The Warrior of East Austin

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Every now and then we have a special guest at our bi-monthly Coldwell Banker United meetings. This week Teresa Gouldie, of Coldwell Banker United, introduced us to a very special lady with a heart that knows no boundaries. Her name is Florence Ponziano and she runs a place called Florence’s Comfort House.

Florence describes Comfort House with these words “a house that kids go to in Montopolis when they don’t have a place to go, when they have problems or they need to lean on someone, when they need to know the truth, when they need love, when their tummies are empty and they need a pot of soup or some beans, or they just need someone to listen to them and nobody does.”

Montopolis, a city here in Austin, as we found out is one of the poorest areas in Austin. These kids come from homes that are broken: parents may be in jail, siblings on drugs or in gangs. Florence feeds them, washes their clothes to make sure they go to school with clean clothing on their backs. She came to our meeting with flip-flops on because someone needed shoes and she gave them hers. She told us how a 10yr old boy came up to her one day and told her she was a “warrior” – she said she now proudly wears that title. She told us of one of her boys that she met when he was in kindergarten, has now graduated from Austin Community College, has a good job and is giving back by helping others in Comfort House.

There is so much more that Florence and Comfort House does and you can learn all about it by checking out her website: I especially encourage you to listen to  her speak about the house in her own words. Florence's Comfort House depends on the generosity of those who share her values and goals. Those donations help her keep the lights on and the internet working so the kids can do their homework. Stepping out of our comfort zone and helping those in need is what the holiday season is all about. A small contribution could make all the difference to her family so please consider making a donation.

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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Dorie Dillard - Florence Comfort House is a place for hope for those children that find they have no other place to go.  I can't help but be thankful for such a wonderful organization that gives them an option.  I hope those that are in a position to give and donate will put the Florence Comfort Home on their list of charities to support!

Dec 03, 2016 02:05 PM #1
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I'm so glad you shared this lady with us. It's not often you see people open up their hearts to others in need. Thank you again Dorie Dillard 

Dec 03, 2016 02:18 PM #2
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Dorie - What a wonderful story and a truly inspiring woman. I hope she gets the support she needs to continue her good works.

Dec 03, 2016 02:31 PM #3
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Dorie... this lade, Florence, is a true hero! What an amazing story and concept. I hope your post gets some traction for additional support for her home.

Dec 03, 2016 02:54 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- while these kinds of stories are good to hear all year round, the story of Florence's Comfort House takes on even more meaning as we are into our holiday season.  Let's hope people open their hearts and pursestrings for this very worthy organization. 

Dec 03, 2016 04:56 PM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for telling us about the important services provided by Florence and Comfort House. This cause deserves your support.

Dec 03, 2016 05:18 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Dorie.  So many people in need so little time.  Sad thing is the list is growing with no end in sight.

Dec 04, 2016 03:11 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow, Dorie, she is a warrior and we need more people like her in this world.

Dec 04, 2016 04:18 AM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the inspirational post. I hope this will inspire others to help people in need.

Dec 04, 2016 05:14 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. What a great story and inspirational woman. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Dec 04, 2016 06:25 AM #10
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Good morning Dori,  Our message in church this morning was Hope.  Florence's Comfort House certainly sounds like a wonderful place of hope and refuge for those children.  Thanks for sharing!

Dec 04, 2016 10:12 AM #11
Amy Kramer
Reilly Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor serving Austin and surrounding communities

What a special lady and a great organization. Thanks for highlighting her organization Dorie Dillard .

Dec 04, 2016 05:10 PM #12
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