How to Feel at Home in a Temporary Apartment
If you travel frequently for work, or if you find yourself living in a new apartment or temporary housing, you may feel as though it’s not quite home. While change is inevitable, it can take time to process a new environment and for your surroundings to feel comfortable, even if you’ve brought your most treasured items, decor, and other trinkets that remind you of home.
Sprucing up your interior spaces can make a big difference. In addition to creating warm and cozy living spaces, taking steps to become part of a community can also go a long way in making you feel more at home. Here are just a few ways to create community in your neighborhood or apartment complex.
Ways to Create Community in Your Neighborhood
If you’re looking for ways to create community among neighbors and friends, volunteering together is a great place to start. In addition to serving others and giving back to the community, being a part of something positive can foster friendships and relationships that would not otherwise have been kindled.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN MEMPHIS
There are several organizations offering a variety of volunteer opportunities in and around Memphis. This includes but is certainly not limited to the following organizations:
Habitat for Humanity
In cities like Memphis, where the number of residents living below the poverty line can be upwards of 25 percent, or more than 1 in 4 residents, organizations like Habitat for Humanity that provide affordable housing are essential. Volunteers working with Habitat for Humanity help to build homes in underprivileged areas. By building new homes or repairing existing ones, Habitat for Humanity and its volunteers are able to provide shelters for families in need.
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Mid-South Food Bank
From sorting food donations to helping prepare bags of food that are distributed to families and individuals in need throughout Memphis and the Mid-South, volunteers at the Mid-South Food Bank are a crucial part of the organization’s ability to feed tens of thousands each year.
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Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House of Memphis exists to provide accommodations and meals for parents and families of children currently receiving treatment in local hospitals, including St. Jude. Le Bonheur, and others. Volunteers help support these families through cooking and serving meals and other chores that allow them to spend more time with their loved ones.
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Create a Supper Club
Food, and sharing a homemade meal with others, can bring people together in a way that almost no other object or activity can. Food transcends cultural, religious, and language barriers, and who doesn’t like to eat?! Hosting a dinner party or supper club can build community among neighbors no matter where you are, but it can also create an understanding of other cultures and lifestyles. Supper club menus don’t have to be complicated to be fun or elegant. Here are a few menu ideas to get your first dinner party started.
A create-your-own taco bar is a fun way to bring a variety of flavors together while allowing guests to customize their own meals. You can offer a variety of meats, veggies, and toppings to satisfy any palette, including:
Flour and Corn Tortillas
Chicken and Beef
Peppers, Onions, and Tomatoes
Various Types of Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream and Various Types of Salsa
Extras: Jalapenos, Limes, and Cilantro
What better way to get to know your neighbors than by sharing delicious desserts together? Each guest can bring a dessert of their choice, and everyone can enjoy a sample of each! From cheesecakes to chocolate chip ice cream, there’s an endless array of dessert options. What’s not to love!
If you have neighbors who work nights, or if it’s difficult for some guests to gather in the evening, a breakfast club hosted on a weekend may allow more people to fit time for the gathering into their schedule. A create-your-own omelette bar or even a selection of family-style breakfast items like biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs prepared in a variety of ways, and good old-fashioned pancakes or waffles will do the trick.
Start a Book Club
Hosting a book club is another way to create community and make friends among neighbors. Guests can take turns hosting the book club and choosing the book of their choice, or you may choose to follow a variety of online book club schedules available that include discussion topics and questions to help guide conversation. Consider offering appetizers and wine if guests are not opposed.
Temporary Housing Communities in Memphis
If you’re traveling for work or business in or around the Memphis area, Executive Lodging can accommodate you, your budget, and your preferences. With both furnished and unfurnished apartments with a variety of lease lengths and an array of amenities, there’s a community for you.
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