Back to School: Exodus and the UNCAA

As Colorado’s premier local and long distance moving and storage company, at Exodus, we believe the best part of being in the neighborhood are the opportunities to make it a better place.  Whether it is donating trucks to help out with the food drives of several Colorado food banks, investing in at-risk youth by helping out groups such as Alternatives to Violence and Reflections for Youth, keeping tune with the Fort Collins Symphony, or helping to support the families of fallen Colorado soldiers through the SEAKR Foundation, our Colorado community roots stretch as far and wide as the highways we travel.

One of our latest community partnerships has us teaming up with the University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association by offering savings to its members and proceeds to the association. We are looking forward to delivering a check once a month representing 3% of the paid moving costs from UNC Alumni Association members on any local move, long distance move and auto transport.

At Exodus, we have an impeccable reputation for safe, smooth and reliable moves, demonstrated by the fact that we have one of the lowest breakage ratios of any moving company in Colorado. Despite this distinction, in addition to proceed donation, we are also offering Half Cost Valuation on lower deductible options. This will include Free Valuation Coverage of $100,000 with a $500 deductible, representing a savings of nearly 25%.

The University of Northern Colorado has been teaching Colorado a thing or two for decades through its many distinguished alumni who have won awards for their work in the classroom and through its influential Tointon Institute for Educational Change.  The UNC Alumni Association ably helps to integrate over 100,000 alumni, students, and friends into the life of the university and the community at large and we are proud to help in any way we can. That is why we are looking forward to the UNC Alumni enrolling Exodus for their moving and storage needs.  It’s a back to school deal for the UNC Alumni Association members and another lesson in helping out the community for us.  Who knew having class could be so much fun!

Exodus.com- The Moving People Website

After a whole lot of time, effort and careful thought, we here at Exodus are proud to announce the launch of our new and improved website! Thanks to our work together with the very talented marketing and design firm Davlin Marketing Group, we have given our total commitment to quality a new voice and a new look. We are excited that this effort has resulted in a whole new kind of user experience.

Mind: Information about Moving

At Exodus, we believe that knowledge is power. For this reason, we are happy to pass on the benefit our many years of experience in moving to our customers. We understand that making a move can be an incredibly stressful time in life and it is one of our main goals to make you feel like you are not alone during this transition. Right by your side from the very beginning, our new site is full of resources for moving including an 8 week moving planner, a full list of moving supplies provided to help make your move easier and even a list of preferred partners offering home services to make you feel right at home in your new neighborhood.

Body: Professional Movers in Action

With over 75 years of combined moving experience, we have a knack for getting the job done right. We excel at both residential and commercial moving and are happy to take care of every detail for our customers. Our new website showcases this ability through things like an explanation of our Moving Method, FAQs and answers about residential moving and a new section on our virtual warehousing capabilities. We feel that our new site has a lot to say about what you can expect from a truly professional moving and storage company.

Heart: We are a People Business

One thing we are very clear on as a company: the center of our business is people. We take excellent care of the people we work with and as a result they take excellent care of those we work for. As proud members of the communities we live and work in, we volunteer our time and resources to charities, community organizations and are proud military family movers. We are happy to be a green moving company, doing our part of give back to our community and our world. Our new site, gives a more personal view into the talented team that we employ in Denver and Ft Collins as well as the wonderful feedback we get from all the people we serve and the community organizations we further. At Exodus, we move people and we are proud to offer our new website to show you why we are the best moving company in Colorado.

Going Places with Art: Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park Show

Exodus is always on the move for the Colorado community. Once again, we were there for another exciting event.  At Exodus, we are enthusiastic about promoting community involvement. While sculptures normally stay still, last weekend over 2,000 pieces by more than 170 artists made their journey to one of the most unique gatherings in the world: a Loveland tradition that continues to generate a great deal of income for the community and an even greater appreciation for beauty and bonding among Colorado residents near and far, Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park Show.

With so much riding on keeping this tradition going strong, organizers called upon the one Colorado based national moving company they could depend on, Exodus Moving and Storage. Exodus movers were there , proud to tackle the logistical obstacles the massive set-up presented.

The Benson Sculpture Garden is the permanent home to a 132 piece collection of outdoor sculptures.  The Loveland High Plains Arts Council operates the park year-round as a tranquil get-away, ideal for family strolls and visitor sightseeing.

This year was the 28th anniversary of the Sculpture in the Park Show, and it opened concurrently with the Loveland Sculpture Invitational and Art in the Park.  Planners estimated 30,000 combined visitors.

The transformation of a tranquil get away into an international showcase in a short time takes both expertise and precision in addition to the muscle to get it done.  Hundreds of pedestals needed to be in place, on time, so the displays would have a leg to stand on.  Huge tents needed to go up, delivery routes needed to be established, and all of this had to be done around walkways that saw traffic increase by a thousand fold.

This was a big project, but Exodus handles moves both big and small with the same level of commitment and to the same level of success. And we just couldn’t get enough.  After the show, our guys were back to take it all down and return the garden to the watchful eyes of its residents, no doubt happy to settle down until next year.

Vision Silver Services & Exodus Partner Spotlight

MP900284952When it comes time to make a move, there is a lot to consider. Beyond the questions of where and when, there can be many other important things to think about.  If you are a young couple with children, questions about school districts and quality childcare will come into play. If you are single, you may be more concerned with neighborhood recreation and nightlife. But one group that has a hard time with the issues of moving is often forgotten. Seniors face tough decisions later in life about relocation, possible downsizing and the quality of life implications of a new location. Add to all of this the necessity for not only social but physical support and you uncover a very big need in the moving industry at large.

At Exodus, we are committed to supporting our community. We are currently proud to be beginning our work with a great company called Vision Silver Services. This organization is committed to helping seniors with all the details of selling their home and relocating, handling everything from coordinating garage sales to utility transfers. Exodus is honored to be a preferred mover for Vision Silver Services. The following is our recent interview with the organizations distinguished founder, Mr. Greg Gellar.

Why did you found Vision Silver Services?

When my grandmother died recently, I began thinking about all the people I had helped and visited with over the years. Often, the elderly have no help in the moving process. The process is so overwhelming that they sometimes struggle to begin to pack and get moved to facilities offering care. I decided that offering an all inclusive program could help these people improve their quality of life by removing the uncertainty of how to orchestrate a whole move.

The website says you have been buying homes since 1994. Is your background exclusive to real estate or have you been involved in other industries?

Out of college, I spent some time as operations management of Paradise Cleaners, but for nearly 15 years, I have tried to make the public understand that there can be integrity in the home buying industry; that you can not only get value but you can give value. Today, real estate is the main focus of my work.

What makes Vision Silver Services unique?

Silver Services is the only comprehensive home buying package offering help with all stages of moving available anywhere. In this way it is totally unique and fills a very important niche in the market as well as in the community.

What are the 3 questions most frequently asked of you?

  1. How old are you (I look much younger than my 40 years)
  2. How does the Silver Services process work?
  3. What is the catch? (It’s great when I get to explain, there is none.)

What are the top things you look for in a Moving Company?

  1. Longevity in the industry
  2. Web Presence
  3. Accountability

Why do VSS & Exodus Moving and Storage complement each other?

Both companies seem to understand that being truthful, upfront and honest is the big picture. We understand that in a time where so much distrust exists, that “the job” is to be clear and follow the golden rule at all times. Exodus is concerned, as are we, with grass roots marketing which highlights the faces behind the company. They know that slick brochures do not save the world. We both want the public to know that above all, there is always someone to help and someone to call who can answer questions now, rather than endless tiers of “voice jail”. We are both committed absolutely to people, which makes our companies a great compliment to each other.

Do you have any current events coming up that you would like to highlight?

As VSS ramps up, we have taken a very slow approach. We have been very busy thus far and we will be conducting small events which focus on a more personal atmosphere. People can be looking out for these to start in mid Fall of 2011.

For more information about Vision Silver Services in Denver please visit their website:

http://www.visionsilverservices.com

The Exodus Difference is People

Who we are and what we do are one in the same. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to provide quality. They claim that customer satisfaction means everything to them. And that may be true even and especially when it comes to the bottom line. But at Exodus, people are the single most important thing in our business.  And that applies all around, to our employees, our clients and our community. We put our money, time, effort and heart into the things that matter most to us. And that is what makes us better than any other Colorado Moving Company. The Exodus difference is people.

We Choose People

Exodus is a Choose People company. This means that we pass the test and come out on top as a great place to work. We work hard, we play hard and we value family and balance. Unlike many others in our industry, we have real employees doing all our moves providing unequalled accountability in our market sector. We provide consistent schedules, family friendly offices and competitive salaries making our employee turnover rate lower than any other Denver moving company. We firmly believe that happy employees are better workers, parents and citizens at large. For this reason, the Exodus difference starts with our people.

People Choose Us

We are constantly in a state of collecting feedback from our customers. Moving is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life. We strive and work hard to go the extra mile to make it easier, less hectic and to create a sort of calm in the storm for our clients. Thanks to this commitment to service, our track record is pristine. Our client surveys come back consistently with glowing recommendations and most of our clients go on to recommend our moving services to family and friends.

Community Exodus

Whether it is pianos that need moving for art projects (Pianos About Town) underprivileged teens that need dresses for Prom (The Fairy Godmother Project) a race that needs run to donate supplies to school kids (The Denver Metro Mile benefiting Donors Choose) or our own in house tree planting for every move we complete (in cooperation with Trees, Water & People), we are committed to being involved in the neighborhood around us. We love Colorado, we love our country and we love our world. At Exodus, we show value to our community by not only showing up when they need us most but by finding creative ways to be involved, everyday.

For more information on any of the above please visit:

http://www.choosepeople.com/

http://www.fcgov.com/artspublic/

http://www.fairygodmothersinc.com/index.html

http://www.themetromile.com/

http://www.donorschoose.org/

http://www.treeswaterpeople.org/

The Hampton Inn & Suites and Exodus Partner Spotlight

In a continuing effort to strengthen our community and support our clients in the process of relocation, we are proud to announce a new Frequent Guest Program established with the Hampton Inn & Suites at Cherry Creek. A discounted rate in this lovely hotel located in the city of Glendale is just one of many extra things we build into our comprehensive moving services.

The following is from an interview we did with Debra Brandt talking about this new partner spotlight between her hotel and Exodus.

Tell us a little bit about YOU and Hampton.

I am the director of sales here at the Glendale/Cherry Creek Property. Karie Green is the sales manager and together we make up the sales team for this location. I have been at this property for about a year and with the Hampton chain for 4 years. Personally, I love the hotel environment. The relationships you make and the rapport you create with frequent guests, I just love working with people in customer service. I also like the brand because it is nationally recognized. We have a very loyal customer base and Hilton does a great job with the HHonors awards program which brings in lots of people. You can tell it’s a great place to work by our low employee turnover. One of our front office managers has been here for 7 years which in the hotel industry is a long time.

What sets your Glendale/Cherry Creek Property apart from other hotels?

We are set apart by two things: amenities and service. We are an all suite property.   This means by enlarge our rooms are more spacious and have more amenities. We have 133 rooms, fitness facilities and board room space for meetings and conferences.

Although we offer many amenities at our hotel, we are what is considered a “limited hotel” because we do not have a restaurant or bar on site. But there are a couple of things that we do offer that are unique, one of which is our complimentary hot breakfast buffet. We provide a variety to choose from including fresh coffee, juice, eggs an assortment of pastries and much more, everyday. We also offer breakfast to-go bags for those who don’t have time in the morning as we want everyone to be able to take advantage of this great service.

We also have what we call a “Suite Shop”, which is a convenience store in our lobby filled with nic nacs such as Advil, toothbrushes , gum, teas, Red Bull and soups. We stock Ben & Jerry’s for those late night cravings and since all the rooms have microwaves and mini-refrigerators, we stock a variety of gourmet microwave dinners. I think this is really great feature because it makes people feel cozy.

These are just some of the amenities that set us apart and help us to take care of large groups. This is also a very popular place for both business travelers and families. But our customer service is what keeps people coming back. We are proud to host lots of repeat customers because we work hard to attentively address their every need.

We also like being on Colorado Blvd with easy access to downtown and the Cherry Creek Mall. We are walking distance to so much! We are right next to Starbucks, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, a Whole Foods Market, several restaurants and other shops. Also, downtown is just 7 minutes away.

How are the Hampton Inn and Suites & Exodus Moving and Storage Connected?

Joel and Ryan met at a Glendale Chamber event and from what I understand, they instantly liked one another. They felt like it could be a good fit to help each other. Joel was looking for a good corporate rate for those who need lodging in transition. He expressed that many of his clients are in between homes for short periods of time while moving and he wanted to be able to offer them a great place to stay at a great price. So we are just beginning this alliance. We believe that good companies should stick together and because we are so focused on taking care of all the details for our clients, Exodus seemed like a good fit. We created a discount rate for all those affiliated with Exodus Moving and Storage. This includes relocating clients, Exodus employees and of course their family members. We want to support anyone connected to Exodus by giving them a fantastic place to stay at a great rate.

Do you have any current events or promotions that you are especially excited about?

Right now we are gearing up for the Microsoft 2011 Convention. All their workshops will take place at the Colorado Convention Center. Because Cherry Creek is so close by, we are completely sold out for that entire week. Other than that, our company is always running great packages and specials. Some of them are very imaginative like the Cherry Creek Shopping Package or the Mile High Package. But in general, right now we are in the midst of “high season” so it’s a great time at the hotel. We always have good people and interesting stuff going on. That’s why it’s such a great place to stay and work.

For more information about the Hampton Inn & Suites at Cherry Creek please visit:

www.hicherrycreek.com

We the People of Exodus, on Independence Day

At Exodus Moving and Storage we are very patriotic. We are committed to supporting those who support our freedom. On this 4th of July we simply can’t help but be thankful for the red, white and blue.

In 1776 five people were appointed to create a draft about freedom. The colonies sought separation from Great Britain and Robert Livingston, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Benjamin Franklin joined Thomas Jefferson to write what is now known as the Declaration of Independence. And while it was actually signed on the second of July instead of the 4th, on parchment instead of paper, this historic document is now held as a symbol of freedom in our great country. In a well known letter written by Adams to his wife:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Today as always, we are proud to be Americans and proud to be a company based in this great nation. We believe that the US was founded on some very important ideas about freedom. And throughout the year we are happy to support those who are making life better for the military members and family who give up so much to protect that freedom.

Project Sanctuary

A nonprofit dedicated to helping military families to reconnect and heal from war after long periods of being disconnected from loved ones.

http://www.projectsanctuary.us/

Colorado Hire Patriots

An organization dedicated to finding ex-military great jobs to help them get back to civilian life after times of service.

http://colorado.hirepatriots.com/

SEAKR Foundation

A charity created by SEAKR Engineering that supports families who have lost loved ones by raising and donating funds to them to help them mend their lives.

http://www.seakr.com/about/foundation.html

So this year as you are BBQing with family and friends, setting off fireworks and hopefully doing what Adams referred to as “pomp and parade”, we would like to encourage you to take the celebration one step further. We support the above organizations because we believe in this great country of ours. If you haven’t taken a look at them to see how you can get involved, we would like to invite you to do so.

From the Exodus family to yours, Happy Independence Day!

Project Sanctuary & Exodus Partner Spotlight Part 2

42-15650295“Project Sanctuary is where families reconnect.”

Where there is great need comes great responsibility. At Exodus, we are thankful for our freedom and our success and feel that it is important to give back. We actively support our United States military with our time and effort and resources because we wish to show our gratitude for their sacrifice.

Project Sanctuary is an organization that was established in 2007 to address a very big need within the military community. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 21 military veterans commit suicide each week. Armed with these statistics and so many others, Project Sanctuary works with whole families to begin the healing process and to promote new, positive memories to improve quality of life.

The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.

How Does Project Sanctuary Reconnect Families?

Project Sanctuary is the first organization to offer services for the whole family that gives them the time they need to really heal. Many other workshops exist for a couple days at a time. But we have found that after several months or even years of missing a loved one, it requires more than just a few hours to reconnect. Families need time to address the many issues and hurts that have come as a result of their separation. So we take 5-10 families to a YMCA facility in the Rockies for 6 day retreats. We create recreational activities designed to help each family member to overcome emotional obstacles. We call this “diversion therapy”, creating new life affirming memories to replace natural feelings of fear and abandonment. In addition to hiking, fishing and skiing together, we also offer healthy marriage classes and financial education seminars. We balance the practical and the fun which his gives the whole family time to heal together. War is a very serious thing but you would be amazed at how much bonding can be done around a camp fire over smores.

How does Exodus help Project Sanctuary?

Because we are committed to each family that we serve for two years of follow up, we do more than just provide retreats. We become a consistent support for their most important needs. Unable to do this alone, we require many layers of support in the community so that we can help these military families in their most desperate moments. We need other businesses to do what they do best so that we can do what we do best. I first met Joel through a community Veterans Alliance. Soon after, a Gold Star family contacted us. With the convergence of their sons recent death in the line of duty and the mothers current health problems, this family was losing their house. Having nowhere else to turn, they called us when they had only two days to move. I called Joel and explained the situation. And with very few questions asked, Exodus came to the rescue, donating time, manpower and most of all sanity to a very difficult situation for these people. We greatly appreciate Exodus’ community spirit. Together we are able to pick up the heavy load when our military families cant.

What can people do to support Project Sanctuary?

Just to be absolutely clear, Project Sanctuary is not “pro war”, we are pro family. The political aspects of the issue are not our angle. As a nation, I think we have learned from Vietnam.  We need regular people to get involved by sharing their time, money and love. I just spent this morning writing grants and I’m proud that People Magazine is about to do a full feature about Project Sanctuary. Most of all we are trying to get the word out there. The more opportunities we have to share what these families are going through, really going through, the more support we are bound to receive from those who want to say that you.

Project Sanctuary is a non-government funded, grass roots organization in need of your support. For more information about how to get involved please visit their website at

http://www.projectsanctuary.us/

Project Sanctuary & Exodus Partner Spotlight Part 1

“When a serviceperson is deployed, a family goes to war.”

Many people claim to support our military. But at Exodus, we feel that in spite of the various ideologies attached to the politics of war, the activity of supporting our troops is a separate pursuit. Leaving homes and family is par for the course for these young individuals. And while many people talk about “giving back to those who give so much,” at Exodus, we support those who are putting this talk into action.

Project Sanctuary is an organization we are proud to support because of their unique understanding of the plight of military personnel and their families. They understand the intricacies of this life changing situation. This organization seeks to address the deep relational ramifications of leaving your loved ones for long periods of time. Not only do these young men and women risk their lives, but they often return to families in financial and emotional stress, the kind of which is often unaddressed by other military support avenues. Project Sanctuary specializes in recreational therapy in the form of retreats that help to heal the wounds of war.

The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.

What do you do with Project Sanctuary?

My name is Heather and I am the Founder of Project Sanctuary. I was a registered nurse during the first gulf war. Experiencing many things during this time, I was overwhelmed with the reality that there simply wasn’t enough being done for the families of military. These people are away from their loved ones for so long, when they return, things have always changed. I began to do research and found that neglect and abuse reports triple during times of deployment. It was obvious to me that there was an incredible gap between what was being offered and what was needed and this chasm was wide indeed for these wives, husbands and children. I built Project Sanctuary to bridge this gap and based the program model on this basic premise: I asked them what they needed. Project Sanctuary is completely designed around the personal struggles and adjustments military families have to make and therefore it’s an evolving program based on the needs of those it serves. Currently we have two main groups: Blue Star- for those who currently have a family member in the field and Gold Star- for those who have lost a family member in the line of duty.

What the main goal of Project Sanctuary?

At Project Sanctuary we help military families to reconnect with each other. During times of deployment, families are emotionally and financially stressed often to the point of breaking. With few exceptions, they have a hard time being a part of a community in such a state and ironically, it’s what they need the most. Civilians don’t often understand just how much is being missed while a service person is away. The average army deployment is 14 months. Think about it. That means that the family back home has been without their loved one for every holiday and birthday in that calendar year. If you are in the army and you have had a couple of deployments and you have an 8 year old, you have missed most of their life. So many firsts are missed. First steps, first words, first school dances. And it’s even worse in the case of dual families who have both mother and father in the armed forces. Mom and Dad take turns being away. As you can imagine, this takes a very logical toll on everyone and brings new meaning to the word sacrifice.

For more information about Project Sanctuary, please visit their website at

http://www.projectsanctuary.us/

Pianos about Town- Fort Collins Community Involvement

At Exodus, moving is our business. We move belongings from place to place. We move people to their new homes and offices. And we move ideas we believe to be important, forward.

One of the most wonderful things about our great state of Colorado is its open hearted, community minded spirit. And specifically in Fort Collins, we have found so many wonderful ways to participate in the great things that are going on within the city. We have earned a reputation for being there when people need us and we are always happy to lend a helping hand for a good cause.

So, what happens when a community comes together for the purpose of highlighting both visual arts and music? Exodus Moving and Storage gets the unique pleasure of moving Pianos about Town.

What is Pianos about Town?

Established in 2010, Pianos about Town was born of the energies and ideas of the City of Fort Collins, the Downtown Development Authority and the Bohemian Foundation. The idea was simple: old pianos would be placed at random throughout the city. Local artists would be invited to publically paint their own designs and styles of art on each piano. The pianos would then be moved repeatedly throughout the city, arriving in various public squares and open air spaces. Local musicians as well as average residents would then have access to them as they go about their day. The idea being that this “happening” would encourage spontaneity, creativity and a positive community environment.

https://www.facebook.com/pianosabouttown

The Bohemian Foundation

In 2001, Pat Stryker founded the Bohemian Foundation with one main goal: making the world a better place. Placing infinite value on the worth of the individual human spirit and its potential for growth, creativity and innovation, this organization now works with other community organizations to encourage these core values. The foundation focuses on music as a primary avenue for facilitating personal expression, believing that it will ultimately foster society’s liberation from many of the social plagues of our modern age.

http://www.bohemianfoundation.org/

Downtown Development Authority

The DDA exists to help join together citizens, businesses and government in an effort to stimulate growth. It serves to provide guidance both organizationally and financially to evolving projects in downtown areas.

http://www.downtownfortcollins.org/

City of Fort Collins “Art in Public Places” Program

Established in 1995, the Art in Public Places Program is an initiative created by the City of Fort Collins. This program believes that quality of life is directly affected by the presence of art. It works with local artists to encourage and enhance opportunities for public art maintenance and exhibition throughout Fort Collins.

http://www.fcgov.com/artspublic/

Valuing Feedback

After every move Exodus Moving & Storage completes, we will request your input about your moving experience with us. Continuous improvement is the hallmark of our success as a company and we are always anxious to get your feedback on how well we did our moving job.

Competitive and Accurate Estimates

The Cost of relocation is either based on weight or number of men and trucks needed as well as distance traveling. At no charge to you, one of our experienced and courteous Move Coordinators will review their move in great detail and provide you with an accurate move quote. Our Move Coordinator will also confirm requested pick-up and delivery dates.

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