Each year the Salt Lake Board of Realtors recognizes an individual to award as the Good Neighbor. A Good Neighbor must be compassionate, loving, caring, and selfless. The Good Neighbor gives more of themselves than they need to, for the betterment of others without expectation of reward. 2018 was a unique year, in that the Board opted to give out 3 Good Neighbor Awards.
Rachel Green, Co-Founder of the Love Lake City Project works alongside a colleague Clint Warner monthly to bring a group of volunteers together raising awareness and funds to assist those experiencing homelessness and addiction. Green shared that homelessness and addiction was a cause she felt strongly that she could help with. Clint was a great example to her. She had thought she was doing plenty of charity work, Clint suggested to her “what have I done this month?” Rachel and Cling now work together at least once monthly to bring a brighter future to those in need. LoveLakeCityProject
Chris McPherson and Heather Nelson are Co-Founded the Children’s Christmas Carnival at The Road Home Shelter in Salt Lake City. MacPherson speaking of a time in the not too distant past where he was without. He knew he and his family were struggling, but it wasn’t until he had a Thanksgiving Dinner delivered to his door that he realized how destitute he truly was. Heather, having experienced hardship in her life as well shared a story where her Husband had just had back surgery. She was on bed rest herself, and with Christmas just around the corner, she didn’t know what the season might hold for her and her growing family. TheRoadHome
March of 2013 is a time of Lisa’s life that she will never forget. Her 18 year old son showed promise of being a professional athlete. He was being scouted by teams all over the country and was a top pick for many schools. Matthew, realizing that a learning disability he had would lead him to take his own life. Feeling that he had let his family down, and depleted any possibility for any sort of future, he made a decision that altered Lisa Jungemann’s life forever. After a while in utter darkness, she and the family decided they wanted to share the story with the world. To raise awareness of Suicide, and how it can be prevented. We all have a purpose on this earth. After talking with Lisa, she feels that bringing hope to those in their darkest hours. Lisa knows that she was put on this earth to make a difference, so each and every day as she gets out of bed, she reminds herself that she got to love her son Matthew for a short while, but through the work she does in the community, his legacy lives on forever. The Jungemann family were featured in a film by KUED called Hope Lives, and they regularly speak in public bringing a message of hope. LisaJungemann