My Beautiful Home: Full Circle Communities’ Goodlette Arms
Deb has been a property manager at Full Circle Communities’ Goodlette Arms Apartments for fifteen years. When asked about her favorite part of her job, she said – without hesitation – that it’s showing residents their new home for the first time. She remembers one woman in particular who, when walking through her new apartment, began to cry. Deb asked her what was wrong – her husband, gently holding her hand, explained that she had never lived in such a beautiful place in her life.
Goodlette Arms is located in Naples, Florida, a city that’s long been home to the highest housing prices in the state. Full Circle acquired Goodlette Arms in 2002, aspiring to transform the property into a bastion of hope for Naples seniors overburdened by an inaccessible cost of living. Half a million dollars and fifteen years later, Goodlette Arms has exceeded those aspirations.
Full Circle understands that, for seniors, providing hope means much more than simply securing a roof over their heads. Many of Goodlette Arms’ residents live in a precarious healthcare coverage gap – they’re unable to afford the services they need, while simultaneously earning too much to qualify for government-subsidized care. To close that gap, Full Circle delivers many of those crucial medical services as part of their amenities. Among those provided include physical therapy, on-site screenings, and transportation to clinics and doctor’s offices, all free of charge.
In addition to providing these essential health services, Goodlette Arms makes a priority to combat other endemic social problems inherent to senior citizens, including isolation and lack of activity. Residents are encouraged to participate in nutritional counseling, exercise programs, and social events like movie nights. Language classes allow native English speakers to learn Spanish, and native Spanish speakers to learn English, which helps to break down barriers and encourage friendships across cultures.
In the midst of these wonderful opportunities, Deb has been there, for fifteen years, passionately supporting every new resident that moves in. She considers herself “so thankful and grateful for everything, and [I] look forward to the next fifteen [years].” No doubt the residents of Goodlette Arms look forward to them as well.