Aeon’s Annual Meeting & Celebration

Community [noun]: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

We live in a time where having meaningful discussions with others looks more like a 6th grade typing class than a face-to-face conversation. While this technological uprising has made life so much more convenient, it has also created a culture that has lost the meaning of community.

I have been working for Aeon for about a year and a half now, and I am going to be honest: I have frequently fallen victim to the current culture and lost sight of the bigger picture. The very core of Aeon’s vision has often become a mirage blocked by deadlines, emails, and property operation tasks. However, at the 2015 Annual Meeting & Celebration, Aeon’s vision — that every person has a home and is interconnected within community — truly manifested. This was the first time I had ever attended anything like it. Not only was I thoroughly impressed by the talent displayed in the resident art show, I was amazed by how beautifully the gathering depicted Aeon’s mission and vision.

I had the chance to sit with a resident that I had “known” since I first started working at Aeon — and discovered that I did not know her at all. She shared only pieces of her past, but I was able to see how important her apartment community was to her. Her words displayed how her housing positively influenced her, but most importantly, they expressed how her own personal strength allowed her to navigate her life journey. I saw how proud she was to be a part of the Aeon community by how open and candid she was.

Our table consisted of my co-workers, this resident, a vendor representative, and me. It was a physical materialization of the different parts of the Aeon community. This community is diverse, composed of people with different backgrounds, talents, and roles who share a common goal: to fulfill Aeon’s mission and vision. It is through this common goal that a fellowship or community is formed. The feeling of community that evening helped me see the bigger picture again, and reminded me of why I and so many others choose to be a part of it.

Nneka Njoku is an assistant site manager at The Adams, Elms and Roselle.

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