Alder Commons: An Uncommon Project

Christine Lee

Being dwelling builders, we at Hammer & Hand spend a ton of our time executing remodels, new residences, and the occasional industrial TI in Portland and Seattle. However we satisfaction ourselves on currently being top rated-notch builders and superior customers of our communities, it’s not typically that we get to be concerned in a task that is made around the notion of group building alone. Doing work on the Alder Commons neighborhood kitchen area make-out was a uncommon address for us, and 1 that intended a ton to numerous users of our team.

For the uninitiated, Alder Commons is a nonprofit room intended to aid multigenerational, multicultural group creating and particular expansion. They provide a location for self-directed mastering in courses and workshops on a wide range of matters and for a assorted array of peoples. From cooking courses to bookshelf developing, art programs to homeschool hangouts for young ones in the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, Alder Commons serves as a neighborhood crossroad for intersectional cultural appreciation and self-improvement.

Our mission is to cultivate an equitable, all-ages neighborhood of self-directed learners. We aim to minimize limitations involving youth and adults of numerous backgrounds by furnishing an available and inclusive room for them to share expertise and sources.” (resource: Alder Commons | Philosophy)

When the Alder Commons group approached Hammer & Hand about constructing their local community kitchen area house, we had been thrilled for the option to convey their desire to existence. The task was intended by Communitecture, a neighborhood architecture organization with an eye for artistic local community areas and a mission for social justice. As regular builders with a target in both design-driven jobs and progressing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our possess industry, it was a ideal in good shape for Hammer & Hand. We convey our heartfelt gratitude to Alder Commons for deciding on Hammer & Hand to make a area that is now a commissary kitchen area serving as dwelling foundation for 16 compact, the vast majority-QTBIPOC food stuff and herbalism enterprises.

Discover extra about the mission of Alder Commons and examine out their calendar of activities at

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