“’I’m a homeless person, and I live in a shelter and everyday I go back to my shelter after working my waiter job
here, and they’ve picked through my things, they push me
around, they tell me who do I think I am? I’m not going
to be anything, I’m just a nobody, but today you’ve given
me hope. And I believe that someday I will be somebody.”
Meadows has not seen the homeless waiter since that
day in Tampa, but, “He is somebody. He helped to create the motivation for a 150,000-member organization
to travel around the state to try to make a difference in
She focused her campaign on family homelessness, which
frequently means single mothers and children escaping
from abusive relationships. Meadows said chronic homelessness resulting from drug or alcohol abuse or mental
illness is a much more difficult issue, and she felt Florida
REALTORS® could have more impact sooner by helping homeless families.
She launched the Helping the Homeless: REALTORS®
Believe campaign with a bus tour to all 13 Florida
Florida REALTORS® will
have more impact sooner by
helping homeless families.
REALTORS® districts, encouraging members of the associations to get involved in efforts to assist the homeless
and eventually end homelessness.
Florida REALTORS® toured the districts in a bus painted
with the slogan “REALTORS BELIEVE …
WE BELIEVE in our communities, that housing matters
and that WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”
Meadows said her team logged more than 3,000 miles on
the bus tour and that hundreds of REALTORS® attended
many of the district meetings. Those REALTORS® were
urged to get involved in local programs providing services
and assistance in finding decent, affordable housing to the
The REALTORS® visited shelters in Tampa, West
Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, met homeless persons
and learned firsthand about the issues affecting them,
While the bus tour was taking place, Florida REALTORS®
advocates lobbied during the 2014 session of the Florida Legislature for increased funding for homelessness programs.
REALTORS® logged more than
3,000 miles on the bus tour.
Courtesy of TownePost Network