August 18, 2015, Bellevue, WA – John L. Scott Real Estate (JLS), a Pacific Northwest real estate company, announced today that the owners of their Maple Valley affiliate office, Jack and Kim Emmons, will be stepping down and merging the office with the company-owned Kent-Covington office. The Emmons will continue their real estate careers with JLS as a team out of the Kent-Covington location, but the move with allow Kim to focus more on Foster Champs, a nonprofit she co-founded three years ago to support local foster families.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the work Kim is doing for her community,” said Lennox Scott, Chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate. “Her dedication to providing resources to foster children and their families exemplifies the type community service and commitment we at John L. Scott value above all else. We look forward to supporting her as she champions this cause.”
The Emmons struggled with the decision to sell their franchise, but after 15 years of ownership, and a strong team of incredible brokers, they felt the time was right to make the move. The service and commitment JLS brokers provide to the community won’t change, just the office name and the location. They look forward to continue working side by side with their brokers as team members.
“I started my career with JLS back in 1995,” Kim stated. “ JLS has always been the right home for me because of our visionary leader, Lennox Scott, and his commitment to understanding the needs of our clients by offering quality service, technology, and innovation.”
The Emmons started Foster Champs of Maple Valley three years ago when they welcomed their foster child, Eryn, into their home. They immediately realized there was a deficit of support and access to resources for both foster families and foster children. After forming Foster Champs, the needs and support started rolling in., and they currently serve over 30 foster families by providing funding for special events such as sports and other extra curricular activities, fundraising for school supplies and clothing, sponsors the Annual Foster Champs “Free” sale of over 10,000 community donated items, and more. Recently, State Representative Dave Reichert honored Kim for her commitment and dedication in meeting the needs of Maple Valley area foster children and their families.
Foster Champs has grown to the point that Kim is poised to open up a new branch for advocacy of foster kids, with the main focus on getting kids out of state care and into forever families within their first year of foster care. The current average stay for Washington State foster children is three years. For more information, or to donate, please visitwww.fosterenterprises.org.