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Warren & Mary Lynn Staley

Congratulations to Warren and Mary Lynn Staley, who have been named the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2016 National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Philanthropists. Their remarkable generosity is driven by a deep passion and care for people and community. Warren is known for his accomplishments as CEO of Cargill and Mary Lynn for her civic leadership. Their …Read More

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The Power of Connection: Creating a Home and Building Community

Fekri has known his wife, Sara, since they were small children. After they were married, however, Sara moved to Minnesota alone because of political unrest in Ethiopia. At the time of the move, she was seven months pregnant with their daughter Tiyyaa, now thirteen. Fekri describes that decision in simple terms: “We felt it would …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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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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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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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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Support Services Staff and Residents: Working Together to Create Strong Communities

Every year, a significant portion of the funds raised by CommonBond supports the work of our onsite Advantage Services teams. With more than 9,000 people living in CommonBond communities, the power of connection between residents and CommonBond’s Advantage Services staff is a key factor in the success of residents. Here’s a glimpse into the work …Read More

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Boulder Ridge: Our First Property Without Government Subsidies

CommonBond is now the proud owner of the Boulder Ridge complex in Apple Valley, MN. With this purchase, we preserved affordable rents for the 112 families and individuals living in this townhome and apartment community. This is also a significant acquisition for CommonBond as Boulder Ridge is the first property where we are partnering with …Read More

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