Recently The New York Times reported that San Francisco has the lowest percentage of kids of any major U.S. city. There are many reasons as the high living costs. Yet, if a kid suddenly has a life threatening illness and has to undergo treatment in San Francisco, who is going to accommodate them, if their parents cannot afford it? Luckily there is Family House, a place where families can stay together and support one another while their sick child goes through treatment.
Maureen Couture, AMSI Realtor specializing in sales, furnished corporate interim housing, and Chris Todd AMSI Unfurnished Rental Specialist, volunteered at the “Give Back” day at Family House, which was hosted by the San Francisco Association of Realtors.
Family House is a not-for-profit organization and serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Maureen and Chris assisted with a buffet style morning breakfast, played with the children and talked with the parents and staff. Maureen says: “It felt wonderful, a total feeling of love and giving. I couldn’t have been happier to be there!”. What she enjoyed the most was spending time with the children, especially with a young girl named Tsentol who just turned 3 this week. She has brain cancer and lives along with her mother and father at Family House.
More than 3,000 families that Family House serves at their location over the course of a year, are not just being provided with temporary 100 cost-free housing, but comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns. Qualifying families live more than 50 miles from UCSF, and many live at or below the low-income status as determined by UCSF.
While children undergoing bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and radiation are their most common guests, they also accommodate those facing other life-threatening childhood illness such as fetal surgery, transplants, and cardiac patients when space is available.
Besides getting supported by volunteers and organizations from the Bay Area, they are offered specialty rooms such as a workout, meditation and teen room at Family House. Moreover a private courtyard with BBQ, play areas with books for kids and adults and much more.
Maureen has been so touched by her first visit to Family House and being involved with the kids and their families that she most definitely will volunteer there more often from now on. Along with several AMSI staff members she already has plans for her next visit at Family House. They will sponsor a lunch or dinner for the kids to brighten up their day a bit, and give them the feeling of not being alone while going through these tough times.
Family House is more than just free, temporary housing – it’s a home away from home, and a supportive community of people who are dedicated to providing a caring environment for the entire family while their child is undergoing treatment.
If you want to get involved with Family House too, you can volunteer or donate. Please visit their website for more information at www.familyhouseinc.org
You can also contact Maureen or Chris directly, if you have any questions about their volunteering experience:
Jenine Atencio Caucutt has been awarded Leasing Agent of the Year 2016 by the San Francisco Apartment Association. Now we’ve asked her to share her success story with us.
“I’m one of those people who believe all things are connected. If I stay true to myself, show heart, try not to judge, stay focused on my goals and share my gifts then things always work out for the best!”
Tell us a bit about yourself. When did you join AMSI and what do you specialise in?
I grew up in Denver, Colorado and have lived in San Francisco since 2004. I’ve worked with AMSI since then with the exception of a 2-year period from 2013-2015 to move to Nashville. I focus on leasing and corporate housing sales.
What do you enjoy the most about your job and working with AMSI?
AMSI is such a great place to be and the broker Robb Fleischer is the best! There are so many great people here. It’s easy to get inspired by each of my team member’s gifts. The company model enables each agent to excel in a variety of capacities. If you like to work with property owners, real estate sales and leasing are good for you. If you excel in a more structured sales environment then corporate housing sales is good for you. Throughout the years with AMSI I discovered that my skills and connections align with both worlds so I like to engage in both.
Why do you believe Robb is “the best”? How did Robb contribute to your success journey?
Robb is consistent in teaching his team that all challenges are really an opportunity. He is supportive in our efforts as agents and he also inspires us by helping us to see how we can be creative in each deal. Robb has taught me that real estate is really a creative endeavor. On one occasion, Robb demonstrated to me that sometimes we have elegant transactions and sometimes we have clunky transactions, almost like a dance. That conversation totally re-framed how I look at real estate!
What is your key to success?
Consistency and follow through are important to me. I also try to push myself to learn new strategies, stay current with industry trends and technology as much as I can.
What is your motto in life?
I’m one of those people who believe all things are connected. If I stay true to myself, show heart, try not to judge, stay focused on my goals and share my gifts then things always work out for the best!
How did it feel to take the Leasing Agent of the Year 2016 Trophy home?
It felt great!
Clients love working with you. What do you believe makes you so special and unique?
I bring heart and integrity to my work. I make it a priority to really hear my client’s objectives and deliver accurate and up-to-date information on current market conditions so we can determine the best strategy to achieve their goal quickly.
You lived in Nashville for a while during your 2-year break with AMSI. What pulled you back to San Francisco?
I love both cities! At the end of the day San Francisco is hard for any city to measure up to. It’s visually stunning, culturally rich and there are so many opportunities here.
Which neighbourhood in San Francisco defines you the most and what do you like about it the most?
That’s tough. One of the things I love most about working in real estate in San Francisco is that I have the opportunity to get to know and enjoy all of the unique neighborhoods in the city. Each of them has something special, which is the beauty of San Francisco.