Back to School WOO’s or Woes?

 When you think back to school what comes into your head? For us it’s the promise of a new year of learning and growing for children in the city of Hamilton. While all of our children are now grown up we saw lots of back to school pictures on Facebook which made us smile. Seeing the kids with their brand new clothes, showing off their new backpack for the year, the energy is certainly contagious. Another great back to school thought is “NEW”. A majority of the children eagerly go shopping with their parents to pick out new backpacks, crayons, pencil cases and anything else a learning child may need. As parents, we can understand the financial hardship back to school shopping can be, especially for families with multiple children.

The Hamilton Spectator reported yesterday that 1 in 5 children in Hamilton are living in poverty. Everyday 1 in 5 children will come to school with hand me down clothes that may not fit correctly, they may have an old ratty backpack or no backpack at all. The part that pulls at our heart strings the most, is that many children don’t get breakfast and therefore concentrating on their studies will be difficult. We watched a YouTube video the other day which perfectly depicts how children living in poverty feel. The scene takes place in a classroom and the teacher tells the children to put their books away because it is lunch time.

A little boy reluctantly gets out his lunch box, takes a little peek to find that he has no lunch. Sad and hungry the boy asks to leave the classroom and roams the school hallways for a while. While we can’t imagine this happening to our children, this is REALITY for hundreds of children living in Hamilton. The video shared a happy ending and when the boy returns to the class he found that his classmates shared their lunches with him. If you are interested in viewing this video please go to youtube and enter “Take Care of Each Other”.

Citykidz is like this little boys class. Volunteers watch over the children in their care, they calm grumbly tummies with food and snacks. Children are allowed to grow and explore in a safe environment where they know the volunteers truly care about how the child’s day went. This is one of the many reasons we support CityKidz! The love and dedication they have to every child in their programs are outstanding.

Here’s a special offer for you…

For the month of September, anyone you know considering making a move to a new home, we will Guarantee a minimum $10,000 Savings for every $200,000 in sales price on the home purchase or we will pay the difference*.  

The reason why we can make such a special offer is simply because our 35-year track record of selling homes and specialized knowledge allows us to negotiate the best deal on the best home for our best clients. 

With a guarantee like this, you, your friends, neighbors, work associates and family members who may be considering a move can now do so and avoid the uncertainties of over paying. 

Even if YOU are not moving, you can still benefit…

YOUR referrals help the kids…  

Any one you know considering making a move, wanting to buy or sell their home, please refer them to us without hesitation.  They will receive the guarantee we detailed above and you can rest assured your referrals will help the children at CityKidz.

If you missed last months HomeWard Bound Letter, we are on a mission to raise $10,000 for CityKidz, so we are donating a good portion of our referred income from home sales to them.  As you know, CityKidz do phenomenal work with children living in the inner city of Hamilton. When the children are picked up in the big red bus they know they are going to a safe place to learn and grow. At CityKidz the children can explore their dreams and they feel special because of it.


Who do you know considering buying or selling a home you could refer to our real estate sales team? 

Not only will they benefit from our award winning service, but we donate a portion of our referred income on every referred home sale to CityKidz in Hamilton.

We want to make it easy to refer your friends, neighbors, associates or family members considering making a move, so here are your options:

  1. You can pass along our business card to them, I have enclosed a couple here for that purpose.
  2. You can go to and enter their contact info online or forward the link to who you know considering a move.
  3. Of course you can always call me direct as well at 905-297-4885.


You and your referrals mean more than ever to our team.  As we move forward please know we are extremely thankful for you and your being a special part of our business. 

With all our appreciation.


Craig & Coleen Bush

(Sales Representative & Broker)

 RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc., Brokerage



From the moment children step onto the big red bus until they arrive safe and sound back home and wave good-bye one last time. It’s an experience where the kids feel safe, cared for and loved unconditionally. CityKidz Saturday is a place where children feed their minds and their souls with wonderful songs and stories, and feed their hungry tummies with a nutritious snack, a meal and a drink.

Each and every week, an otherwise ordinary theatre becomes a magical place where dreams take flight, and children are free to soar above their problems, their hardships and their difficulties into a world without fear, without poverty and without limits.

CityKidz Saturday’s program is so amazing that children can’t help but be filled with joy. Here children come to understand God’s grace, feel God’s unconditional love, and get a glimpse of God’s purpose for their lives.

On Saturdays, children come to believe that:

  • God loves them and has a plan for their lives
  • They are loved and cared for
  • it’s great to be a kid, and okay to have fun
  • when presented with a choice they should always do what’s right
  • they can dream BIG dreams!

At CityKidz, the hope is to instill positive values in the children in their care  and create strong moral foundations to support their dreams and aspirations. They believe God has a plan and a destiny for each child and through CityKidz Saturday they inspire children to dream beyond their circumstances in order that one day they will reach their full potential.



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