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.