September 10, 2019
It's so exciting. Construction is moving quickly now.
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A 55+ intentional community for LGBTs, straight friends and allies

We're Rockin' It!

Rocks!  Anyone need a few boulders?  We will use some for landscaping and retaining walls, but the nearly 3,000 square yards making a small mountain (we call it Mt. Infinity) excavated from the site is more than we need or know what to do with!  If you know anyone wanting some free rock, please let us know! 

No, not really one of ours but sometimes it feels this way :-).

Members have made their final selections on flooring and options just in time for the electricians and plumbers to start roughing-in plumbing, air vents, and electricity  Some buildings have shingles on the roof and plywood siding while the remaining ones are in various stages of development. 

From left to right, a view of buildings 6, 5, 4, and 3

Getting a feel for the interior spaces

Our architects, Chuck Durett and Gary Burke, visited in mid-August to check out our progress and talk with contractors and sub-contractors. We walked through the newly framed buildings. Chuck shared his vision of what it will be like to live there and answered our many questions. Even without the sheetrock, we were able to get a feel for the spaces with their vaulted ceilings, skylights, and huge windows. Afterwards, we all went for dinner, of course!

Our future entrance

The weather has been cooperative (dry) the past few months, so Resolute Builders has been able to start filling in the two temporary retention ponds.  Construction has started laying the gravel bed (it's all about the rocks) for our two parking lots and the extension to the Buttonbush Road entrance.

A toast to our future homes

There will be a Meet & Greet this coming Saturday (see Upcoming Events, below). After meeting at Ricky's pizza, we will be able to visit the land. With 30 to 40 workers on site daily, things are moving along at breakneck speed!
Only a few homes left. Learn more at and call Margaret at 
561-714-8009 or email Pat at 

Meet Mike

Mike will be joining us from Washington, DC, where he teaches Spanish at George Washington University (GWU). “Although I love what I’m doing,” he says, “I am really ready for the new – new hobbies, new friends!”
Mike grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended college in Los Angeles. While spending his junior and senior years abroad in Spain, he was hooked on the country and culture. He lived in Spain for 6 years, completing a Masters degree program in Spanish from New York University in Madrid.


Eventually, Mike settled in Washington, DC, working for the Guest Quarters Hotel near the Kennedy Center – it was the first “suite concept” hotel of its kind. Many of the employees spoke Spanish, so Mike’s language abilities proved helpful. The hotel created a human resources position for him, and Mike started the hotel’s HR department. While working there, he earned a Masters degree in human resources management at GWU.
He worked at the hotel for 10 years before moving into HR positions for various nonprofits, including Greenpeace, the World Health Organization (Latin American Division), and several animal rights organizations.
After 30 years of working in the private and nonprofit sectors, Mike decided to return to his first love: the Spanish language. He obtained a second Masters degree in Spanish (a “more modernized version”)” at Catholic University. It was there, as a teaching assistant, that he discovered he really loved teaching. This led to his current position at GWU.
Mike lives in a three-story townhouse in Washington DC, which he shared with his partner. When his partner died a year and a half ago, Mike felt a sense of isolation and loneliness. He realized that although he had good friends in the area, he and his partner had closed themselves off.

The ad that caught Mike's attention features a painting by VHC member Allan.

Having cared for his partner at the end of his life, Mike is all too aware of the mobility challenges of a three-story house. This is part of what led him to Village Hearth. He first saw the Village Hearth ad in the “Gay and Lesbian Review,” and was intrigued by the drawing of all the different people sitting at a table – it conveyed the message of “being eclectic, welcoming to all,” he said. “And I had a huge revelation – that’s the place I’m supposed to be!”
At a place like VHC, he added, “lack of mobility is not a catastrophe. It takes a little fear out of aging.”
Reflecting on the ad that attracted him, Mike continued, “There are all kinds of folks sitting at our table – gay and straight, male and female. This should be our theme: we’re all going to sit together.”
When he moves to Durham, Mike will be geographically closer to his family. His brother retired to Cary to be near his son (Mike’s nephew), who lives in Apex with his wife and kids. Mike is close to all of them, and is glad they will be nearby.
 “I am ready for change,” says Mike. “We’re taking a big step – we’re pioneers, avant-garde!” He looks forward to being a vital part of the VHC community, and to enjoying hobbies like collecting antiques. “And who knows,” he adds, “since Durham is an academic city, I may even consider a part-time job!”

What's Blooming in Durham

Goldenrod is a perennial plant native to North Carolina that is well-known for its healing properties. This wild edible reproduces through its roots, bulbs, stems and by its seed. It does not cause seasonal allergies as many who confuse it with ragweed believe. Goldenrod tea is the warm, deep golden color you would expect from brewing its yellow-gold flowers. Goldenrod is used to reduce pain and inflammation, as a diuretic to increase urine flow, and to stop muscle spasms. It is also used for gout, joint pain (rheumatism), and arthritis, as well as eczema and other skin conditions. Mild with a slightly bitter aftertaste, it tastes pleasant sweetened with just a bit of honey.

Goldenrod and boulder

Goldenrod looks gorgeous with our big beautiful rocks. Monarch butterflies like it too. 

Lyn McCoy

Cohousing's primary product is community - oh, and we'll throw in a house! 


Meet & Greet with Site Visit 

Saturday, September 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 waiver 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.

Pat asked for a Happy Pizza because she was just in that kind of mood :-).

Happy Hour

Beat the Monday Blues

Monday, September 23, 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

Pride: Durham, NC

Saturday, September 28

10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
Duke University
304 Campus Drive.  

5:00 p.m.
Durham Central Park
Find more information here.

Pride: Durham, NC serves as the annual celebration of community, family, pride, and activism in Durham and across the state. Durham being the home to progressive politics and true inclusion is the perfect location to celebrate your identities. Located in the state infamous for "THE Bathroom Bill," HB2, Durham is also where activists have shaped history through radical acts and intelligent collaboration among key community members. 

Pride: Durham, NC brings love and activism back to the forefront of Pride as a way to drive stronger connections and further growth and success in a tumultuous political climate. All people with love in their hearts and progress fueling them are welcome at Pride: Durham, NC.

Village Hearth will have a table during the day on Duke Campus. We hope to see you there.

Patricia welcomed visitors to our table at last year's Pride.

Links to Articles Posted to VHC’s Facebook Page

Each month, you’ll find articles of interest posted on our Facebook page. Here are some recent posts. Just click the titles to take you to the articles.

This month Village Hearth was fortunate to appear in several publications.
Offering Community and Connection in the Age of Separation.
Durrett describes his product as “the best of both worlds.” “With cohousing,” he says, “you can have as much privacy as you want and as much community as you want, and it has a lot of other advantages as well.” 
Don’t Need to Downsize Yet? Great. Start Now

“Taking action now means more space, more freedom and more money.”

Jane and John Doe knew they would trade in their four-bedroom family house someday for a smaller, more manageable home. But the couple put off downsizing until after retirement … then after their youngest’s wedding … then after a big vacation … then ….

Then John had a stroke. Suddenly Jane faced not just the immediate health crisis, but having to move their entire decades-old household into a one-level apartment within three weeks.

Why no names on this story? Because it’s so common. “This happens all the time,” says Aida Middel, co-founder of Maryland’s Potomac Concierge, a company which handles downsizing, moving and organizing.

2019 Aging in Community Update: Three Themes You Need to Know About
Recent trends in aging in community show a generation that is revolutionizing how we will live in our homes and stay connected with the community as we age. 
To learn more about Village Hearth Cohousing, phone Margaret at 561-714-8009 or follow the links below.
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