ReferralExchange Funds New Roof for Single Mother of Two in Puerto Rico


September 13th, 2018

ReferralExchange, the leader in real estate referrals in the United States, will be donating funds to build a new roof for a family in need in Puerto Rico.

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, thousands of families have been living with temporary tarp roofs as permanent housing. Supplies are limited on the island and qualified labor is a challenge to find, forcing families to make it work with what they have on the island.

In partnership with the Ricky Martin Foundation and Indesovi PR, a single mother of two will soon have a new roof, and safer home to raise her children thanks to a $15,000 donation from ReferralExchange.

Isy, a single mother of two, works as a secretary in a hospital. With limited funds and resources, her four-year-old and six-year-old have been living in a partially rebuilt home since August 2017.



January 23rd, 2019

Update on Isy's New Roof

The construction team determined that the existing columns in Isy's home were too damaged and would not be able to sustain a roof replacement. The crew is now working to replace the columns in Isy's home. The concrete for the new columns has been placed and Isy will have new beams and a new roof in the next two weeks.  Once the roof is completed, the team will finalize the interior of the home and, fingers crossed, Isy's home will be ready by the first week of March.


March 26th, 2019

Update on Isy's New Roof

The construction crew has been hard at work to complete Isy's home. The projected date of completion is April 12th, 2019. 



April 29th, 2019

Isy’s home is complete!

After seven months of construction, and a generous donation from Referral Exchange, Isy and her family now have a safe home to live in. 

Isy and her two daughters were extremely excited to see their home fixed up and livable for the first time since Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico in September of 2017. On April 29th, 2019, the team gathered in her freshly renovated home to celebrate this new chapter and hand off the keys to Isy and her daughters. Isy's parents were also present at the ceremony and grateful to see all the renovations made to their daughter’s home. While the construction was taking place, Isy and her daughters were living at her parent’s house in a nearby community. However now that it is all complete, they are thrilled to move back home and get their lives back on track.



In the coming months, a partner foundation will be installing solar panels on Isy’s home to help reduce her energy costs. Isy’s colleagues from the hospital she works at in San Juan also helped out by donating a refrigerator and a stove, while the Salvation Army, which is providing furniture to those affected by the hurricanes, will help furnish her home.

We are grateful to Referral Exchange for helping Isy and her young family get back on their feet and fix the roof of their home that has been damaged for over a year and a half. Without their generous support, none of this would have been possible. To learn more and donate to help a family in need, visit




We are grateful for companies like ReferralExchange who put social impact on their priority list. This will be the second roof ReferralExchange has funded this year. In June 2018, they brought out over 80 employees to put a new roof on the home of retired Navy Veteran Glenn and JoAnne Claghorn in Sacramento. Read more about their social good efforts here.


If you’d like to contribute to rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico, consider making a donation to the project here. 100% of your contribution is tax-deductible and goes directly to the field. Looking to make a larger impact in Puerto Rico? Shoot us an email to learn more about company donations:




About ReferralExchange

ReferralExchange, the nation’s top real estate referral company, is dedicated to creating great real estate experiences between real estate professionals and customers. Founded in 2005, ReferralExchange has built an invite-only network of over 23,000 top-performing Realtors. In 2017, the network created over 215,000 agent-to-consumer matches.


About Giveback Homes

Giveback Homes is dedicated to creating a sustainable relationship between real estate professionals, their clients, and communities in need throughout the world. Their goal is to create social change through the act of buying or selling a home. Through fundraising events, build days, and international trips they are dedicated to inspiring the real estate industry to take action for social good. Together with their giving partners, Giveback Homes has funded and built over 200 homes for families in need in Nicaragua. To learn more about Giveback Homes and join the movement for social good, please visit