Fifty years ago, Anna made her way from Hong Kong to the United States and settled in Quincy with her husband. After weathering the storm of a divorce, she found herself on her own for the first time in her life, and moved into an apartment in the South End. She felt alone; the stairs in her building took a toll on her, she didn’t feel safe walking in the dark after parking far away; and it was challenging to make friends.
Moving to BBH’s Covenant House Communities in Brighton changed everything for Anna. At Covenant House she is part of the flourishing Chinese community that is among the many nationalities represented in this diverse and inclusive development. Anna can regularly be found chatting with fellow residents at coffee hours, setting up Chinese movie nights, or shopping with her friends. She loves that the staff – including two who are fluent in Mandarin – organize so many events, including important cultural customs, like the annual Moon Festival – “it’s my one of my favorite celebrations!” says Anna.
With warmer weather on our horizon, Anna is looking forward to doing more gardening this spring – making the most of Covenant House’s rooftop garden space. “I missed being able to garden, it was something I couldn’t do at my last apartment. I’m excited to be able to do something I love that makes me and other people happy.”