Nativity Place celebrates a year of support for seniors in Port Richmond.

Check out our pho­tos from the cel­eb­ra­tion and hear from the people who live there!

  • CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

  • CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

  • CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

  • CHRISTOPHER SEAMANS / STAR PHOTO

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

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