Friday was the day to get down and party in Port Richmond as Nativity B.V.M. Place celebrated its first anniversary at a luncheon for its residents with music, trivia, and games.
The former parish school at 3255 Belgrade St. got a new lease on life last February when it became affordable senior housing under the Catholic Health Care Services banner. It has allowed new friends to meet, former friends to reconnect, and seniors to help each other.
“It’s really important to us that we give people the tools to age safely and healthfully in the community where they want to live,” said Sara Popkin, Nativity B.V.M. Place’s director of social services. “One of the things that’s nice is that a lot of the people in this building have come from the neighborhood of Port Richmond, so it makes it a very special for them to be able to stay in their community, just with a few extra supports. It’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of this and I’m very fortunate to be able to do this work with our residents. It’s been one year and I hope we have many more to come!”
The people that run the place are excellent. You meet a lot of nice friends. I love it here! - Pat Wolford
It’s nice here. I like the people here. I help everybody here and they help me. When they have their bad days, I help them and when I have my bad days, they help me. I love it here.” - Charles Fleckenstein
My experience has been nothing but good. Everybody here is friendly. I’m truly glad to be a part of this. It’s a blessing from the Lord to me. - Tina Jarvis
My experience here has been wonderful. I fell a couple of times, but they came and helped. Everybody here is very, very nice and very sociable. Anything you have trouble with, they’ll only be too willing to help you. - Marian McLaughlin