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Changing Communities: Miami Realtors Join Chapman Partnership to Feed Homeless

by | Jan 10, 2018

More than 70 MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) members and peers helped feed dinner to 500 homeless residents on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Chapman Partnership’s Downtown Miami Homeless Assistance Center.

“Chapman Partnership serves 5,000 homeless men, women and children each year,” said Coral Gables Realtor Christopher Zoller, the 2017 MIAMI Chairman of the Board. “This is a heartbreaking number as homelessness impacts every aspect of life. As Realtors, we are the heart of the community and we have a responsibility to give back. We hope our volunteerism will in some small way ease the plight of the homeless and inspire others to support the Chapman Partnership.”

The Chapman Partnership — which runs homeless assistance centers in Downtown Miami and Homestead — empowers the homeless population through access to care, a nurturing environment, life-skills training and more.

Chapman Partnership has a 64 percent success rate of empowering people from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Since 1995, the partnership has had more than 105,000 admissions, including 21,000 children in Miami-Dade County.

The MIAMI Realtors’ Dinner for the Homeless began with a tour of the Chapman Partnership’s Downtown Miami Homeless Assistance Center at 1550 North Miami Ave. The Realtors then helped in handing out the dinner, held from 5-7 p.m.

About MIAMI Realtors Changing Communities

REALTORS® don’t just sell properties, we invest in communities. In 2017, MIAMI REALTORS® invested more than $100,000 in grant funds from the National Association of REALTORS(R) (NAR) to improve our South Florida communities. 

Through member engagement and feedback, MIAMI developed a list of local community projects that could have the most impact. MIAMI invited its 46,000-plus membership for a brainstorming session and more than 200 members contributed ideas and volunteered to help. 

In 2017, MIAMI hosted more than 10 local community initiatives, from helping create a new Miami Shores community destination to re-painting Miami Gardens commercial buildings. Each project was led by the Realtor who proposed it and supported by a team of fellow Realtor volunteers and a Realtor partner (usually an elected official).

More MIAMI Realtors Changing Communities initiatives are planned for 2018. 

MIAMI members can register to volunteer at our upcoming community events at:

To learn more about how the MIAMI REALTORS® are using REALTOR® Party resources to improve their communities, contact Danielle Blake, MIAMI Senior Vice President of Housing & Government Affairs, at 305-468-7015 or

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