Re: Move-in During the Pandemic
From: Anne Birchfield (
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 07:53:51 -0700 (PDT)
Fair Oaks Ecohousing co-housers will be in the same situation. We are just
starting to close on our new homes this week, although move-in will be
delayed a few weeks to get our sidewalks fully compliant for ADA. Although
we cannot plan group meals, or community activities in our Common House,
finally moving in and being in the same location will be both a relief and
a blessing. We have had significant challenges on every level all along the
way. We will make it through the virus. Congratulations to all of you at
Village Hearth!

On Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 6:43 AM Barbara Simkowski via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote I gotta:

> We are less than a month from move-in, here at Village Hearth Cohousing in
> Durham, NC. After years of planning, writing guidelines, practicing
> sociocracy, learning how to run meetings, dealing with Zoom so that distant
> members could participate—everything that forming communities go through—we
> are ready. More than ready. Excited to finally be in the beautiful cottages
> we watched grow from the mud of North Carolina.
> But the virus hit just at this time and out of an abundance of caution
> we’ll be instituting good public health practices to protect even the most
> vulnerable members. Perhaps our Common House will not be the refuge we
> anticipated until the viral stew out there eases its grip on us. Perhaps
> the group hugs and clinked glasses will have to wait. I am personally sad
> that though some of the great benefits of cohousing will obtain, others
> need to be put off still longer.
> I would not want to be anywhere else during this pandemic, don’t get me
> wrong. But Covid-19 is the “elephant in our Common House,” as it were! I
> just want to express my sadness at the delay.
> Sent from my iPhone
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