Gabriella says: “The managers are wonderful. They treat us like human beings.”
Everyone deserves access to opportunities in the neighborhood of their choice. After living at Walnut Park for 12 years, Gabriella, 68, says she feels inspired to paint again. She worked as a caregiver and moved around a lot because of rising rent prices. She experienced homelessness for two years. Even then, Gabriella found reasons to be happy every day, “When I am happy, I can move a mountain.” Gabriella, who moved to Oregon from Italy in 1975, lives passionately and expresses herself through Latin dance, singing karaoke, cooking, painting and gardening. “I’m very glad to be here. Here, I can take care of myself.”
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Photo by Cathleen Arnerich