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What makes a community thrive?  The answer is simple.  Social connectedness.

What is social connectedness?  It's the opportunity to build positive relationships with your neighbors and foster a sense of community.  Out of these relationships, amazing things can happen.   

Social connectedness is central to all we do and it is playing a huge part as we begin providing services at a new site- University Dale Apartments in St. Paul's Frogtown neighborhood.

Neighbors who had never had an opportunity to meet are now getting together at weekly community building events - BINGO, craft activities and community dinners. 

At first, these events might seem like nothing more than an opportunity for fun.  But, given a closer look they are building social connectedness, decreasing social isolation among residents and providing much needed resources.  At a recent community dinner, a drawing was held for a grocery gift card.  The resident whose name was drawn was overjoyed and said, "Now that I won this gift card, I can eat next week!"  Another resident said, "Thanks a lot for feeding my family at the community dinner."

We know there are many needs at University Dale Apartments and we're off to a good start with residents engaged in attending events, volunteering and serving on the Resident Advisory Council.    

But, we need your help to empower residents to build social connectedness and strengthen the community. Please join us in creating a strong community at University Dale Apartments by making a donation.


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When residents know one other, everyone benefits. They begin to take ownership in their community and crime decreases. That is why Opportunity Neighborhood provides a wide variety of community events to residents. Whether it's holiday parties, neighborhood barbeques or movie nights.  These events provide a format for residents to meet one other and build community.

What community events are happening this month? Take a look at this month's newsletter and calendar. 

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