April Housing’s Anne Staudhammer Reflects on Resident-Centric Social Impact Events
Managing Director Anne Staudhammer Reflects on April Housing’s Resident-centric Social Impact Events
It’s been a busy, and rewarding, first summer for us here at April Housing as we’ve gotten to spend time with our residents at a number of events organized with support from employee volunteers and partners. I’ve had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful people who live in our communities. Seeing them enjoy themselves and connect with their neighbors is one of the best parts of my job.
This Saturday, we held a back-to-school backpack and school supplies donation event at one of our Seattle-area properties. At the event, we donated approximately 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to our younger residents. Families also enjoyed carnival-themed games and snacks. The bounce house and balloon pop game were both big hits! It was a perfect way to close out summer in a meaningful way. April Housing’s mission is to provide best-in-class management while preserving affordable housing for the long-term, and that means always thinking about our residents – whether it’s property improvements or supportive resources. We’re a newly formed company, but our mission is clear and our partners are strong.
Volunteers from property manager, Cirrus Asset Management, joined us on-site and were a great partner for this latest event. Steve Heimler, President, shared that “Cirrus Asset Management, Inc. is honored to be a management partner with April Housing in providing hundreds of families with clean, well-maintained, and long-term affordable housing.” The feeling is mutual! Another reason to celebrate — we recently completed an extensive exterior renovation project with Charter Construction, whose generous donation helped support the event.
We held similar backpack drive events earlier this year in Los Angeles in partnership with AMCAL Multi-Housing, Inc., and in Fort Collins, Colorado with help from property manager, Mission Rock Residential, LLC. In total, these events were attended by more than 800 residents and we were able to distribute over 525 backpacks, as well as toys and baby supplies. Seeing our younger residents enjoy themselves with face painting, customizing their own backpack tags and playing games was such a treat.
Kicking off the summer, we also hosted a special lunch for over 100 senior residents at one of our communities in Camarillo, California. Residents were treated to a live smoothie-making demo, a free subscription to Farm Fresh To You’s organic produce box, a succulent potting station, musical bingo and trivia. As you can see from the photos, it was a beautiful day and we all had a great time.
Our CEO, Alice Carr, and numerous other April volunteers have worked hard on-site and behind-the-scenes to help make these events a success. I’m so proud to work for a company that is truly mission-driven and feel honored to be part of these meaningful events with our residents. The future of April Housing and our communities is bright!