Who's in the Photo? "CAT" designates a member of the Creative Arts Training program at First Baptist Church in Asheville. Pictured (clockwise from top left) are: Mark Ledbetter, President, Asheville Board of Realtors®; Jim Lowder, Director of Advancement, Homeward Bound; Lizzy Hinman, CAT; Becca Wilson, CAT; Will Gilkeson, CAT; Melanie Schaffer, CAT; Bill Early, Fund Development Committee member, Homeward Bound; Randall Barnett, Affordable Housing Committee Chair, Asheville Board of Realtors®; Emma Kiser, CAT; Elizabeth Sills, CAT; Anna Bashor, CAT; McCall Rice, CAT
First Baptist Church teen artists and local Realtors® are working together to help an organization that wants to end homessless in Asheville and Buncombe County.
The Asheville Board of Realtor® is encouraging its members to donate "a dollar a deal" in support of Homeward Bound, a community-based group focused on putting an end homelessness in this area.
The teens in the Creative Arts Training program at First Baptist Church custom-made and individually decorated donation boxes shaped like houses. The boxes have been placed in various attorney and real estate offices around the area so that Realtors® - or anyone else - can make a donation after a real estate closing.
The project was spearheaded by the Asheville Board of Realtors® Affordable Housing Committee. Randall Barnett, Committee Chair, is also an art teacher at First Baptist Church. He inspired teenage members of his art class to create and custom-paint the donation houses.
Barnett explains, "The Asheville Board's Affordable Housing committee is focused on community involvement and support. We wanted a creative way to educate our members and the public about Homeward Bound's efforts and to encourage support. Thanks to the talent and imagination of these young artists, we have a great way to do that."
Homeward Bound's mission is working with others to end the cycle of homelessness. To learn more about the organization and its programs, visit www.hbofa.org.
"Homeward Bound is doing wonderful and important work in our community. We are proud to support their efforts." --Mark Ledbetter, President of the Asheville Board of Realtors®.
The Asheville Board of Realtors® represents more than 1100 local real estate professionals. Learn more at www.abr-nc.com.
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