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REALTORS® in the Community

NSR Supports North Shore Efforts in the Fight Against Homelessness & Support of Homeownership

Each spring and fall, our Community Involvement & Investment Work Group identifies local housing organizations in need of support. The local organizations are nominated for Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Charitable Foundation grants that are awarded to nonprofits providing housing and homeless assistance.

The MAR Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $415,000 in grants to victims of natural disasters and has provided financial assistance to Massachusetts-based nonprofit organizations, homebuyer counseling programs, and shelter and emergency care services.

2021 Grant Recipient

The Cabot Street House

The Cabot Street House in Beverly is a YMCA of the North Shore property that provides single-occupancy units to individuals experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness. Renovations added 40 units to the 27 already present on site. To assist the 27 residents returning to the original units and the 40 residents that can now be serviced, NSR’s Community Involvement & Investment Work Group started by submitting for and attaining a $1,500 grant from the MAR Charitable Foundation. The Work Group organized an effort to deliver Welcome Home Gift Baskets.

Outreach efforts during the summer raised an additional $10,875 to put the grand total at $12,375!

In addition to the YMCA project, NSR also secured a $1,500 grant for Wellspring House in Gloucester. These funds assisted their mini-grant program. Due to the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, calls to Wellspring’s Homelessness Prevention Line rose nearly 70% in 2020. The mini-grants may be used to help a family catch-up on utility bills or cover partial rental costs while they are waiting for unemployment benefits or a new job to begin.

2021 Community Service Project

Utilizing the funds raised from the MAR grant and our summer outreach, the Welcome Home Gift Baskets (laundry baskets) were filled with items such as bed/bath linens, basic kitchen items, cleaning products, and other household necessities. During REALTORS® Are Good Neighbors Week, a collection of NSR volunteers packed the baskets for delivery. Thank you to Pam Cote, Andrea Della Valle, Jan Pierce, Roberta Tiplady, Linda Turcotte, and Michelle Weidler for assisting with the packing.

Past NSR Grant Recipients

NSR's history includes 11 years of giving back to the community!

  • Ellis Square Friends (Beverly)
  • Beverly Bootstrap Foodbank
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Lynn)
  • The Haven Project (Lynn)
  • Plummer Youth Promise (Salem)

  • Ellis Square Friends (Beverly)
  • River House (Beverly)
  • Lynn Shelter Association (Lynn)
  • Citizens Inn (Peabody)
  • Family Promise North Shore Boston (Beverly)
  • Ellis Square Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Beverly)
  • Harborlight Community Partners (Beverly)
  • Habitat for Humanity North Shore (Danvers)
  • Wellspring House (Gloucester)
  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Lynn)
  • Cape Ann Homeownership Center (Gloucester)
  • Harborlight Community Partners (Beverly)
  • Cape Ann Homeownership Center/Gloucester Housing Authority (Gloucester)
  • Harborlight Community Partners (Beverly)

Past NSR Community Service Projects

  • Donated and shipped over 150 pounds of coffee, cereal, and canned goods to Beverly Bootstraps
  • 13 beds built for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Lynn) Bed for Every Child Build a Bed Project
  • Over $800 of gift cards were donated to The Haven Project (Lynn) at the Annual Meeting/Awards/Installation Event.

  • NSR team ran the Realtor® Relief Run at the NAR Annual Conference in Boston. Proceeds benefited the Realtor® Relief Fund.
  • 40+ volunteers painted the interior hallways and stairwells of the Inn Transition facility for Citizens Inn (Peabody).
  • Over 400 winter accessory items were donated to Lynn Shelter Association (Lynn) at the Annual Meeting/Awards/Installation Event.
  • Volunteers completed a Backyard Beautification Project for Wellspring House (Gloucester).
  • Volunteers packed 10,000 meals at the June Education Event & Expo for the Meals of Hope. Meals were delivered to local food banks across the North Shore.
  • Over 900 pairs of socks were donated to Family Promise North Shore Boston (Beverly) at the Annual Meeting/Awards/Installation Event.

  • Volunteers began a Backyard Beautification Project for Wellspring House (Gloucester).
  • Over $1000 was raised through Lobstah for Gloucestah for Wellspring House at the Annual Meeting/Awards Event.