TAA Spotlights members making a difference in the rental housing industry and the positive stories they experience every day while making a difference in their resident’s lives. The Texas Apartment Association Public Affairs Committee launched a new program last fall to recognize the big and small ways our members go beyond what’s expected of them and do extraordinary things for the people and communities they care about. Learn more about TAA’s Spotlight program at taa.org/about/spotlight.
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Danny Perea and Demetrio Jimenez with Tropicana Properties assisted a fellow TAA member with accommodations in El Paso while other family members were hospitalized for COVID. A fellow rental housing industry peer had family moving to El Paso and they became gravely ill en route. Danny and Demetrio helped her family members get a temporary apartment and even an office space so she could do her work while visit-ing her family in the hospital. When one of those family members passed away a short couple months later, they helped make arrangements for his 12-hour transport home and funeral service. Both Danny and Demetrio made a lasting impact on this industry member when she needed help in an unfamiliar city.
Phyllis Vincent, Sheryl Scholwinski, and Paul Petten with Highmark Residential wanted to do something different for their residents. So, they created “Epic Acts of Kindness”, added dog treats to all pet stations, stocked fridges with bottled water and handwritten notes, and hosted a Free Donut Friday! They even gave out back-to-school goodie bags with school supplies for their junior residents. The residents really felt the love with their special acts of kindness each week!
On the morning of June 16th while Dondi Perez was performing his regular daily tasks around property he noticed a baby alone and walking in the parking lot. Dondi and his team stopped to look around for an adult but didn’t see anyone. Dondi jumped into action and got the baby out of the street and held onto him until police could arrive and the baby could safely be reunited with family.
Nieomi King of Fort Hood Family Housing created a Children’s Choir for Christmas years ago. One of her young residents, Lexi, wanted to be part of the choir, but she was too ill and had to undergo a kidney transplant. As a way to encourage Lexi’s recovery, Nieomi held a Children’s Choir concert just for her. Lexi made a full recovery and soon thereafter joined the choir! She even got to light the Fort Hood Christmas tree with the commanding general! Lexi has recently graduated from high school (Hooray!) and is still thankful for Nieomi’s inspiration those years ago.