Recently, residents came together for festive fun at For Richmond’s “Pullman Point Resident Dinner” at the Pullman Point Apartments in Richmond.
For Richmond hosted the holiday-themed Dec. 8 dinner in the complex’s Multipurpose Room as a way to celebrate the season, connect with residents and to offer everyone the opportunity to share their voices regarding new community services being offered on-site for their families.
Last month, For Richmond established the Resident Resource Center at Pullman Point Apartments. Located within the A. Philip Randolph Community Center at the complex, the center provides easily accessible community services specifically tailored to residents’ needs.
As Pullman Point residents dined on prime rib, chicken, potatoes, veggies and a delectable array of sweet treats catered by Café Soleil, For Richmond Resident Services Coordinator Monica Boyd greeted them along with other staff members and gave them a preview of the center’s upcoming offerings.
Among the community services Boyd previewed for residents that evening were the Soleil Kids Café—a daily breakfast program for school aged children and their families inspired by a program once run by the Black Panthers—and the First 5 Parent Cafe, ongoing gatherings which will bring together parents of children ages five and under to, per Boyd, “give them a voice” and “an opportunity to open up and connect with other parents.”
“Parents at the dinner were as enthusiastic about the family friendly initiatives we introduced as they were about the $50 Target gift cards and 50” TV we raffled off,” kidded Boyd.
“The programs highlighted at the Resident Dinner will kick off at the beginning of 2017,” said For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy, adding that they will join “other life-enriching offerings at the center surrounding For Richmond’s focus areas of jobs, health, safety and education.”
Some of the older adults in attendance provided input to For Richmond that they would be interested in receiving some computer training through the center—a suggestion that the organization will look to introduce in the near future.
According to Boyd, overall the dinner was very well received by the attending residents, who spanned the gamut in age from youth to older adults.
Upon entering the Multipurpose Room adorned in holiday decorations, beautifully set tables and more, resident Yolanda Lowe exclaimed, “Oh, this is so beautiful! For us?”
“It was clear the residents really appreciated it,” said Boyd.
For more info about the Pullman Point Resident Resource Center, contact Monica Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-234-1295.