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Open House Celebrates Completed Crest Renovations
The Crest apartments in Brooklyn Center recently received a $2.5 million renovation including new elevators, A/C units, and a redesigned awning and entryway. Come see what's new! 
Beyond Bricks & Mortar 2014: St. Paul
Thanks to our sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers, Aeon's first annual St. Paul Beyond Bricks & Mortar fundraiser was a huge success!
Lynette Dumalag Wins 2014 Leadership Award
Lynette Dumalag has always had a passion to serve others. Now, she's being recognized for her commitment to compassion as she receives the 2014 Leadership Award from the Minneapolis Downtown Council.  
Learning, Life, and Lessons at The Landing
Susan has been teaching for nearly 30 years. From kindergartners to college students, from math to music, she's been educating children for the better part of 3 decades. Now she's schooling a different type of student as she volunteers to teach a Spanish class to the senior residents at The Landing in Chaska. 
Going, Going, GREEN! Aeon's History of Sustainable Homes
Since our first big push for sustainable homes over a decade ago, Aeon continues to develop not only safe, affordable, reliable homes, but ones that are sustainable and environmentally responsible. Our newest property, The Rose, aspires to be the greenest building of its kind in America. 
Aeon Welcomes New Board Members
Aeon is excited to welcome new members to Aeon's board! Aeon's Board of Directors is comprised of 18 director positions (with up to three additional potential short-term positions). At least one-third of the board is comprised of residents of low-income neighborhoods or low-income persons; 60% is comprised of members of the organization;   and at least three directors are residents of Aeon properties.
Backpack Attack 2014 Presented by U.S. Bank
Prepping your kids as they head back to school can be expensive - for those living in affordable housing, it can be near impossible. Between notebooks and textbooks, pens and pencils, trapper-keepers and book bags; the cost can be staggering. Earlier this month, US Bank provided backpacks and school supplies to over 50 children and their families at Sienna Green apartments in Roseville. 
Donor Spotlight Q&A: Rob Clapp
This month, we sit down and talk with longtime Aeon supporter Rob Clapp. Rob, who has been an Aeon donor for years, attended his first Aeon fundraising event nearly a decade ago and has been helping Aeon provide affordable, safe housing ever since. 
South Quarter IV Entering Final Phase
After years of development, one of Aeon's most ambitious projects is entering its final phase. Located at the Minneapolis intersection of Franklin and Portland Avenues, the completed property will provide 120 mixed-income apartments with amenities like a lounge, conference room, fitness centers, and a large community garden. 
Aeon celebrates the Grand Opening of our newest property, The Landing.
This month, Aeon celebrated the grand opening of The Landing, our first development exclusively for seniors. Located in Chaska on the banks of the Minnesota River, 
The Landing provides 54 units of affordable, energy-efficient housing in a great location. 
Paige Hall giving back: "You have no idea how much it helps."
Paige hall neighbor to neighborEarly this month, organizers at Paige Hall put together quite the event; their goal? To provide hundreds with free groceries, toiletries and essential support services. People from around Minneapolis lined up around the block to take part in one of the summer's most successful community events. 
Aeon makes National Night Out an evening to remember.
Each year, thousands of people strengthen their communities by throwing block parties and backyard BBQs in a nationwide event called National Night Out. This year, Aeon is doing its part to provide the neighborhoods of Minneapolis with the greatest night out ever. 
"Like I'd Won the Lottery" - Resident Stories: Rex
RexIf you met Rex today you'd have a hard time being convinced that a few years ago he was a functioning alcoholic - living on the streets of Minneapolis and scraping together what money he could just to get by. His big, boisterous demeanor and charming smile tell a story of a man who was given a second chance - and took it. Read about Rex's amazing journey from homeless, to housed, in this month's resident story. 
Aeon and NeighborWorks Week volunteers go green at South Quarter.
Each year thousands of volunteers, in hundreds of locations around the country, come together in the spirit of service to strengthen their communities, encourage civic responsibility, and build lifelong relationships. Read how volunteers across America came together for a record-breaking show of service.
Eagle Scouts and Aeon shares their spirit of service.
Aeon property Paige Hall got a little spring cleaning thanks to the help of Martin brothers Max and Bobby. The siblings organized their boy scout troop to come out and help residents organize the Paige Hall basement so it could be used to storage. They were honored with the rank of Eagle Scout due to their outstanding service to Aeon and the greater community in general. 
Stories of hope at Aeon's annual fundraiser.
Aeon's 14th annual Beyond Bricks & Mortar event was held in downtown Minneapolis last week, where 800 of our closest friends gathered to raise $500,000 towards Aeon's mission to provide safe, affordable housing for everyone in the Twin Cities. Thanks so much to all of our donors and volunteers!
Comcast Cares Day lends Aeon a helping hand.
Each year, Comcast employees and their families reach out to the community in the nation's largest single-day corporate volunteer effort. This spring they turned out in record numbers to help care for Aeon's historic Ripley Garden property. 
Alvin Kennedy’s extraordinary restart: “How art revived me.”
Alvin Kennedy had always been a leader - on the football field and in his community. But when a coma struck him unable to perform even the most basic tasks, Alvin showed the world what perseverance, hope, and an indomitable spirit looks like. Now, Alvin shares with us his story of success against all odds. 
DC Group organizes successful donation drive for Aeon residents
Earlier in April, company DC Group organized a four day donation supply drive for Aeon residents. Over 1,000 items were donated by DC Group staff and included blankets, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, and much more.
Aeon purchases Prospect Park Habitat property
In conjunction with city-wide efforts to redevelop the Prospect Park neighborhood in Minneapolis, and create affordable and sustainable homes, Aeon purchased the now former Habitat for Humanity headquarters site in April.
Sherry finds Home and Community
Sherry Shannon has endured many challenging situations throughout her life. However, upon finding home and stability at Sienna Green, Sherry has become a community champion and an inspiration.
The Landing opens to its first residents, low-income seniors
The Landing opens to low-income senior residents“We are thrilled with how things look,” shared Aeon director of housing development James Lehnhoff, on the March 1 opening of The Landing to its first residents. “This is more than just an apartment building. We’ve focused on creating home.”
Facing so many waiting lists for senior housing, for Shirley, finding The Landing was a "miracle"
Seniors find home at The Landing ApartmentsFollowing the loss of her husband Gordy, her lifelong friend, Shirley Obermann tackled her next major life change -- moving from her single-family home to a one-bedroom apartment.
Home is about affording what you need
Aeon resident lives in affordable apartment for 10 yearsClark Adams has lived at The Crest Apartments in Brooklyn Center for 10 years. Living at The Crest has helped him afford what he needs while working full-time as a custodian for the Blaisdell YMCA in downtown Minneapolis.
Homework + Camp Fire = Fun for Aeon residents' children
Who knew that the words "homework" and “fun” could be used in the same sentence? Thanks to a new partnership with Camp Fire Minnesota, Aeon school-age children are having fun with homework AND learning valuable skills to prepare them for the future.
The Rose to start construction in late spring
The Rose, South Quarter Phase IV, to start in late spring.Late this spring, Aeon and Hope Community will start construction on The Rose – the nation’s first multifamily, mixed-income sustainable development of its kind. The fourth phase of the South Quarter will provide green living to families of all income levels in the heart of south Minneapolis.
Leadership training experience ignites residents' outreach plans
Aeon residents attend NeighborWorks American Community Leadership InstitutePaige Hall’s resident leadership team has bold plans to serve their community. Participating in the invitation-only, national NeighborWorks America’s Community Leadership Institute (CLI) this fall was just the ticket to ignite their vision.
When home is the key to success
Alliance Apartment resident knows key to success!“Keep your head up. Keep pushing on. Know your resources,” shared Mike Lynch, Alliance Apartments resident. “They are your keys to success.” Learn what Mike means as an Alliance Apartments' resident.
Aeon holiday campaign tops goal at $28,772
Aeon’s donors and friends gave $28,772 during our annual year-end fundraising campaign. We topped our $25,000 goal, thanks to your generous support!
Seniors share stresses on trying to find affordable homes for rent
The Landing is over 50 percent complete for seniorsWith construction on The Landing Apartments in Chaska, over 50 percent complete, Aeon is actively accepting applications for future residents. Conversations with interested older adults and their families reveal the housing cost burdens seniors face.
I have had the best life in the whole world!
Parkview Villa resident key to building communityAfter living in Columbia Heights for nearly half of her life, it was important to Rheta to stay in the community when she started looking for a safe, affordable place to live.
You made it happen and Gave to the Max!
Aeon_GTMD_volunteers_transform_homeAeon's ninety Paint It Forward volunteers helped make this year’s Give to the Max Day on November 14 a success -- transforming the interior of a nine-story apartment building and helping raise $31,000 for Aeon’s mission.
New South Quarter development named The Rose at Every Piece Counts event
Mayor Rybak supports South Quarter developmentDevelopment partners Aeon and Hope Community held a ceremonial launch event called Every Piece Counts on October 15, 2013, for the highly-anticipated South Quarter Phase IV development in Minneapolis. Nearly 150 guests attended to show their support.
90 volunteers sign on for PAINT IT FORWARD on Give to the Max Day
Mark your calendars to participate in GiveMN’s fifth annual Give to the Max Day (GTMD13) on November 14. Aeon is again joining this contagious, 24-hour giving movement! 90 volunteers have signed on to Aeon's 12-hour PAINT IT FORWARD event – learn more!
Alliance Apartments resident "pays it forward" to his community
Alliance Apartments resident pays it forward to his communityThe work of some community heroes is obvious; the work of others, behind-the-scenes. Alliance Apartments resident and Tenant Council member Rick Purcell is a strong but unassuming leader. His writing gives us a glimpse into how the Alliance community takes care of its members.
Affordable living for Chaska seniors is in sight
The Landing, construction underway for senior housing in ChaskaWith The Landing nearing 20 percent completion, older adults and their families are beginning to inquire about Chaska’s newest affordable living option for seniors. More than 50 interested households will be encouraged to attend two sessions planned in October to learn more.
Elliot Park Night to Unite makes vital connections for neighbors
Elliot Park Night to Unite attracts 1100 guestsWith nearly 1,100 participants and 20 participating organizations, this year's Elliot Park Night to Unite, hosted in downtown Minneapolis' Elliot Park on September 10, provided the most community connections yet.
Leading from the heart springs opportunity
Aeon resident selected for community leadership opportunityRosalind Wesley, Paige Hall resident leader, was beside herself when she learned she was selected to attend the NeighborWorks America Community Leadership Institute this fall. "I'm going to learn a lot that will help me give back to my community!"
Continental Hotel residents' barbecue attracts more than 200 guests
Continental Hotel residents' community barbecue attract 200 guestsThe Continental Hotel Resident Planning Committee hosted a neighborhood party that drew more than 200 guests, from their downtown Minneapolis neighborhood, to celebrate community! Read more...
Back-to-school backpack giveaways help more than 450 children and youth
US Bank hosts school supplies giveaway for Sienna Green familiesMore than 450 children and youth, living with their families at Aeon properties, received much-needed backpacks and supplies to help prepare them for school! Read how US Bank, Caring Tree, and the generous gifts and time from donors and friends made this possible.
If we didn't have this place, where would we be?
Family finds affordable apartment after foreclosureSometimes, things just don’t turn out like you thought. Read how Vincent, father of three, finds home after job loss, foreclosure, and a cramped shelter.
Home is about helping your neighbors
Aeon resident helps others create homeHelping others. That’s what Dyrell does. Whether it’s asking to carry a neighbor’s bags to her car, or spending the night at the hospital with his neighbor while her son receives medical attention, there isn’t much that he wouldn’t do for someone else.
Americorps VISTAs build Aeon's capacity to serve
Aeon's Americorps VISTAs build its capacity to serve“It’s the small things you can do every day that make the biggest difference,” reflects George Blesi on his Americorps VISTA experience at Aeon this past year. He and Skyler Larrimore complete their VISTA terms this August.
When paradise is living comfortably, affordably
Aeon resident describes affordable apartment home living as paradise“This may sound funny, but it’s almost a paradise,” says resident Kate Schlauch, about her home at Aeon’s The Crest Apartments in Brooklyn Center. In addition to affordability, how her apartment home’s unique location makes living comfortable and sustainable for her.
Sustainablity - beyond affordable rent
Aeon's Sienna Green provides sustainable affordabl living for residents“Sustainable living goes beyond providing affordable rent,” says Gina Ciganik, Aeon Vice President of Housing Development. Aeon's sustainability model for affordable housing development is about creating sustainable living, not simply greener housing.
Finding St. Barnabas: Home and Hope
Aeon_youth_resident_overcomes_homelessness“I feel like I’ve been homeless all my life,” shared Ashley Turner, telling her story for guests at Aeon’s Beyond Bricks & Mortar fundraising breakfast on May 9. Her story below, taken in part from her talk, may just twist your heart.
This is the place for me!
Lamoreaux resident has found home that he can afford“There’s a lot of people out there, homeless. And they don’t just need housing — they need affordable housing,” says Elery, a 57-year-old resident of Aeon’s Lamoreaux Apartments.
Volunteering. Food, Fellowship & Giving
Saying that volunteerism is important to the LaFrenzes and Timperleys is an understatement. Learn how they combine fellowship, volunteering and giving to touch the lives of Aeon’s Paige Hall residents.
Now it's my turn to give back
Aeon donors share why giving is important“I want to invest where I can make a difference,” explains Larry Stephenson, about his and wife Allison Thiel’s support of Aeon. “It’s hard to know what the community would be like without organizations like Aeon.”
Home: Family, Friends and Food!
Resident finds affordable living for her family in RosevilleSienna Green has been the perfect place for her family, according to Hodan Abdulkadir. She, and her husband Younis and her seven-year-old son Abdirahmand, spend a lot of time with family and their neighbors.
Aeon residents give Home "high marks" in 2012
Aeon quality affordable apartments rank high for HomeAccording to Aeon 2012 HomeScore survey, Aeon residents’ overall experience of Home increased for the third consecutive year! How do we as an organization know we are helping people create Home?


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