Tag: Community-support


Thriving During the Pandemic: The Story of One Urban Community

Caddis Collaborative has been privileged to design a number of cohousing communities across North America. As society begins to move out of COVID-19 restrictions, we reflect on how many of these communities have thrived during the pandemic. More than hunker-down survival mode, these communities looked actively to self-organize for neighborly care and connection. A case... Read More

Building Trust, Part 3

Trust Through Crisis Everyone’s least favorite way to build trust in a group is a shared experience of crisis, which doesn’t stop it from being highly effective.  The classic case is surviving a natural disaster together. Total strangers grab on to each other in a storm, survive the night, and by morning are friends for... Read More

Free Food Fridge

Another great idea for cohousers. We love how Asha Leong of East Lake Commons just outside Atlanta, GA is bringing together her passion, her cohousing community and the broader community in which she lives.  Thanks Asha, for sharing this great idea! Build it and they will come. I’m proud to unveil the East Lake Commons... Read More

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

A little more than a week ago, a couple of people in Washington Village began discussing the COVID19 pandemic and how it might impact our community. Our Common House had been already been closed and we knew some members had already suffered losses in employment. We realized the government would be sending out $1200 checks... Read More

Don’t treat individual problems as community problems

One of the questions our community support team helps to discern is whether an issue is a community issue or a personal issue. While in many cases this is a straightforward, sometimes extra investigating will reveal which type of a challenge we are facing. When Ricardo always parks in the handicap space, without a handicap... Read More

How to Help One Another

Connecting Cohousing Communities in a Regional Network Cohousing communities are scattered across this continent now, some in unique, solo locations, others in geographic clusters in and around urban areas, with new ones always in development. In each community the members dive into a new paradigm of relationships and shared responsibilities and begin to figure out... Read More

WebChat #18 Conflict:Interpersonal or Systemic

Liz Magill offered our 18th WebChat with advice for community support teams who help community members work with conflict. She started off with a list of 8 questions she recommends support teams ask themselves when they receive a request: 1. Is this conflict covered in the committee mandate? 2. Is it an individual or community... Read More

Planning for Conflict

So imagine this, you’ve had a meeting of your community, forming or formed, and you could hear some tension in the discussion. Roberto was really not happy with the discussion. At process check-in thefacilitator asked if he was upset and he said he was fine, he just needed time to mull over the facts. And... Read

Thankful To Be Living In Community

There are many of you that I do not yet know and this is a personal story, but I feel comfortable sharing because we are in community, so each one of you is like my distant second cousin three times removed 🙂 The end of May and all of June has been a whirlwind for... Read More

Congolese Refugee Family Helped by Cohousing Communities

Concern about Obama’s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees coming to America became an issue in the recent Presidential election. Many Republican governors announced: not in my state. In response the Northampton (Massachusetts) City Council unanimously passed a resolution welcoming international refuges. Catholic Charities, under contract as a refugee resettlement agency, came to..