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.

A Partner and a Friend

An Unexpected Friendship

Last summer, CommonBond began renovating a group of housing communities in Minneapolis. Residents were able to remain in their homes during the renovations. For some, the construction was merely an annoyance, but for one family in particular, the noise and unfamiliar faces had the potential to completely disrupt their world. Jordan Ewart enjoys music, roller skating, and shopping. He also has a severe form of autism that renders him nonverbal. Any change in schedule is a major challenge for him and his mother, Jila. Thanks to the Frerichs Construction foreman and team, Jordan and Jila made it through the renovations comfortably -- and with a new friend by their side.

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“A place to call home”

After years of moving around the country as part of a Navy family, CommonBond donor Judy Fulk has called Minnesota “home” for over 30 years. Married with two adult children, she and her family have hosted international exchange students so that they, too, might have a place to call home during their time here. After years of charitable giving to various causes, Judy realized she wanted to have an impact on a more foundational level. Read her thoughtful testimony to learn why she supports CommonBond, and what having a stable home means to her.
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Community Matters

Meet CommonBond Resident Vidalina Cruz

Vidalina Cruz lives at Franklin Meadows near Milwaukee, WI.  “Having a stable place to live makes me feel wonderful every day,” says Vida. At five years old, Vida moved from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin with her parents and five siblings. Both of her parents worked full-time jobs to support the family and provide for their kids. Vida has fond memories of growing up in a peaceful home and this is something she still values today.

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