FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2016
Fairfax, VA –
Shelters to Shutters (S2S), a non-profit organization that works with apartment industry and real estate professionals to offer opportunity and economic independence to those facing homelessness, announced today that Andrew Helmer has joined the organization as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Helmer brings to Shelters to Shutters over 20 years of sales and management experience in both start-up technology and corporate environments with a proven track record of implementing strategic growth initiatives that provide measurable results.
“We are thrilled to have a senior executive with Andy’s experience and capabilities join the Shelters to Shutters team,” Chris Finlay, Founder and President, stated. “He is an outstanding leader with the skills and passion needed to advance our cause of providing employment and housing for individuals and families facing homelessness through partnerships with the multifamily industry. We are excited to build upon the success of the organization’s first two years and bring Shelters to Shutters to a new level with Andy at the helm.”
Shelters to Shutters was founded in 2014 and since has helped over 50 individuals transition from the challenge of being homeless to a life of economic self-sufficiency. With operations in 13 different cities and currently 10 property management partners, Mr. Helmer will work to grow the program’s impact and provide the greatest amount of return on investment for all stakeholders involved.
“It’s an honor to join Shelters to Shutters and lead the team into the next phase of growth. This innovative program is a win-win solution providing life changing opportunity for the program participants and a pipeline of high quality, career minded employees for the organization’s industry partners.” Helmer said. “I’m excited to see the impact of the organization increase as we continue garnering support and awareness within the multifamily housing industry.”
Most recently, Helmer served as Senior Vice President of Data Solutions for Neustar (NYSE: NSR), a trusted, neutral provider of real-time cloud-based information and analysis to a variety of industries based in Sterling, VA.
Mr. Helmer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, where he received his degree in Business and Political Science. Mr. Helmer grew up in Lancaster, PA and now resides in Oakton, VA with his wife Katie and daughters, Kinsley (13) and Bryce (10).
About Shelters to Shutters: Shelters to Shutters provides housing and employment opportunities to the homeless by educating and engaging real estate/property management leaders and encouraging action within their communities. Shelters to Shutters also partners with local organizations that serve the homeless, veterans, and domestic violence victims to identify successful candidates for the Shelters to Shutters Program.