Mindy Weiss Saffer: Christ House

April 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

A principal with the Washington, D.C., commercial real estate leasing firm of West, Lane & Schlager, Mindy W. Saffer is an enthusiastic supporter of Christ House.

While the nation is embroiled in an ongoing debate over health care, Christ House has been addressing the problem for a population usually left out of the national discussion. Since 1985, it has operated as a 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men and women on the streets of Washington, D.C., one of only 13 or so such facilities throughout the country.

The patients admitted to Christ House are generally referred by other organizations, like shelters and clinics. They suffer from a host of serious illnesses including cancer, HIV/AIDS, stroke, liver disease, and kidney failure, among other disorders. In addition, most have conditions directly attributable to their homelessness, like malnutrition and depression.

When a patient is referred to Christ House, he or she is diagnosed and treated not only for the primary condition for which the referral was made but also for other conditions. In 2011, 272 people were treated by Christ House, of which 81 percent also suffered from HIV, drug or alcohol addiction, or a psychiatric illness. A fourth had all three conditions. The center’s website at http://www.christhouse.org provides a more comprehensive exposition of its history, its work, and its many successes.


Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

A principal of West, Lane & Schlager, a commercial real estate firm in Washington, D.C., Mindy Saffer remains active in her professional community through membership in a number of industry organizations, including the Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors (GWCAR). Connecting more than 600 commercial brokers and other real estate professionals throughout the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland, GWCAR is an invaluable resource for continuing education, networking, and specialized information. GWCAR represents the interests of its members in the local community through grassroots efforts and campaigning before the National Association of Realtors, as a part of the Realtors Commercial Alliance. Each year, GWCAR provides an annual report of the economic climate and real estate developments in D.C., which compliments the organization’s other publication, Commercial Broker Quarterly. GWCAR members are encouraged to interact regularly through multiple sponsored events, including an annual Golf Outing, tours of Washington, D.C., dinners, and the Commercial Real Estate Summit. During the summit, members enjoy prominent keynote speakers and panels of experienced industry leaders that share their personal experiences and insight on the market. 

In order to promote excellence among commercial real estate brokers in the region, GWCAR offers a series of annual awards in a variety of different categories. In 2005, GWCAR recognized Mindy Saffer with its Rising Star Award, which honors newcomers who demonstrate an impressive aptitude for real estate. For the past five years, Mindy Saffer has joined the GWCAR Multi-Million Dollar Leasing Club.

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