The community at Prairie Spruce Commons has been growing, adapting, and changing since its inception in 2011. Currently, we are a mix of owners and renters ranging in age from teens to eighties. We sustain community and manage the building by sharing our strengths and interests. We practice consensus decision-making and keep honing our skills; sometimes this is smooth sailing and sometimes it is a bumpy ride. We worked with Jodi Woollam to learn Compassionate Communication skills. We try to bring this knowledge into our daily living and community meetings.
We have a structure made up of teams who attend to various aspects of the community and the building. Participation in teams is voluntary. We use an e-mail group service to keep connected with one another and up to date on life in the community. In pre-COVID-19 days we strengthened community while doing puzzles and games in the common house, sharing in community meals, playing music together, or visiting in each others’ homes. During COVID-19, in the warmer seasons, we had the great benefit of being together outdoors to landscape our yard and plant and maintain our trees, shrubs, and gardens. Morning visiting time is a regular place of connection for some community members, and the large dining room in the common house makes this safe and possible.