Renewing Management doesn’t just rent apartments, but restores hope. In 2019, desiring to do more to help residents and employees within Renewing Management thrive, the non-profit organization Renewing Communities was formed. The foundation is funded through donations from Renewing Management employees, vendors, friends and community partners. Through these funds, the foundation provides rental assistance to residents, financial assistance to employees facing hardship, and a growing number of essential programs and educational opportunities.
“We believe that our people are gifted and have untapped potential,” says Melissa Spells of Renewing Communities. “A thriving community will use resident or employee ideas and resources to break the barriers that separate us and solve the problems that concern us.”
As the Community Ambassador for Renewing Communities, Melissa lives in a Renewing Management property. She acts as the liaison between residents and management, helping to identify fundamental community needs with programs to offer solutions and build positive relationships. Melissa had been a Leasing Agent with Renewing Management prior, and had first-hand knowledge of the great opportunities to bring the community together to leverage creative, grass-roots ideas.
For example, the local school system provided lunches to students of closed schools during the Covid-19 quarantine, but many families couldn’t pick up the lunches at the designated times. Melissa arranged transportation with the school, and delivered food to families. In addition, she works with community partners and local residents to bring ideas for youth programs to life. In bringing folks together, the sense of community continues to grow. Melissa identifies adult volunteers who live in the complex willing to invest in and champion various programs into the future.
Dreaming for the Future
As a young organization, the future is full of possibilities for Renewing Communities. From providing emergency assistance to those in turmoil to providing college scholarships, helping employees and residents thrive also means actively partnering with local schools, churches and community organizations already doing great things nearby.
“We want to empower people to engage in something worthwhile. We dream of developing leaders by mentoring young people in all our communities across Indiana,” says Melissa, and hopes to bring the programs and resident engagement to other Renewing Management properties. “We’re working to equip people – both residents and employees – to uncover solutions that enhance their lives.”
And Melissa is pumped about the possibilities. “For the first time in my life I truly love my job, and I really love the company. When we say Renewing Management is transforming communities across Indiana, that is truly what we’re doing.”