CommonBond resident thriving with support from Advantage Services staff members
Posted on: July 24, 2017, by : Alicia Cordes-Mayo

Two men smiling at camera, pictured from the waist up
Salah and Ma’ad

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 in many ways – he faced difficulties in school and in finding a job, which led to feelings of hopelessness.

After moving into CommonBond’s Yorkdale housing community in Edina, Ma’ad started working with Salah, an Advantage Services Coordinator. Salah supported Ma’ad in a number of ways, including assistance with completing school applications, creating emails, and updating his resume.

“Ma’ad persevered and overcame many obstacles in the past years,” says Salah.

Today, Ma’ad has graduated from high school, has a great job, plans to attend college in the fall, and is getting married this summer. Ma’ad says, “Moving into a CommonBond home and working with the Advantage Services staff has helped me tackle many things I was experiencing.” He adds that the CommonBond staff provided him with “hope and support in working toward success,” and made him feel like he was part of a family. He’s proud that he has achieved stable housing and is able to rent his own apartment and support his family.