April Housing Affordable Housing in America

Showing Appreciation for Our Residents

By Ingrid Kim, Vice President at April Housing

On September 27th, we hosted our fifth social impact event at a Seniors property in Woodbridge, VA. Like our previous events, we wanted to show our appreciation to the residents by serving them a delicious meal with lots of fun activities. Something new to me, was the Perfect Spin 360 photo booth. Where you stand on a small platform and the camera spins around you to create a unique video memory. The residents absolutely loved it as they danced, posed, wore props and cheered each other on. We also had many volunteers making fresh snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn, and other nostalgic snacks. The games included popping balloons with darts, golf putting greens, cornhole, giant Connect 4 and the crowd favorite – a petting zoo.

The event was a huge success and a fun day for the residents and staff. For a lasting social impact at the property, we donated indoor raised garden beds so residents can continue gardening during the winter, to help stay active and socialize during the colder months. During the pandemic we were reminded how isolated and alone we can feel in our homes. Having large open spaces, community rooms and activities for seniors to socialize and gather offer opportunities to develop stronger relationships. As I start reaching the age of retirement, I am so thankful to work in an industry that is striving to make a positive impact in its senior communities.

Here are Dolce and Cinder, pictured here with me – I’m in the center if you couldn’t tell. Cinder (the white and grey alpaca on the right) holds the distinction of being the world’s smallest adult alpaca!