Illinois REALTOR® Morris pays it forward to McKinley Community Services #MemberMonday

Zeke Morris 6 20 16Memories of the college prep assistance Ezekiel “Zeke” Morris received as a student at Lindbloom Technical High School in Chicago inspired him to join the board for the Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc., a few years ago and return the favor.

As a high school student and football player in the early 1970s, Morris would prepare for the ACT test, explore college scholarship opportunities and learn how to prepare himself for college interviews through Ada S. McKinley. The organization not only provides individuals and families with education and college preparatory support, but also offers programs for foster care, adoption, mental health, child development, senior services, vocational training and residential services.

He is also happy to provide assistance to the property management division at Ada S. McKinley.

“It’s a very well-run organization, number one,” says Morris. “They’re very diligent…built for the long haul. Number two, the expansion of scope over time has been inspiring. I wanted to be a part of that. Through Ada S. McKinley, we’re able to touch more lives than we can individually.”

Morris says his parents and his church have inspired him to help others during his life, and his experience in real estate has led him to help others through the housing ministry at church. He periodically conducts homeowner seminars, provides advice for those looking for an apartment, people going through foreclosure or needing general housing advice.

“It’s like the Bible says, ‘To whom much is given, much will be required,’” says Morris, managing broker of a Century 21 Affiliated office on South Harper St. in Chicago.

Morris started his real estate career in 1989, and worked for several brokerages over the years. He became involved with the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) in 1995 and was its president for the 2012-2013 year. In 2012, Chicago REALTOR® Rita Glass started a CAR scholarship in his name to honor his years of service to the real estate community by assisting real estate professionals with costs for pre- and post-license education expenses.  REALTORS® who want to donate to the scholarship can visit this web page: https://npo.justgive.org/CAREF. Those who want to apply for the scholarship should go to this page: http://chicagorealtor.com/foundation/scholarships/zeke-morris-scholarship/.

He began committee work with the Illinois REALTORS® in 2002, and he has served on multiple committees every year since 2008. In 2016, his committees include the Housing Opportunity Working Group, the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Major Investors Group, the State Legislative Contacts Working Group and the Strategic Planning Committee.

Read the Illinois REALTORS® blog for weekly stories about the community involvement of Illinois REALTORS® during the association’s 100th anniversary year. If you have an idea for a REALTOR® to highlight with an article, please send it to bkozar@illinoisrealtors.org. To read stories like this, go to: http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/membermonday #MemberMonday

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