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Crisis Nursery to Get a Fall Facelift, Courtesy of IREM and its Local Chapter

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(Chicago, Sept. 30, 2013) – Crisis Nursery of Phoenix will be the beneficiary of a special community service project to be undertaken by members of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and its local chapter in conjunction with the group’s upcoming national Fall Leadership Conference to be held at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale. IREM, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, is an 80-year-old international association of real estate managers serving all property types who focus on maximizing the value of investment real estate.

Crisis Nursery is one of several truly worthwhile local organizations that were considered for the community service project, according to IREM 2013 President Elizabeth (Beth) Machen, CPM.  “We selected the shelter because of the particularly inspiring and resultful work it does to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and addressing the social, psychological and development needs of the children served,” said Machen. “As well, what our members will be doing on site aligns well with some of the day-to-day work they oversee.”

The service project is slated for Fri., Oct. 18, from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m., with IREM Members’ undertaking activities that include fall landscaping (planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers), painting, and general cleaning. IREM participants also will host an afternoon party for the nursery’s current residents.  According to Machen, funds are being solicited to underwrite the cost of supplies (paint, landscaping materials, tools, etc.), and in-kind contributions are being sought.

Crisis Nursery, the Valley’s longest-serving children shelter, works to help break the cycle of child abuse and neglect for more than 1,000 children annually in Greater Phoenix through its Children Shelter, FACES – Early Childhood Education and Foster Care programs. Learn more at

IREM’s Greater Phoenix Chapter 47 was formed in 1964.  The chapter has upwards of 280 members and includes top-tier real estate managers and management firms in the area.

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is an international community of real estate managers dedicated to ethical business practices, maximizing the value of investment real estate, and promoting superior management through education and information sharing. An affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS, IREM is the home for all industry professionals connected to real estate management – and the only organization serving both the multi-family and commercial sectors.

We believe that good management matters, and that well-managed properties pay dividends in terms of value and in the quality of life for residents, tenants and customers. We believe in professional ethics. We believe in the power of knowledge and the importance of sharing it.

IREM offers a variety of membership types for professionals of every experience level, from on-site managers to high-level executives. Our credentials, earned by meeting high standards of education, experience, and ethical business practices, include: Certified Property Manager (CPM), Accredited Residential Manager (ARM), Accredited Commercial Manager (ACoM), or Accredited Management Organization (AMO).

Since 1933, IREM has set the standard for best practices in real estate management. Today, IREM membership includes nearly 18,000 individuals and 560 corporate members. To learn more about the IREM and its chapter network, call (800) 837-0706, ext. 4650 (outside the U.S. call (312) 329-6000) or visit