Help me Help the World, One house at a time

Refer a friend, neighbor, or co-worker who wants to buy or sell a home and 30% of the commission will be donated to the charity of your choice.

Below is a list of a number of great Charities.  You can simply pick from the list or inform me of your own favorite.  I may even add it to the list. Thank You.

Family Works Charity Frosaker
Family Works

Family Works, a food bank and family center, nourishes and strengthens individuals and families by connecting people with support, resources and community.

  • Emergency Food Bank and Home Delivery
  • Parent/Child Support
  • Teen Parent Support and Resources
  • Employment and Life Skills Development
  • Information and Referral
Ballard Food Bank
Ballard Food Bank

The Ballard Food Bank distributes food to those in the 98107, 98117,
98119 and 98199 zip codes, including home delivery to elderly and
disabled clients.

We offer several programs to assist our neighbors in need. Food
distribution is our core program; we also distribute personal hygiene
items to families and individuals having difficulty in making ends
meet, including homeless clients. In addition, we provide a basic level
of emergency financial assistance for those with eviction notices,
utility shut-offs or lost IDs.

Fare Start
Fare Start

Great Food. Better Lives
FareStart is a culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. Over the past 19 years, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 3,500 people to transform their lives, while also serving over 4 million meals to disadvantaged men, women, and children.

Food Life Line
Food Life Line

A little truly does go a long way with Food Lifeline. Every $1 you invest will help us provide a full day of nutritious meals for a hungry child or family member.

Food Lifeline provides food to anyone in need but of particular concern this time of year is child hunger, when children do not have access to school meal programs. Hunger is a reality for many children in our communities. More than one-third of the people we serve at Food Lifeline are children, 60% of which are between 6 and 18 years old. Nearly 1 in 4 children in Washington State live in families that struggle to put food on the table on a regular basis. 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

Help us change a life today! More of our neighbors are hurting: layoffs, illness, disability or suffering from the effects of poverty. We intervene at a crisis to prevent eviction, hunger, utility shut-off and more. St. Vincent de Paul helps people of all ethnicities and all walks of life: unemployed, part-time workers, injured, domestic violence victims, low income elders, homeless and working poor. Our goal is to reduce suffering and strive to correct conditions that foster it.

Community Day School
Community Day School

CDSA helps kids succeed in school. Established in 1977, Community Day School Association (CDSA) now serves over 800 families,with ages 3 to 12, each weekday from 7 am to 6 pm, in 9 Central Seattle locations. 70% of children we serve are from low income families, and 60% are from families of color.

CDSA strengthens positive social development, self worth, and success in school from an early age. By ensuring ALL youth receive the essential foundation for success, we create a healthier, more productive, more integrated, less costly, and safer community for us all.

Sanctuary Art Center
Sanctuary Art Center

The Sanctuary Art Center is a non-profit art studio serving homeless youth and young adults. We believe the creative process allows youth to process the trauma and chaos they experience during daily life on the streets. Our goal is to build self esteem and self awareness so that these individuals may move toward positive futures. The center offers programs in Visual Arts, Theater, Music and Youth Employment. Programs are instructed by professional and amateur artists from the local community.

Seattle Jobs Initiative 
Seattle Jobs Initiative

SJIs overarching objective is to improve the lives of families living in poverty by helping disadvantaged adults gain the skills and education required to secure and advance in good paying careers and achieve economic self-sufficiency. By 2014, 77% of new job openings in Washington that pay enough to support a family will require some education and training beyond high school. SJI provides the training, support services, employer connections and workforce system improvement needed to help low-income residents get the requisite skills for these jobs.

Catholic Community and Housing Service 
Catholic Community and Housing Services

Catholic Community and Housing Services is committed to serving those individuals, children, families and communities struggling with poverty and the effects of intolerance and racism, and to actively joining with others to work for justice. CCS/CHS serves people in need, regardless of religious affiliation, race or economic status.

Donate to the schools 
Schools, Public or Private non-profits

Schools have been hit with deep cuts and many are in need of financial assistance. The greatest investment we can make to our future is to provide a good education to our children. We will make sure the donation goes to the school of your choice.

 

Why:

Since the housing boom, I have met many people from all facets of life who have recently found themselves in need.  Most would not have dreamed of being in their situation just a few short years ago.

Need in our society is certainly not new.  I have seen it's face as a volunteer at St. James overnight shelter and just walking our city streets.  As compassionate as I felt I was, the people I met in need still seemed one or two degrees removed from my own reality.  A reality where most people could buy a home and those homes would appreciate 10% or more each year.  Being a real estate broker was rewarding because I believed that by helping them buy a home, I was helping them achieve a future of economic security.

My delusion of certain economic prosperity popped in 2008 and the face of my customers changed.  Sure first time homebuyers and others who bought 10 years ago are fairing better than most or even doing well.  But a great many others are not.  Bankruptcy, short sales, and credit problems are commonplace and hundreds of people I helped in the boom times at best, owe more on their homes than they are worth and at worst, have lost their homes, sleep in their car with their kids, and line up at local food banks.

I may not be able to help everyone individually, nor should I, there are super organizations who's sole mission is to help as many people as money will allow and as efficiently as humanly possible.  It is to all people, through those organizations, that I can give back by contributing 30% of every dollar so those in need may need a little less. 

I just need your help.  People you know are still buying and selling homes.  When you refer them to me, you are helping many many in need.

You can make a difference, call or email today.

Brett

Brett Frosaker
Columbia Real Estate
Designated Broker
206-755-7858
bfrosaker@columbia-re.com