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Hello Neighbors! #WeavingCommunity during a pandemic

Dear Neighbors

Debilyn is new to her DC suburb apartment building, having moved from Oregon in January. After a week of self segregation, she realized she didn’t really know her neighbors. She decided to send a letter (below).  “I’ve already met two of my neighbors in just 10 minutes, by leaving the note and knocking on the door, then stepping back six feet!” Perhaps Debilyn’s idea can work for you.

Hello Neighbors,

Given that we will be in close quarters for the near future, I’m requesting that we become a community — in this little hallway of six apartments. I’m hoping we can get to know one another, provide support and wellness checks as needed.

My name is Debilyn. (A few personal details were inserted here.) I do have a few friends in the area, the closest of whom is 15 minutes. So… given the environment right now, it’s time to make new friends that are closer to me. I hope that’s you.

What I offer:

  1. I love to cook. And have a talent for making up new recipes. Most of them taste very yummy. A few do not, so you are fairly warned. 🙂 If you are looking for some creative cooking ideas, ask me! And if you need someone to cook for you, ask me! As a person on a special diet, I understand any special needs you may have.
  2. I’m trained as a life coach. If you need a few minutes to chat to restore some sanity, I’ll be with you. Evenings and weekends are best for this, but I can make exceptions during weekdays as requested.
  3. Puzzles and games. I have a small collection of puzzles and games that I’m happy to loan out.
  4. Dog walking / pet sitting. I have been a pet mom for a really, really long time. If you are out and need someone to check in with your furry kids, I’m happy to do so. My cats are in need of a lot more attention right now, but also a useful reminder of the love we all deserve.

I am in a high-risk group for COVID-19. I’ve had asthma my entire life and normal flu/respiratory viruses usually turn into bronchitis for me. This virus is recoverable, but I’d prefer not to get it in the first place.

What I need:

-A community of support that is nearby.

-Wellness checks, especially if I get sick.

-Grocery shopping, if/when we get locked down.

You may text or email or knock on my door if you’d like to participate in this hallway community. Ideally, we’ll find a way for everyone to communicate and check in with each other. I have ideas how we could do this.

Thank you for being my neighbor! And I look forward to getting to know you.

Debilyn

Debilyn Molineaux is Co-founder and Executive Director of Bridge Alliance, a Coffee Party partner organization.

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