Jennifer Hammer

Jennifer Hammer is Silvernest's Strategic Partnerships Manager
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Bringing in a New Roommate: Preparation Dos and Don’ts

Posted by Jennifer Hammer on Oct 6, 2021 8:28:48 AM

When people ask how to prepare for a roommate, most of the time they’re thinking about things like rearranging furniture and cleaning out closets. Sure, those practical matters are important. Just as crucial, however, is being emotionally prepared for a new or first roommate.

If you’re not fully ready from an emotional perspective, that’s okay. Here are our biggest dos and don’ts to help you get your heart and mind in the right place.

How to Prepare for a Roommate: 5 Things People Forget to Do

Posted by Jennifer Hammer on Sep 27, 2021 2:19:09 PM

The first tasks you need to do to welcome a new roommate seem pretty obvious: declutter and clean the guest (or spare) room and bathroom. But what about the rest of the home? Your roommate will also be sharing the living room, kitchen and other common areas, though right?

 

A pre-move-in house cleaning is a pretty obvious goal, but people tend to forget about certain tasks that really make a difference. Read on to discover five overlooked ways to prepare for a roommate ahead of time.

 

6 Tips for Renting a Room: Cleaning for a New Roommate

Posted by Jennifer Hammer on Sep 20, 2021 1:21:51 PM

When you’re preparing a room to rent, it can be hard to know where to start and what matters most. If you clean the guest room and bathroom in a simple yet methodical way, the whole “roommate readiness” process will be done in a snap.

 

Read on for six expert tips on how to prepare a room for rent and make your roommate’s space as welcoming as possible.

 

Affordable Housing and Social Isolation Issues in the LGBTQ+ Elder Community

Posted by Jennifer Hammer on Aug 9, 2019 1:37:59 PM

 

 

According to Out & Visible, a 2017 study from SAGE, the number of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders in America is growing rapidly. By 2030, there will be roughly 7 million LGBTQ+ adults over 50 nationwide, more than double the current estimate. 

 

We all need a safe and affordable place to live, with friends and neighbors to share our lives. These are universal human concerns. However, the LGBTQ+ community faces unique housing issues and a greater risk of isolation and loneliness as they age.

 

Matt Paxton’s Top Decluttering and Downsizing Tips for Seniors

Posted by Jennifer Hammer on Jun 17, 2019 2:39:10 PM

Matt Paxton is one of the country’s top extreme cleaning experts—you might know his name if you were a fan of the popular A&E TV show Hoarders.


Matt is especially passionate about helping older adults declutter and downsize. His expertise and deep compassion stem from the year Matt lost his father, stepfather and both grandfathers. Matt was called upon to help his mother with their possessions. As Matt says, “We had four houses to deal with! I had to figure it out, and I’m still doing it 18 years later.”


As a guest on Silvernest’s Share Your Story podcast, Matt offered a huge insight that transformed how we think about decluttering and downsizing.

New Partnership to Offer Affordable Housing to Youth Mentors in Miami

Posted by Jennifer Hammer on Jun 5, 2019 4:15:40 PM

Silvernest, City Year and Encore.org are partnering to bring affordable housing to City Year AmeriCorps Members in Miami!

Finding Freedom in Lifelong Friendships

Posted by Jennifer Hammer on Jun 29, 2018 12:47:35 PM

 

Ubuntu

What’s this? It’s a South African term that means: “People are not people without other people.” As Desmond Tutu points out in The Book of Joy, human beings are social animals and we flourish best in community. This is where we feel truly human because we belong. This is where we find our greatest happiness.

 

Have you ever caught up with a friend after years of being apart, but everything falls into place as though no time had passed? Nothing feels better than the love and understanding of an old friend. The nature of our friendships is interesting; we often prioritize them after our romantic partners, parents and children. We tend to them when we have the time. We have times of year—holidays and celebrations—that bring family together in an organized way. But the time we spend with our friends is completely voluntary.

 

How to Launch Your Second Career

Posted by Jennifer Hammer on Aug 7, 2017 8:29:47 AM

 

Many people in their 50s and 60s are doing something they never thought they would do—launching a second career. Nevertheless, millions are dusting off their resumes, re-entering the job market and often rewriting their life stories in the process.

If you are exploring an encore career, here are some pro tips to improve the job search and interview process. 

 

Five Tips for Finding the Right Roommate

Posted by Jennifer Hammer on Mar 1, 2017 1:58:37 PM

 

With thirty years and vastly different life experiences between them, Nancy and her roommate Boyan are an unlikely match. Yet “it just works,” according to Nancy. “We both like to garden, cook and hike, and since he was new to the area, I was able to point him to some great trails or local concerts.”

 

Boyan echoes her sentiments: “It has been great living here and I didn’t have any concerns about living with someone older. I have already lived with guys my age, and this seemed easy.”

 

How is it that these two found each other and created a happy shared home? Here are five tips for finding the right roommate, based on their experience: