December 21, 2020
Fort Washington, PA (December 21, 2020) - Newrez LLC (“Newrez” or the “Company”), a national mortgage lending and servicing organization, announced the winners of their third quarter Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) recognition program for employee volunteerism and community involvement. This recognition program is implemented throughout the Company in conjunction with Multiplying Good, an organization dedicated to helping companies encourage and promote employee service to their communities. Each quarter, employees submit nominees to a committee charged with choosing the winners.
Newrez is proud to announce the following employees as recipients of the third quarter recognition: Jason Sims, Wholesale Account Executive, Shelia Warthen, Bankruptcy Case Manager from the Company’s servicing division, and Dwight Crawford, Licensed Loan Officer in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Since starting the Jefferson Awards earlier this year, I have been incredibly proud of our employees for how they dedicated such a significant part of their lives to improving and giving back to their communities,” said Baron Silverstein, President of Newrez. “In what has been a particularly challenging year, our employees have continued to contribute their time, effort, ideas and heart into their ongoing volunteer work. Congratulations to Jason, Shelia and Dwight on their deserved recognition award!”
Jason Sims is a founding and current board member of Lake County Responds for Veterans, an organization that specializes in renovating and repairing the homes of veterans, in Lake County, Illinois. Just two years old, the organization has gained notable momentum in the last 18 months, helping low to moderate income veterans and their families make any kind of home repair or renovation that may be necessary for health or safety reasons. From railings and ramps to gutting an entire house to repair the damage from flooding, Sims and other leaders from the organization enthusiastically jump at an opportunity to help a local veteran.
“I’m not a veteran, but being in the mortgage industry, I have had experience with VA loans (loans guaranteed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs). Moreover, I have seen some of the unfortunate situations our veterans are in across our country and wanted to get involved. I want to show my children the work we’re doing and demonstrate that we don’t always do things to make a dollar,” said Sims of his work with the Lake County Responds for Veterans.
Shelia Warthen, a resident of Shelby, North Carolina, offers up her time to a few different causes: Habitat for Humanity, Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen and as a foster parent. With Habitat, Warthen participates with other volunteers from a local church to build a few homes in her community, one being the first home for a local teacher. In 2013, Warthen began foster parenting as well as helping at the soup kitchen in Shelby, where she was involved in meal preparation, serving, and helping to unload supply trucks.
“Ever since I was young, I have been taught to give back. Often, I would accompany my parents to their volunteer duties that included getting involved in civil right issues, voter rights issues, and helping African American families obtain housing in Georgia,” said Warthen.
The Company’s third JAF recipient, Dwight Crawford, a Newrez sales leader based in Charlotte, North Carolina, frequently offers housing information and homebuyer education in his community. A board member of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NARAB) for almost five years and a current Membership Chair, Crawford teaches students at a HUD-approved education class about mortgages and down payment assistance program. This program is sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, one of the state’s affordable housing organizations, aimed at serving low to moderate income individuals, families and communities through real estate development, homeownership and financial education and revitalization projects.
“There are many people who either need education or some help with resources in order to reach their goal of homeownership, and I am happy to be a part of that process,” said Crawford. “Being able to advocate for families and individuals that have traditionally been passed over, is important to me.”
Jefferson Award recipients have included hundreds of national figures over the past four decades. More than 63,000 community activists, volunteers, and advocates from hundreds of communities across the country have been recognized as JAF award winners.
About Newrez LLC
Newrez is a leading nationwide mortgage lender and servicer. As a lender, Newrez focuses on offering a breadth of industry-leading products, supported by a loan process that blends both human interaction and the benefits of technology into an unparalleled customer experience. Founded in 2008 and licensed to lend in 49 states, Newrez is headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and operates multiple lending channels, including Direct to Consumer, Joint Venture, Wholesale and Correspondent. The servicing business operates through Newrez Servicing, the performing loan servicing division, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing, the special servicing division. Newrez also has several affiliates that perform various services in the mortgage and real estate industries. These include Avenue 365 Lender Services, LLC, a title agency, and eStreet Appraisal Management LLC, an appraisal management company. Newrez is member of the New Residential Investment Corp. family. More information is available at www.newrez.com.
About Multiplying Good
Multiplying Good is a national nonprofit that channels the power of public service to unleash potential in individuals. For nearly 50 years, Multiplying Good has honored those who build better communities, trained young leaders, and activated individuals and organizations to multiply the impact they can deliver. Through a continuum that starts with engagement and culminates in celebration, Multiplying Good fuels personal growth and multiplies the power of service to others. Through recognition, they inspire individuals and those who hear their stories to deliver greater positive change. You can learn more about the organization by visiting MultiplyingGood.org or engaging with their online communities via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.