by Nicole Munoz
You may decide to move to a new home for any number of reasons, from a promising career to a better school district for your children. While your new home offers opportunities for you and your family, living in a new neighborhood after a move can make you feel isolated. But you needn’t feel separated from your community for long.
In this blog, we provide several guidelines to help you and your family begin to integrate into your new community.
Part of becoming a true member of your community is familiarizing yourself with your surroundings. Once you know your area, you may feel more confident going out of your comfort zone.
During the unpacking process, give yourself time to walk or drive around your neighborhood. In addition to finding the local necessities, like a preferred grocery store, look for activities for your family, like going to parks.
Take day trips to places of interest to give yourself a taste of the culture and community you’ve moved into. Places like museums, national parks, and so on can be great sites for family outings while restaurants and nightclubs can help you and your partner feel right at home.
Serving your community is one of the best ways to feel like you’re part of it. Find a charity or organization, such as Move For Hunger, that you feel good about investing your time in. If you have skills that the charity needs, you can focus on providing those services.
However, you don’t need any special skills to help out at food banks, animal shelters, and soup kitchens.
Additionally, if you can’t invest a set, regular amount of time due to your busy schedule, consider volunteering for a specific event. Your local Wheaton moving agent, for example, may host a special food drive to benefit Move For Hunger and would welcome volunteer assistance from the community. You may find yourself working side by side with your new best friend.
Libraries are one of the best places to start getting to know a new community. Your local library offers community-oriented services, and many libraries are located in central parts of their respective cities.
To get your new library card, you’ll need a form of ID and proof of your address. When you go to get your card, talk to the librarians about community events and organizations that may be linked to the library. For example, many libraries accept volunteers to read to children or help with adult literacy programs.
Your library may also be a meeting place for other organizations. Look for a bulletin board to discover local performance information, festival dates, and similar events.
If you don’t find fast friends in your obvious common-interest groups, you may need to expand your social circle. Consider signing up for an activity or taking up a hobby that will help you meet more people. This step can be particularly helpful for families and children.
Your options may include changes to your daily routine, like joining a gym, rekindling your love of a sport by signing up for a local league or learning more about a hobby with historical ties to your area.
Many community centers offer classes in a variety of subjects. If you don’t know of an activity you might want to begin, start by looking at the upcoming curriculum. Your community center may offer something for every member of your family, from dance instruction to quilting.
Use these guidelines to start to feel like you belong in your new neighborhood. These steps can help you move on with your life after you move into your next home.