Highland Square: Home for the Holidays

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Maya Angelou once said, “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Many of the low-income seniors of Cottonwood, AZ were in pursuit of a safe place to call home when they found Highland Square. For these seniors, Highland Square met their basic needs including a safe place to live, access to food, transportation and other amenities designed to make their lives easier and more fulfilling. But a place to live, in and of itself, is not a home. It’s the residents who have made Highland Square a home.  It starts with knick knacks on the shelves, photos in frames and slowly expands to a deep-rooted feeling of safety and belonging. In the 10 short months since the seniors moved into Highland Square, those lucky residents have been able to form bonds, friendships and most importantly, a real sense of belonging. A stroll through the property affords views of welcome signs posted on front of doors and tables on patios outfitted for sipping coffee in the morning. These little details are true indicators of apartments that have transformed into homes. It’s not the possessions that line the walls that defines a home but the love that lives within. The residents at Highland Square have filled their apartments with love and this time they are finally home for the holidays.


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