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Residents Back in Their Homes Following Renovation of Seward Towers in Minneapolis

CommonBond Communities and its Seward neighborhood partners have invested significant time and resources in the two Seward Towers. To make the Seward Tower properties more welcoming, environmentally friendly, and safe for residents – and to preserve the buildings for the long-term – extensive renovation of the common spaces and individual apartments began late in 2015. …Read More

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Joe’Mar Hooper joins CommonBond as inaugural Wisconsin Market Leader

We are thrilled to announce the hire of our Wisconsin Market Leader. Joe’Mar Hooper, the current Director of Business, Community & Family Partnerships for the Milwaukee Public Schools, will join CommonBond Communities in this newly created executive leadership position in early February. In this role, Hooper will lead Wisconsin business growth and relationship development activities …Read More

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CommonBond Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday

“Moving to Goldendale Homes is the best move I’ve ever made!” says CommonBond resident Norman Oletzke. He has lived at Goldendale Homes, a CommonBond community in Annandale, MN, for almost 18 years. Goldendale also happens to be a quarter of a mile from the farm where he was born. Norm will soon celebrate his 100th …Read More

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Frey Family Foundation Encourages Others to Help End Homelessness

The Frey Foundation understands the power of home. Since 2006, a major focus of its grantmaking has been to help end homelessness. The foundation trustees understand that to have an impact on homelessness, funding needed to go beyond bricks and mortar – it needs to be extended to support those who have experienced homelessness address …Read More

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A Successful Business is a Family Affair

Bloomsbury Village, in Des Moines, Iowa, is an example of a CommonBond community that benefits immensely from CommonBond’s Adult Education and Advancement Services. The Akol Gai family emigrated from Sudan and has lived at Bloomsbury Village for four years. When Margaret Akol Gai arrived, she had a dream of opening a family grocery store. Advantage …Read More

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Grand Opening of Sunwood Village in Ramsey, MN

In October, CommonBond celebrated the grand opening of its newest community, Sunwood Village in Ramsey, Minnesota! Sunwood Village serves as a model for other developing suburbs with its dense, walkable character and access to transit and amenities. Its location – less than 300 feet from the Northstar Rail – gives residents easy access to over …Read More

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A Commitment to Giving

Ben and Mary Stephens choose to support organizations in a quiet yet deliberate way. CommonBond Communities is fortunate to be one of the nonprofits to which they have made that kind of commitment. Ben and Mary have been involved with CommonBond for more than twenty three years. “We believe so strongly that families deserve safe …Read More

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Housing for All

Note: This Minnesota Good Age article was written by Dave Nimmer, a former CommonBond Communities Board member. He and Minnesota Good Age generously agreed to share this piece with CommonBond supporters. Dave had a long career as a reporter, editor and professor; now retired, he says he has no business card, but plenty to do. …Read More

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Senior Property Enjoys Landscaping Transformation

Thanks to a grant from the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) Foundation and a cadre of their dedicated volunteers, a long overdue landscaping project at our St. Anne’s Senior Housing community in North Minneapolis was recently completed. When CommonBond purchased St. Anne’s in 2007, numerous outdoor projects needed significant attention. The $10,000 grant from …Read More

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Teen Residents Grow Leadership Skills – and Tons of Vegetables!

This past summer, CommonBond staff member Analuna Brambila directed the Teen Room Garden program at the Skyline Tower community in St. Paul. The two teen garden leaders she hired helped facilitate activities for their peers in the program’s community garden plot around gardening skills, environmental education, and healthy eating. The teens grew a wide variety …Read More

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