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    Botsford Place Terrace Apartments Donates To Farmington Schools

    10 months ago · · Comments Off on Botsford Place Terrace Apartments Donates To Farmington Schools

    Botsford Place Terrace Apartments Donates To Farmington Schools

    For most people, 2020 has been a tough year. Millions have lost their jobs, and over a quarter of a million people have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Moreover, it is, unfortunately, that the world had to suffer a pandemic to get back to what really matters — taking care of oneself, loved ones and each other.

    Here, in Michigan, the pandemic has caused schools and offices to opt for remote learning/work, and people have been struggling to make ends meet. That being said, thanks to organizations like Brookfield Management Company, which owns Farmington Hills-based Botsford Place Terrace Apartments, many metro-Detroit families have received much-needed assistance.

    Brookfield Management Company and Botsford Place Terrace Apartments recently donated $1,000 to Farmington Public Schools’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Department. Managing a multi-family housing community showed Justin Becker, owner of Brookfield Management, firsthand the hurdles that the pandemic, unstable economy and remote learning have caused many working and low-income families. Thus, Becker decided that he was not going to sit back and watch his residents struggle.

    “There is no denying that times have been tough for people. As most of the schools have gone virtual, we see how families are affected by now having to add being classroom teachers to their long list of things they now need to do in order to stay safe and provide for their families. Moreover, it is affecting our residents,” Becker said. “We are always trying to think of ways we can help our community, and giving back to Farmington Public Schools just seemed like the next logical step,” remarked Becker.

    That said, the $1,000 donation was requested to be used to help low-income families fund opportunities like field trips, purchase athletic equipment and support in-school activities that parents otherwise may not be able to afford.

    On top of that, Botsford Place Terrace Apartments has spent the past nine months doing everything in their power to provide a safe environment for its residents. Moreover, the management team here has gone above and beyond with food drives. This is in addition to actively sitting down with residents who are experiencing economic hardships in order to help them find other assistance programs, as well as work out possible payment plans or arrangements with utility companies, and so on.

    Affordable Apartment Living

    Along with donating to Farmington Hills Public Schools and charitable organizations that are focused on helping families during the ongoing pandemic, Botsford Place Terrace Apartments is committed to making a difference within the community in general.

    “Our management team is always looking for ways to help out our residents and the surrounding community. The fact of the matter is people are not able to work as much as they would like or need to, and this weighs heavily on families trying to make ends meet,” explained Becker. “That is why we have made it a point to help our residents financially by offering some of the most affordable luxury apartment homes in the metro Detroit area. We also provide much-needed assistance to our residents that are experiencing an economic hardship or have recently lost their jobs due to COVID-19,” Becker said.

    Within this Farmington hills apartment complex, there is a real sense of community. Not only will you find affordable, luxury apartment homes, but residents also enjoy playground areas, basketball courts and lush landscaping. Plus, there are tons of amenities and all the comforts of home.

    Furthermore, the nice thing about these apartment homes is that they offer ample space for remote learning and work. So, families can handle everyone being at home without feeling like they are on top of one another. There is also talk of setting up designated work areas for residents that may want to get away from all the distractions. In addition to all of this, Botsford Place Terrace Apartments hosts management sponsored events for residents on a regular basis, which allows everyone a chance to get to know each other and socialize safely (in accordance with CDC guidelines).

    Botsford Place Terrace Apartment also offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes. Some notable features include spacious floor plans, upgraded layouts, move-in ready units, virtual apartment tours, a fair pet policy, as well as a welcoming and diverse environment for growing families, retirees and young professionals.

    An Apartment Complex that Cares

    “We have a lot of families with kids that attend the district, and with everything going on, we thought there had to be a need,” said Stephanie Trivax, a Brookfield Management Company representative.

    Not only was there a need, but Farmington Hills Public Schools also had a plan to put Brookfield Management’s and Botsford Place Terrace Apartments’ donation to good use.

    “We are not able to fully fund some of our programs,” Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bobbie Goodrum said, “as a result, some programs have to be fee-based. Thus, with donations such as these, more students are able to participate in these programs, and we plan to get as many kids involved as we can.”

    “We would also like to make sure that money is utilized possibly in our Title I schools, where we have the highest percentage of students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch,” Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Goodrum informed. “That is likely going to be our focus and making sure we can provide those funds so students can participate in activities we have that have costs associated with them,” Goodrum explained.

    Ultimately, donations such as these are crucial when it comes to assisting families that are struggling because of the pandemic.

    Making a Positive Impact on the Surrounding Community

    One of the main reasons Brookfield Management and Botsford Place Terrace Apartments chose to partner with the local public schools in Farmington Hills is because they wanted to help economically disadvantaged families in the city, not just in their immediate community.

    “We thought long and hard about how we could help everyone and collectively came to the conclusion that the school system would be one of those avenues,” informed Becker.

    And that is exactly what Botsford Place Terrace Apartments’ donation did — help their residents as well as the community at large. What’s more, according to Goodrum, the funding could help more students participate in cultural programming within the district, such as Hillside Elementary School’s Dream Kings and Pretty Brown Girls clubs or the district’s robotics clubs.

    The good news here is that Brookfield Management and Botsford Place Terrace Apartments are only getting started. “We would like to team up with and give back to as many local organizations as possible, especially during these almost unprecedented times. Ultimately, our goal is to have an even bigger presence in the surrounding community while lending a helping hand to economically disadvantaged families, who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 and the still ongoing pandemic, first and foremost,” explained Becker.

    Partner with Botsford Place Terrace Apartments

    If you are interested in partnering with Botsford Place Terrace Apartments, have an organization that needs charitable assistance, or even if you simply want to learn more about this apartment community, then do not hesitate to contact a knowledgeable management team member or representative for additional information.

    Take Away

    With 2021 just around the corner and a potential vaccine on the horizon, there is definitely hope for the future. Thanks to businesses and organizations such as Brookfield Management and Botsford Place Terrace Apartments that are willing to go the extra mile, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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    How To Shop and Return While Social Distancing

    1 year ago · · Comments Off on How To Shop and Return While Social Distancing

    How To Shop and Return While Social Distancing

    The lockdown that is in place for most states right now means that the amount that you are traveling has decreased significantly. However, this does not mean that you are staying inside of your home 24/7. You are likely leaving your apartment in order to get some fresh air and run essential errands. It is important to do this in order to stay sane and healthy during these unprecedented times. 

    When you are running errands, such as going shopping for essential items, you are being brought into an orbit of other people who live outside of your home. The germs are out there and endangering lives. If you live in an apartment complex, it can be difficult to know when the best time to go shopping might be. There are always people out and about in the complex and in order to stay safe it is important to try to avoid contact with your neighbors at this time. You can still socialize with your neighbors in some capacity. In fact, there are several fun ways that you can keep in contact with your apartment neighbors while still social distancing

    When it comes to shopping, here are some tips for maintaining social distancing while out and when you return to your apartment.  

    Wear A Mask

    When this all first started the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not recommend wearing a mask if you were feeling fine. However, things have progressed and along with those progressions comes changes. The CDC is now recommending that everyone wear a mask when they go out in public. Even if you are just going to check your mail in your apartment complex, it is a good idea to put a mask on when you go. 

    It is important to try to wear a mask when you go out shopping as well. The mask not only helps protect you, but it also protects others around you while you are out shopping. In fact, according to the CDC if everyone wears a mask it can lower the risk of infection by more than 90 percent. 

    Only Get What You Need

    At this time you are likely dying to get out of your apartment. However, it is important to make sure that you are not just going shopping as a way to get out of the house. Shopping should not be treated as entertainment. The entire point of social distancing is to help stop the spread of the virus. COVID-19 causes many symptoms that can last for a long time and be very frightening. The point is, you do not want to get this and you want to make sure you are limiting your exposure to others. For that reason, making your trips to the store short and to the point are your absolute best options. 

    If you need to go into a store make sure that you wash your hands before you leave your apartment. Put your mask on and head out. Try to avoid coming into contact with your neighbors. This can be difficult in an apartment complex, but taking precautions to leave when there are few people around is very beneficial. 

    When you are at the store, have a list ready and get the things that you need and then leave as quickly as possible. Try not to use your hands to open doors or push any buttons while you are out. Use your elbows or your feet when you are able to. 

    Keep Track Of Your Phone

    Another important thing to think about when you are out shopping is where you are placing your phone and other personal items such as keys. Your phone is something that you likely always have with you. However, if you are making a quick trip to the grocery store, leaving your phone at home is a really good option. If you simply have to take your phone with you, try to keep it in a pocket or in your purse. Laying the phone in your cart at the grocery store opens it up to becoming contaminated. The less you expose your phone to the better. If you do lay your phone in the cart, use a disinfectant wipe to clean it off when you are done at the store. 

    Arriving Home

    When you arrive home from your trip to the store, the next step is to safely get your goods inside of your apartment. Depending on how much you have purchased, you might need to make more than one trip. When it comes to apartment living, chances are that there will be cars parked near yours when you arrive at home. If possible, try to park away from other vehicles. This will give you more space when you are unloading your groceries. You might have to walk a few extra steps, but it is worth it. You can pull your car into a closer space when you are done getting in and out of it for the time being. 

    Once you have all of your items inside, take off your mask and make sure that you wash your hands. You also should consider disinfecting the packages that your food is in. You can spray the boxes with lysol, or simply remove the items from the packaging and place in your own storage containers. You can then take the packaging and place them in your trash receptacle and then remove them from your apartment. This will ensure that if the packaging is contaminated, you will be less likely to contract it. Another option is to let the items sit in your garage or other storage area for at least three days before you use it. 

    Disinfect Your Car

    When you return from running errands it is a good idea to take a few minutes and disinfect your car. You should wipe down the steering wheel and other surfaces of your vehicle. Spray your trunk with lysol or another disinfectant. This will help kill any germs that might have been on the products that you purchased. 

    It is also a good idea to keep some disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in your car with you at all times. You can wipe down the surfaces before you even get out of your car and start unloading. 

    Keep Your Apartment Clean and Disinfected

    Another thing that you can do is to make sure that you are keeping your apartment cleaner than normal. Use disinfectants such as lysol on surfaces that are often touched such as doorknobs, light switches, and cabinets. This is especially important if you are living with roommates. If you live with other people it is important to make sure that you are all on the same page when it comes to keeping your apartment safe. It is a good idea to appoint one person to do the shopping and other errands for the group. 

    Conclusion

    Going to the store right now is not a source of entertainment. It is something that has to be done and proper precautions should be taken in order to help keep yourself safe as well as your neighbors. When you live in an apartment building, it can be a bit more difficult to get in and out of your place without coming into contact with others. Taking the time to prepare for your trip and then practicing good social distancing while you are out is very important and something that can easily be done with just a bit of effort.

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