Daniel Callahan is a licensed Realtor who works in the Sardis Woods and Sardis Forest neighborhoods; but that work is not all about business for him.
Callahan and his assistant, Cori Ray, enjoy using real estate as conduit to rally people around causes for greater good.
The two have worked together professionally since 2002, when Callahan hired Ray after selling her house. They hit it off, sharing several common interests, including running, hiking and adopting rescue dogs.
Ray also became a licensed Realtor, and according to Callahan has become an integral part of his success.
“Corey was the first person I had working for me, and I can’t imagine anyone else,” he said.
They’ve also worked together to support community causes.
This past holiday season, they paid for 500 Thanksgiving meals at the Charlotte Rescue Mission, in the name of Sardis Woods, Sardis Forest and former clients.
Callahan and Ray also collected more than 700 meals worth of food donations from Sardis Woods residents during their annual holiday food drive. This was the 10th year they’ve held the drive, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
The pair added pet-food collection to the drive after learning there was a need.
Over the last 10 years, Sardis Woods residents have donated 6,900 meals, according to Callahan and Ray.
And they have sponsored, organized and participated in several Habitat For Humanity events.
Ray’s connection to Habitat goes back to her childhood, when her father would take her and her siblings to help at Habitat houses. Callahan and Ray head a group of Sardis Woods and Sardis Forest residents and past clients who volunteer at a Habitat projects twice a year.
Both see their real estate work as more than what they do for a living.
“We’re very good at selling real estate, but that’s not everything to us,” said Callahan. “We’re cognizant of the impact we can have, not just on our clients’ lives, but in the community. We like doing these things, and it’s the right thing to do.”