UCR Forgoes Company Holiday Party, Supporting Women and Children in Need in Texas Instead

DALLAS, Texas, December 19, 2013 — UCR, a leading retail real estate services provider, is continuing its holiday tradition to bring holiday cheer to families in need in Texas. This year, UCR donated gifts, clothing and basic household items for women and children at nine charities in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

In 2011, UCR’s Dallas office decided to use the money allocated for its annual holiday party to provide for those in the community in need. The employees fulfilled the wish lists of 10 families at Genesis Women’s Shelter and The Family Place, and, because of the overwhelming enthusiasm by all that participated; a new tradition called “UCR Adopt-A-Family” was born. In 2012, UCR’s other Texas offices decided to forgo their holiday parties to support charities in need as well.

This year, UCR turned its holiday giving event into a family affair, inviting spouses and children of the employees to join. UCR employees and their families broke in to teams and spent a half-day shopping and wrapping gifts to provide for families at local charities.

Paige Flink, Executive Director of The Family Place in Dallas, Texas, said, “The annual UCR Adopt-a-Family day provides victims of domestic violence with items that are needed. At The Family Place, victims find everything they need to become survivors – a secure, warm bed, three nutritious meals a day, clean pajamas and clothing and a caring counselor to help them deal with the trauma they’ve experienced and begin to change the distorted perceptions that perpetrate the cycle of violence.”

UCR Dallas continued its support of The Family Place and Genesis Women’s Shelter, local non-profits that assist victims of family violence, providing gifts for four families through each organization. This year, UCR Dallas also donated clothing and toys to 20 children in need through Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in protective care, to help them find safe, permanent homes.

UCR San Antonio employees and their clients provided gifts and basic supplies for Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., a women’s shelter that provides support to victims of domestic violence.

UCR Austin donated to Austin Sunshine Camps, which provide programs and services for less advantaged children in central Texas, and Settlement Home, a safe home for children recovering from traumatic experiences.

UCR Houston again provided gifts for three families at two local charities: Santa Maria Hostel, an organization that provides support and housing for women alone and with their children while in treatment or recovering from substance abuse, and Wesley House, a community center providing programs which teach individuals and families to become self-sufficient and provide children with a safe and nurturing environment. UCR Houston also purchased gifts and basic supplies for children at Shay’s House, a non-profit organization that provides shelter for women and children.

Mickey Ashmore, CEO of UCR stated, “It’s heartening to see the office filled with anticipation and excitement for this event, more so than for any Christmas party we have hosted in the past. Extending the opportunity for families to join in and give seemed like the logical next step. We only hope to encourage others to give as this grows and we are able to help more families in need each year.”

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