Sarah Harmeyer empowers others to love their neighbors as the Founder and Chief People Gatherer at Neighbor's Table. She's hosted over 2,500 people around her household table, and in this episode, Sarah helps you not only value the people at your table, but also the people in your life.
Sarah Harmeyer's background
Sarah Harmeyer is the founder of Neighbor’s Table, a concept born from her personal passion for gathering people, and her desire to get to know her own neighbors. She has personally witnessed how lives are transformed when people gather around the table and share their stories. Sarah asked her father to build a cedar farmhouse style table big enough to seat 20. They placed it under the oak tree in her backyard in Dallas Texas, dropped chandeliers overhead, and started inviting. Sarah set a goal to serve 500 that year, one dinner party after another. The 500th guest walked up her driveway on Thanksgiving Day. Now five years later, more than 2500 people have celebrated at the original Neighbor’s Table. The power of community that now regularly happens at the original Neighbor’s Table has spurred a desire to launch a movement – a love mission, if you will. Sarah’s vision is to have tables in backyards across the US, placing them in every state by 2020. Together, Sarah and her father are building more than custom handcrafted tables. They are growing a Neighbor’s Table family nationwide.
Links to things mentioned in the episode
- 1:51 - Yes, Sarah does deliver these tables herself.
- 11:24 - Here's a picture of that meal. "Mr. Miles was the first case in Texas to be exonerated without DNA evidence."
- 13:49 - Nextdoor is a social network for your neighborhood.
- 18:26 - Sarah uses these awesome table tokens to assign jobs at her gatherings.
- 24:01 - Tables are loaded onto trucks like this.
- 26:33 - Here's Dayne and Anna at their table.
- 31:00 - TouchNote is available for both Apple and Android phones.
- 32:54 - Buy a table here.
- 33:37 - Here's some of the speaking Sarah's done.
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