18B — September 29 - October 12, 2017 — 2017 NJ Governor’s Conference on Housing & Economic Development — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic

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2017 NJ G overnor ’ s C onference on H ousing & E conomic D evelopment Provides “Windows of Opportunity” through Computers AmericanArchitectural Window&Door partners with Electronic Access Fdn. and JAHMA Fdn. T John Zoetjes was pleased to become a Corporate Sponsor of the program and

his summer, the JAH- MA Foundation of NJ made computers avail- able to scholarship recipients who were eligible college stu- dents living in affordable NJ housing communities. The NJ Affordable Housing Manage- ment Association is one of nine- teen Associations across the country. This is the first year that the New Jersey JAHMA Foundation was able to make computers available to these eligible students through the assistance of American Archi- tectural Window & Door and Electronic Access Foundation.

Key players who made these donations possible included Greg Campbell of Electron- ic Access Foundation, John Zoetjes, President of American Architectural Window & Door (AAWD), and Dr. Bruce W. Johnson of the JAHMA Foun- dation. Johnson, who works with the Foundation’s scholar- ship program to secure quali- fied applicants and determine the award recipients said, “We are very excited to partner with Electronic Access Foundation and AAWD to be able to add the gift of a computer to the students.”

eligible students in the future. In addition, we’re looking back at several affordable housing communities that we have worked with recently on win- dow replacement projects to see if we can help provide computer labs or “Windows of Opportun- ty” in their community rooms. We’d love to establish one per month through the end of this year and into 2018.” “Electronic Access Founda- tion is very excited to launch this program with the JAHMA Foundation and American Ar- chitectural Window & Door,” said Campbell. “The efforts of Electronic Access Foundation are focused on securing dona- tions of ‘gently used’ comput- ers that are up to five years old. Most donations come from corporations, schools and small businesses that upgrade their technology on a regular basis. Often those computers that are rotated out of corporate use are still viable and current enough to operate today’s programs. To make sure the computers are donation-ready, we wipe the hard drive of all data, install a new operating system along with some educational soft- ware. Companies that donate computers are eligible for a fair market value tax deduction.” Zoetjes said, “It is important for me and my company to give something back to those residents who, for whatever reason, are living in public and transitional housing.” John and the entire team at American Architectural Window & Door take great pride in working closely with local and state Government Agency Housing Authorities. “We recognize the need and have welcomed the opportunity to work with these agencies for the last 25 years to provide creative, cost effective window solutions that help ensure quality affordable housing throughout NJ, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic re- gions. These projects generally have requirements that are dif- ferent from traditional markets and privately-owned communi- ties. Challenges these projects bring are greatly rewarded by the smiles and “thank you” we receive from residents after their new windows have been installed!” To qualify for JAHMA Foun- dation grants, students must be a high school graduate or holder of a GED. Student Ap- plicants must be enrolled in a continued on page 28B

explains, “ I was raised in the Hoboken projects and have always been sensitive to the needs of others. It feels good to be able to give back to the affordable housing segment of the multi-family housing industry that has supported American Architectural Win- dow & Door for more than 25 years. I believe that our spon- sorship, along with the services provided by Electronic Access Foundation, will enable us to distribute more computers to

NJ JAHMAFoundation was able to make computers available to these eligible students through the assistance of American Ar- chitectural Window & Door and Electronic Access Foundation.

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