Member Spotlight: Lynn Hellenga

The first eighteen years of my life were spent in Devils Lake, North Dakota. The same home town both of my parents grew up in. I’m a retired Registered Dietician/Nutritionist, most recently working at MSU on a Center for Disease Control and Prevention grant. Presently I nanny part -time a 15 month old child, and parent our two sons. Alex is 19 taking a gap year, and Braeden will be a Senior at Bozeman High this fall.

As many 50 something’s I enjoy the outside activities Bozeman and Gallatin valley has to offer year round. My family also enjoys participating in international home exchanges. These exchanges have allowed us to travel to many countries, live overseas and gain a sense of basic everyday living through living in other established households.

For me, the concept of Cohousing is a way to have deep connection to multigenerational families through daily activities and informal interaction. The idea of downsizing, sharing a common house, gardens, livestock and chores through Co-housing is of interest to me. It will allow me to try new things and still be able to travel. The idea of moving from our large family house to a Cohousing community to “age in place” is appealing to me as well.