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Over 60 realtors work to provide safe home for children entering foster care

John Thompson • May 10, 2018 at 9:47 PM

ELIZABETHTON – There was no shortage of labor at the soon-to-be-opened Isaiah 117 House in Elizabethton on Thursday. More than 60 real estate agents from the Tri-Cities offices of Keller Williams, wearing distinctive red shirts, were hard at work in the back yard, installing new playground equipment, a new pavilion and a new shed.

The real estate agents were also working inside the nice home, putting finishing touches to the home which had been renovated by the donated work of Mitch Cox Construction Company.

Elena Crow, a Keller Williams real estate agent in the Tri-Cities, said Keller Williams agents from throughout the corporation observe the second Thursday in May as Red Day, when they give back to the community. She said every year the local real estate agents get together to help a local charitable organization that is doing important work. This year they selected Isaiah 117 House.

Crow said Ronda and Corey Paulson are working to create a house where children entering foster care can find a comfortable home and a fun backyard, complete with a big swing set and other play things.

In many emergencies when case workers must take children away from parents or guardians, the children have nowhere else to go until a foster home can be found. That could mean children who have just endured a traumatic event must wait in a sterile office for many hours.

Instead of having frightened children in such an environment, the Isaiah 117 House will be able to provide a safe and comforting environment to such frightened children. They will be able to stay in the house until temporary foster care can be arranged.

Crow said not only did the Keller Williams Associates provide the labor, but they also raised funds for the materials. Corey Paulson said the Keller Williams employees raised over $13,000 for the high quality play set and other items.

He hopes the doors will be opening on Isaiah 117 House in about a month. For those who spent a hard but gratifying day on Thursday, those open doors for frightened children will be worth every drop of sweat they shed.

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