Luck of the Irish

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Every St. Patrick’s Day, our South Bend office gets festive, and celebrates the holiday with a potluck. The tradition began 3 years ago in 2015, when Social Media Coordinator, Cassie Sprigg, started working for the Property Management branch.

“When I started working at Holladay, one of the first things that I was told was that we were a group that liked to have fun,” said Cassie. “When I heard that we hadn’t had a fun event since the Christmas party, I knew St. Patrick’s Day would be the perfect time to get everyone back together for some delicious food and great company.”

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Those who attended the event were each asked to bring in one green or Irish-themed dish to share with the group, guaranteeing both a variety and a plentiful supply of food for all. Amongst the star dishes were Mary Baker’s Reuben Dip, Maureen Johnson’s Deviled Eggs, Kathy Williams’ Corned Beef, and Kit Suhovecky’s famous Green Punch.

“We always have more than enough food, but – in the end – I would rather have leftovers, than run out!” Exclaimed Cassie, who is still polishing off the leftovers.

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We can’t wait for our next potluck: Cinco de Mayo!

2nd Annual Mini-Golf Tourney!

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BY: MARCY COFFMAN
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/OFFICE MANAGER – NASHVILLE, TN

On February 16, the Elm Hill Pike-Nashville office held the 2nd Annual Mini-Golf Tourney. The teambuilding activity began on January 12 when the teams were announced and given their tasks of 1) choosing a name, 2) designing the layout of their hole, and 3) creating a flag.

To foster camaraderie, the teams were predetermined to include personnel representing the various departments of the company thus giving them an opportunity to work with someone with whom they wouldn’t otherwise have the chance. Due to the office floorplan, it was decided that a 9-hole course would work best. Some of the holes were a straight shot, some had turns and required banking, and one was in the shape of a horseshoe. A limited amount of materials were available for construction and so any elaborate elements were at the team’s expense.

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Nikki Arnold, Marcy Coffman, Chad DeRossett & Cheryll Schroth

Tournament day included a half-hour to set up the course, a course walk to vote on ‘Most Creative Design,’ lunch, and the tournament. The tournament was scored by team. Every team member present was required to participate by putting one hole. Balls, putters, and scorecards were provided.

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No tiebreaker this year—“Blockheads” won tournament play with a score of 19. The ‘Most Creative Hole Design’ went to “Top 5” (hole 5) for their musically themed hole. The sign on their guitar case reads “Unique Genius for Hire,” which ties into our company’s strengths based culture. On that note (pun intended), Team “Unique Geniuses 4 Goals” correlated the strengths into a winning football scene for their hole design. Cheryll Schroth brought up using strengths, and Chad DeRossett said that it could tie in with a sport that has goal. After a bit of brainstorming, the team came up with the football theme to connect using strengths to meet your goals. Each cheerleader is wearing a domain color (red, blue, gold, purple), the end zone is Holladay’s strengths sized by frequency in word art, and the “names” on the back of the football players’ jerseys are the five strengths that most relate to football lingo (adaptability, focus, competition, strategic, achiever).

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Tournament play winning team “Blockheads”
Laura Gomez, Ewing Smith, Deborah Kautz & Candalee Kumar

Special thanks to Holladay for providing lunch and giving its employees the opportunity to have such fun team building events!

Hope for Today

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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.

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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.

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“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!”

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Getting Fit in the New Year

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BY: CASSANDRA SPRIGG
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR – SOUTH BEND, IN

At Holladay Properties, we are encouraged to achieve success, not only in regards to our work, but also to our overall health. Employees can often be found participating in friendly competitions, such as the Biggest Winner and Walking Club, entering into 3k and 5k races, and completing health coaching offered through our health insurance provider. This year, to further inspire employees to live a healthier lifestyle, Holladay has added a new, 52-week program to assist us in our weight-loss/healthy living goals: Real Appeal.

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So, what is Real Appeal?

According to its website, the Real Appeal Program is designed, “to spark the transformation that’s possible in all of us.” This is done through attending weekly online group classes, working with a Transformation Coach, using the tools provided in the Success Kit, and tracking progress through a phone application.

How does it work?

In the weekly group classes, participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with and receive support from others following the Real Appeal program. The Transformation coaches then work with each individual to develop a simple plan that fits their goals and preferences. When not attending sessions or speaking with their coach, participants are encouraged to use the recipes, weight scales (food), fitness guides, exercise bands, and various other products included in the Success Kit to help them to eat healthier and be more physically active. The phone application allows participants to track their food intake, activity and weight to see their overall progress.

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Who can sign up?

There are 2 requirements: 1) The employee and/or their spouse must be on Holladay Properties’ UMR health insurance. 2) Their Body Mass Index (BMI) must be 23 points or higher.

How much does it cost?

It is FREE! Holladay Properties is generously sponsoring the program, making it free for anyone eligible to participate. This includes all products in the Success Kit!

Is it really worth it to sign up?

The website indicates that, “…losing as little as 3% or 5% body weight can improve a person’s health.” Also, “4 out of 5 of our-at risk members who participated in the program lost an average of 10 lbs. after attending 4 online classes.” Most of us would like to lose a few pounds, and improve our health. Why not take advantage of this no-cost program that gives you all of the tools and motivation you need to do so?

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Registration for the Real Appeal program begins on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018. For more information, and instructions on how to sign up, visit: https://realappeal.com/!

 

 

The Christmas Spirit is Alive in South Bend…

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By: Cassandra Sprigg
Social Media Coordinator – South Bend, IN

The spirit of giving has always been rich at Holladay Properties. This is especially true during the Christmas season. For the past few years, we have held raffles to raise money for local charities, collected groceries and items of necessity for pantries, and collected monetary donations for our communities during our annual holiday party. This year, under the encouragement of company President, John Phair, the South Bend office will be doing things a bit differently.

On Tuesday, December 19th, we will be sponsoring at Day of Service. Employees will be able to participate in any one or all of the following ways, by:

  1. Donating an unwrapped gift for a child up to age 12 for Toys for Tots.
  2. Distributing donations to families in need for the Salvation Army.
  3. Hosting a Christmas party for the Boys & Girls Club at LaSalle Elementary School, a Holladay holiday tradition.

Over the past week, the office has collected several toys for the Toys for Tots drive. Those who have chosen to participate in the distribution will be at the Kroc Center from 12:00 – 5:00 PM on the Day of Service, working with the Salvation Army to hand out the collected toys, food, and other necessities to 2,000 people in need in St. Joseph County. Just under half of the South Bend office staff have signed up to participate in this event, with some also volunteering for the Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party.

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At the Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party, volunteers will distribute pizza, sing carols, build marshmallow snowmen and gingerbread houses, play holiday bingo, and participate in a Reindeer Relay with students from LaSalle Elementary School. The event seeks to bring Christmas cheer to children whose families might not have the means to celebrate the holiday at home. 21 Holladay volunteers will be participating at the event from 3:30 – 5:30 PM on December 19th, our largest group yet!

As John recently stated, “While our Holladay holiday party is on Thursday, December 21st, we also want to take time out to remember the true meaning of Christmas – giving to others.” By giving back to the community, the employees of Holladay Properties truly demonstrate a commitment to excellence.

 

Recognizing Our People in the Community – Maple Lane Staff

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Maple Lane Apartments, in Elkhart, IN, has made a tradition out of hosting an annual holiday food drive, to collect donations from its residents for the food bank at Church Community Services.

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The largest food pantry in Elkhart County, Church Community Services food bank provides food and personal care items to an average of 1,500 families, per month. Residents with incomes below 185% of the Federal poverty line are eligible to shop for free groceries at the pantry, once every 30 days. Items are donated by churches, schools, businesses, individuals and the United States Department of Agriculture. Food is also obtained through the Food Bank of Elkhart County, Seed to Feed, and food wholesalers.

Though the individuals and families who visit the Church Community Services pantry are in need, year-round, the staff of Maple Lane host their food drive during the holiday season, to help ease the extra burden that occurs at this time of year.

On average, Maple Lane Apartments collects between 400-700 lbs of groceries and personal care items for the Church Community Services food pantry, during their annual food drive. Last year, through the generosity of its residents, the staff of Maple Lane delivered over 600 lbs.

Maple Lane’s 2017 food drive began on November 1st and will end on December 21st. Preferred items for donation, include:

  • Low sodium, hearty soups and stews
  • Low sodium canned vegetables
  • Low sugar canned fruit
  • Whole grain pasta and rice
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Personal care items: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Baby items: diapers, baby food

To drop off a donation at Maple Lane, visit the main office during normal business hours: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, or Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM. Maple Lane is located at:

2001 Sugar Maple Lane
Elkhart, IN 46514

To learn more about the Church Community Services food bank, or donate directly, visit http://churchcommunityservices.org/services/client-choice-food-pantry/ .