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What Living Means is a podcast that shares inspiring personal stories and helpful advice to the wonderful members of YES Communities. We'll take a journey across America for an up-close look at manufactured housing communities and why they are so important to the more than 20 million Americans who live in them.


What Living Means is hosted by Vanessa Jasinski, a Vice President at YES communities. She has a passion for making home ownership a reality for people and families across the United States.

Episode: 25

Attainable Housing in the Heart of Texas

Duration: 19:09 Date: 06/20/2024

In this episode, we explore Yes Communities newest ground-up development, Dwelling at New Braunfels. Dwelling provides much needed attainable housing in the heart of one of the fastest growing cities in America.

Episode: 24

Visualize Your Dream Home

Duration: 16:53 Date: 06/04/2024

In this episode, we chat with Allison Vaccaro and Bridget Tucek of Brick and Batten, a virtual design studio created to help you visualize home renovation projects and avoid costly mistakes.

Episode: 23

A Day in the Park

Duration: 24:26 Date: 04/25/2024

In this episode, we dive deep into the transformative work of the Denver Park Trust, an organization dedicated to enhancing and preserving public green spaces in the Mile-High City.

Episode: 22

Love is a Four Legged Word

Duration: 24:49 Date: 02/29/2024

In this episode, we’re talking all about pet adoption with Karen Martiny, founder of Animal Rescue of the Rockies. Her organization saves thousands of animals every single year in the hope that every dog and cat in Colorado finds a loving home.

Episode: 21

Yes We Care

Duration: 20:18 Date: 01/17/2024

In this episode, we're highlighting the profound impact that YES volunteers make all year round.

Episode: 20

Fire Safety 101

Duration: 17:50 Date: 10/30/2023

In this episode, we're exploring the ins and outs of fire safety to keep your loved ones and property safe.

Episode: 19

Elevate Your Grill Game

Duration: 23:41 Date: 06/30/2023

Clayton Cook of LeRoy and Lewis BBQ and Mama Fried in Austin, Texas, shares how you can elevate your grill game and keep your guests clamoring for more.

Episode: 18

Striving for Greatness

Duration: 21:08 Date: 06/15/2023

In this episode we’re exploring YES Communities’ Building Futures program, which is designed to uplift those who dare to dream and strive for greatness.

Episode: 17

Examining The Housing Crisis

Duration: 16:01 Date: 04/17/2023

Author and journalist Erika Bolstad joins us to talk about the affordable housing shortage in the United States.

Episode: 16

The Fight to End Family Homelessness

Duration: 20:10 Date: 02/21/2023

In this episode, we’re talking with Clayton’s Ted Rutland and Sandy Minuitti of Family Promise about what it means for families and children experiencing homelessness to secure safe housing.

Episode: 15

Perfect Your Holiday Meal

Duration: 27:14 Date: 11/21/2022

In this episode, Executive Chef Joe Goetze of Founding Farmers walks us through some simple ways to create winning & memorable holiday meals.

Episode: 14

Course Correction

Duration: 20:57 Date: 11/09/2022

In this episode, we talk to Richard Tagle of the Denver Public School foundation on how we can help students catch up in math and reading after two years of unprecedented interruption.

Episode: 13

Wellness in the Workplace

Duration: 19:11 Date: 07/13/2022

Yes Communities' Leanna Cline and Cigna's Kylee Geffre discuss how the approach to wellness has changed, and what goes into creating a wellness culture that attracts and retains talent.

Episode: 12

A Sustainable Future

Duration: 11:17 Date: 05/16/2022

William Jenkins, Director of Environment and Sustainability at Clayton Homes, discusses diverting thousands of tons of unnecessary construction waste from landfills, smart features that help residents save on utilities, and a sustainability pledge to plant ...

Episode: 11

Giving Back

Duration: 22:07 Date: 12/20/2021

Restauranteur Mark Bucher saw his Medium Rare steakhouses sidelined during the 2020 pandemic shutdown. Instead of waiting it out, he founded Feed the Fridge to solve America's hunger problem.

Episode: 10

Back to School

Duration: 22:02 Date: 09/24/2021

Our special guest, Ann Dolin founder of Educational Connections Tutoring and Test Prep, shares with us some strategies for both parents and students to make the return to school a success.

Episode: 9

Growing Community

Duration: 19:28 Date: 08/10/2021

Community gardening provides a place where generations of people can gather and cultivate both food and friendships. On this episode, Peterson Garden Project Founder LaManda Joy and YES Communities' Randi Miller speak to the power of planting seeds th ...

Episode: 8

Thank You For Your Service

Duration: 35:10 Date: 05/24/2021

In this episode, we recognize the incredible service that veterans perform each and every day in our own community. Our two amazing guests reveal the challenges of life on active duty and the skills that make veterans so valuable in the workforce.

Episode: 7

Building Futures Scholarship

Duration: 21:52 Date: 04/19/2021

Last year in 2020, YES Communities launched the Building Futures Scholarship Program to help fund the higher education of YES residents and staff. In this episode, we'll catch up with previous scholarship recipients and educators who can speak to the p ...

Episode: 6

Building Community From the Ground Up

Duration: 21:48 Date: 03/17/2021

We'll examine what it takes to convince local leadership to shake their preconceived notions of manufactured housing and help solve the affordable housing crisis in our country.

Episode: 5


Duration: 20:57 Date: 02/16/2021

Are you in search of a quick fix to instantly improve the course of your day? Author and podcaster Nicole J. Phillips shares her personal experience in maintaining positivity during trying life events.

Episode: Bonus

Living Affordably

Duration: 22:35 Date: 12/03/2020

We speak to two industry professionals about how manufactured housing may relieve the financial stresses of high rents and long-term mortgages.

Episode: 4

How to Create Harmony at Home

Duration: 28:40 Date: 10/26/2020

Do you have trouble staying organized at home? With more days of remote work and virtual school ahead, our guests Kari and Katie of The Home Sanctuary share some helpful organization tips that will boost productivity and curb cabin fever.

Episode: 3


Duration: 21:39 Date: 09/24/2020

Our guest Andy Lane is a gifted songwriter and licensed professional counselor. He gives us some helpful tips on how to stay engaged with our creative side and avoid writer's block.

Episode: 2


Duration: 26:57 Date: 08/12/2020

On this episode, What Living Means heads to Houston to discuss the importance of athletics in childhood development. We catch up with an amazing resident that volunteers his time to lead his community youth soccer team.

Episode: 1


Duration: 22:12 Date: 06/23/2020

What Living Means takes a trip to the Atlanta area to visit Path Project, an after-school program housed in Valley Brook manufactured home community, that helps younger residents achieve high school graduation. Founder, Jim Hollandsworth, shares with us ho ...

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