It’s Not A Hospital, Not a Medical Institution

Soteria is a home.

Explained in the piece is what people do when psychiatric hospitals are closed and there is no place left to go.

Hope Family Village is similar to Soteria Shelter Home in that we don’t have a place, yet. We meet monthly at a restaurant.

A W&M MBA Corporate Field Consultancy project team is researching and studying a co-housing approach and possible location for a project.

In this recent article (1/18/17), we see proposed legislation that responds to a constituency need to preserve home values and ensure neighborhood safety out of a fear for the arrival of a group home.

If one googles group homes, which are licensed by states, most newspapers articles will discuss the need for notification, regulation and oversight.  After reading them, it will become quickly apparent that living together in a home is rather difficult.

Moreover, does anyone want to live a neighborhood where they are under surveillance? Isn’t that what most of us want to avoid?

Sure, we want people to look out for us. We would want people to look out for each other. We would want to live in a neighborhood where we would do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

If we are closing permanent, chronic health care facilities, coming up with criteria for evaluating a group home, we leave no place to go, other than to live quietly in a family home, on the streets, or in jail.

Shelter is a basic human need. We must find it. Human connection and support is another basic need.  In all cases, if it is not provided, it must be created.

Indigenous Cultures: How are they like Hope Family Village

Phil Borges: Storyteller and filmmaker

Phil has done several TedTalks about a documentary (Crazywize) he has been working on for over four years.

He has been exploring indigenous cultures to learn what they might tell us.

This one (15 minutes) discusses serious mental illness over the decades. He shares some of the interviews they have preformed. The insights he has developed. Some observations about people and their needs.

He examines America’s serious mental health crisis. He gives us both the historical context and the difficulty medial science has had making definitive proofs.

What can we learn about from Phil in creating Hope Family Village? What critical observation does he offer that cuts to the core of society’s investment in, or lack thereof, in care?

Could it be community? Hope Family Village.

Minimalism: The Documentary

You’re going to smile when you see Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. It’s on Netflix.

The main characters are compelling. They reach a point in their lives that it all comes together. What they do next just makes sense to them. They are not selling anything, except maybe a book.

Their first audiences mirror their own philosophy and they find the humor in it.

A couple of guys reflect on where they came from, where they thought they wanted to go, their arrival, and their subsequent complete change in direction. The movie treats us to similar observations made by others, including families and scholars.

In the end, it’s all about quality and our connections to each other. We are on a similar road.

Realizing Value at Hope Family Village

Home of Open Dialogue and Experiment in Basic Income

As we think through designing Hope Family Village, we know that the cohousing platform is ideal.

For a community to work requires everyone pitching in, in some way, to support their neighbors and their community.

What brings us together is the need for mutual support and desire for mutual acceptance.

We want to do more than survive. We want to thrive.

Countries like Finland and Denmark offer us practiced innovations that might help us in our design.

Here are two recent articles about a new Finnish experiment on basic income (1) and (2). Western Lapland is also the home of Open Dialogue, which has been very effective.

Quite naturally, we all want to realize personal value and satisfaction. How do you measure that? It’s different for each person. Certainly, we can realize satisfaction from producing something, creating something, or simply working together toward a common goal (e.g. growing a garden).

Maybe in the case of an extreme northern latitude, the conditions are so harsh, a need to innovate to realize the value from one’s life is bred.

In our case, Hope Family Village is an experiment. Our own invention.

We’re creating something new. We can be open to other ideas and approaches that may pragmatically fit our community.