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#StillHaveJoy Stories: Angie

By October 12, 2016September 1st, 2017Blog

“I lost my mom 13 years ago. Because of my challenges, I lived with her for my entire life, so when she passed, I had to figure out how to live on my own. I didn’t want to bother my siblings.

I moved here [The Commons at Buckingham] and I really just wanted to stay home and keep to myself. One of my friends said to me, “Angie, you’re being really selfish,” and she got me a chair so I could sit out by the building. Every day for two years, I would sit in the lounge area and I would wave at people who would come and go from the building. And when I wasn’t down in the lounge, the others would worry and send my friend up to check on me.

Six years ago, Harmony Project came to our building and someone asked me if I’d like to be a part of the group. I said, “I don’t sing,” and then they made me watch this DVD of the choir singing. I saw all the joy in the people’s eyes, and I decided to do it. If someone would have told me six years ago that I’d be doing this, I wouldn’t have believed them. But this is my way to give back to the community. This is what gives me joy.” – Angie, Commons in Harmony