Marie and Richard, 89 and 93-years-old respectively, have been married 70 years. He is a World War II veteran who owned his own business, Lancaster County Farms. Marie was a self-taught artist in Theorem painting and sold her artwork at the Kutztown Folk Festival every year. In 1992, Richard had a heart attack and after living in Bird-in-Hand for 59 years, they needed to downsize.
Today, on a very limited income, Marie and Richard live in an apartment owned by Community Basics, Inc. (CBI). CBI provides affordable housing for families and individuals in Lancaster County and surrounding areas. Tabor provides supportive services at six of CBI’s locations. Teresa, one of Tabor's Supportive Service Coordinators, helps residents like Marie and Richard continue to live independently and with other challenges that they face.
With Teresa’s assistance in getting food stamps and a rent rebate, Marie and Richard say, “Teresa is one of a kind. When we call her, she responds quickly and always listens to us. Not many people do that these days. She visits twice a month or more if we need her.”
Marie and Richard are grateful for what Teresa and Tabor have done for them. Of their 70 years together, Marie says, “Richard was always first in my life. At night, we always kiss and hold hands and say ‘good night.’ Our life has been blessed.”