Conrad & Jennifer Steller and Emily Lonborg
Conrad and Jennifer live in Centennial, Colorado with their six children. Together—with co-owner Emily—they run The Steller Group, a full-service residential real estate team. In addition to partnering with Denver Rescue Mission, the company has a heart for supporting seniors and their families.
How long have you been supporters of the Mission?
Personally, our donations go back more than 20 years. We love that the Mission empowers guests to become self-reliant, while providing compassion, respect and dignity. The Steller Group began formally partnering with the Mission in 2019, by volunteering in the warehouse and coordinating a holiday food drive that year. Since then, our team has been honored to toss turkeys, serve meals to guests and “level up” our food drives by offering door-to-door pick-ups in our nearby neighborhoods, visiting as many as 32 homes in one shot!
Why is it important to you to give back in both your professional and personal areas of life?
Collaborating with the Mission as a company feels like a natural fit. We are fortunate to make a living by helping others buy and sell homes and partnering with an organization that aspires to help people live independently is the perfect complement to our company’s goals. In our personal lives, we are committed to tithing, and as Christians, we look for organizations that align with our values. In Matthew 25:35, Jesus said that when we serve others, we’ve served Him: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” That is everything the Mission does.
Do you have any favorite memories from the times you’ve spent at the Mission?
Our children went with us to visit the Mission’s Harvest Farm in Wellington. We all loved bouncing along on haybales in the back of a truck while getting a tour of the property from one of the current residents. It was impressive to see not only the versatile, self-sustaining project, but the impact it makes on the lives of the men who stay there.
How has your connection with the Mission personally impacted you?
Events and interactions at the Mission have educated us on the issues facing individuals, communities and the city. These experiences allow us to appreciate the dynamic challenges of those experiencing homelessness, and to be inspired by the dedication and care that the Mission brings to those whom it serves.
This post is part of September’s Changing Lives Newsletter. This month, we’re featuring Tony in: Finding Solid Ground.