Finding solutions to help end homelessness in America

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-Written by Erik Sargent

As we roll through the winter months and the holiday season, many people are spending time with their loved ones in nice, warm homes, enjoying this wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, for an alarming number of people in the country, this is not the case.

The issues of homelessness in America is an ongoing problem, one that needs constant attention and solutions as organizations and groups work to get people off the streets and into better situations.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on a single given night in 2017, 553,742 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States, and approximately 65 percent were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing program.

Homelessness increased for the first time in seven years, showing almost a one percent increase from 2016, according to the same report. So how does the nation solve homelessness? What is causing homelessness? It’s a complex issue with many layers.

Various issues leading to the problem

“Far and away, the number one cause is eviction,” said Darin Estep, vice president of community engagement for the Volunteers of America Michigan department. “There are underlying causes for eviction, but it’s usually unemployment, loss of job, or a medical condition. Almost all homeless cases result when someone does not have a support system.”

Along with the problem of eviction, drugs and alcohol can play a key role in homelessness, but another major issue is the problem of mental health.

“Some of it can be drug and alcohol related, but a great part of it is mental health issues,” said Jody Naylor, a board member for Homeless Angels, an organization based in Lansing, Mich., that provides temporary shelter for clients and helps them work toward getting back on their feet during rough patches.

“It can be people not taking their medication like they should be. A lot of our clients have mental health issues, and the other large segment is just people who have fallen on hard times and don’t know where to turn.”

One common misconception about homelessness is that it occurs during the winter months, but as both Estep and Naylor pointed out, homelessness has become such a large problem that it now has no season – it’s year round.

“It’s unfortunately a year-round problem,” Estep said. “It’s much more painful and dangerous in the winter because winter can kill you if you’re not in shelter, so it’s important to get people inside and out of the weather. But it is important to remember this problem is year-round, and we are pretty much full 365 days a year.”

Spreading the message

For organizations who provide assistance to people struggling with homelessness, aside from actually providing these services, one of the biggest tasks is making sure people in need are aware of how to get help.

For Estep and the VOA of Michigan, they work on collaborating with other agencies in the Ingham County area where they are based to ensure there is a wide web cast so people are aware they can turn to these organizations for help. This starts by word of mouth or distributing outreach cards in certain areas to spread the message.

For Naylor and Homeless Angels, they often do networking on their own, and also leave their lines open for people to contact them with issues of their own, or if they see someone struggling.

“We have a street ministry team, where there’s a team of people that actually comb the parks in Lansing and they know where a lot of homeless camps are,” Naylor said. “They work on building relationships with the homeless people in the community, because they have trust issues. Once they trust them and know that we are there to help them, that helps with bringing them in.”

Naylor and the Homeless Angels also put a lot of effort into using social media to increase their presence in the Lansing area, and receive messages on a daily basis from people in the community that will point out a person who might be sleeping in their car or in a bridge, and offer the location so the organization can go check on them.

Everyone getting involved

23032491_10155137186921647_1663434852797734851_nAt TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we put a heavy emphasis on giving back to each of the communities we work in, trying to make a difference in the lives of the people that reside there and making the areas a better place to live. One of our top fall campaigns – Truckload of Warmth – was specifically designed to help with the issue of homelessness, and during it, our franchises partner with organizations in their areas to help provide warm weather clothing that can be distributed at shelters during the cold months.

“We have been doing this drive for several years,” said Kara Berhow, marketing and recruiting director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Des Moines, Iowa, location. “Within our community, there is a huge need for these winter wear items. We see that need in our schools and especially in the area’s refugee population. We received request for more than 12,000 items this year. Many people arrive in our city with nothing more than light clothing, and being prepared on a tight budget is a real struggle for families just trying to get started again.”

IMG_0281Berhow and the Des Moines location partnered with a local non-profit organization in the area to help with their campaigns, and also partnered with a local Chick-Fil-A restaurant to collect over 10,000 items that were distributed throughout the area.

“The campaign was incredibly successful, and it is a joy to watch it grow each year,” Berhow said. “Our teams are always thrilled to help with dropping off boxes, picking up donations, manning the ‘Fill the Truck’ events, and delivering the donations. The ability to give back is something that we celebrate here, and it is a blessing to work for a company that puts so much emphasis on philanthropy.”

How the public can get involved

Homeless organizations and companies working to use their resources to fight the issues of homelessness is great, but in order to make a true swing at ending it in certain areas, it takes the efforts of as many people as possible.

These organizations are always seeking volunteers, and they encourage people to contact them and ask for ways they can either assist with their efforts, donate, or provide resources to help the cause.

“I would say there’s three main ways to get involved,” Estop said. “One is to come and volunteer and see the people so you get a ground-level understanding of the problem. Another way is to simply come in for a tour, where we can show you around. Third is to just contribute. We take donations of cash, goods, and time. Any way people want to share with our less fortunate brothers and sisters, we are happy to facilitate that. That’s one of the main reasons we are here – to provide that opportunity.”

As 2017 comes to a close … check out our top “Movers Who Blog” stories for the year!

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As 2017 comes to a quick end, we can’t help but reminisce about what a fulfilling year it’s been for us at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

From moving people forward — our customers to new homes and new beginnings in life, and our employees to new opportunities and careers at our locations nationwide — we’re thrilled to continue this notion while giving back to our local communities year-round through donated moving services and monetary donations.

Our Movers Who Blog is aimed at telling story of our brand and everything we do.  This year we’ve posted a wide variety of topics, ranging from personal profiles of our talented team members, to more news-type stories, moving service stories, and community impact stories.

We hope you were able to enjoy some of these highlights throughout the year, but if not, here’s the Top 10 posts featured on our blog this year.

Enjoy!

  1. What movers can’t move during the moving process

There are a million questions involved when it comes to the home or business moving process, but knowing what your movers can and cannot move is at the top of the list.

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® introduces new, innovative long-distance moving service with Value Flex®

Of all the major steps forward by the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand in 2017, arguably none were bigger than the introduction of our new Value Flex long-distance moving service, aimed at easing the cost and stress of long-distance relocation for our customers.

  1. Spruce up your desk with fun DIY cardboard décor

Sometimes life at a desk can become dull, but thanks to our 2017 summer interns, it doesn’t have to be! They’ve assembled several great DIY craft ideas to liven up your work space in the office.

  1. A match made in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® heaven; The story of Lauren and Jared Trost

What’s better than a story of two people who met in the workplace and ended up married? This is exactly what happened with Lauren and Jared Trost when they met at our Chicago, Ill., location!

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® prepares to welcome 1,200 new employees

2017 was another major year for recruiting and retention at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and our “Career Move Month” campaign in March was a major success as we prepared to ramp up for the busy moving season.

  1. Stay prepared for your home move with these overlooked moving essentials

The most important thing during a home move is staying prepared, which is why we put together this extensive list of often overlooked moving essentials to make sure you stay on track.

  1. Helpful tips to complete that tricky winter move

An article that is once again becoming timely as the winter weather sets in, these helpful moving tips tailored for the cold weather will help make your moving process much less stressful.

  1. Downsizing made easy with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Follow along with these helpful moving tips if you’re looking to complete a move that requires extensive downsizing as you make a big life change.

  1. Handling the mental physical aspects of senior relocation as the demographic continues to grow

Part of our “Newsroom” blog series we introduced this year, this piece focused on the rising demographic of seniors in the country, and the struggles they face as they relocate.

  1. How brand products make their way into movies

Ever wondered how certain brands appear in the movies and TV shows you enjoy? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is featured in many popular movies, and this “Newsroom” piece detailed just how that process goes down between a company and Hollywood.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

 

Giving back to veterans in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® communities with Movers for Military

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-Written by Erik Sargent

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we are all about giving back to the people in our community and helping to move people forward in life. This is especially true with our veterans, and we make sure to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and allow us to do what we do each day.

Each fall, multiple franchises from across the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK system run our Movers for Military campaign, where locations partner with local organizations to help collect and deliver essential care items to homeless veterans and veterans who are currently living in shelters. With a large number of employees throughout our system equipped with a military background, this is a cause that is extremely important to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, and we try to make a difference for as many people as we can.

“Any time we can help or assist veteran or service members, it is a good thing,” said Jeff Walker, a veteran and franchisee at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs location. “It is a small way to serve our country.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations partner with local shelters and veteran organizations and use manpower and trucks to help with the collection and delivery of the items these veterans need.

“Last year was our first year doing Movers for Military, and I had only six collection sites and collected a total of 1,800 items,” said Stefanie Shook, the marketing manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Pasadena location. “This year, I started to get a lot more interest in the program, and was able to expand to 27 donation drop-off locations and collect 6,770 items!”

Shook and the Pasadena location partnered with three different chambers of commerce, a realtor association, a printing company, four different credit unions, five hotels, two YMCAs, three cleaners, a local newspaper, a blood donor center, and a medical hospital to help expand their collection range.

For Eugenia Parlow – the regional sales and marketing manager for multiple TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations in Florida – they also put a heavy emphasis on Movers for Military, and work hard each year to make an impact on the veterans in Florida. Parlow and her franchises partner with local chambers, radio stations, school ROTCs, universities, banks, golf courses, realtors, and other businesses, and are always looking to add additional business partners.Movers For Military Golf outing picture Larry

“We deliver boxes and set them up at collection partner locations, and a wish list is put on each box,” Parlow said. “In addition to the donation drive, we organize an annual golf outing, where 100 percent of the proceeds are given back to a local veteran’s organization.”

It’s a constant effort each year to make sure we are doing all we can to help these veterans who have given so much for this country and put their life on the line for our freedom, and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand is happy to help out.

“These men and women sacrificed so much to give us our freedom, and it is only right that we protect them and help them when they return home,” Shook said. “Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation, with an estimated 4,000 homeless veterans living on the streets. Many of these men and women suffer from substance abuse, mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic medical problems. Post-military life can feel overwhelming to many veterans, and they often don’t know where to turn for help. The charity we work with is an amazing resource for our veterans, and we love spreading the word of the wonderful work they do!”

To find out more about how you can get involved and help with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Movers for Military campaign visit https://twomenandatruck.com/.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.

How big businesses are implementing the use of translation services to enhance customer experience

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-Written by Erik Sargent 

America is more ethnically diverse than ever before. People from different backgrounds and countries make up large portions of our populations, each bringing their own unique lifestyle. With this type of background comes a growing population of people speaking different languages. Communication plays a huge part in the daily lives of millions of Americans each day, but often times, much of our population is left out due to communication barriers.

According to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau published in October of 2016, there were 40 million residents in the United States ages five and older who spoke the native language of Spanish at home. This was a 131.2 percent increase from 1990, when it was just 17.3 million people. For reference – this is 13.3 percent of United States residents.

While some of these Spanish-speaking Americans are fluent in English, many are not. This can create a language hurdle in places heavily populated with Spanish-speaking Americans, such as California, Florida, and Texas.

From a business perspective, this creates a dilemma for companies looking to branch out and extend their reach to new customers. If they aren’t able to communicate with potential customers and create a positive brand experience across websites and social media platforms, they won’t continue to appeal to a wide audience.

Often times, you’ll see companies bring on one or two Spanish-speaking employees hoping to handle the large influx of people who don’t speak English, but in heavily populated areas of Spanish speakers, this just simply isn’t enough.

One solution to increasing engagement and appealing to a wider audience is using a translation service. Companies like Amazon and The New York Times have both recently launched pages on their website featuring Spanish content, showing the trend of translation services has reached even the biggest of business.

Translation companies like Tomedes Translation work with big businesses and companies to offer translation services of all kinds, improving the communication levels and helping them to reach customers they normally wouldn’t have the ability to communicate with. Tomedes was founded in 2007, and has more than 15,000 clients across the globe.

“We offer a variety of language services – what that means is translation, proofreading, editing, transcription, subtitles, voice over – pretty much if it’s a service that is connected to a language, we offer it,” said Rivkah Miller, an Account Manager for Tomedes Translation.

Tomedes translates over 50 languages, and takes the burden off companies looking to use employees who are bilingual to communicate with customers.

Clients will send Tomedes files they need translated, and it will go through an extensive review process with the translators and project managers at the company. The work they do covers an incredibly wide spectrum, and clients find translation needs for almost anything.

“We have clients who need CDs translated, we have law firms who want immigration documents translated, we have legal contracts, and we are also getting big into the gaming and app industries as they look to go international,” Miller said. “There’s always a reason why someone would need translation and would want it done professionally.”

This type of translation service is the next step as technology increases and business become global, and it instantly makes a business more accessible to the public and people of varying backgrounds.

“It facilitates visibility, essentially, and facilitates communication,” Miller said.

For the international moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the translation process has become a main priority, as the company has 350 plus locations in the U.S. with a large number of franchises in Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas.

People of all backgrounds are always in need of moving services, and for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, it was important to get their websites translated to Spanish and begin to employ Spanish-speaking customer service representatives at their national Customer Resource Center to better handle the communication. The company recently worked with the translation service, Gengo, to implement Spanish content across all of their websites in order to be more inclusive and connected to Spanish speaking customers.

“This is just another step in our continued evolution, and in our commitment to continuously exceeding customers’ expectations,” said Dawn Kroeger, marketing and communications director at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s international headquarters located in Lansing, Mich. “By delivering our local websites and marketing materials in Spanish, we are working to better support the needs of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK consumer base. We know there are loyal customers out there whose primary language is not English, so we are now taking action to provide them with the best experience possible, starting with their initial experience on our websites.”

This translation will allow the moving company to connect with more customers looking to move, and help them continue growing as a brand across the United States and international locations.

“Being in the Los Angeles market, a majority of our customers find us through internet searches,” said Stefanie Shook, marketing manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Pasadena, Calif., location. “We also have a huge Spanish speaking population here and by translating our website, we are acknowledging and showing that we want to serve them with the best customer service possible.”

According to Miller, the advancement from technology has made this language translation much more crucial to running a successful business than ever before. There are numerous languages being spoken by people in the country, and many businesses in the country are communicating with customers from around the globe.

For companies like Amazon, The New York Times, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, their revenue streams rely on people continuing to use their services, and translating their company content into a new language will help with this.

“It’s very hard to navigate when you can’t speak languages,” Miller said. “You might have advocates who can help you, someone who does speak the language, but that’s just one person. That’s not enough.”

Smart allocation of money can ease the burden of college costs

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-By Erik Sargent

As more and more people stress the importance of attending college after graduating high school, potential and current students across the country have seen a constant increase in the expenses related toward earning a college degree.

From the spikes in tuition to textbooks, on-campus or off-campus housing, food, travel, and other living expenses – the price can seem daunting, and sometimes unmanageable. According to a study done by The College Board last year, the average total cost per year for a full-time undergraduate student at a four-year public, in-state school was $24,610.

For students choosing to take the route of a private, four-year school while living on campus, the cost was more than doubled, averaging $49,320.

“Hopefully it doesn’t continue to rise, but people should plan like it’s going to,” said Kathryn Randolph, the contributing editor for financial aid for the company Fastweb. “People should start saving for college as soon as possible, even if you’re currently a senior in high school. The more you save, the less you end up having to borrow.”

Companies like Fastweb use expert teams of researchers to find potential scholarship matches for future and current college students, aiming to take some of the stress out of searching for scholarship money and financial aid by organizing information for people who sign up on their website.

According to Randolph, Fastweb is just one of many tools that help students find resources to pay their way through school, but there are also many other valuable resources available to students if they look in the right places.

“Another place to look for scholarships is through your high school, and the best resource for students in high school is their guidance counselor,” Randolph said. “They will have a listing of scholarship opportunities that are local. Another thing students should do is fill out the FAFSA, which helps them qualify for financial aid. Essentially, the more research students and their families do, the better equipped they are going to be to pay for college, and the more they will understand how much it actually costs instead of going up blindly and ending up with large student loan numbers.”

When working out the payment plans for your college education, it is important to fill out the FAFSA and find out how much money you are able to receive through financial aid. Any money is helpful when it comes to paying for college, and financial aid allows you to work out payments in the future so you are able to get the education you need.

Fastweb produced a list of money saving tricks for students in college outside of scholarships and financial aid, with some important ones that included: buying or renting used textbooks, limiting the amount of times you eat out, using public transportation instead of a car, and never taking out a loan for anything but education.

Paid internship programs or part-time jobs to earn extra cash, particularly during the summer months when school isn’t in session are two additional ways to support the expense of higher education. One company that offers an extensive and hands-on internship program is the international moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, with opportunities offered at their corporate headquarters in Lansing, Mich.

Students who intern with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are given the chance to work in a variety of business fields that can translate anywhere in the professional world, including the marketing, finance, human resources, information technology, and sales departments.

“In addition to daily department responsibilities, our interns also take part in various educational sessions we host at our corporate office,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Employee Development Coordinator Rocco Cironi. “Our hope is that not only do our interns learn more in the areas they work in, but they also have a better understanding of other departments throughout our corporate office. Our goal is for them to go back to school with a better understanding of the culture and pace of a corporation.”

The interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are given a variety of tasks to complete within their respective departments, and through other departments as well. This includes everything from volunteer work to video projects, helping set up events, and assisting in  daily responsibilities at both Home Office and the Lansing, Mich., franchise. Near the end of their internships, they complete a final presentation highlighting their summer and what they’ll take away from the experience.

This internship is designed to be extremely beneficial to everyone who participates, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® strives to provide as many resources as possible for the interns to use in the present and future.

“The interns have access to a vast amount of resources while here during the summer,” Cironi said. “Our interns meet with each member of the executive team to get to know them better and ask them questions about their experiences. They also meet with our directors through our ‘Lunch and Learn’ program. We want them to learn both professional skills and personal development skills while they are here, as this will help them become more well-rounded individuals and prepare them for life after graduation.”

As Randolph pointed out, there are a multitude of ways to go about handling the expenses of college education, but the most important thing to remember is be smart about your spending. Don’t take on more than you can handle, and be smart about where your money is being allocated, as this will ease the burden of life after graduation.

“One thing we like to say a lot at Fastweb is that when you are in college, you should live like a college student so you don’t have to live like a college student when you graduate,” Randolph said. “This is the time in your life when you should be buying used textbooks, looking on Craigstlist for furniture, living with a roommate, and doing anything you can to cut down on your daily, monthly, and yearly living expenses.”

Southern California sees major spike in commercial business moves

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-Written by Erik Sargent

When it comes to the moving process, people generally think of small, local moves, usually with homes, apartments, or condos consisting of a few people and their belongings.

There are countless factors to take into consideration when moving a business, mainly the ability to stay in operation, along with transporting belongings and equipment, and changing company info.

According to the Market Intelligence Blue Book from Coldwell Banker Commercial – a company that specializes in tracking commercial real estate moves and helping assist with the process – Southern California has seen a major spike in business moves. The report states this surge in moving is due to a wide range of factors, including low vacancy rates, increased land sale, and strong activity at ports in cities like Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“Employment is predicted to grow at a rate of 1.5 percent over the next five years, adding over 300,000 jobs across all industry sectors,” said the report of the Los Angeles market.

So how does the moving process for a business come to fruition? Meticulous planning and attention to detail are a must, and having a solid plan in place will help ease the process immensely.

One business in this region that recently completed a move was the YWCA of Pasadena. The YWCA of Pasadena is a non-profit organization that serves women and girls in the area, and focuses on empowering them through a variety of platforms.

“Being a non-profit, we have programs after school for girls in the area,” said Jessica Kubel, executive director of the YWCA of Pasadena. “The week that we did the move, we had to put our programs on hold for a few days so we could complete the moving process.”

Kubel and the staff at the YWCA were looking for a safer building for their girls that was ADA compliant, in a better location, had better parking, and more affordable rent. The recent real-estate surge for Southern California made this possible, and soon enough, they were in their new building.

The move took about a week total, with a majority of the move taking place over two days where most of the big items were transported to the new location.

“This is the first time I’ve had to move the organization, so it was a little new to me,” Kubel said. “(Some challenges were) just having have to re-do all of our I.T. servers, and making sure that our clients, supporters, and donors knew where the new location was. Other than that, it was pretty smooth.”

Finding companies that can handle moves of this magnitude can be a struggle, but one company that has made a name for itself in the commercial business moving industry is the nationally recognized moving company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

With more than 350 locations across the United States and more than six million moves completed, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has established themselves as the leaders of the moving community.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was able to assist Kubel in moving the YWCA building over a year ago, providing the assistance needed and also doing it for a good cause.

“It worked out really nicely with (TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®),” Kubel said. “They were able to donate the moving services to us because we are a non-profit organization.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Pasadena franchise has been involved with many of the commercial business moves highlighted in the Blue Book report, and they are receiving anywhere from three to five business move requests per month.

“Usually businesses get a few different quotes, and they generally go with us because of the higher quality of service,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Pasadena Marketing Manager Stefanie Shook. “The process for a business move is very similar to a home move. We take a look at everything they are trying to move to help us get a better understanding of how many packers, movers, drivers, and trucks we will need to complete the move. Smaller businesses tend to just want to pack themselves, where larger businesses tend to need help packing.”

According to Shook, the most important factor of a business move is communication. They work to have an exact plan for the process before everything begins, and they remain available for contact at all times throughout the move.

Along with communication, Shook said they strive to provide a level of trust and peace of mind for the businesses they are moving, and they go out of their way to do all they can.

“Businesses can expect all of the same great qualities they would receive during a home move from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®,” Shook said. “We provide peace of mind by having drug tested, background checked, fully trained and uniformed movers, all of their furniture padded and stretch wrapped, and the same level of quality care that has run our business for over 30 years.”

The Blue Book Report from Coldwell Banker commercial highlighted a few other regions of the country seeing a major boost in commercial real estate markets, including the Midwest, Northeast, and South Atlantic areas. The Midwest and the Northeast are also seeing a high number of multi-family business moves over the last year.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving teams find their way into news spotlight

-Written by Erik Sargent

With more than 370 locations around the country, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand reaches far and wide, and our outstanding teams continue to make an impact within their local communities.

With an incredible amount of move heroes across the system, the positive news continues to pour out from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises all across the map, full of stories featuring prominent movers, going above and beyond to assist customers and members of the community.

Here are some of the recent headlines from the “Movers Who Care®”.

Miami movers act quickly in time of crisis

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® President Randy Shacka recognizes the members from the Miami move team.

When Miami movers Telaysis Lee, Eliel Perez, and Danny Hogan left for a normal Friday morning move in early March, they could have never anticipated how the day would end as they dispatched.

After honking at a reckless driver who came close to interfering with their truck, a situation escalated with the driver continuing to follow them, and eventually using a gun to fire shots at the truck. Driver Eliel Perez was struck in the face, and his fellow team members acted quickly to help their co-worker.

“I thought we were in a movie, it didn’t feel like it was real,” Lee said. “It says a lot about us. It shows that we all have great judgment, and good character. It brought Eliel and me a lot closer as friends.”

Both Lee and Hogan didn’t skip a beat when reacting, with the duo calling 911 immediately, and using work shirts to cover the wounds on Eliel’s face to prevent further bleeding. They also provided him with water and comfort to help calm him down in the situation.

“It was very shocking and I am just glad to be alive,” Perez said. “The guys worked very well. If they were not there, I would have passed out, and I don’t know if I would still be here or not.”

Wisconsin movers assist woman who crashed near move

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Team members Murl Monroe, Marshon Bogan, and Deonte Walton from the Racine, Wisc., TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise were in the middle of a move when the crew heard a car crash into a tree roughly 100 feet from the move.

Continuing the theme of “Movers Who Care®”, the movers immediately dropped what they were doing and ran to the accident, which could have been a life-saving effort. The team members recognized upon arrival to the scene that the driver was having a seizure, and quickly called 911 while checking on the woman.

The crew also recognized the woman had a 6-year-old in the backseat, and quickly pulled him out and away from the accident to safety. It speaks to the overall character of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team members, and shows impact the brand makes in all aspects of life.

“I was not surprised by their reaction at all, these guys are just this way,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Madison Franchisee Tim Lightner. “They would take the shirt off of their back for you if they thought it would help. They work hard, take care of customers, each other, and they live out the ‘Moving People Forward”’ theme each day in the field. There are many other stories, like helping people stuck in a ditch, carrying groceries for non-customers who need help, and many more. These guys are total rock stars who quietly get it done every day.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® completes series of White House moves

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No move is too big or too difficult for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand, and that was on full-display with the Arlington, Va., franchise as they recently completed a series of moves for the most high-profile building in the country – The White House.

Team members from the Arlington franchise helped the White House staff complete moves for various members of the RNC, and also completed moves of furniture for the White House. It’s not a normal moving process by any means, and everything is closely monitored by White House personnel.

“When moving to the White House, we are only allowed to move the items to the door,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Arlington Franchisee Martin Pollack. “Once furniture gets to the door, the White House staff takes over doing the moving to the final location within the building.”

Along with not being allowed access into the building, team members are required to undergo numerous rounds of special clearance to be allowed to handle the belongings of high-profile staffers.

“We first had to get TSA security clearance prior to each of the moves that we did,” Pollack said. “We had to provide information on the employee’s names, social security numbers, date of birth, and vehicle information. This allowed us to be pre-cleared to get the gate access. Once we arrived at the White House, we had to then go through an additional screening by Secret Service. The trucks were screen by K-9s, X-Ray, and other security measures.”

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How brand products make their way into movies

-Written by Erik Sargent

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New York City, United States – March 3, 2016: Cinema lights illuminate a film set in a small street near China town

At the start of each year, the world’s biggest movie stars gather in Hollywood for one night to recognize all of the achievements in the movie industry over the past year, and to award those who have created excellence in film. Continue reading “How brand products make their way into movies”

2016 Numbers Show Excellent Growth for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Brand

-Written by Erik Sargent

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The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand continues to grow month by month, and all across the country, local franchises are creating superior move experiences for customers, along with making a difference in their communities.

Just look at the stats, and you’ll find the continued increase in overall numbers as a company — in fact, the continued growth dates back to December 2009! With nearly 70 months of consecutive record growth, it’s clear we are a top name in the moving industry, and that our company values and customer service continues to resonate with past and future customers.

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