In the summer of 2009 several dreamers gathered to share their hopes and desires for living a healthy community life in a sustainable urban environment. They had much work to do to make this dream a reality, so they got busy. They began by defining their vision and clarifying shared values of vibrant community, environmental and social sustainability, and urban living. They established the Urban Green Cohousing Society and set up a bank account.
Meanwhile, across the frozen river in early days of 2011, a few friends gathered to see if they could turn long-shared values and conversations about living in community into a more concrete reality.
Both groups held public information meetings and increased their numbers. As it happened, members from the Mill Creek group attended an information session hosted by Urban Green Cohousing Society. Within weeks the two groups agreed to merge and began to work together.
We have grown. Our youngest members are toddlers. Our oldest members are grandparents. Our family constellations vary. Some are extended families. Some of us are single.
Consensus decision-making drives our process, ensuring that we listen to one another and get to know each other better as we move forward.