Faxon Commons wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Faxon Commons wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving
Monday, November 22, 2021
Corcoran Management Company has supported Caritas Communities since its founding by P. Leo Corcoran in 1985 who was also a partner in Corcoran Management Company at the time. The inception of Caritas Communities stems from Leo's concern for the increasing rate of homelessness in the Greater Boston in the 80s. The word caritas is a Latin word defined as, "Christian love of humankind; charity". This is the perfect word to describe not only this organization as it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but also Leo himself as he had a passion to help humankind.
P. Leo Corcoran started Caritas Communities in the effort to alleviate homelessness and to aid in the prevention of this issue in the future. According to the Caritas Communities website, "Mr. Corcoran organized a Board of Directors who shared his belief that homelessness could be prevented through affordable housing. The Board chose the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) as its housing model with a focus on low- and extremely low-income working people. Conceptually, the Board felt that if Caritas were able to offer housing that was newly renovated, well managed and geared to meet the needs of the residents, then a stable living environment could be created for people who couldn’t make a living wage." Leo had a unique vision to specifically address low-income individuals who do not have access to affordable housing otherwise. He designed Caritas to support motivated working individuals who will use Caritas as the first stepping stone away from homelessness and toward a stable lifestyle with consistent shelter and support.
The first Caritas property is located in Quincy, MA and it continues to serve residents today. However, the portfolio of residences has grown to 30 locations across the Boston area which house over 1,000 individuals. This organization has brought thousands of people out of homelessness and into a place that they can call home.
Caritas Communities celebrated its 36th anniversary with its annual gala that was held on a virtual platform this year. The live-stream program involved the recognition of the P. Leo Corcoran Humanitarian Honoree, hearing the story of a Caritas resident, as well as a live auction to raise money for the organization. Quincy Miller, the President of Eastern Bank, was the 2021 recipient of the P. Leo Corcoran Humanitarian award for his efforts to help those who are less fortunate. Miller has dedicated his time to focus on the intersections of racial equity and income inequality through professional and personal volunteering efforts which are noted on the Caritas Communities website.
The Caritas resident gave a moving speech about his experience of homelessness and his transition into a stable living environment in his Caritas home. He was taken off the streets of Boston and given a room that he was able to call his own. He received support from resident services to get back on his feet and now he has a job with a steady income and benefits as well as a place to come home to. He even saved up his money to get his license and buy his very own car. This goes to show that Caritas Communities has the incredible ability to turn people's lives around.
Although the gala could not be held in person, Caritas sent a gourmet dinner box to every person who registered to attend. Each box was made for two people so each guest could invite a friend to join them to celebrate the occasion together. The outstanding dinner box was catered by Max Ultimate Food and it included a delicious first course of a salad and housemade breadsticks that guests could munch on at the start of the event. The entrees consisted of several mouthwatering options such as seared filets of Halibut, wood grilled beef tenderloin, shaved king oysters, or seared cauliflower steaks accompanied with a bottle of Gnarly Head wine. The gourmet meal concluded with curried carrot cake with cream cheese mousse for dessert. This effort highlights how much Caritas cares about its supporters just as much its residents which makes it such a wonderful organization to be a part of.
The ongoing success of Caritas Communities lies in its dedicated supporters who share Leo's goal to prevent homelessness. Please click here if you would like to take the opportunity to aid in the effort to prevent homelessness because everyone deserves a place to call home.
Are you looking to work for a company that has a passion for helping humankind? Visit our careers page and become a member of our Corcoran community today!
Monday, November 15, 2021
Corcoran Management Company just held it's annual Manager's Meeting last week at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood. However, this was no ordinary meeting because it marked a momentous occasion as the company celebrated it's seventieth year of business. The day began with a welcome introduction by Kevin Young, the President of Management, as well as Nancy Gaudet, the Vice President of Management.
Cynthia Buckley, the Director of Sales and Marketing, spoke about the history of Corcoran Management Company as it never fails to acknowledge the roots of its humble beginnings. The company was founded in 1951 by John M. Corcoran who quickly partnered with his brother P. Leo Corcoran and they became a dynamic duo as pioneers in the real estate industry. Although John and Leo have passed, they continue to be beacons of light that ignite our company's passion to succeed in this field.
The Portfolio Directors presented a new policy called the '10 C's' of Corcoran to ensure that all of our properties look crisp, clean and professional for our prospects on a daily basis. We aim for perfection when it comes to serving our current and future residents and that starts with consistency. This policy will hold all properties accountable in order to maintain a desirable living environment for all.
Employees spent the latter half of the day learning about more management tactics in four different breakout sessions. The 'How to Build Your Dream Team' session paired nicely with aspects of Connie's speech as it focused on the significance of each manager's role and the responsibilities that come with it. However, managers must work together with their teams in order to improve efficiency and performance. Anna Nasab, Jaime Wight, and Jeanmarie O'Brien taught us about open communication, alignment, creativity and innovation, ownership, organization, competencies, accomplishment, and learning, sharing, and caring through the team development wheel that they created. The team encouraged managers to come up to spin the wheel and tell the group about one of their work experiences that related to the topic they landed on.
The 'Maintenance Musts' session was led by Gary Saltmarsh, Director of Maintenance Operations. Gary, Jeff Callahan, and Chuck Miles discussed important topics such as the bidding protocol, billing, safety, incident reports, snow removal, leak logs, training, work orders, and preventative maintenance to keep our properties in tip top shape.
The third session called, 'Technical Difficulties', was interactive and managers could choose what technological tips and tricks they wanted to learn about. Sebastian Quevedo and Jim Krotz focused on sharing tips for Outlook, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Cybersecurity.
The final session was all about 'Community Connection' and how significant it is to have a strong social media presence and to host fun resident events throughout the year. These efforts maintain resident engagement which leads to greater retention and also draws in new prospects.
The day came to a close as managers were able to relax and enjoy happy hour to commend them for their constant efforts to improve this company just as John and Leo would have wanted.
Monday, November 8, 2021
Corcoran Management Company was in the Halloween spirit with events across all of the properties and even the corporate headquarter office got in on the fun with the companywide Corcor-ween Costume Contest. Many of the properties hosted an array of spooky events for their residents to participate in. Several properties gave out goodie bags and even had jars of candy corn on display so residents had the opportunity to guess how many pieces were in the jar and the resident with the closest guess received a prize. The Commons at Boston Road held a Trunk-Or-Treat event and the resident with the best decorated trunk was awarded a gift card. The Mastlight knew that their four-legged residents wanted to celebrate Halloween too so they organized a pet costume contest. 50 West Broadway hosted a Halloween Cocktail Hour with cider doughnuts and beverages which was a great opportunity for residents to get to know each other. Corcoran Management Company creates an enjoyable environment that encourages residents to gather and celebrate together as a community across all of our properties.
"Guess How Many" Contest at Southfield Commons
Trunk-Or-Treat at The Commons at Boston Road
Pet Halloween Costume Winner from The Mastlight
Chapin Dressed as Michelangelo from The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Halloween Cocktail Hour at 50 West Broadway
The CMC staff had the opportunity to get creative and (competitive!) for the Costume Contest. Employees posed in their Halloween best and submitted their photos in the hopes to win a prize. The winning costumes were categorized for Best Overall, the Scariest, and the Most Original. The Oxford Apartments staff was awarded with Best Overall for their pest control costumes. The marketing department from the corporate office was voted the Most Original with their costumes from Mario Kart. Faxon Commons recreated a scene from the movie Psycho while The Mastlight staff dressed up with masks from The Purge and both properties were awarded with the Scariest costumes.
Corcoran Management Company creates a fun and entertaining atmosphere at all times of the year for our residents. Take a tour at one of our communities today and celebrate your next holiday with us!