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Mangala Sharma: a Compassionate, Award-Winning CommonBond Staff Member

Meet Mangala Sharma, a services coordinator at CommonBond’s Skyline Tower housing community in St. Paul. She recently received a Conservation and Leadership Award from The Trust for Public Land. The award honors and celebrates the work she has done in engaging with Skyline Tower residents and others in the planning of a park near their …Read More

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CommonBond Kids Have Dreams of College!

Over the course of the last school year, youth at a CommonBond housing community in Minnetonka learned a lot about the importance of higher learning. Every week, youth have answered “College Knowledge” questions, and conducted research on a famous person, local college, or the importance of nutrition in order to hone their research skills. The …Read More

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Joe’Mar Hooper joins CommonBond as inaugural Wisconsin Market Leader

We are thrilled to welcome Joe’Mar Hooper to the CommonBond team! He recently joined CommonBond Communities as the inaugural Wisconsin Market Leader. In this role, Hooper leads Wisconsin business growth and relationship development activities. This hire is part of a bigger move by CommonBond in Milwaukee and the greater Wisconsin market — in addition to this hire, …Read More

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Storytelling At Its Finest: Creative and Healthy Aging Opportunities for CommonBond Seniors

On a cold January evening, four senior residents from CommonBond’s Riverview Senior Housing in Minneapolis got up on a stage at Pillsbury House Theater to share personal life stories with a live audience. Some stories were warm and brief, some rhymed and provided humor, and others brought the audience to tears. CommonBond Communities collaborated with …Read More

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Exciting Momentum for CommonBond’s Youth and Teen Programs

Study Buddies and Homework Center programming continues to thrive at 15 CommonBond housing communities. These programs provide opportunities for elementary age children to develop meaningful relationships with supportive adults while improving academic skills. In addition to these flagship youth programs, CommonBond increased its emphasis on programs for teenagers in 2016 – resulting in comprehensive programs …Read More

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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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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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