BY: Marcy Coffman
Executive Assistant/Office Manager – Nashville, TN
On February 23, twenty (20) Holladay in the Community volunteers arrived at the Nashville Rescue Mission Women’s Campus ready to give 25 hours of hope for today. The Mission staff split our team into two groups to work in the kitchen and the warehouse.
In the kitchen, the volunteers plated and served food to women and children in need as well as cleaned up the service area. In the warehouse, the group sorted, organized and shelved clothing donations for future distribution to women and children in need.
In 1954, the Mission opened its doors to provide food, clothing and shelter to homeless men in the Nashville community. In 1968, the Mission expanded to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of homeless women and children. Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing hope for today, tomorrow and eternity to the hungry, homeless and hurting in Middle Tennessee.
The Mission serves close to 2,000 meals a day; that includes three hot meals, 365 days a year at two campuses. Each night, hundreds of men, women and children find a warm bed and safety from the streets at the Mission; they house an average of 800 people each night, which includes 25-85 children. The Mission also provides free clothing, showers, personal hygiene, education/training, counseling/spiritual encouragement as well as other programs to transform the lives of many.
“It was so rewarding to serve the women and children of Nashville and to see the appreciation on their faces as well as in their words,” remarked Candalee Kumar, Lease Administration Manager and coordinator of the event. “Seeing how the community came together to provide food and clothing to those is need was inspiring! As organizer of community events in the Nashville area, I can say that I am sure we will be back to assist this great organization again!”
By Maureen Johnson, HR Director
Saturday, June 3rd was the perfect day to enjoy the outdoors in South Bend, IN. And that is what several Holladay employees did, along with about 6,000 other runners/walkers, by participating in the 2017 Sunburst.
This was Holladay’s 4th year participating in this event, presented by Key Bank and considered to be one of the premier running events in the Midwest. Marathon runners can even use their finishing time in the Sunburst to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Proceeds from this race benefited the Child Life Services at Beacon’s Children Hospital.
Our employees were able to participate in the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K races and the 5K walk. John Phair met his walking goal of 55 minutes or less and Todd Topolski was close to his goal, stating that the hill on the course (formerly called the Hallelujah Hill) was his nemesis. Diane Sopczynski and her friend Linda Dombrowski set a goal of finishing in one hour, and they finished in 59 minutes 11 seconds. And newcomer, Cassie Sprigg said she met her goal, too…she survived!
Even though this event was indeed a workout, it also served as an opportunity for Holladay employees to bond together outside of an office setting, even if it was bonding through sweat! So, we are excited to do this again and look forward to Sunburst 2018 and having even more participants from Holladay!
On Tuesday, December 20, 2016. volunteers from Holladay Properties’ South Bend office hosted the annual Boys & Girls’ Club Christmas Party at LaSalle Elementary School. Sporting “ugly” Christmas sweaters the volunteers entertained children from grades K through 6 with M&M’s bingo, marshmallow snowmen and gingerbread house building, “present-fort” wrapping, face painting, and a Snow-Balloon Battle.
Enjoy photos from the event below.
– Holladay employees arrive at the party!
– We love interacting with all the kids!
– A new favorite, Marshmallow Snowman Building!
“The Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party is an event that we look forward to hosting, each year,” first-time organizer of the event, Cassie Sprigg, said. “It’s wonderful to bring such joy to the children in our community, for the holiday season.”
By Cassandra Sprigg
Administrative Assistant, South Bend
For 30+ years, Holladay Properties’ South Bend office has been a strong supporter of the United Way of St. Joseph County (UWSJC). Each Fall, our staff kicks off its Holladay Lives United Campaign by touring a community agency and witnessing the impact the organization has had on their programs. While these tours have given us great insight into the agencies and their practices, our knowledge of the UWSJC itself, however, has been limited.
As we discovered during our 2016 Holladay Lives United Campaign Kickoff on September 7th, the UWSJC has recently redeveloped its vision of lifting people in our community out of poverty, by focusing especially on three areas of impact: Early Learning, Youth Success, and Stable Families.
UWSJC’s Early Learning initiative aims to ensure that children from ages 0-12 surpass key readiness and early grade reading benchmarks. Working with Impact Partners such as La Casa de Amistad and Camp Fire River Bend, UWSJC seeks to encourage a love of learning in a community in which 83% of low-income children are unable to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
In continuing their emphasis on education, UWSJC’s Youth Success initiative focuses on instilling in older children the skills necessary to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education or advanced training. An alarming 7,000 students drop out of school every day, and 80% of first time drug abuse happens between ages 10-14. The funding that programs such as Five Star Life – an organization which focuses on “coaching” middle school students to achieve academic success – receives, helps them to create after-school tutoring programs that deter students from making poor choices, and encourages them to graduate high school.
Recognizing that many families, regardless of their educational background, struggle financially and emotionally due to unforeseen circumstances, UWSJC has created the Stable Families initiative. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that adults achieve long-term financial stability by developing the skills and opportunities to obtain and sustain employment. In support of this, UWSJC funds “Impact Partners” such as Bridges out of Poverty, an organization that teaches people how to better manage their finances, repair their credit, and handle non-work related problems (medical, emotional, etc) that could result in absenteeism and untimely job loss.
Not only has the United Way of St. Joseph County revitalized its mission, with the Early Learning, Youth Success and Stable Families initiatives, but the organization is also building a new framework which will allow collaborative teams of organizations to work together toward common goals. During the grant proposal process, should two impact partners seek funding for mutual intentions, they will be given the opportunity to join together, and use the funding to help each other in reducing poverty in the community. This new collaborative team effort has already proven itself successful with pairings such as Hope Ministries and the Center for the Homeless. It is UWSJC’s hope to have 40% of its funded programs delivered by collaborative teams instead of individual agencies by 2017.
With 40% of households in St. Joseph County struggling to afford the basic cost of living, it is extremely important that we understand and support the vision of our local United Way. The organization’s new focus on Early Learning, Youth Success, and Stable Families lays out a clear path for the struggling in our community to build their way out of poverty, no matter their stage of life. As United Way of St. Joseph County’s 2016 Company of the Year, it is an honor and a privilege for Holladay Properties to be a part of the organization’s mission: to defeat poverty in St. Joseph County!
Tenant appreciation has been a part of the Holladay Way since the 1980s. This year, the Holladay Properties’ Indianapolis Property Management has started hosting the “AmeriPlex Food Truck Festival”.
The first festival took place on April 13th, in the parking lot of Holladay’s Indianapolis office. As tenants and staff mingled, they enjoyed cuisine from Johnson’s BBQ Shack and Der Pretzel Wagen.
Inspired by the success of the first event, the Indianapolis Team will be hosting another Food Truck Festival in the Holladay Properties Indianapolis office parking lot on Wednesday, May 18th. Vendors will include Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort, Byrne’s Grilled Pizza, Lucky Louie’s Hot Dogs & Sausage, and Scouts Treats. All are welcome to attend!