Denise Stone and her family downsized, then re-created an old-time neighborhood feeling in her resident-owned community in Barrington, NH. They're not the only ones. Resident-owned communities have become a way to recreate neighborhood camaraderie.
Paul Bradley has helped manufactured-home parks convert to resident-owned communities (ROCs) for more than two decades. Some of his favorite memories are of groups of residents who saw and made the most of their opportunity to become independent and self-sufficient.
A life-threatening disease made Lois Parris dig deep for strength she didn't know she had. A community-threatening event turned her into a leader. Today, she's "a relentless worker and advocate for the cause” of resident-owned communities.
What Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Philadelphia are to the birth of the United States, Bob Sirles, Rebecca Storey and the Meredith Center Cooperative are to New Hampshire’s resident-owned cooperatives. They struck the spark. They lit the fire.
Introductory remarks of Mary Rogier, President of the Northern California Community Loan Fund, in presenting New Hampshire Community Loan Fund President Juliana Eades with the 2012 Ned Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance. The award was made at the national conference of the Opportunity Finance Network Oct. 18, 2012 in San Antonio, TX.
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