The new members featured this month have deep roots in California. Evelyn traded New York City for California in her 20's and never looked back. She and her late husband were educated and raised their 3 daughters in the Sacramento valley. Evelyn still lives in the West Sacramento home they moved to 34 years ago. JoAnn is a second generation Californian who knew nothing about Cohousing when she heard about Washington Commons on CAPRadio in November, just 2 months ago! Read their own fun and interesting accounts of their journey to Cohousing below. Welcome, Evelyn and JoAnn! We are excited to be building community together!
MEET JOANN A second-generation Californian from the Los Angeles area, JoAnn moved to Sutter Creek with her late husband 30 years ago. Now she’s eager to uproot for transplanting to Sacramento, long a focus for her writing about women’s participation in gold-rush history. She claims to easily visualize Old Sac’s early days, teeming with emigrants from around the world making a new home in a new place. JoAnn, knowing nothing about cohousing, captured in her journal the day she learned about Washington Commons:
Tues., Nov. 9: Kept hearing a sponsor on CapRadio is Washington Commons. Had no idea what that was, so Googled it. Spent the day imagining the consequences of this unexpected discovery…. Solves all my concerns about cat sitters (several ‘members’ have cats); travel access (walk to Amtrak, bus to airport); and isolation (built-in community with the advantage of aging among peers seeing after one another). Great location near the river, Old Sac, the Crocker, theatre and restaurants. No downside.
Wed., Nov. 10: Called Shelly…. Thurs., Nov. 11: Shelly emailed files on unit plans. I’ll write a check as soon as they let me.
“I knew instantly,” JoAnn says. “I sense a kind of foresight and certainty for a decision when it’s absolutely right for me. And I couldn’t be more excited to be part of a new community making a new home together in a new place, just like the gold rushers.”
MEET EVELYN I love the idea of promoting peace through community involvement and have been a member of many communities during my life. Washington Commons is my next adventure in a new community.
When my late husband and I were raising our three daughters while attending college, we lived in married student housing at CSU, Sacramento. It was my first exposure to a shared living experience where each family had their own apartment and we shared caring for children, potluck meals, athletic activities, and supporting each other as we pursued our educational goals. We were born and raised in New York City and this was a very different way of living. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to achieve an affordable education in a supportive community.
After 10 years as a part time student I achieved a BS and MBA with emphasis on general management. My career goal was to create organization culture, policies, and practices bringing fairness and equity to the workplace. As an educator, management advisor and employee advocate, I facilitated bridging the divide between employees and management in developing the skills, knowledge and experience needed to create a cooperative partnership leading to successful performance.
My community involvement has included being a member of Community Advisory Boards including UC Davis Health System, CSUS College of Business, Saint Francis Parish Council, Francis House and other organizations related to health, education and families.
I was a member of US Servas, a non-profit organization affiliated with Servas International that originated in Denmark in 1949. The mission is to promote peace and understanding one friendship at a time. Becoming a traveler and host in the international community, I have had many wonderful home-stays with Servas hosts and have had visitors from around the world stay in my home.
My three daughters, three grandchildren, extended family and friends are the center of my life. Traveling, Renaissance Society, home design projects, gardening, singing, hiking and sharing life’s adventures all contribute to the harmony and peace I aspire to in this “Elderberry” stage of my life.
The new members featured in December both hail from California, one currently living in the east bay, and the other right here in Sacramento. Both were drawn to Cohousing because it represents a collaborative type of community that creates connection with their neighbors while keeping them in close proximity to family, friends, and work. We are excited and committed to doing the sometimes messy work of building community together.
Welcome, Jenny and Chris! We are so happy you have joined our Cohousing family!
I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. I moved to West Sacramento in 2017. I love the community of West Sacramento. Everything is so close. I can be in downtown Sacramento in 5 mins. My friends and family are close by. I was having lunch at the Tree House Cafe when I came across the flyer for Washington Commons. Instantly I was drawn to the project. I was looking for a condo in the area. I was looking for a sense of community similar to the community that I had growing up. Every one of my future neighbors has reached out to me. I can't wait to move in!!
I love to travel. My dream is to visit six out of 7 continents. I am an amateur photographer and love to go to concerts.
Hi! I’m Chris, and I’m in the last year of my sixties. A retired Civil Engineer, I split my State service between Water Quality and Transportation, both in Sacramento and Humboldt County on the North Coast. I’m a proud mother of Aleks, who I adopted from Russia when he was a young toddler. He’s now 28 and has followed in the family footsteps of public service, living and working in midtown Sacramento.
Currently I live in Walnut Creek and am helping my elderly mother, who just turned 95. She’s doing pretty well right now, on balance. I enjoy walking, the great outdoors, biking, reading, knitting, sewing, traveling, connections with family and friends, discussing current events and laughing whenever possible! Cohousing to me means connection to others with mutual respect, sharing time and some meals together, and working things out so that all community members’ needs are met. I was drawn to Washington Commons because of its wonderful location, sustainable philosophy and practice, and my intention to stay active and engaged with others while still having ownership of a nice and cozy private dwelling.
And even if I had just remained an Explorer, it meant the chance to make meaningful friendships.