|Re: Community Contacts||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Cheron Dudley (cherondudleygmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2021 18:31:34 -0700 (PDT)|
We are in the middle of selling a house here in Quimper Village (Port Townsend, WA) and have been giving individual tours to interested folks. Actually, these individual tours have been pretty constant all summer here. We have 2 email addresses for the public to use….one via our website and another via our newsletter. Two different people monitor these and usually respond within a few days. If a request for a tour comes in, it’s sent to the 3 people currently on board for giving tours. So far, so good. Cheron at QV On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 12:14 PM Chris Hansen <itschrishansen [at] gmail.com> wrote: > I know that our community info person would say Amen to that! She works > full time, is doing a PhD, and has a family. > People often just want a conversation, which is understandable, and those > in the community who are willing workers are pretty stretched with > Community tasks. (It would be interesting to do a poll of how much work > people anticipated CoHousing would involve when they arrived, and whether > it met or exceeded their expectations!) > Some of us work demanding jobs, some are elderly, some live with > disability, some have families, some are working their butts off for > CoHousing- and the normal combo of all/some/none of the above. > We had open homes before Covid- we've not mastered the art of doing it > online. > Some people don't like to do it and it would be great to find folks who > like it; are good at it,and who have the time! > And, as Elizabeth so eloquently said, it would be _wonderful_ to understand > what about CoHousing piques people's interest- so we could tailor our > response. > When people write and say 'can I come at 4pm on xx date' it's just not that > easy to find someone who is able to oblige, because nobody is employed to > do this job. > I'd love to know if some communities have elegant modes of managing and > navigating this. The 'Open House' was a great scheme when it worked. > > On Tue, 7 Sept 2021 at 09:55, Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at] gmail.com> > wrote: > > > I would like to share the other side of this story. > > > > I handle my community's "info" email list. People go to our website which > > has tabs for all of our community agreements, what is cohousing, > > descriptions of who lives here, a picture of our site, a tab showing > which > > homes are for sale (none), and more and more. > > I think we do a really good job of describing our community, to the > extent > > that community can be described in words and pictures. > > > > And I get emails every week that are "can you tell me about your > > community?" with absolutely no other information as to why they are > > interested. I'm like---sure, what do you want to know? > > > > And then I get long emails, often two pages, that read like they are > trying > > to earn a spot in our community. With no question, or with can I come > work > > for you for awhile, or "do I qualify". Again, I want to ask, did you read > > the website at all before you hit "contact"? > > > > And of course the spam. And people who want to do studies. > > > > I reply to everything except the spam (I forward the studies to the > > community in case someone wants to engage.) Sometimes I miss one. > > > > We offer tours (but surely folk could give some idea of when they want to > > come?) and keep an interest-list for when a home is available for sale. > > > > I think it is worth it to keep up this task because a quarter or a fifth > of > > the emails are from people who have thoughtfully shown interest. It is > our > > goal to be open to promoting cohousing and to be welcoming of potential > > cohousers. > > > > And yes, sometimes responses take longer than a week. Sometimes I'm on > > vacation. Sometimes I've got a busy week at work. Sometimes I just can't > > read anymore email. > > > > But mama mia it's work that takes more time than you would imagine. > > > > -Liz > > (The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill > > Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church > > www.mosaic-commons.org > > www.elizabethmaemagill.com > > 508-450-0431 > > > > > > On Sat, Sep 4, 2021 at 11:10 AM Jack & Carolyn Salmon < > > 2salmon [at] earthlink.net> > > wrote: > > > > > I’ve had the same experiences as Ann, when trying to contact some one, > > any > > > one at a cohousing community. You have to be a real sleuth to find > > someone > > > to have a conversation with…by phone or on-line. Even if a community > has > > > an email address or phone number listed in the Cohousing US directory, > no > > > one seems to be monitoring them. > > > > > > I live at Quimper Village…we do monitor our emails and phone answering > > > machine AND we try to respond to all calls …well, not the robo-calls > from > > > the guy who designs webpages. The person who monitors may respond or > > > passes the message on to the member most likely to have a productive > > > conversation with the caller. > > > > > > Let’s keep the conversations going. > > > > > > Carolyn > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > > > > > > > > > -- > Chris Hansen > 32 East Village Drive > Burlington > Vermont 05401 > USA > > Ph 603 3988730 > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > > > -- Cheron
- Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 212, Issue 5 Jack & Carolyn Salmon, September 4 2021
Results generated by Tiger Technologies Web hosting using MHonArc.