|Esta Jo Schifter||
Joined Sep 17 2010
66 years old
Henry on the Park
I moved to HOTP about 3 years ago and expect to live here for the foreseable future. I got sick of paying money out the gazoo for a house and my cat didn't like the stairs anymore so I sold that house and here I am. My apartment actually has more sq. ft. than my house had!
I miss 2 things about having a house: control over my habitat and the community spirit that develops with close neighbors. I really expected both of those to exist at HOTP.
I had heard over the years how wonderful HOTP was, how well management took care of residents and how long people lived here (forever). I did not know that the management had changed and how indifferent residents were. So I was and am continually disappointed and angry at the way management treats us. Like dummies that can be easily duped by stupid (and in my mind, unnecessary) lies, by intimidation, and by being unresponsive to serious community wide issues. Have you ever gone to the office and said "you know the elevator has been out in my building for 2 months, when is it going to be fixed?" and the answer you get is an innocent stare and the comment, "really, we didn't know the elevator was out! We will fix it right away."
But then there are my fellow residents. Instead of mostly long term residents, there are now a lot of students here. Not that students are bad, but whether here for undergraduate programs or advanced degrees, they (you?) don't seem interested in getting involved in the life of this community. I wish that would change. Learning to live in community is so rewarding and enriching. And of course, Project Transition patients try to be invisible so how are they fulfilling one of their goals to 'normalize' people who have serious problems.
To that end, I am now the president of HOPTA. I am trying, along with all the board members, to make things a little better here. Join me?