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Older Adults Put Pencil to Paper

Residents at CommonBond’s Riverview Senior Housing in Minneapolis recently participated in a drawing program, “Crossing the Line: Drawing Practices For and With the Older Adult. This took place in collaboration with The Drawing Project and engAGE, to build on the premise that embracing a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging can be beneficial to …Read More

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CommonBond resident thriving with support from Advantage Services staff members

Ma’ad came to the United States in 2015 as a refugee from Somalia. After many challenges during the transition, he’s now making great strides thanks to the support he received from CommonBond’s Advantage Services team. Ma’ad struggled to adapt to his new life in Minnesota. He didn’t speak a lot of English, which he found challenging …Read More

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CommonBond Resident Receives Top Honors from University of St. Catherine

Ikram Koliso, who lives at CommonBond’s Torre de San Miguel housing community in St. Paul, recently received two top honors from St. Catherine University in St. Paul. As valedictorian, Ikram graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 cumulative GPA , and was selected as the student commencement speaker for the Baccalaureate ceremony. A double major …Read More

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Two New Properties Purchased to Preserve Affordable Housing

CommonBond Communities recently purchased two existing apartment buildings in the Twin Cities and is preserving them as affordable housing options for residents. Pine Point, a 68-unit apartment building in Coon Rapids, Minn., and Rainbow Plaza, a 108-unit building in Anoka, Minn., were part of CommonBond’s initiative to preserve affordability without government subsidy. CommonBond will buy …Read More

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High School Student Receives Scholarship for Post-Secondary Use

Meet Hawa Abbajebel, a CommonBond resident and recipient of the top CommonBond Leadership Scholarship. Hawa was one of five CommonBond youth who recently received a scholarship to use for post-secondary education. Hawa has lived in a CommonBond housing community her entire life – first at Skyline Tower in St. Paul, and then at Torre de …Read More

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“Sold Out”: New documentary shares tenant stories, lifts up solutions to loss of affordable housing

With alarming frequency, individuals, households, and entire communities are being displaced as a result of a growing wave of real estate investments – purchases that turn formerly affordable apartments across the Twin Cities region into upscale properties. Led by the Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP), a coalition of affordable housing nonprofits and affected renters worked with …Read More

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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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