Congratulations to Karen King of Monson and Robi Rubenstein of Northborough for being named MAR’s 2011 Good Neighbor Award winners for their community service efforts.
Karen King, CRS, GRI, CBR, CLHMS, e-PRO
RE/MAX Prestige, Wilbraham
On June 1, 2011 a tornado ravaged the town of Monson and destroyed over 100 homes. That night, Monson resident Karen King started an all-out effort to help her fellow residents. She opened her home to 14 tornado survivors who only had the clothes on their backs for three weeks. She worked within the REALTOR® community to help find people homes and resources. Because of the work she has done, over 20 families have been placed into temporary homes by taking listings off the market to help those in need. She has gone on the radio to raise money, spoken to civic groups to get volunteers and regularly attends both FEMA and town emergency management meetings. As part of the effort, King started the “Street Angel” program. Through this program, volunteers go door-to-door once a week to check on those affected by the storm and let them know what resources are available.
Robbi Rubenstein, CBR, SRES
RE/MAX Prestige, Northborough
Knowing first-hand that care giving is a continuous job that can strain a relationship between a sick and well spouse, Robbi Rubenstein started the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the Well Spouse Association. The chapter provides a place where caregivers can take a temporary break from the job of care giving and find resources for them to better manage their lives. Without a proper support system, caregivers – and their sick partners- can suffer far more than they need to emotionally, physically, and financially. Rubenstein works with doctors, attorneys, financial specialists and other professionals in the community to offer advice and other services to members. In addition, she facilitates a monthly discussion group for Well Spouses to share their experiences with one another.