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Spring 2017

Building Stable Homes, Strong Futures, and Vibrant Communities since 1971 Fun Facts about Joe’Mar Believes Milwaukee is the best city in the U.S. during the summer because of all the activities and the beautiful lakefront Married with two daughters (15 and 12) – enjoys playing board games and Just Dance with his family Likes watching sports of all kinds – he’s a huge Green Bay Packers fan!

New Milwaukee Properties Under Management

229 Units 6 Properties 400+ residents 5 Family Communities: Franklin Square, Heart and Hope, Lindsay NSP, Milwaukee Prosperity, and Century City Lofts 1 Senior Community: Hopkins Place

Joe’Mar Hooper Joins CommonBond in New Executive Role Meet Joe’Mar Hooper – CommonBond’s inaugural Wisconsin Market Leader, a proud Milwaukee native, and a big BBQ enthusiast. As the inaugural Wisconsin Market Leader, Joe’Mar leads Wisconsin business growth and relationship development activities for CommonBond Communities. This hire is part of a bigger move by CommonBond in Milwaukee and the greater Wisconsin market. In addition to the hire, CommonBond plans to serve more people, shift its governance model to enhance local Board influence, and expand its property management presence. After more than a decade in the state offering affordable housing with support services, CommonBond is expanding its efforts and deepening its roots to better serve Wisconsin residents. Joe’Mar brings with him an expansive mix of policy, legislative, finance, housing, community engagement, and economic and community development experience, as well as a passion for community involvement. Most recently he served as the Director of Business, Community & Family Partnerships for the Milwaukee Public Schools. He currently serves on the board of the Public Policy Forum, and has served as a board member at the Salvation Army and the Milwaukee Public Library. His background will help create an even stronger foundation for advancing CommonBond’s growth in Wisconsin. “Having grown up on Milwaukee’s Northside and seeing the effects of poverty and housing insecurity on my friends, neighbors, and loved ones, the mission of CommonBond Communities resonates with me,” said Joe’Mar. “I am excited to work with this great organization to grow affordable housing and supportive services in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.” Connect with Joe’Mar if you’re in or headed to Milwaukee – he’d be happy to lead a tour of CommonBond’s housing communities, set you up with volunteer opportunities, and direct you to the best BBQ joint in town! Contact him at 414-292-2545 or joe’

Now Serving 400+ More Residents in Milwaukee A Note From the President Deidre Schmidt The Milwaukee area is home to 1,904 CommonBond residents. About 12 years ago, CommonBond responded to a call from state authorities and stepped in to redevelop the historic Teweles Seeds building. I especially appreciate the Teweles community, located in the [now] hot Fifth Ward, because folks of all income segments live together and enjoy quality housing within walking distance to downtown jobs and great recreational amenities. We have many other housing communities in Milwaukee and around Wisconsin that serve a broad range of residents from very low-income older adults to families with children. Continued on back

CommonBond recently added six third-party owned Milwaukee properties – for a total of 229 units – to its fee management portfolio. The benefits of CommonBond managing these housing communities are two-fold: it aligns with CommonBond’s strategic plan as well as expansion goals for the Milwaukee area. The property owners value CommonBond’s professional, resident-focused management approach, which also helps maintain the properties and the trust of public and private investors. CommonBond will continue to consider these types of opportunities with like-minded partners.

Storytelling at its Finest: Creative and Healthy Aging Opportunities On a cold winter evening, four residents from CommonBond’s Riverview Senior Housing in Minneapolis got up on a stage at Pillsbury House + Theater to share personal life stories with a live audience. Some stories were warm and brief, some rhymed and provided humor, and others brought the audience to tears.

I was in Milwaukee several weeks ago to work alongside our new Wisconsin Market Leader, Joe’Mar Hooper. After that trip, I was convinced that hiring Joe’Mar will do exactly what we had hoped: bring more community partnerships, financial resources, and development opportunities to CommonBond so we can better serve more people. His onboarding is complemented by the creation of a new Wisconsin Board of Managers. One of this group’s goals is to eventually host a fundraiser in Wisconsin similar to our upcoming GrandeGala.

CommonBond Communities collaborated with EngAGE – a California nonprofit that is expanding its reach to Minnesota – to build on the premise that embracing a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging can be beneficial to the health and well-being of older adults. The performance was the culmination of the “Power of Storytelling” class held at the Riverview housing community.

Speaking of the Gala, our theme this year is “Lights, Camera, Action!” Join us for a fun party – a party that’s also the single largest annual fundraiser for our Advantage Services programs. Every dollar raised supports programs tailored to the specific needs of children, adults, veterans, formerly homeless individuals, and older adults. Without your contributions we couldn’t provide these critical services. Thanks for attending or sending a donation if you can’t make it!

Through this experience, CommonBond residents were able to do things they never thought possible, including thinking of themselves as artists and storytellers, writing down their stories, and performing in front of a live audience. They reported feeling empowered and excited by the performances. “I love to write, and this experience encouraged and nurtured that,” said participant Jim Kosmas. “Through the class our resident community grew stronger, and then we connected with the broader community, too. I was disappointed when it ended!” “The Power of Storytelling” project – including the class and the performances – was a collaboration among CommonBond Communities, EngAGE, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Hippocrates Café, and Aroha Philanthropies. Access the archived broadcast at









“U.S. Bank is honored to take a lead role in CommonBond’s signature event. We share CommonBond’s vision that quality affordable housing is a cornerstone issue in changing lives and making our communities stronger,” says Kyle Hansen, Executive Vice President at U.S. Bank and CommonBond’s board chair.

For more than 25 years, CommonBond has enjoyed a strong partnership with U.S. Bank. As CommonBond’s single largest banker and investor partner for real estate transactions, U.S. Bank has played a substantial role in CommonBond’s growth and impact in the community. In celebration of this partnership and the shared values of both organizations, U.S. Bank has stepped into the spotlight by becoming the Title Sponsor of the GrandeGala, which highlights the work of CommonBond Communities and our partners.

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President’s Circle This leadership giving society is comprised of donors who gave gifts totaling $1,000 or more in 2016. Rozalyn and William Allyson Jason D. Alt Denise Anderson Mark Anderson Chris and Brandy Barnes Gabe Baumbach Scott Beerling Sister Margaret M. Belanger, CSJ Bob Beltz Mary and Bryan Bennett John and Nancy Berg John and Ruth Bergerson John and Cheryl Besse Kevin Myren and Jason Best Noah Bly Barbara Brandt Ph.D. Mark and Sheri Brengman Paul and Gail Busch Julie and Christopher Causey Bruce and Ann Christensen Drs. Sue Chung and Scott Cooper Bert and Suzie Colianni Ryan and Julie Comer Janet Conn and Michael Debelak Bill and Maureen Cosgriff William R. Cummings Ken and Karin Dayton Deb and Dave DeMars Bill and Crysil Dougherty Vicki and Bruce Duncomb Todd and Angela Eatmon Joe and Georgiann Errigo Chad Esse Carla Evans and David Huskisson Paul and Ann Fate Kevin Filter Bill and Lisa Finley Dan and Kathy Flicek Bruce Franck David and Sandra Frauenshuh James and Mary Frey Debora and Mike Frodl Glen and Carol Fuerstneau Judy Fulk David and Kristin Gantman Mary Noble Garcia and John Garcia Alan Geiwitz and Mary McMahon Alan and Audrey Gerhardt Mark and Sue Gherity Mary and Steven Goldstein John Gross Mary and Tim Grupa Dick and Kathy Hackett Jessie Hendel and John Haggerty Kyle and Shelley Hansen Michele Harris and Peter Tanghe Earl Hatten Thomas and Kristina Hauschild John and Gretchen Healy Jack and Kate Helms Bill and Kristen Henak Darwin Hendel and Bonnie Gray George and Mary Dee Hicks Ellen Higgins and John Brower Brad and Sandra Hoffelt Lance Hornaday Bill and Michele Hren Lori and Ron Hume Kari Isaacs Karen Janisch and Dan Tschida Bob and Jacqueline Jasper Tom and Jenny Jasper Anne Johnson and Stephen Befort Scott and Marjorie Johnson Tom and Heather Johnson Norm Jones Thomas Joyce and Annette Atkins Paul J. Jungquist David and Sheila Juran Roger and Patricia Katzenmaier Kathleen Kelley and Charles Schaffer Bob and Lora Kincade Sarah E. Kline-Stensvold Teresa and John Knippel Allyson and Peter Knudsen Jeff and Erin Koerselman Jan Kormann Jim and Sheri Kump George and Carol Lang Peter Berrie and Robin Langevin Mark and Karen Larson

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