When you live in Dunbar Oaks, you don’t just live in a neighborhood, you live in a community.
Most of the time people never know that they want to live in a community or really, need to. As the dictionary explains it, community is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Fellowship, that is our true goal.
Some of our best childhood memories come from running around a neighborhood with a pack of kids, getting our hands dirty and scraping our knees. When we share conversation, bits of gossip, apples from our trees, and cups of sugar with our neighbors, life seems a little cozier and more comfortable. We feel less lonely, more at ease, and safer.
In fact, studies have shown that people who live in close-knit communities are statistically safer. They’re less likely to be burglarized. They’re more likely to get help if they tumble down a set of stairs, fall out of a tree, have a heart attack.
We know that this fellowship will not happen overnight. Yet, through DONA we are building relationships, and truly putting in effort and time.
Through neighborhood events, carpools, babysitting, and pass baked goods and hand me downs between houses… through hour (upon hour) standing outside chatting while our kids ride bikes, play basketball and build lemonade stands… we are building a community here in Dunbar Oaks.