MIDVALE, Utah — Members of the newest resident-owned community in Utah made the news last week after filling the Midvale Senior Center for the celebration of their recent purchase of their neighborhood.
Residents of the Applewood Homeowners Cooperative said the purchase provided members in the 56-home senior living community with a sense of security and relief for years to come.
KUTV 2 shared the good news in a piece that night on the residents’ success.
“It’s been our dream home,” said resident Christine Baker, fighting back tears of joy and relief. “And we’re so glad we could keep our home.”
Residents purchased their community in early February and hit the ground running with plans to help it continue to grow. Many came out to volunteer for the various committees, filling up those slots.
The community was well taken care of, so going forward, the biggest project the group is undertaking is to fill four vacant sites. They’re working with NeighborWorks® Salt Lake and Next Step Network in order to do so.
ROC USA founding President Paul Bradley applauded the work of the residents and their hard work during the purchase process.
“The community is beautiful, in good condition and there are only four vacant sites,” he said. “Moreover, the leadership in the community had demonstrated such resolve and built strong relationships with key supporters.”
Mark Lundgren of UROC, the Certified Technical Assistance Provider for the community, agreed, saying the community has a strong group of dedicated residents.
“They’ve been a very good group to work with,” he said. “They’re going to do well.”
For Bradley, the purchase marked a victory that will benefit residents for a lifetime.
“Our reason for being is you and your security,” he said.