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August 7, 2013

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Beverly resident Elizabeth Martinez has joined J. Barrett & Company as a full-time, bilingual real estate agent in the agency’s Beverly Farms office. Beverly resident Michelle Theriault also joins the Beverly Farms office as a full-time Realtor.

Swampscott Realtor Susan Ayala-Bridge has joined the agency in its Marblehead office. Ayala-Bridge is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French, and has earned professional real estate designations including Accredited Buyer’s Representative and Certified Buyer’s Representative. A Realtor for more than 14 years, Ayala-Bridge served as the former owner of a five-person agency in Winthrop.

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Salem resident Kate Jordan has been named the new Housing Search director at HomeStart, Inc. where she will assist homeless individuals and families who are currently being housed in shelters with locating permanent and affordable housing. In her new role, Jordan will work with HomeStart’s management team to oversee the agency’s long-term planning goals and assist with the development of programs. She will be responsible for the hiring, training, and supervision of housing staff and manage all internal development programs. In addition, Jordan will lead a monthly meeting of Greater Boston’s housing advocates, and will act as HomeStart’s primary liaison with local shelters and fellow supportive organizations. Prior to joining HomeStart, Jordan managed the Housing Consumer Education Center within Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership. HomeStart is a nonprofit organization that works to end and prevent homelessness in Greater Boston by assisting individuals in obtaining permanent housing and settling into the community, and by developing strategies to address systemic barriers to housing placement.

Giving

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt has raised $30,000 to support Boston Children’s Hospital through contributions made by customers, franchises and the company’s corporate office during a monthlong fundraising initiative at all of its Massachusetts locations, including Marblehead and Salem. All money raised benefits the Children’s Fund, which supports the hospital’s greatest areas of need in care, research, medical training and community health.

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