Selected Food for Thought
for June 2

Selected Mission/Value Statements from U.S. senior cohousing communities [pdf] 

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND the gathering on June 2, please consider sending your own vision, mission, and purpose/value statements by June 1 [just click to email]

Overview & Sample [Thanks, Ed!]

​Generally, organizations have distinct Vision (What is "It" that we want to accomplish?), Mission (How are we going to accomplish "It"?), and Purpose (Why do we want to accomplish "It"?) statements. These can be combined into an introductory statement [a worthy goal for our gathering]

Vision: The community of Common Ground will be happy enjoying vibrant living in the third act of life.

Mission: The community will accomplish the vision by planning exciting activities and helping each other with their goals.

Purpose*: To promote a community of like minded people sharing common values and purpose(s) of life.

      *What VALUES shall be embodied in the neighborhood of Common Ground? Click for a list of many potential characteristics -- identify your top 5 and bring to the gathering or email them, with your thoughts and comments, by June 1 for inclusion in the conversations! These can inform our vision & mission crafting.

From Pam S.: UU Clearwater's Covenant of Right Relations, an example for our consideration

Basics of consensus decision-making [pdf] / The extensive details from Seeds of Change, UK

​​Elderspirit, Abingdon, VA [one of the most important resources for the Feasibility Group in 2016 and our continued ally and role model] Here's the link to their Mission & Values

"How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness" from YES!, Summer 2013

Additional web resources to feed your imagination about cohousing

[from Common Ground Ally Pam S.'s extensive list]  Well researched 2010 AARP report, pdf “[Cohousing] is sometimes hard to explain, but this infographic sent to us by a British insurance company, Towergate, does a really good job.”
In a co-housing community, residents own their homes, but they share ownership of common grounds and a larger common house. That building has a commercial-size kitchen where residents share meals several times a week, a laundry room and spaces for other shared activities. When the communities are built, Maskall said, future residents discuss and decide what they’d like to see in the common house. Report on the Chattanooga project that has not been built: “The estimated buy-in per unit is $250,000 to $350,000, and monthly fees could run from $500 to $1,000 to cover utilities, staff, taxes and insurance. Kurtz said this is within the price range for many condos downtown, but the co-housing project will be a ‘condominium with assets.’”  ASHEVILLE, NC

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