When 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?
- How old are you (I look much younger than my 40 years)
- How does the Silver Services process work?
- 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?
- Longevity in the industry
- Web Presence
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:
Consistent involvement is one of the main things that makes Exodus Moving and Storage a pillar in our community. We put our money, our time and our effort where our mouth is when it comes to promoting local business and creating a prosperous environment to improve the quality of life in the areas in which we live and serve. But one of the most important priorities when it comes to building a positive future in our neighborhoods, is the environment. We try harder than any other moving and storage company to promote green energy practices throughout our day to day operations, providing an example for our employees, our customers and our communities as a whole.
One of the ways we are involved in our community in Fort Collins is through an organization call Trees, Water & People. Every time we complete a move, we give back to the environment by planting a tree. By utilizing their “plant a tree” program, we are able to plant an average of about 2000 trees per year.
What is Trees, Water & People?
A registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, Trees, Water & People is an organization that was created in 1998 to play an active role in the conservation and management of the natural resources within communities. With a focus on the issues of climate change, clean water and the promotion of sustainability, Trees, Water & People helps people to not only protect the resources they have around them but to reach out to various parts of the globe that need help.
Created by Stuart Conway and Richard Fox, this important group of conservationalists has created a myriad of both local programs in Fort Collins Colorado and beyond, including Reforestation Programs & Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Programs. Much of the work done by Trees, Water & People is focused in both North and South America and has earned both national and international recognition and awards for educational and conservation efforts.
Green Environment Programs for Businesses
Trees, Water & People is committed to empowering local businesses to reduce their waste and increase environmentally friendly standards in the workplace. On average, ten trees are cut down for every one tree that is replanted worldwide. In an effort to offset our carbon emissions, Exodus is proud to partner with Trees, Water & People in global reforestation by participating in their tree planting program.
For more information about this important organization and what you can do to get involved please visit http://www.treeswaterpeople.org/
Fort Collins used to be the leader in retail and dining in Northern Colorado. Now all of the neighboring communities that once depended on the opening of new stores and restaurants are developing their own shopping and dining areas, leaving Fort Collins a bit emptier.
Residents are now asking questions. What is going to happen to the Foothills Fashion Mall? How about the empty lot where Wal-Mart once was? These questions and more go unanswered to many anxious to see South College get it breath of life back into the Fort Collins community.
Currently there is approximately 655,000 square feet of empty retail on College Avenue alone. It is in line and ready for revitalization and attention of developers and investors. The Midtown Commercial Corridor Study, by ELS, Economic & Planning Systems, and Warren W. Wilson will be hosting and evaluating the challenges and issues regarding South College not to mention provide strategic direction for the City and community.
If you are one of those who would be interested in putting in their two cents concerning this topic, or if you just are interested in overseeing the process as to what will happen to South College, you are in luck. There is a public meeting being held regarding this matter today, Wednesday, March 10th from 5-7 pm at the Fort Collins Marriott (350 E Horsetooth Road). If this topic is something of interest to you, make sure to attend! These meetings make communities truly what they are—a collaboration. There will be much to discuss and to learn so bring your notebook and save your voice.