-sufficiency by providing career training, employment, and housing in partnership with real estate operators.
RangeWater Real Estate – a fully integrated rental housing company with assets across the Sun Belt and Mountain West – established the RangeWater Impact Foundation in 2020 to strengthen neighborhoods with community-centered contributions and initiatives. The partnership opportunity with Entryway was elevated to the foundation by way of three RangeWater team members who serve on the non-profit’s advisory boards: Executive Managing Director of Property Management Sherry Freitas, Managing Director of Business Development Bobbie Norris, and Managing Director of Experience Tiffanie Dowd.
In addition to the service commitments of Freitas, Norris and Dowd, the RangeWater Impact Foundation awarded $45,000 to financially support Entryway’s mission to guide individuals and families out of situational homelessness through full-time employment, housing, and career training programs. In addition, RangeWater Residential, the property management division of RangeWater Real Estate, has signed on to provide select Entryway participants with career and housing opportunities.
Andrew Wittgen, Executive Managing Director of Acquisitions and Asset Management for RangeWater Real Estate and Vice President of the RangeWater Impact Foundation, expresses the significance of the partnership stating, “Entryway’s pledge to shepherd opportunities for individuals deeply resonates with the foundation’s mission to serve the neighborhoods in which we operate. We are excited to offer career opportunities and financial support to make a lasting impact.”
Entryway continues to expand its services and opportunities for individuals to enter and advance in the high-growth, high-demand multifamily industry. Despite the explosive growth that the multifamily industry is experiencing, the industry continues to face a significant challenge: a persistently high turnover rate for entry-level employees. Entryway offers a win-win-win solution: industry partners receive diverse and motivated team members, participants receive the stability of employment to return to economic independence, and local communities are lifted.
“We are excited to be partnering with RangeWater Impact Foundation whose team members are taking a holistic approach to contributing and volunteering with a strong sense of community and purpose-driven work,” said Kristen Poteet, Vice President, External Affairs for Entryway. “RangeWater’s employees’ involvement in helping us raise awareness of our mission and making a difference through empowering and inspiring others will result in a successful collaboration between both organizations.”
Stacy Stewart is the first Entryway participant hired by RangeWater Residential. After successfully completing his training, he has been placed at The Kendry, a brand new RangeWater development in the Charlotte submarket, as a Service Technician. “I’m so overwhelmed with happiness, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity,” says Stacy. Thank you for believing in me.”
Stacy was referred to Entryway through its partnership with NCIA, a vocational training program. He joined Entryway in March with his EPA Universal Certification and was eager to start his career in the real estate industry. Stacy is looking forward to working hard and making a career out of this opportunity that RangeWater and Entryway have partnered to provide.
As of July 2023, the Entryway program has impacted over 550 individuals.