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CHPC Senior Citizen Residents Get a Head Start on the Thanksgiving Holiday

Portsmouth, Virginia—Senior citizen residents at Ansell Gardens, a 78-unit multi-family property located in Portsmouth, VA, got a head start to their Thanksgiving holiday with a feast, free turkeys, raffle prizes and valuable information. The staff at the Community Housing Partners (CHPC) property held their first Senior Luncheon on November 16 for all senior citizens who live at the property.
 
Naomi McGlover, a resident of Ansell Gardens, prepared the Thanksgiving feast for over 20 senior citizens and staff, and many of the residents donated greens and other dishes for the luncheon.
 
Not only did residents receive a delicious free meal, but they also listened to informative presentations from Portsmouth Police Chief Edward L. Long and Jim Hutchinson from Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, who provided information about senior citizens’ rights, Medicare benefits, and how to avoid identity theft scams targeting senior citizens.
 
Twenty-four turkeys, donated by St. Mark's Deliverance Church, were also given away to every resident who attended the luncheon. They also received raffle prizes, and information with contact numbers from the police department and social services.
 
Anthony White, an AmeriCorps member who works with resident services at CHPC properties in the Tidewater area, said, “We wanted to have a program for our senior residents, since many programs do not cater to them.”
 
Based on the success of the luncheon, the Ansell Gardens’ community center staff decided to hold similar luncheons once a month for their senior citizen residents. Future presentations will include safety issues, personal care, health screenings and other issues related to the senior citizen community.