Mona Ahmed moved into CommonBond’s Seward Tower East with her husband 22 years ago – and her 19-year-old son Adam couldn’t be happier that they did. As Adam puts it, “Everyone here, the residents and staff, are like one big family. Everyone wants to make sure you are safe and doing well.”
Adam has a great smile and he beams when talking about his experience growing up at Seward Tower East. Of course, his mom set a great example for him. As a long-term resident, Mona is extremely active in the community. She has voluneered for 13 years with the on-site food bank, supports neighborhood cleanup projects, helps other residents with language issues, and rasied three wonderful sons – all while working full-time for 25 years as a cook at the Minneapolis Hyatt and now part-time at North Memorial. “I love CommonBond,” says Mona with enthusiasm. “The staff here really respect the residents. From maintenace workers to property management, I know I have help whenever I need it. Why would I live anywhere else?”
Adam agrees. A graduate of South High School, Adam was active in school, but it is the Advantage Services that CommonBond provides that he feels really made a difference.
Adam is a college freshman, a pathway started at the age of six when his mom enrolled him in Study Buddies. “I had two volunteer mentors growing up and it was Raj, a high school chemistry teacher, who really shaped my future. He had a way of pushing me to my limits and never letting me get discouraged. And now, here I am – a college student!”
Adam has not picked a college major yet, but he is interested in computer science, electrical engineering, or perhaps continuing his education to become a doctor. “When you grow up in an environment where everyone helps others before themselves, even when they may not have much, you learn how to give back,” explains Adam. “I’ve got time to figure it out, but right now I want to finish my spring semester strong and return to my home at Seward Tower East.
CommonBond receives dozens of calls every day from people looking for an affordable home – last year I was one of those people on the phone, looking for an apartment. I was 25 years old and still living with my mom. I was ready to go! I was ready to be more independent. What I dreamed about for my first apartment was a safe and clean apartment for me and my son. This place had to be close to my mom and close to the bus line to my job at Children’s Village Montessori where I work as a lead teacher. My dream finally came true. I came across West Broadway Crescent, which was being built at the time. I immediately filled out the application and hoped for the best. I called almost every day, until I finally got the call that I was accepted. This past December My son and I were the first family to move in. It was a great Christmas Present. Honestly … I still can’t believe West Broadway Crescent is my first apartment. It’s safe, clean, and affordable. Most of all it’s everything I wanted. I want to thank all of you for making it possible for me and my son to have our own place to call home.