Realty Executives Integrity Broker Associate Combines Passion and Career to Give Back to Community

Realty Executives Integrity is proud of Broker Associate, John Arneson, who continuously has given back to the community through a personal cause at the 2nd annual Roses for Recovery fundraising event, hosted by the SALS Recovery House and The Wisconsin Club. Raising over $23,000, Roses for Recovery is an annual event where guests dress to impress and gather on the day of the iconic Kentucky Derby. The event includes local food, drinks, raffles, auctions, friendly competitions and more. This year’s event was another success with over 100 attending. 

Created by those in recovery, for those in recovery, SALS offers help to people who have recently been through drug and alcohol addiction and are looking for a supportive home. Seeing a gap in the system, Arneson, with the support and help of many, opened the first SALS Recovery House opened in 2004, offering the first sustainable long-term housing option in the area. Providing a safe environment and supportive peers to help guide others through the recovery process, SALS has since opened seven more sober houses and a treatment center. 

Arneson, a fourth generation REALTOR®, has been with Realty Executives Integrity for 13 years after selling his previous family brokerage. Looking for more independence and freedom, the Arnesons came to Realty Executives to be able to focus on their agent’s individual success after years of having to run every part of a brokerage on their own. A recovering addict himself, Arneson is passionate about helping others through the recovery process as he celebrates 15 years sobriety. 

“My career in real estate has allowed me to put my passion for helping others and my career together,” Arneson said. “With the support of my co-workers and my community, I’m able to serve a higher purpose and bring something back into the community that has given me so much.”

With ongoing support, Arneson and his partner’s next phase for SALS is broadening its reach beyond addiction to help first responders and veterans with PTSD. Next, the non-profit hopes to find a way to provide support for abused and battered women.

“There is no limit to the impact SALS could have on this community,” Arneson explained. “As long as I have the support of my real estate family and neighbors, I will continue to provide a safe place to those in need.”

For more information on the Kentucky Derby “Roses for Recovery” or on how you can support SALS Recovery House, visit DerbyParty.info.

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