The Dukes Group, Crimson Community

The Dukes Group, Crimson Community

Welcome to the Crimson Community by The Dukes Group at RE/MAX Gateway. We believe in giving back to the community & improving the lives of families.


"Busy" Is Not a Badge of Honor, It's What's Killing Your Dreams

For the "busy" Being "busy" doesn't mean you're on the fast-track to success. It often means you're focusing on the wrong things, and sacrificing your long-term goals.


8th & Home

Mobile Hope needs help!

Hi everyone! This isn't a typical 8th & Home post but Mobile Hope could really use your help. Donna Fortier and her team are absolutely amazing and the work they do in Loudoun County is needed. Please read the following plea and if you are in a position to be of help, please call Donna/team at (703) 771-1400.

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We are urgently reaching out to you today asking for your help with something that continues to grow... housing options for our 18 to 24 year old "kids".

Summer is fast approaching, which means we will continue to see an increase in "our kids" who are homeless...

While we thought we found a "permanent and safe" home for our 24 year old autistic fella, that is no longer an option... so we are in dire need of options for him. He is a very sweet, mild mannered and observant young man who is eager to start a life of self dependence. He is very artistic and we are proudly displaying his artwork on the walls of our office. He is helpful, polite and so thankful and appreciative.

Over the last 24 hours, we have become involved with ADDITIONAL clients that are also in desperate need of housing.

One younger lady, who came to us last night, is 18 years old, preparing for her high school graduation, but was kicked out of her home with no options provided by the family. We are currently housing her in a hotel and taking her to school, so she can enjoy, what should be a huge and wonderful milestone in her life. She has goals of attending college and (right now) wants to major in IT. She is an excellent student who is coming to terms with having to jump into an adult life quicker than she probably thought.

Another client who has walked through our doors over the last 2 days, is no longer able to "couch surf" on her friends sofa. She is a 21 year old mom, with a 4 year old son. She recently aged out of Foster Care, but has been living in hotels, on sofas, etc until she can find a "permanent home". She has a wonderful smile, that is evident when you wipe away the tears.

Our other client (over the last day) is a mom lovingly raising 5 kids, but while gainfully employed has been spending each of her paychecks to pay for an extended stay hotel. She too is trying her hardest to provide a loving home for her children... but truly living paycheck to paycheck.

While these are immediate needs, please keep in mind, as we look at county housing options for our workforce, that "PRE-work force" housing needs to be a consideration.

This "PRE work force housing would allow for flexibility with first time renters who have: no established credit, no true references and no history of being on their own.

Simply because our "kids" are homeless, does not mean they are worthless or unworthy...they need opportunities, chances and non-judgmental understanding.


~ If you are able to cover a few nights for a hotel at $102.00 (or more) please donate now!
While hotel stays are not a permanent solution, it does allow us the extended time to look for more permanent options.

~ If you are able to offer a safe basement, empty room or a place to call home, please call us directly at (703) 771-1400.

~ If you have a business that can offer a flexible work schedule please call.

These "kids" are eager to work, thankful for the support offered and trying their truly is a badge of honor when they come to us in their darkest times!

Please remember...they have been living in survivor mode or are trying to move out from under their parents mistakes... they didn't choose the life they were giving they were dealt it.

Thank you all so much for your kinds words, engaged and unwavering understanding and humbling support! 03/12/2017

There's Now A Statue Of A Young Girl Facing Wall Street's Famous Charging Bull

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13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful Originally appeared on Zero To Skill. ”Somebody once told me the definition of hell: “On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the


A Wider Circle

Wow. Just learned about this amazing opportunity to help others.

The mission of A Wider Circle is simple: to end poverty for one individual and one family after another.


SOME (So Others Might Eat)

What an wonderful article from the Washington Post about SOME Center for Employment Training graduate and SOME contractor Jerell Brown's landscaping firm, SML Services.

Congratulations to Mr. Brown from all of us at SOME!


Loudoun Habitat for Humanity

Oh my goodness! This is SO EXCITING! We have had an anonymous donor offer to MATCH ALL DONATIONS received by December 31st. Just imagine the possibilities of what this could do for our program and for those needing affordable housing in Loudoun County! Would you be willing to make a donation on our behalf? It will be DOUBLED! DOUBLED!! 12/02/2016

Detroit Lions player has doubled his money in 8 years by investing 70% of his NFL salary

This is good stuff! Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions is in his fourth year of a five-year, $23.5 million contract. He has doubled that by putting 70% of it toward investments. 12/01/2016

This Founder Wants To Help 1 Million Female Entrepreneurs Achieve $1 Million In Revenue Julia Pimsleur has an ambitious mission: to help one million female entrepreneurs achieve $1 million in revenue by 2020. Pimsleur founded Million Dollar Women to help women achieve entrepreneurial success. 10/11/2016

Hundreds donate time, money to restore Ashburn Colored School | With over $6,000,000 in assets, G. Higgins and this BOS give the prestigious Waterford Foundation $150,000.  Glad to read that community spirit is alive and well.


Loudoun Hunger Relief

Thank you to all for helping us spread the word! Same great mission, Great new name! 10/02/2016

White House: Congress has 'buyer's remorse' after overriding Obama veto The day after overriding veto on 9/11 lawsuit bill, congressional leaders concede its flaws. 09/24/2016

‘Who is this Robert Smith?’: A quiet billionaire makes some noise with $20 million gift to the African American museum With a mind for math and music, Smith has built a fortune. Now he hopes to see African American stories and culture shared in a digital age. 09/04/2016

Driver Who Fatally Struck Baby Was Looking at Phone: Witness

This is a tragedy. We've got to be safe with our phones and motor vehicles. Distracted driving may have played a part in the crash that killed a baby and injured a mother in Landsdowne, Virginia, according to search warrant documents.


Good Shepherd Alliance

What a great opportunity to walk for a great cause!

Please join us on September 17th for our 12th Annual Walk for Shelter. Our goal is to raise $20,000 in support of our Self-Sufficiency Housing program as well as raising awareness of the true faces of homelessness. For more information visit our website at or call now. 08/25/2016


A great organization supporting the transition of local families could use our help and support.


Virginia Women's Business Conference

Simon Sinek has over 22 million views for his TED talk and is listed as the third most watched TED speaker. Here are his tips for speaking! 06/24/2016

Here is a complete local list of food banks serving our community. Thank you Mark. This is the most complete list of pantries I have seen. I didn’t know some of them existed. Julia Brizendine Feed Loudoun Plant a Row for the Hungry


The Good Shepherd Alliance

The summer is a great time to give. Organizations like Good Shepherd Alliance receives fewer donations over the summer but the need is just as great.

Please pray for all of our residents as they seek jobs and housing. Give thanks for and congratulations to our families who are moving to permanent housing in June; their hard work has certainly paid off! Pray for our new mother and her sweet newborn and celebrate with us for our new kitchen provided through a grant and the donations of many local businesses (more coming on that soon). Summer is a low donation time so please pray for funds to pay all the bills as we are privately funded. Thank you so much! 04/02/2016

Spencer remembered as ‘pillar of the community’ | The Southwest Times

If you ever wondered if Angels walked among us, here is a shining example of a beautiful light who has now been called home. "It is done my good and faithful servant..." Eyvonne Spencer is the mother of my sorority sister. In loving memory and celebration of her life. So thankful that she brought my wonderful friend, Lovora, into this world! Eyvonne Spencer, who mothered more than 90 children – 85 of them foster children from 1982 to 2011 – and founded a church in Pulaski, is being remembered today as “a pillar of the community” and “a great woman of God” after her passing on Wednesday. She was 79.



I love Kiva!

Need funding? Get a 0% interest loan through Kiva, a nonprofit that supports small business owners. 01/08/2016

29th Annual Chocolates Galore & More on Thu Feb 12 00:00:00 UTC 2015 Join me in supporting YMCA Loudoun County! Purchase tickets today! Powered by @bidpal.\#chocolatesgaloreandmore



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