Martha Appleton is a retired resident of Johnson Towers. A native of Atlanta, Ga, she worked for over 20 years and owned her own home. After the passing of her husband, finances became overwhelming and she decided to apply for Public Housing, in which she has been a resident for the past 10 years. As a senior citizen, Martha stays busy in Johnson Towers by being the president of the Resident Council. She was elected to this position in 2015. As president, she wears many hats that allow her to demonstrate her love and care for her fellow residents. She started a store within Johnson Towers with $500.00. This in-house store allows the residents to buy basic items. Martha enjoys planning parties, decorating for fall festivals, holidays and scheduling wheelchair races. Believe it or not, the residents won, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals which were donated by a local trophy company. One would never know that this lady is 67 years, young.
She also stays active with various church activities at Progressive Baptist Church. Martha stated, “I like seeing the smiles on the people’s faces and the thanks that I am doing a good job. I help them feel good about themselves. I bring in people who can share things to help them with whatever problems they have. My door is open to everyone who has a problem or to just listen.
I want people to remember me for the things I have brought to the Johnson Towers. I want them to know that someone does care about them. Sometimes, families do not visit and so I assist with doctor’s appointments and filing paperwork.”
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