Title company donates portion of closings to help homeless

Why can’t this happen in New Jersey? Maybe if we had a local fund for ending homelessness it might be easier. Previously we had posted information on Southern Nevada Homeless Trust Fund. Could this help encourage more donations from individuals and the private sector in NJ?

Lakeside Title donates portion of closings to help homeless
BY Mardi Suhs, Cadillac News

Cadillac, MI — Last Christmas, the 10 employees of Lakeside Title Company were thinking about ways to celebrate the season.

Having just moved into their beautiful new offices in the old J.C. Penney building in downtown Cadillac, they were counting their blessings.

“The staff didn’t want to exchange gifts for each other, they wanted something more meaningful,” explained attorney Roger Wotila, owner of Lakeside Title with partner Dave McCurdy. “We had just remodeled and everybody was excited to be here.”

“We were also trying to decide what gifts to give our clients,” explained manager Sara Haskin. “I heard something on the news about the homeless. It really gets to all of us that there are people out there in need. Here we are doing home closings with all of that excitement and some people won’t be able to experience that. We decided to donate a portion of our closing fees for the month of January.”

After informing realtors and bankers that $10 from every January closing would go toward homelessness, closings jumped to a record high.

Lakeside Title presented officers of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation and the Homeless Prevention Coordinator with a check for $1,020.

“Homelessness is a bigger problem than what people realize,” expressed Suzanne Gaffney, Homeless Prevention Coordinator. “I serve 100 families every year. On any given day there are 88 homeless people in Wexford and Missaukee counties, either in a shelter or living in at risk situations without heat and water.”