Realtor® Christina Sauger: A Good Neighbor to Those in Need
SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – For those in her community who are hungry or who may just need a little emotional support, Christina Sauger stands ready to help.
A Realtor with Charles Rutenberg Realty in Clearwater, she founded Harbor Dish, a nonprofit organization that provides healthy meals and emotional support to anyone in her community, regardless of their ability to pay
The program facilitates large-scale community dinners held on a pay-what-you-can model. It also delivers hot meals to senior and homebound residents, foster children, domestic violence survivors and others in need.
A decade ago, Sauger owned a big house and opened her door to anyone for a cup of coffee, a sympathetic ear or a bed to sleep in. On Sundays, she invited friends and strangers to enjoy a home-cooked meal and a few hours of camaraderie. Leftovers were boxed up for sick neighbors.
“It wasn’t just about food; it was about making connections and building community with one another,” says Sauger, a longtime resident of Safety Harbor, Fla.
Inspired by the concept of nourishing body and soul, she created the nonprofit Harbor Dish in 2013 and has served as its unpaid executive director since then. Harbor Dish is a mobile operation that offers a variety of services. The organization is helping the community “one plate at a time,” fighting against hunger and food waste while promoting healthy eating and togetherness.
Through Harbor Dish, volunteers – including professional chefs – cook and deliver hundreds of healthful, microwavable meals to residential facilities for foster children and domestic violence survivors, homes of seniors and English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms. They also host large-scale outdoor dinners for the public and pop-up events throughout the city.
For her outstanding service to her community, Sauger was recently honored by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) as one of its five Good Neighbor Award winners for 2021. For 22 years, NAR’s Good Neighbor Award program has recognized Realtors® who make an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work.
“Once again, we have a remarkable class of winners from across the nation,” said Charlie Oppler, who served as 2021 NAR president. “As these Realtors demonstrate every day, one individual can make a tremendous, positive impact on a community by volunteering.”
As one of NAR’s five winners – selected by a multistage, criteria-based judging process – Sauger received a $10,000 grant for Harbor Dish and was featured in the fall 2021 issue of Realtor Magazine. The Good Neighbor Awards program is supported by primary sponsor realtor.com, along with Chase and the Center for Realtor Development.
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