Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s is excited to announce their Agents of Change Initiative has raised over $100,000 in donations to fund the building of homes in the Salvatierra community in West Tijuana, Mexico. Over 300 of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Agents of Change, have committed to donating a portion of their commission from each closing with the goal of raising the funds needed to provide housing for families in need who are living in one of the poorest communities in Tijuana. The initiative is a partnership between Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and the non-profit organizations World Housing and New Story Charity.
“We have an opportunity and a responsibility to reach out and do what we can to ensure that everyone, no matter where they are from, has access to the very basic need of shelter and security,” says Steve Games, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are extremely proud of our agents, our employees and our affiliates in the real estate industry, who have wholeheartedly supported our Agents of Change program with not only their financial contributions, but also with their time and hard work.”
In addition to the monetary contribution, agents and company representatives also personally help to build the homes. This hands-on opportunity is one of the reasons Agents of Change has been so successful in such a short period of time. “Each and every one of us that has participated in a build has had a unique and personal experience,” says Karen Hickman, Realtor, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty La Jolla. “Crossing into Mexico at sunrise for the first time, unsure of how we would accomplish the work ahead, and then returning after sunset with a true sense of camaraderie in completing a safe home for a deserving family – It’s an experience and a feeling I will never forget.”
In order to qualify for a home, families who apply are required to volunteer for at least 6 months prior to receiving a home, assisting the local partner with their housing projects, youth development and community programs. 100% of the money raised by Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty goes directly to construction and materials costs to build the homes. In addition, Agents of Change works with local partners to train workers and buy locally sourced construction materials to help stimulate local economies and teach skills in the process.
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty believes that homeownership is the foundation that gives people the chance for a better life. To learn more about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Agents of Change program and see how you can get involved visit https://worldhousing.newstorycharity.org/collections/pacific-sothebys