Each story is personal.
Each grant is customized.
When an employee’s house burned down, Victor Ciardelli, President and CEO of Guaranteed Rate, wanted to help. The company gave the family $25,000 for food and clothing with hopes of helping them rebuild what had been lost. Since 2012, the Guaranteed Rate Foundation has worked closely with people in crisis to offer assistance customized to their unique situation, from financial relief to living expenses to groceries. Through donations from employees and sponsors — and with every single penny going to those in need — we’ve given over $6 million to more than 450 families.
Stories of hope
“Our family’s life changed in the blink of an eye and every day I am learning how to take care of a child with complex needs as well as another child who still needs me to be her mother.” Melissa’s son, son, Amari, was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney disease in August, just a week before his first birthday. Unable to work since August, she is caring for both her 15-month-old son, Amari, and her 10-year-old daughter. The hospital has helped her with bills for three months, but she will be responsible for all bills after December. Amari requires daily medical attention and hospitalizations, making it difficult for Melissa to provide for her family. Read More
“Lifting Teci for many years has done damage to my health. Lately, her father has been complaining about back pain, but he covers it up because there's nothing he wouldn't do for his little girl.” When Elizabeth’s daughter was three, she had a choking accident that left her with anoxic brain injury. Now eight years old, Elizabeth has to help Teci get around her house, but she’s become too big to carry. Without a ceiling lift system, Elizabeth worries that all the progress Teci has made in recovery will be lost. Read More
“I have taken care of old debts. I am proud that I have improved my credit score. Now, I can pay my obligations on time. Even with all I’ve accomplished - I still can't secure housing.” Valda has been homeless for over five years, dealing with serious health issues as she’s tried to put her financial life back together. At 63 years old, she’s been able to rebuild her financial life, even while undergoing hip replacement. But without stable housing, and more surgery needed, all the work she’s done could disappear. Read More