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FRIDAY FOCUS - Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

Despite a lifetime of hard work, the golden years can turn out to be a challenge. Inflation, low-wage jobs, accidents, costly health issues and other complications have left many seniors struggling to survive on social security alone. Cedar Lane Senior Living Community is committed to being part of the solution by offering these seniors a great place to live, priced within their means. This week, we caught up with Beverly Stickles, President and CEO of Cedar Lane, to learn more about the wonderful community Cedar Lane has created for those in need.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
Our Community is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing affordable, quality housing to seniors and disabled adults with limited incomes. A move to Cedar Lane means peace of mind for those who want to live in their own apartment while being part of a vibrant community. Our campus features 195 apartment homes in a neighborhood filled with people to meet and experiences to enjoy.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
Every month, our staff hosts a joint party for all residents born in that month. It’s a fun event that is always eagerly anticipated. One month, one of our birthday honorees had to miss the party because she had fallen ill and was receiving care off campus. When she was feeling better and back at Cedar Lane, her neighbors took it upon themselves to throw her a birthday party – complete with cake – to make up for the one she had missed. That was one of my favorite moments. It was a great example of what we mean when we say we are more than an apartment complex, we are truly a “community.” It feels like a second family.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
One of the greatest obstacles is overcoming negative public perceptions about Section 8 housing and the people who live in it. Our residents come from all walks of life but they do have something in common: they are people who worked hard their whole lives (and many still do!) Far from a “drain on society,” they are veterans, former farmers, utility workers, teachers, nurses, business owners and clergy members who have each contributed to this community in meaningful ways.  
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
We will be having a holiday open house on Sunday, December 9th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a great chance to meet some of our team members, tour the campus and even see a few of our residents’ apartments. Light refreshments will be served, so please come out and see us.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
Cedar Lane Senior Living Community is always looking for people who are willing to share their time, talents and interests by leading group activities for our residents. Anyone who would like to run a program or volunteer with an activity is welcome to contact our Activity Coordinator Tonya Tyer at 301-475-8966, extension 20.