As a company that works each and every day to help our residents feel safe and happy in their homes, Key is committed to lending a helping hand when disaster strikes and our neighbors are in need. As Hurricane Harvey swept across Texas, Key Real Estate Company and our dedicated staff immediately rallied together to lend a helping hand.
Within days of the storm, a contribution of $10,000 was made on behalf of Farnham Park Apartments in Port Arthur and Chelsea Apartments in Beaumont to SBP, a nonprofit group doing amazing work to shrink the time between disaster and recovery in communities impacted by natural disaster. Since its founding in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 1,300 families with the help of 180,000 volunteers in Louisiana, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Texas, South Carolina and West Virginia. Key is proud to see the work SBP has begun in Houston to get the community back on their feet.
As the effects of the devastation became clear, Key employees also sought ways to pitch into the relief efforts. Thanks to the staff at Ansley Walk Apartments in Lafayette, Key partnered with Blaze Pizza in Lafayette and New Orleans to host a fundraiser to support SBP. Ansley Walk and Robley Place encouraged residents to visit Blaze for a delicious fundraising opportunity while Key Team members in the New Orleans walked down the street from the office to enjoy making a tasty contribution to our corporate giving partners.
Properties across Louisiana and Mississippi also gathered nonperishable food from residents and staff to donate to families in need across Texas. Ansley Walk, Botanica, Chapel Creek, Ivy Park, Lakeside, Mansions in the Park, River Park, and Robley Place all pitched in to fill a dozen boxes of food and water. In November, Timberlynn Platenburg (Baton Rouge Office) and Lydia Perez (Baton Rouge Office) rented a vehicle and drove to Texas to donate the items to the Beaumont Food Bank.
“It was incredible to see the SUV packed with supplies thanks to the kindness of Key residents and employees,” said Timberlynn Platenburg. “It shows how we’ve built a community culture and company culture that cares for its neighbors.”
As Houston and the surrounding areas continue on the road to recovery, Key will continue to search for opportunities to support our neighbors and strengthen our communities.