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Bill Gentile, Resident of Uptown Tower

Bill GentileBill says: “You don’t feel like you’re put out in the wilderness.”


Our city is stronger when seniors can age in place and continue contributing to the community they helped shape. Originally from Connecticut, Bill Gentile, 64, has called Uptown Tower home for eight years. He can easily hop on the bus or Max for trips to the Veteran Affairs Medical Center and other appointments. “You want intergenerational contact. You feel like you’re part of the community,” said Bill, who is a retired investigator with the National Labor Relations Board and is active with many organizations, including Elders in Action and the Public Involvement Advisory Committee. With Uptown Tower’s location in Northwest Portland, Bill enjoys walks to Washington Park and Powell’s Books. He said if he were not at Uptown Tower, he’d likely be isolated from services and friends.

Click here to listen to Bill in his own words.

Click below to read the stories of other residents living in homes preserved through the 11X13 Campaign.


 Photo by Cathleen Arnerich


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