My Story – Shirley LawsonDecember 5, 2016
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When the Romney Meadows name change was made public, several key members of the community spoke at a press conference. One of those people was Police Sergeant John Yestrebsky. Yestrebsky was one of the original patrol officers assigned to the property back in 2001 when it first became known as Claystone at the Crossing. Of the many things Sergeant Yestrebsky talked about, one particular thing is that he noticed resident moral had changed; residents recently started decorating for holidays—something that he had never seen in the community previously. This change is something that he attributed to a new-found sense of pride in the residents. One of those residents is Donna Booker.
Donna Booker loves decorating her apartment with bright lights, especially for the holiday season. “I’m a decorator and I like to decorate my windows with a design. I just love decorating and everyone gives me compliments on my house,” says Booker.
Like many residents, recent upgrades at Romney Meadows have given Donna a renewed sense of pride and ownership. “My place is like a house to me,” said Booker, “A lot of people have an apartment, I have a home. I’m proud of it.”
Donna has lived in her apartment for a few years now and has witnessed many of the changes first hand. Although she got along very well with the previous management team, Donna says that the new management team goes above and beyond to accommodate her.
“They’re all very nice, they treat you nice and try to help you. The man that owns this property sent a person to come and pick me up in a car today and then take me back home. I can’t speak for everyone, but in other places, they don’t do that.”
Booker was very excited about the physical changes at the property as well. Though she can’t walk as far as she used to, Donna still uses her feet as her primary means of transportation within the property. The repairs of the community’s sidewalks have been essential for people like Donna. “They’re fixing the sidewalks but before, if the sidewalks were broken I had to walk in the street. But, they’re working on it; they’re improving the sidewalks and they’re adding ramps for people in wheelchairs,” said Booker.
One big factor that helped to change resident moral was the change in the people.
“They’re improving and I love the people here,” said Booker, “I can talk to the maintenance man, I can talk to the manager, the staff. I love this group that’s here now.”
Donna Booker and the other residents of Romney Meadows can now rest easy knowing that they have a new and modern place to live comfortably. As Booker stated: “How I’m living here is just fine. You can’t get any better than this.”