December 13, 2019
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Happy Holidays
from the
future residents of 
Village Hearth Cohousing

A 55+ intentional community for LGBTs, straight friends and allies

Getting Closer to Home

Progress on our new homes continues. The roofs are on, some of the exteriors have been painted, drywall is in some units, and roads and sidewalks are paved. Our next visit follows the Meet & Greet this Saturday, December 14. We can't wait to see what new delights there are to discover.

Pat, Margaret, and Lou look out of the Common House.

Checking out the interior of the two-bedroom one-bath home

Of course, physical homes are only part of what we are building. We have been very busy coming to policy agreements on topics such as pets, smoking, rental units, use of the common house, community meals, and much more. We also need to make plans for common house furnishings, termite control methods, kitchen equipment, and more. We always keep our values and the needs of the community in mind. It is a big part of developing our bonds and learning to live and work together.

Tami and Cathy during a meeting

Zooming on the big screen

We are gathering from all over the country - California, Maine, Boston, Louisville, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC, Virginia, and elsewhere - and many of us haven't made the move yet. Keeping everyone engaged in the process is a challenge. Local members attend meetings in person, and others come by phone or video-conferencing using Zoom. Still, so many decisions can be exhausting and stressful. We will all be glad when this phase of our development is past!

Tony and Dona before a community discussion on paint colors for the houses.

Tony and Dona after a discusssion on paint colors!

As part of our commitment to growing as individuals and as members of a community, five of us started a two-year-long community-oriented program on facilitation with Laird Schaub and Maria Silva, who are well-known in cohousing. It is made up of eight three and a half-day weekend workshops. The first session was last weekend, and the attendees came away very enthusiastic about how the program will enrich our lives in Village Hearth. We are hoping that even more members will be able to attend some of the sessions.

Art from the Heart at the Hearth

Village Hearth has a number of creative members. Allan, a self-taught water-colourist, did this self-portrait of himself and Christopher from a two-year-old photo. Since then, Christopher shaved his moustache and Allan grew one :-). He looks forward to finding inspirations at Village Hearth.
Only a few homes left. Learn more at and call Margaret at 
561-714-8009 or email Pat at 

Meet Kim and Carol


Kim - Raised in an Air Force family, Kim moved frequently, calling bases in Washington, Indiana, Nebraska and Florida home.  Being the “new kid’ in class was a familiar experience.  While her father was stationed in Germany for three years, the family with farming roots took advantage of the opportunity and toured Europe taking in the history, culture and sights.  After graduation from a high school in Florida’s panhandle, Kim moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend a small conservative college.  She shifted her educational focus after working with medical missionaries for a summer in British Honduras to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University.  Kim applied her social work degree at a local YMCA, a community center and the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources (CHR) as a ‘Family Protective Service Worker’. 

While employed at CHR, Kim earned a Master’s degree from Xavier University in Community and Agency Counseling.  This led to her practice as a counselor for employee assistance programs.  With a passion for environmental issues, she earned a second graduate degree in environmental science in which she has combined her experience working with people and systems with advocating for the protection and conservation of the environment. 

Carol - Carol grew up in a small town in southwestern Ohio and was the youngest of four siblings.  She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BS in Medical Technology.  Carol was employed as a chemistry supervisor in a hospital system for 25 years.  The remainder of her career was spent in various organizations affiliated with pharmaceutical clinical trials.  After retirement in 2014, she pursued volunteer opportunities with diverse non-profit agencies.  She continues to enjoy learning through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and fills her days attending classes ranging from brain functioning, pickleball, golf to national parks.

Kim with Margaret and Nancy at Durham Pride

The couple of 28 years were legally married during their 25th year together.  They live in the suburbs of Cincinnati and share their home with one furry canine member named Picasso (AKA ‘Casso’).   He is the only one Kim let Carol bring home from the no-kill shelter where she volunteers once a week.


For entertainment, Kim and Carol support the arts as they are annual subscribers to the Cincinnati POPs Orchestra, Ensemble Theater and are members of the Cincinnati Museum Center.  Carol follows the Reds from afar.  Kim is not a fan, so they don’t spend much time at the Great American Ballpark.  Taking Casso to local parks and exploring new hiking trails is another favorite past time.  The couple makes traveling and having new adventures a priority.  Carol is happiest when she is planning the next trip, fulfilling her need to have something to look forward to.  Kim and Carol like to keep up with the newest movie releases with animated films being a top choice.  Both are committed to working out by regularly attending exercise classes at a nearby gym. Kim uses Yoga as a way to manage her stress level.  During political campaigns, Carol and Kim can be found writing postcards, canvassing neighborhoods and assisting with phone banks.  Kim enjoys the waterways and bike trails with her kayak and on her bike while Carol likes creating personal challenges on the golf course.  Both are looking forward to making new friends and playmates at VH.

Eleanor, Tami, and Patricia had a great time with Kim and Carol at the Chinese Lantern Festival.

We always have a wonderful time with Kim and Carol and look forward to being their playmates at Village Hearth!
Cohousing is....

"a journey…an adventure…caring and sharing…challenging…inspiring…


Meet & Greet with Site Visit 

Saturday, December 14, 2:30 p.m.

Come meet some potential neighbors. After all, cohousing is all about the people! View the floor plans and color renderings of our new homes. Have a beverage or a bite to support this welcoming locally-owned restaurant. Then we’ll head on down the road to tour our land if the construction crews aren't working. Closed shoes and liability waivers are required for a site visit. 
Ricky’s NY Pizza, 5279 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27712

Other site visit times available by appointment. Email

PS: Ricky's makes good pizza. We should call it Meet & Greet & Eat.

Happy Hour

Beat the Monday Blues

Monday, December 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Sure, you can come out on a school night...Come hang out with the cool kids and find out what we’re all about! Raise a glass or have an early dinner. We want to meet YOU!

Carolina Ale House 
3911 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd 
Durham, NC 27707

VHC’s Facebook Page

Each month, you’ll find articles of interest posted on our Facebook page. Here is a recent post. Just click the title to take you to the article.
Cohousing Documentary to Premiere at 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Festival
We are excited about a new documentary on cohousing that features Charles Durrett, our architect.

"This film aims to reach many people with important options for creative, fulfilling neighborhoods. About the film, Bob Sampayan, mayor of the city of Vallejo, California, writes,

“As I watched THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, I was impressed by all the advantages there are to the cohousing lifestyle. As a result, I am now promoting cohousing here in the city of Vallejo as an alternative to larger developments. I see it as a comfortable and sustainable model that makes great sense for our city’s future.”
To learn more about Village Hearth Cohousing, phone Margaret at 561-714-8009 or follow the links below.
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