2019 Good Neighbor Award Nominees

Nominee: Angie Borras, Houses in San Antonio

Charitable organization this member serves: American Spirit Alliance

Organization’s Website:
americanspiritalliance.org

Organization’s Mission: The American Spirit Alliance is dedicated to engaging the community in events that promote dormant history, respect and vitality of our American Spirit. Funds raised help active troops that are in financial distress keep their homes and help support other Veteran initiatives such as Fisher House, Operation K-9, and San Antonio Young Marines.

How have the nominee’s efforts made the community a better place to live:

REALTOR® Angie Borras founded the American Spirit Alliance in 2013 when she decided to put her passion for troops and their families, our country and our industry into action and also to leave a lasting legacy for her family of what it means to respect and honor our country’s heroes. She started by planting thousands of flags around Castle Hills for Independence Day. Borras took this momentum to create an organization to maintain San Antonio’s rich history, particularly the courageous involvement of those who served the military from San Antonio. Along the way, she has gotten to know many of our community’s veterans and hear their stories, including 92-year-old native San Antonian CSM Andrew Reyna. Planting thousands of flags to commemorate the historical significance of the NW Military corridor was soon recognized in 2018 when the City of San Antonio took notice and named it an official Tricentennial event which incorporated a 5-person relay race between Ft. Sam Houston and Camp Bullis. The event ends with festivities, music, vendors, food and fun for all in celebration. The event continues to grow into something so inspiring that thank you letters are received every year from those stunned at the sight the first time out.

Nominee: Rebecca Byers, Vivid Realty

Charitable organization this member serves: Seton Home

Organization’s Website: setonhomesa.org

Organization’s Mission: Seton Home works to break the cycle of abuse and poverty by providing a caring home, education, and support services necessary to transform the lives of pregnant and parenting teen mothers and their children.

How have the nominee’s efforts made the community a better place to live:

REALTOR® Rebecca Byers serves on the Governing Committee with Seton Home and is an active volunteer who spends a large amount of time and personal resources dedicated to helping the children Seton serves. Rebecca makes dinner at Seton Home at least once a month for the 50 or so women and their children living at the facility. This is her opportunity to bond with the girls and be a positive role model for them. She is a strong advocate and supporter of Seton Home, which serves mothers aged 12-17, the majority of whom have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services due to severe abuse, neglect, or sexual assault. Rebecca is at Seton regularly providing not just financial support, but hands-on service. Her support of this vulnerable population gives them life skills to raise healthy children, parenting skills to prevent child abuse, the ability to finish high school and a safe environment. While this has a direct benefit on the girls and their children, it also prevents child exploitation/abuse by keeping these families off the street, and reduces crime and drug use in a population at high risk.

Nominee: Tom Phillips, Phillips and Associates Realty

Charitable organization this member serves: Multiple including SAMMinistries, SA Food Bank, Wounded Warriors, Fisher House and Impact SA

Organization’s Website: Multiple

Organization’s Mission: Multiple

How have the nominee’s efforts made the community a better place to live:

REALTOR® Tom Phillips has personally volunteered time and rallied agents to volunteer, giving financially to the following charities: SAMMinistries, Habitat for Humanity, Dress for Success, Humane Society, 100 Club of San Antonio, SA Food Bank, Image Committee, SABOR, Impact SA, SA2020, Wounded Warriors, Fisher House, Ronald McDonald House, C.A.M.P., St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, San Antonio Museum of Art, Witte Museum and McNay Art Museum. His heart is huge, not only for charities, but also for his agents. He always jumps at opportunities to serve and give generously.

Nominee: Jamie Zapata, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®

Charitable organization this member serves: Pride Center San Antonio

Organization’s Website: pridecentersa.org

Organization’s Mission: The mission of Pride Center San Antonio is to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV communities by connecting them and their families to community resources and organizations related to health, wellness, support, education, activities, and advocacy.

How have the nominee’s efforts made the community a better place to live:

REALTOR® Jamie Zapata is an advocate for raising awareness for the trans, gender non-conforming, and HIV community in San Antonio. As a Board Member for Pride Center San Antonio and a proud transgender woman in leadership with the organization, she is committed to helping plan, organize, and host community service and fundraising events. She also welcomes and co-hosts a monthly support group with approximately 20 attendees at The Center for LGBTQ+ and allied individuals who are curious about coming out, transitioning genders, HIV peer support, and anyone looking for LGBTQ+ resources. She has also serves as a Community Advisory Board member at The Center as part of an LGBTQ+ Resiliency Study which measures strength in the community and implements services needed for SA area residents. She is a Leadership Committee Member with Trans Power SA group in partnership with The Center which is a trans led group of people who provide education, awareness, resources, and support for trans and gender non-conforming people in SA through networking events. She also encourages people to use the walk-in center through word of mouth and social media, and speaks publicly on behalf of The Center at public events and media.

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