Yearlong Residency: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How do I become a resident of the *cino community?
- What will a typical week look like?
- What are the benefits of becoming a *cino community Resident?
- Do I need to have any specific experience to be considered for the *cino residency?
- How long is the residency commitment?
- Is there any sort of monetary compensation? What if I have loans?
There are several ways to become a *culture is not optional community resident. We are open to discussing long-term residency options with anyone who has completed our summer internship. We are also open to individuals who have not been summer interns but are interested in a holistic experience of communal life and work. To begin a conversation about longer term residency in the *cino community, start by filling out our inquiry form and we will reach out to you to initiate more conversations about possibilities.
It’s hard to paint a picture of a typical week because it can be so varied, from week to week and from season to season. We begin the week with a community staff meeting on Mondays, and close the week with a community potluck on Friday nights. The summer season includes weekly times for group study and labor at the Huss Project. The rest of the week can include time spent working on the facility or gardening at the Huss Project, planning events, participating in community meetings or events, building relationships, creating art or writing for Topology Magazine, volunteering at World Fare, or working at a local organization or business. Specific work projects and hours will be determined by interest and ability, season, and need.
Joining in as a *culture is not optional community resident can open doors to important insights and opportunities in a mutually beneficial relationship of giving and receiving. As community members, we share the benefits of meaningful work, supportive relationships, a place to call home and an outlet for our unique gifts, skills, and experiences. As we do life together, we learn from both the gifts and challenges of commitment to place, friendship, service-learning, and “culture-making.” The job experiences gained during service can assist each of us on future paths, and new-found friendships and relationships with community members and housemates are invaluable. Low-cost housing is provided at the Rectory, *cino’s community house which is owned by Trinity Episcopal Church. Longer-term residents contribute $50 per month to a fund to help with the church’s maintenance expenses on the house. Any contribution that residents are able to make toward housing over $50 per month helps cover *cino’s cost for utilities. There are opportunities for part-time employment in the area and we are happy to help you make connections with local employers if this is something you desire to pursue.
No, we are happy to consider residents who have had varying levels of experience with both work and intentional community. We are looking for individuals who are interested in deeply connecting to and participating in a group of people living and working together with shared purpose. Characteristics that have tended to be a good fit include creativity, flexibility, curiosity, experience living away from home, commitment to completing projects, willingness to work hard in both physical and mental capacities, capacity for self-reflection, and ability to work well with others. We are also very excited to welcome those with specific work experiences. Our work requires a variety of different skills, not all of which we currently have represented in our community.
Every place needs people who are willing to make a life-long commitment, but every place also benefits from people who bring their gifts and perspectives for a shorter period of time. In order to have time to deepen into relationships and responsibilities, we ask residents to make at least a one-year commitment, but we encourage proposals for shorter periods of time based on individual needs. At the end of the initial term, if the resident desires to stay on as a part of the *cino community, we can review the year together and make a determination about next steps.
Other than subsidized housing, *cino does not currently pay wages or living stipends to residents, but we encourage openness about individual needs as we seek to maintain a culture of mutual help in the community. *cino residents living in the community house have generally pursued part-time, paid employment to meet personal financial needs and collaborated as a household to keep living expenses low. Certain student loans can be deferred as needed through federal programs.