Partnerships, mission and compassion power Brothers Redevelopment: 42-year-old housing nonprofit prepares for graying of America
Brothers Redevelopment was ahead of its time when founded in 1971. Probably without thinking of it, founders Joe Giron, Manny Martinez, Don Schierling and Richard Magnus laid the foundation for a nonprofit housing organization that would serve the population bubble known as the baby boom.
Forty years later, the oldest baby boomers are 67 and represent the start of even greater need for Brothers’ services.
President Jeff Martinez said, “The No. 1 key to Brothers’ continuity and longevity has been an uncompromising focus on our mission: to provide safe, affordable, accessible housing and housing services for Colorado’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents.”
In practice, that mission looks like: home repairs that improve safety and mobility – such as ramps and grab bars and bringing older homes up to code; 35 seasons of the Paint-A-Thon during which more than 6,700 homes for low-income seniors have been caulked, sealed and painted; and HUD-approved housing counseling that serves the age spectrum from first-time homebuyers to seniors exploring reverse mortgages.
Brothers also manages the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure. With rare exception, these services are provided free of charge to the client.
In part, the free services are made possible by the affordable independent-living communities Brothers owns and manages. Brothers entered into the affordable-housing arena in the 1980s with Edgewater Plaza. The federally-funded development was Brothers entry into affordable housing for low-income, seniors and persons with disabilities. Today, Brothers owns and/or manages 13 affordable communities for more than 700 residents.
The rest of the equation: partnerships.
From foundations to individuals, from businesses to service clubs – Brothers’ success is tied to many caring companies and like-minded agencies and individuals that support the programs. With their help, Brothers has been able to serve more than 90,000 clients over four decades.
• To learn more about available services, visit www.brothersredevelopment.org. For updates, follow Brothers on Facebook and Twitter.
• To seek help for yourself or a friend, call Brothers at 303-202-6340 for information on programs of interest.
• To become involved, consider volunteering for the annual Paint-A-Thon. It’s a fun way to make a huge difference for a senior homeowner.
• To give, you can donate through www.coloradogives.org/brothersredevelopment/overview — even choosing a program you’d like to support.
CONTACT: Allison Lockwood, Communications Manager | Brothers Redevelopment | Tel: 303-685-4227