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Getting By with a Little Help from
Our Friends

For Josephine, having access to onsite services during the past few years has made a world of difference. In late 2019, Josephine was struggling to manage the maintenance on her house by herself and wanted to find somewhere affordable where she could remain active and engaged in a community. Josephine discovered Assisi Homes of Kenosha, which provides 60 affordable homes with onsite services for older adults with low incomes. “I just love it,” she says. “It’s beautiful.” 

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“I feel like a new person interacting in the world again. Thank you for cheering me on in my efforts to get through this pandemic.

 

— Josephine,
Mercy Housing Resident

 

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Josephine is retired, but has a background in social services, spending many years working at programs providing substance use disorder assistance and services for individuals in group home settings. This experience made her more appreciative of the onsite resident services available at her new home. “I love having somebody that’s touching base with us. It’s a big deal, just to be able to have somebody like Cassandra [the Resident Services Coordinator] on the premises.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, onsite services were more important than ever. “Cassandra supported me to download Zoom on my phone and showed me how to use Zoom on the Chromebook,” Josephine explains, noting that she rarely used the internet previously. “If Cassandra wouldn’t have taken the time to show me, I never would have dreamed that I could do it. I didn’t know people could explain it to you easy enough so that you catch on. Now I can Zoom yoga, play bingo, and talk to family and friends. I have learned about different people and how to make and shop for different kinds of food to help me stay healthy.”

Aside from staying connected through the internet, Josephine appreciates other activities and services that have continued during the pandemic, such as monthly food delivery and card writing to community members. When it feels safe to do so, she volunteers in person with the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots. She also joined the Westosha Senior Center, where she participates in activities like a ceramics class and exercise and helps with other activities and events too. 

“I feel like a new person interacting in the world again,” Josephine says. “Thank you for cheering me on in my efforts to get through this pandemic.”