"Like I'd Won the Lottery" - Resident Stories: Rex
If 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
|“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"
|Following 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
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 Rose to start construction 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
|Paige 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
|“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
|With 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!
|After 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'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
New South Quarter development named The Rose at Every Piece Counts event
|Development 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
|The 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
|With 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
|With 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
|Rosalind 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
|The 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
|More 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?
|Sometimes, 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
|Helping 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
|“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
|“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
|“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
|“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!
|“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
|“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!
|Sienna 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
|According 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?