2017 A New Lease on Life Recap

Posted By: Todd Whitlow TAA News & Updates, TAA's New Lease on Life,

2017 was a success!

Thank you to the 2017
New Lease on Life

Philantropist ($500+)

Brownlee Whitlow & Praet, PLLC

Chris Williams

Leslie Mathis

Loebsack & Brownlee, PLLC

Ryan Gagliardi

TAA Education Foundation

Humanitarian ($250 - $499)

Anonymous Donors

Brenda Brantley

Chris Fortune

Full House Marketing

Jay Haselden

P&R Property Consulting

SERVPRO of N Raleigh,
Wake Forest, & N Durham

Benefactor ($100 - $249)

BlueCross BlueShield of NC
Bret Smith
Danielle Butler
Elizabeth Godwin-Riley
House of Hops
Judy Wade
Kathy Riley
Laura Suich
Louis DiBernardo
Mike Caputo
Misti McElwee
Pete Rogers
Terry Ragland
Todd Whitlow

Helping Hand ($1 - $99)
Akeshia Thomas
April Vasta
Betsy Petruccelli
Brad Lenear
Brooke Archambault
CB Rice
Christian Carlson
Cliff Webster Jr.
Donald Swink
Francois Errandonea
Howard Han
Jason Champion
Jessica Patterson
Jillian Hobbs
Josie Eatmon
Kateri Bain
Katrina Murdock
Katy Boone
Kelli Lea
Kevin Routhieaux
Latoya Patterson
Leigh Hayworth
Marty Babcock
Mary Catherine Lee
Meg Palumbo
Peggy Patterson
Rare Earth Farms Food Truck
Rebecca Rosario-Bueno
Sandy Wade
Shari Knott
Tyler Westerdahl
Vicki Franciosi

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*List updated 12/7/17

WOW! What a success 2017 has been. In 2017 we did a reboot and for the first year since its inception, A New Lease on Life had a fully constituted Board of Directors consisting of 10 dedicated volunteers (In alphabetical order: Marty Babcock, Danielle Butler, Leslie Mathis, Misti McElwee, Katrina Murdock, Terry Ragland, Elizabeth Godwin Riley, Jeannette Steele, April Vasta and myself) and 2 awesome staff liaisons in Josie Eatmon and Meg Palumbo. In our first meeting of the year we set what we thought was a reasonable goal of raising $3,000.00 for the year. This goal was based in large part upon donations given to A New Lease on Life in previous years. That history is what puts this next information in proper context as we are excited to officially announce that, due to the generosity of the members of the Triangle Apartment Association and other local companies, we were able to raise $14,069.50!

This money will be used to directly benefit local families participating in this program and will have an immense impact on their lives. In short, these families became homeless, entered a transitional housing program, and after completing several benchmarks within that program, enter into a lease agreement (with a graduated rent plan) moving into a new apartment home while continuing with the program under the supervision of Family Promise of Wake County. Once the initial lease term is up, the family may renew the lease for one additional year at a slightly discounted rent before they "graduate" at which time they have the option renew their lease at market rent. Through the generosity and support of the members of the Triangle Apartment Association A New Lease on Life has been able to assist just under a dozen families through this program since its inception; at least one of whom is now a proud owner of a Habitat for Humanity Home.

These families come into the program with little to nothing. When they are ready to move into their new apartment home, A New Lease on Life is able to provide some of the basics like cleaning supplies, mattresses, or a dining room table. With the monetary funds raised, we are able to purchase specific items based on the family's needs. So, again THANK YOU to everyone who donated this year and helped us get families back on their feet and into a home. Keep an eye out in 2018 as to how you can continue to help in the battle against homelessness.

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Who to Contact

For all questions regarding A New Lease on Life's program and how to get involved, please email nlol@triangleaptassn.org.