Question: What is some advice you would give to younger people?
Answer: Save your money! I’m from a family of blue-collar Italians from The Hill and it was all about saving money and education. When I got married, we didn’t have any money and I’m very organized, so I made a spreadsheet and everything to keep track of all our utilities and we did live by that. And Wendell wasn’t as much for that as I was, but I could keep him on track. And if he balked, I just had to slap him around a little bit. We thought a lot before we bought a car and didn’t spend frivolously. We lived in an apartment first and saved to get our first house.
We always wanted to travel, so we saved our money and we were able to do that. We travelled all over the world and I’ve seen more of the world than a lot of people. We went to Australia and China and Italy three times. And then we saved for our second house and then eventually were able to come here. – Barbara Lehman, Friendship Village Sunset Hills resident
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The above photo and text are part of a year-long project we call We Are Friendship Village. We are posting these photos and brief interviews to our website’s blog section every day as we talk with residents at Friendship Village Chesterfield and Friendship Village Sunset Hills. The idea is to give a short introduction to the residents who make up our wonderful senior living communities and give you a peek at something you might not know about them!
After gathering 200 interviews and photos, we will publish A BOOK featuring all the great residents who participated. AND PARTICIPANTS get A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK! During this year, we will also be sharing these photos and stories on Facebook and other social media such as Instagram, so look for them and please follow the hashtag #WeAreFriendshipVillage to stay current with the project!
We think it’s a great chance to share a bit about who we are! Residents’ participation takes less than ten minutes, so it won’t take much time to be a part of it and we think everyone will enjoy getting to know their neighbors and friends a little bit better!
If interested in participating (or know someone else who might be), feel free to give us a call at (314) 270-7837 or email at email@example.com or drop by the marketing suites in Sunset Hills or Chesterfield. We have 365 of these to do over the course of the year, so everyone is welcome!
We look forward to seeing you as we get to share insights about the senior living residents who are making our Friendship Village retirement communities so great!