Barbara E. Ivey moved into Covenant Place, an affordable senior housing community in Chapel Hill, just a few months after it opened in 1998.
This year, Covenant Place celebrated 25 years of housing residents ages 62 years and older. Her daughter, Barbara Ann Ivey, became one of those residents last month.
“I was not afraid to stay by myself, but it's just good to always have somebody you can call on if you need them,” Barbara E. Ivey, 88, said. “It makes a difference.”
Before moving into Covenant Place, Barbara E. Ivey said she was looking for an affordable place to live because her salary was low.
Barbara Ann Ivey said that, before moving into the community, she had been in multiple uncomfortable living situations. Now 63 years old, she applied for housing at Covenant Place and moved in shortly after — she said she was welcomed with open arms.
“Everybody came out of their doors to see who's moving in,” Barbara Ann Ivey said. “And they greeted me and told me their names, if I need anything, ‘Don’t hesitate.’ They were glad I was on the hall.”
Her mother said that Covenant Place feels involved and family-oriented.
Though Covenant Place is an independent living community, it provides many support services and workshops that allow residents to improve their quality of life, Wendy Covington, the service coordinator for the community, said.
Parris Solomon is the onsite manager for Covenant Place and said Chapel Hill is accommodating to senior residents. She said the EZ Rider service, a shared ride transit service, is a good example of that accommodation.