by Lola Carlisle, VHCA Board Member (pictured with fellow VHCA Board Member Peggy Berg to her left)
All photos by Briarcliff Summit
Inside Virginia-Highland there are a number of organizations that serve our diverse groups of residents. One of my favorites is Briarcliff Summit, a nine-story high rise located at the corner of Highland and Ponce de Leon that serves low and limited-income seniors and disabled adults. Briarcliff Summit has been on the National Register of Historic Places since the 1980’s and has been extensively renovated over the last few years – work that was completed just in time for the building and their community to be part of the 2013 Virginia-Highland Civic Association (VHCA) Tour of Homes.
Last month we were all invited to the community’s Fall Festival, and several board members gladly attended. The event was fun and informative and the residents again welcomed us enthusiastically. If you have questions about Briarcliff Summit or would like to be involved with their activities, reach out to Johnnetta Bushel, the resident Assistant Manager who is (like all VaHi residents) a member of VHCA.
Briarcliff Summit staff member Kama King provided an additional report on the event:
Briarcliff Summit Senior Apartments celebrated its First Annual Fun Fall Festival on Friday, September 25th, 2015. Even though Briarcliff Summit Apartments has been a staple in our community for over 30 years, this is the first time there has been a community event for the 200 residents that live there.
Those residents, both senior and disabled, were treated to lots of good times and information. Residents got to meet a lot of friends, service providers, and vendors, including HisGrip Health Care, Humana Health Care, WellCare Health Plan, Druid Hill Baptist Church, 4 Front Health Care, Health Market, Adesse Health Care, Crown Health Care, the newly- formed Briarcliff Summit Resident Steering Committee, and our special guests from the Virginia-Highland Civic Association. Residents provided live music and an art display that included woodwork and paintings.
The staff at Briarcliff Summit provided everyone a lunch – including cake – to celebrate this event. And many residents were also excited to win prizes during the multiple drawings that took place during the festival.
We all look forward to the next community event, and we hope you will join us.