I awakened from a profoundly encouraging dream. I was at a gathering with a group of people who had gathered in exactly the same way many times. The affection of the group was palpable. The agenda was well established and the event was expertly facilitated, with the perfect balance of keeping the proceedings moving while allowing plenty of time for spontaneity and interaction. As the gathering ended and we formed a circle to say our goodbyes, three guys who brought their guitars broke into the famous Rolling Stones riff, I Used to Love Her. It was light-hearted, hilarious, and capped the evening with a glow of happy camaraderie. What stood out in the dream was the humor, affection and obvious sense of ease that people felt. The dream was encouraging because I am working to promote housing mixers as a way out of our housing crisis. I envision mixers at which people learn about housing alternatives and meet with others doing the same. As people gather month after month, eventually they will find others that they like, whose children they like and whose children like them too. As people get to know each other, New Community Vision, working with social service professionals, will facilitate the process by spotting potential mismatches and other pitfalls in advance. Combining households to reduce living expenses is becoming more common. Living with people that you genuinely like can enrich your life and lead to very happy experiences. Choosing from an assortment of people with whom you feel comfortable and, most of all, understood dramatically increases your odds for happy living. Home sharing is a growing trend and an opportunity for a happy chapter in your life. Choosing wisely is the first important decision. Attending housing mixers and consulting with experts increases the odds in your favor. Partnering with churches, mosques, temples, and community organizations to offer this service to their members is our goal. To find out more about mixers, or to get them going in your community, contact Terry Edlin by phone (312.375.1423) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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