|community building and child/family involvement||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Diane Simpson (dqsworld.std.com)|
|Date: Sat, 30 Nov 1996 20:56:28 -0700 (MST)|
"I've been enjoying the posts here for a few weeks now and am intrigued with the co-housing concept. Can any of you point me to some resources for building community in one's present living situation? I've seen web pages for a couple of urban setting co-housing communities and have read some off the libertynet pages. I can't see our family getting involved in (or being truly committed to) a start-up co-ho project when we havn't yet made a significant effort at building community where we live now. Does this feeling make sense to the rest of you? What did you do/try before going the co-ho route? Can you offer some suggestions?" -------Anne L. Varberg I thought Carolyn Shaffer and Kristen Anudsen's book, "Creating Community Anywhere" was excellent. It points out a great many opportunities for creating community right where you are. As for what I did before going the coho route, I was very active in our street's crimewatch. It brought the neighborhood together and helped people get to know one another. My husband and I still organize the neighborhood crimewatch yard sale every year. I've had to get less involved with the crimewatch as I've started doing more coho-organizing work, but there are other crimewatches springing up. These groups do a lot more than confer with each other about criminal activity--they take part in neighborhood cleanups and organize block parties. Another thing I did, fairly recently, was to re-join the local Unitarian church. I had been married in the First Parish Unitarian Church of Canton sixteen years ago, but never joined the church in Jamaica Plain due to a combination of inertia, my husband's antipathy towards all things religious, and a self-induced delusion that I was "too busy." It's a great community-building activity, being part of a group I feel I belong with, and I have a great time there. In other news.... Our group in JP is finally getting mobilized--eleven of us went on the recent cohousing trip to Pomeroy Lane, Pioneer Valley (Amherst) and New View (Acton). Seventeen people came to our meeting a week ago, and we have organized into committees. Prior to this, if you missed one of our meetings, you weren't missing anything, but things took a dramatic change at the last meeting, and I must say, even I was amazed! Since Joani is putting in a shameless plug for cohousing in Oakland, I'll put one in here for Boston---"If you're interested in living in cohousing in the beautiful, urbane, diverse, Berkeley-of-the-east, Jamaica Plain is for YOU!! Call today! 617-522-2209!" While I'm here, I might as well ask everyone: which group was selling the "Ask me about Cohousing" buttons at the Northeast Regional Conference? I lost mine and I want to get a dozen new ones. Thanks! ------Diane;.> @@ @@ @@@@ Diane Simpson http://world.std.com/~dqs @@@@ | | J P C O H O U S I N G N E T W O R K | | | "| 263 Chestnut Ave. #1 |" | | V| Boston, MA 02130-4436 617-522-2209 |V | ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
community building and child/family involvement Anne L. Varberg, November 29 1996
- community building and child/family involvement Diane Simpson, November 30 1996
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