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At Carousel Connections, we intend to create meaningful partnerships both in and out of the apartment experience.  We create partnerships with the Haverford College community while working in the departments, using the Fitness Center, exploring campus, selling flowers, planning movie nights, etc.  We create partnerships with the Ardmore community by shopping in the same stores with frequency, cheering from the bleachers for the local basketball teams, and traveling.  We create partnerships between families who are seeking housing and eager to share resources. 

Each day, we have two specific time periods (prior to leaving for work and each afternoon) when our Carousel residents work as "partners" with their roommate and a staff mentor.  The partners review a specific "agenda" for checking in together.  This includes checking in on how tidy the room is.  Each resident has a photograph of their tidy room.  Partners use their "detective" skills to see if the current room tidiness looks like the photo.  If so, great. If not, a partner may circle the area that needs to be tidied to provide a visual support. Other daily agenda items include: laundry status (planning ahead for when laundry needs to take place), hygiene check (partners have a daily topic to engage in together -- brushing teeth, combing hair, washing hands "well," etc.), completing any items on the "To Do" list (a wipe-off board that lists specific goals or "to do" tasks for individuals), as well as other "as needed" tasks.  Of course, there is always time to chat and share about the day too!

This week, our partners will also practice how to communicate home in a positive manner.  How often should we text or call family?  When are good times to do so?  What are the "three good things" that we can share about our day? What questions can we ask our family members to show our interest in their day? What is the best method of communication for us (text, Facetime, email, phone call, letters)?  We are looking forward to sharing about our experiences!


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