Check out the latest update from the American Mortgage Diversity Council. Continental Real Estate Services proudly serves as a member of the AMDC. We recently attended the member summit in Dallas, Texas where we discussed diversity and inclusion challenges with the industry’s leaders.
Here’s what you’ll find in the latest Spring edition:
• A history of progress – Travel with Kim Morris, SVP Tax Services at Accumatch, as she chronicles 60 years of progress, from Affirmative Action to the inclusion movement of today. Morris acknowledges how government efforts have helped along the way but reminds us of the much more pivotal role community plays in diversity’s progression.
• More to be done – As Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae, sees it, D&I has “…come a long way, baby.” Brown discusses the industry’s evolution from compliance-based inclusion programs to focusing on more bottom-line value adds. Yet despite this growth, she says, there is much work still to be done—and research on the successes of minorities and woman in mortgage proves it.
• Diversifying the workforce – Assimilating those with disabilities into the workforce can lower turnover rates, provide valuable tax credits, and increase loyalty from the customer base. Monika Peltz, SVP of Default Title Operations at First American Mortgage Solutions, provides great insight into this often-overlooked fact.
• Haitian-American home ownership – The plight of Haitian Americans in their pursuit of the American Dream of home ownership is felt by many members of their community. Consolidated Credit Solution’s Maria Gaitan, Director of Housing Counseling, and Meghan Alard, Finance Writer, discuss the challenges many Haitian Americans face because of lower household incomes, higher home prices, insufficient homebuying knowledge, and language barriers.Here’s what you’ll find in the latest briefing…
The winners of this years contest were:
White Chili – Jen Boudreau
Original Red Chili – Joel Arney
Hot Chili – Jenn Swenson
Vegetarian Chili – Beverly Nation
Biggest Loser WINNER!
EASY WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY THIS SUMMER
Choose Fresh: Beware of the working person’s snack trap. It is often easier and cheaper to grab a bag of chips or a candy bar when you’re famished. Instead, try to bring fresh vegetables and/or fruit with you to work. Buy groceries at the beginning of the week and package single servings of your favorite healthy snacks to stash in your desk. Planning ahead is key! Add Greek yogurt and almonds for a boost of iron, calcium and omega-3’s!
Read Labels: We all know many processed foods are not generally good for our health. At times, we can be fooled by packaging that claims, “All natural” or “Low in sugar.” The key to seeing through the packaging comes in the ingredient list – read it. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity, so the greatest quantities come first and the lowest come at the end. If dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, enriched flour or any unknown ingredients are listed near the top, chose something else! If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. If it’s “low sugar” but contains artificial sweetener such as aspartame, skip it. Got a mean sweet tooth? Try honey!
CRES team member Mary Kay Rapa and her daughter Jessica Rapa (both suffer from Lupus) participated in the Walk to End Lupus Now on May 2nd. Together they raised $300 in donations.
The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. We envision a life free of lupus. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy.
On March 25th, the CRES travel team will head to the Big Apple to attend our third consecutive Eastern Regional Meeting in New York City with the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. As experts in reverse mortgage default services, CRES considers this conference one of the most valuable sources of timely information on HECM products and policy updates. We strongly recommend checking out NRMLA and their events. If you are attending and would like to meet with anyone from CRES to find out more about our business, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Jennifer Swenson, a valued employee, has inspired CRES to take an interest in the National Kidney Foundation. Jennifer not only devotes her time, but she remarkably donated her kidney to her brother when he was diagnosed with kidney disease.
Jennifer and her father were both tested and both matched, but she bravely decided she would be the one to give her kidney. She was 21 years old when they had the transplant surgery. Jennifer was by her brother’s side through is recovery, taking him to his appointments and quitting her job to be full-time support for him. Her brother can now live a full life because of her sacrifice. CRES is proud to stand behind Jenn and her family in raising funds for this important cause.