Summit Contracting Group Joins Shelters to Shutters’ Private Industry Solution to Fight Homelessness

Their support will serve as a powerful boost to S2S’s mission of moving homeless individuals into full time employment and housing within the apartment industry

VIENNA, Va. – May 8, 2018 – Shelters to Shutters (S2S), a national non-profit that transitions individuals and families from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency, today announced it has received a $100,000 donation from Jacksonville, Fla.-based Summit Contracting Group, the apartment industry’s largest general contractor representing over 100,000 completed multifamily units.

“We are thrilled to have Summit as a Leadership Circle sponsor,” said Andy Helmer, CEO of S2S. “We are very proud of the impact we’ve had and the lives we’ve transformed since our founding four years ago. This gift significantly strengthens our ability to transition ready-to-work individuals experiencing homelessness into employment and housing opportunities with our apartment industry partners. We cannot thank Summit enough for taking a leadership role in supporting our mission.”

The donation from Summit will help further ensure S2S can serve the 70 percent of the homeless population who are situationally homeless due to a life-altering event such as job loss, medical or health emergency, divorce, domestic abuse or the loss of a primary income earner. These are people who want to work and return to a life of self-sufficiency but may not receive the governmental support services needed.

“Shelters to Shutters has developed a truly incredible program, successfully providing solutions for situational homelessness that we are proud to support,” says Marc Padgett, President of Summit. “We are especially excited to contribute to a non-profit like S2S which directly benefits the multifamily industry. Summit is committed to giving back to the cities and professional communities that we build in and are a part of, both locally and nationally. We feel that as a privately owned company we are in a unique position to allocate support where it is needed most, and it is our duty to give back to the apartment industry that we have succeeded in.”

S2S currently partners with more than 20 apartment management companies – including such major industry players as AvalonBay Communities, Equity Residential and Waterton – to place people experiencing homelessness in onsite, entry-level jobs and provide them with housing at the same communities at which they work. S2S works with a number of homeless-focused non-profits to identify suitable job applicants. The result is a win-win solution that changes the lives of individuals and families in the program and provides quality, motivated employees for a rapidly growing industry in need of talent.

S2S relies solely on private companies, foundations and individual donors to support its operations which provide a hand up not a hand out to individuals and families on their path from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency.

Since its founding in 2014, S2S and its multifamily partners have assisted individuals and families out of homelessness in markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, South and Texas.

About Shelters to Shutters
Shelters to Shutters is a national 501(c)(3) organization that transitions individuals and families from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency by educating and engaging the real estate industry to provide employment and housing opportunities. Across the country, Shelters to Shutters pairs leading property management professionals with individuals experiencing homelessness who are ready to work. The result is an innovative program that provides mentorships for careers in property management, along with full-time employment and housing opportunities for individuals facing homelessness and a pipeline of high quality, motivated employees for the multifamily housing industry. More information can be found at or by following the organization on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About Summit Contracting Group, Inc.
Summit has built more than 350 multifamily projects nationwide. Molded by industry experience, inspired by a competitive spirit, and focused on a team approach Summit’s projects represent over 100,000 completed multifamily units. With an experienced management team combined with strong subcontractor relationships, Summit has been able to provide their clients with successful projects throughout the nation. More information on the company’s notable achievements, services provided, key leadership, or history is available at or by following the company on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.


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Marlena DeFalco
LinnellTaylor Marketing



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