VIENNA, Va. – February 22, 2022 – Shelters to Shutters (S2S), a national non-profit that transitions individuals and families from situational homelessness to economic self-sufficiency, today announced a donation from The Wolff Company to fund S2S’s expansion into the Phoenix Market. Based in Scottsdale, AZ, The Wolff Company is an integrated real estate investment firm focused on the mission-driven development and management of rental communities across North America.
“The Wolff Company is a respected and well-known leader of both sustainable businesses and giving back to the community. We are thrilled to work alongside them to bring our proven program to the Phoenix area,” commented David Williams, President and CEO, Shelters to Shutters. “There are roughly 7,500 individuals experiencing homelessness in the Phoenix area. The Wolff Company’s investment will allow us to provide life changing opportunity to so many deserving individuals in need of a hand up.”
S2S partners with over 40 apartment management companies – such as The Wolff Company, AvalonBay Communities, Cortland Partners, and Gables Residential – to place people experiencing situational homelessness in on-site, entry-level jobs and provide them with housing at the same communities where they work. Each participant is provided with career mentoring and access to support services to ensure a successful long-term transition. S2S works with a number of homeless-focused non-profits to identify suitable job applicants, changing the lives of individuals and families and providing quality, motivated employees for a rapidly growing industry in need of talent.
“We are honored to partner with and support an organization like Shelters to Shutters, which is so aligned with our own company’s mission and values,” said Jay Petkunas, CEO, The Wolff Company. “We are proud that our investment will allow Shelters to Shutters to expand into Phoenix and improve the lives of so many in our local community.”
Eighty-three percent of those experiencing homelessness in the U.S. 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. With the effects of the ongoing pandemic, the number of those in need of help continues to climb. The contribution from The Wolff Company will help further ensure Shelters to Shutters can serve more people who want to work and return to a life of self-sufficiency.
Shelters to Shutters currently operates in six major markets: Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Nashville, the National Capital Region and Orlando. Phoenix will be the seventh market for Shelters to Shutters.
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 companies with individuals experiencing homelessness who are ready to work. The result is an innovative program that provides full-time employment and housing opportunities for individuals facing homelessness and a pipeline of high quality, motivated employees for the multifamily housing industry. Shelters to Shutters currently operates in five major markets: Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Nashville and the National Capital Region. More information can be found at www.shelterstoshutters.org or by following the organization on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
About the Wolff Company
The Wolff Company is an integrated real estate investment firm focused on the mission-driven development and management of rental communities across the North America. Wolff combines a discretionary private equity platform with an integrated, in-house development team and a newly formed resident experience company. The Wolff Company focuses on improving the lives of its residents by fundamentally redefining the residential rental experience, while delivering outsized investment returns. Since 1949, The Wolff Company has promoted a “people first” culture that encourages relentless innovation, steadfast execution, faithful stewardship, and continuous learning. For more information, visit www.awolff.com.