The Bozzuto Buzz is about coming together and connecting as a community—sharing our stories and using our voices to express the triumphs and challenges we face. In this issue, we are excited to announce an incredible collaboration between LIFT and SOUL and share some noteworthy accolades and resources.
Read These Stories
Stepping Up Together: A Joint Introduction from Steven Fretwell and Elsie Rose
June falls at the intersection of Pride Month, which commemorates the Stonewall riots, and Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the United States. While these observances may appear to speak to separate communities with different histories, they teach us about the deep, meaningful intersections of race, gender and sexuality. Although the word “intersectionality” may be new to some of us, we must understand that inclusion and allyship strengthen us. They make us a workplace where everyone is free to be their authentic selves and feel a sense of belonging.
Growing up in a small southern town with limited horizons, I knew that biases against people who had different sexual orientation or skin color than the majority of community members was a hard fact of life. I have experienced bias throughout my career, and it’s left me with a respect and appreciation for how powerful a sense of acceptance and belonging can be. Today, I have found a family of like-minded individuals who see that acceptance and inclusion make us stronger, and the world better. I have a loving husband who, as a member of both the Black and LGBTQ+ communities, is at the very intersection of LIFT and SOUL, and I count upon a “family of choice” that provides support. I am grateful beyond measure.
In preparation to celebrate Juneteenth and the importance of our freedom, I reflect on who I am as a Black woman living in a society that would minimize my value because of how I look. Throughout my career, I have felt the sting of being overlooked. Over the last year, people all over the country have been exposed to the harsh realities that Black and African American people face daily at the hand of those who don’t embrace equality. I hope the stories of injustice experienced by people of color are eye-opening, especially to those in roles of authority and leadership. I hope these realizations give them enough courage and strength to take action and do better. I am hopeful for a better tomorrow—one that doesn’t consider my skin color a threat, insignificant or a barrier to opportunities.
The month of June calls for each of us to move together towards a more just and inclusive workplace where everyone can be their true, complex authentic selves, and each can see and respect one another’s complex identities.
We are proud of the strong links that exist within Bozzuto to make up a workplace culture that embraces our differences as strengths. Take some time this month to reflect on these beautiful differences by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes during our LIFT Your SOUL walk-a-thon. Your steps will matter in more way than one—visit Teleskope to find out more.
LIFT Your SOUL: A Mile in Their Shoes
From Friday, June 18 – Sunday, June 20, our weekend-long walk-a-thon will bring the Bozzuto community together to commemorate Pride Month and Juneteenth. Even better—your miles turn into dollars for the Human Rights Campaign. One mile = $15 and Bozzuto is matching up to $7,500-worth of miles.
Here’s how you can participate:
Get outside with the activity of your choice and follow these prompts below to make your miles count towards Bozzuto’s $7,500 match for Human Rights Campaign.
- Grab your footwear of choice, turn on one of these podcasts or Pride playlists and begin your mile(s) in others’ shoes.
- Snap a photo of yourself in action or take a screenshot of your fitness tracker, then share it on this Kudoboard, along with your reflections.
- Submit your miles from one activity session here. We’ll tally up all participants’ mileage and count it towards the matched donation.
About Juneteenth and Pride Month
Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, is recognized as the day of emancipation for thousands of African American people in 1865 and the end of slavery in the United States. Pride Month, which is observed throughout the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York City, celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. To learn more about Juneteenth and Pride Month, please visit our Guide to Cultural Placemaking here.
Celebrate Pride Month With the LIFT Toolkit
June is Pride Month, and this year, Bozzuto’s LIFT (LGBTQ+ Individuals and Friends Together) employee resource group is bringing you a Pride Month Toolkit based on our Bozzuto core values. From Pride-themed snacks and drinks to charitable support of the LGBTQ+ community—find inspiration in the toolkit here.
To learn more about Pride Month, please visit our Guide to Cultural Placemaking here.
BMC Is #1 for Seven Years in a Row
Bozzuto Management Company (BMC) has been named the #1 Property Management Company in the nation by J Turner Research and Multifamily Executive Magazine for the seventh consecutive year. This recognition is especially significant to BMC because it is based on independent online rankings and reviews from our residents. After such a challenging year, this award is more meaningful than ever, since it shows we’ve upheld our promise to create sanctuary for our residents. Read more about this recognition here.
Stay tuned for more information on how BMC plans to celebrate this great accomplishment and celebrate the site teams for another amazing year of creating extraordinary experiences for our residents.
Women of BCC Donate 400 Wellness Packages
Bozzuto Construction Company (BCC) is always on the lookout for ways to give back to the communities in which we live and work. We often do a charitable event with potential or current clients to show our support for their work. Recently, BCC Marketing Coordinator Mackenzie Brown coordinated an opportunity for the BCC Women’s Group to come together, catch up and give back at the same time.
The BCC Women’s Group recently spent an afternoon putting together 400 wellness packages for the residences at City View at McCulloh, an affordable housing community in Baltimore, Maryland owned by The Community Builders, Inc. The community has residents of a wide range of ages, including senior citizens.
Each wellness package included adult coloring books and colored pencils. We wanted to give the residents who have not been able to socialize with their neighbors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic an activity to enjoy and, at the same time, keep their brains sharp and moods boosted with mindful coloring books.
“The packages are designed to relieve anxiety and stress, and simply add more joy to one’s day,” said Mackenzie.