Resident Stories

People are at the heart of our mission to create stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities. Here are stories from CommonBond residents that demonstrate how our work comes to life and how we partner with residents to create bright futures.

Riverview Senior Artists: “Exploring Our Mark”

After 10 weeks of developing their artistic skills through classes, the residents of Riverview Apartments showcased their work at "Exploring Our Mark," an art exhibition hosted at the Schmidt Artist Lofts in St. Paul. The classes and exhibit were part of a partnership between CommonBond Communities and EngAGE, a nonprofit that provides free arts, wellness, and community building programs for seniors living in affordable housing communities.
This program and the gallery were an opportunity for residents to not only learn and create, but for CommonBond staff and community attendees to celebrate the wonderful talents that residents share when given the tools and opportunity to do so.
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Coincidental Connection: A Study Buddies Story

CommonBond is dedicated to providing residents with the resources they need to thrive. For the youth in our communities, that often comes in the form of our Study Buddies program. Study Buddies pairs students with volunteer adult mentors, and is designed to strengthen academic skills while also building a positive, trusting relationship with a caring adult. Bahjo is a 10-year-old student, avid reader, and Skyline resident. Working with her Study Buddy, Hayley, she decided to enter one of her recent favorite books into a contest at school. It was then that Hayley and Bahjo realized their coincidental pairing had connected them in a totally unexpected way.
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A Move Toward Homeownership

In 2011, Talise Owens-Hundley moved into a CommonBond community. Soon after, she enrolled in school and received her associate degree in early childhood education. She continued working, and a few years later she graduated with a bachelor’s degree. Throughout this time, she received several promotions and no longer qualified for public assistance. She also got married, and wanted to be in an excellent school district. With the help and support of a CommonBond staff member, Talise met with a lender and began the process to purchase a home. Her goal is to become a homeowner and move in this fall!
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