President’s Blog

Year 13 didn’t prove lucky, but it did prove our resolve

 Today is ROC USA’s 13th anniversary! Unlucky 13, right? Well, on the surface, the lack of luck spanned the world. But, this year of unprecedented challenges brought out the best in ROCs, ROC leaders, the dedicated TA … More »

Photo of Paul Bradley with pull quote. Quote reads: It’s so moving to see communities coming together in support of one another during a time of need. I applaud my New Hampshire neighbors for their generosity, their compassion, and their commitment to this idea of a network of Resident Owned Communities! Be well our Texas neighbors, and thank you Heron Point Estates and Exeter-Hampton Member-owners for your outstanding leadership and compassion.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – From 2,000 Miles Away

I got a quizzical look from a Director at a recent Board meeting when I observed that resident ownership bridges diverse communities in a special way.  As evidence, I cited the interaction I witness between white, Black and … More »

photo of Paul Bradley in a manufactured home community

In hard times, we found inspiring neighbors

While these past 10 months have tested everyone, we have all been tested differently and to vastly varying degrees. My heart aches about the suffering that so many people are experiencing, and I know we still have a … More »

photo of Paul Bradley in a manufactured home community

One Country, Many Communities

Last year, the Pew Research Center reported that most Americans are feeling that the political discourse has become less respectful, less fact-based and less substantive. The ongoing presidential election brings these feelings front and center and, as it … More »

A group of cooperative leaders, including Howard Brodsky, holding up signs that say #cooperatives

Truly inspiring leadership from our friend Howard Brodsky

Howard Brodsky, the recent recipient of Business New Hampshire’s Business Person of the Decade Award, said, “It should be about we and not me.” I could not be happier that this outstanding cooperative leader is considered the best in … More »

Are We OK?

On Saturday, my family joined a protest to show we stand in solidarity with those speaking out against police brutality and in pursuit of racial justice in America. The very public killing of George Floyd by those sworn … More »

Paul Bradley working at the NH Community Loan Fund in 1993.

Preparation Matters

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,” said Benjamin Franklin, who was, among many other things, a founder of the United States’ first recognized cooperative business – a mutual fire insurance company in Philadelphia – in … More »

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Balance Really Matters

In just a matter of weeks, the widespread nature of the threats and impacts of this crisis have become both very personal – a matter of basic safety and security – and global. The impacts run deep for … More »

This is when co-ops shine!

I’ve seen it before. The elderly woman who was without food until her Social Security check arrived wasn’t seen walking in two days. A neighbor stopped by to find her hungry and alone, and solved the problem immediately. … More »

Homes at Evergreen Estates

An exit strategy – and much more

We helped 55 homeowners form a ROC in Centralia, Wash., last Friday. Our loan officer shared the seller’s heartwarming comment following the closing: “It seems strange after 27 years to be finished but we are so happy for … More »