City Social Magazine

SEP 2014

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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39 donations and so much more were donated. Thanks to the many KW agents who donated, along with many partnering vendors, including Level Homes, Passman Homes, Inc., Assurance Financial, Gulf Coast Title, Choice Title, Key Lending Solutions, Fotosold, In & Out Redesign, CRBA Remodelers Council and the CRBA Sales & Marketing Council, all made this day possible. "RED Day is built on the belief that people can and should come together to achieve extraordinary things to help others," said Team Leader Jonathan Dupree. "Last year, we helped at the American Cancer Society. We can't tell you what an impact it made on each of us personally. We all know that fill- ing all the gaps in our communities can't be accom- plished by serving just once a year. RED Day just happens to be the one-day expression of the constant state of the Keller Williams culture. We see a need, discover who can meet it and get it done." Since the first RED Day in 2009, Keller Williams associates have given almost a half million hours of community service through activities ranging from food and blood drives to cleaning up trash in public parks, revamping gardens at nursing homes and rebuilding homes and schools for community mem- bers in need. To this day, it is one of the largest events in the real estate industry. For more information about RED Day, visit For those that would like to contribute or need the services of IRIS, please visit The Purple Cow Assists the Homeless of Baton Rouge The store is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The original location is at the corner of Jones Creek and Tiger Bend, near Shenandoah. The brand new store is at Perkins and Acadian. Each store has it's own feel, but both share The Purple Cow's core values and mission. All sales go to support the fight against homelessness in Downtown Baton Rouge through The Christian Outreach Center. So, every single dollar goes to tangible ministry in Baton Rouge. They help people move from square one to self-sufficiency through three programs: Life Touch, Life Coaching, and Life Transformation. Life Touch helps people with one-time financial needs. Each day, they hand out meal bags. They also have a clothing closet and hygiene kits. Twice a month, they have a Christian-based addiction recovery group at a local halfway house. They have official partner- ships with Alliance House and O'Brien House, two local halfway houses, and they are a part of The Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless. They help people with basic life skills through Life Coaching. Life Transformation is a 1-2 year mentoring program with counseling and course mod- ules. They have just started a temporary service min- istry called COTES (Christian Outreach Transitional Employment Services), where they find construction jobs in the area and supply screened workers from local halfway houses. They have a shuttle that trans- ports workers to and from the job site. This gives people a leg up into the job market, especially those who have a background. Some of the biggest barriers in the battle against homelessness are in the areas of food, shelter, addic- tion, joblessness and spirituality. The Purple Cow is doing their best to attack those barriers. Shop at The Purple Cow today to help the homeless in Baton Rouge. 39

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