Keller Williams helps Family Promise with 'Red Day' service project

LAWRENCEVILLE — More than 40 area realtors pitched last week to “renew, energize and donate” their time and talents to clean and renovate the Family Promise day center in Lawrenceville.

Members of the Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners — Atlanta Northeast, Snellville and Loganville, worked seven hours cleaning, painting, laying new carpet, organizing a storage shed, landscaping and building a garden at the day center used for operations and job search functions for the nonprofit group that helps displaced families.

“Family Promise builds partnerships with churches and businesses,” said Chuck Ferraro, network director for Family Promise of Gwinnett County. “And we’re grateful for the partnership we have formed with Keller Williams to serve our families and renovate our day center.”

Family Promise is a nine-year-old Lawrenceville-based coalition of businesses and 35 area churches that hosts displaced families and provides temporary housing, transportation, job search assistance and addresses medical and educational needs. The organization screens applicants and has helped 168 families including 198 adults and 342 children. They have recorded a successful relocation rate of more than 90 percent.

Kevin Kaley, team leader of the Keller Williams workers who renovated the center, said the realtors conducted the work as part of Keller Williams’ annual “Red Day” of service with the letters “Red” standing for “renew, energize and donate.” Kaley said Keller Williams’ offices have performed the days of service since 2009 and chose Family Promise as this year’s project because of their previous involvement with a Family Promise golf fundraiser and several realtors’ volunteer work with the program.

“We also chose them because they needed cleaning, carpeting to be laid, work with a storage shed, some landscaping and a garden to be built,” Kaley said. “They had several projects to be done at the same time and could keep a large number of us at work.

“Our Red Day of Service gets us out of our offices and into the communities we serve,” he added. “We think Family Promise serves a great public need and we were happy to be able to help.”

Ferraro said the group’s assistance was invaluable. “Keller Williams has been remarkable,” he said, “and we were blessed to have their day of service here.”