As the oldest Wesley Woods HUD facility serving a very low-income resident population, AHET has only a modest amount of money available through refinancing and R&R reserves. Combined with philanthropic dollars, these funds will provide for a variety of environmentally sustainable upgrades to the apartments, updates to kitchen and bath counters and cabinets, and refurbish the building’s common areas. The facility will also benefit from a new roof and rooftop HVAC, security cameras and emergency call and fire alarm systems. A new Wellness Center will be developed which will feature low-impact exercise equipment, physical therapy space and a multipurpose classroom where healthcare practitioners and educators can talk to residents about health issues, encouraging them to stay active and healthy.
Mrs. Melba Carter, an AHET resident for almost 9 years now, has been breaking down barriers of race and gender for most of her life. Born and raised in a racially divided Atlanta, Mrs. Carter graduated from Spelman College in 1949 at a time when few women, and even fewer African-American women, attended college. After completing her degree, she raised two children while working at the Atlanta Life Insurance Company as an accountant for 25 years. During the 1960’s, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, Mrs. Carter would go at lunchtime to march in front of the downtown Macy’s to protest unfair employment practices. A lifelong member of Friendship Baptist Church, Mrs. Carter has served as a Deaconess and as a member of the Art and Garden Club providing flower arrangements for luncheons, services and funerals. As an active older adult, Mrs. Carter is particularly excited to hear about the proposed Wellness Center at AHET, and the opportunities for health checks and exercise classes.
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Built in 1973, this residence on Glenwood Avenue in East Atlanta has 176 independent living apartments and serves low-income seniors. All residents of Branan Towers receive HUD rental subsidies, and 74% live below the poverty level. Renovations needed at Branan Towers include environmentally sustainable upgrades such as new windows, carpet, HVAC units and the conversion of six apartments to ADA standards. Facility-wide upgrades will also be made such as installing new emergency call, fire alarm and security systems, replacing fire doors, installing hallway handrails and repainting hallways and common areas.
Mrs. Willie Daniel has led an exceptional life of leadership and community involvement. When her children were young, she chaired the PTA for many years, advocating for the children of the school system and providing parents the best tools for their children to succeed. Ms. Daniel also served as the secretary and Sunday school teacher at her church. When Ms. Daniel turned 60 she was called to enter the world of academia, earning a B.A. in Religious Studies. Around the same time she was again called, this time to serve those in need at the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House (AHHH). AHHH provides a home away from home for outpatients and caregivers of patients in Atlanta area hospitals, offering lodging, meals, and supportive companionship for a nominal donation. Ms. Daniel donated her time cooking meals and acting as a prayer partner for these individuals in their time of need, and through this has managed to touch individuals and entire communities throughout Georgia. Due to Ms. Daniel’s warm and nurturing character, not to mention her delicious cooking, she was asked by AHHH to become a member of the staff and continues to do so today. Within the Branan Towers community, Ms. Daniel also continues to nurture the spirits of her friends and neighbors by leading weekly bible study and prayer service. Ms. Daniel’s class has consistently good attendance and acts to help fortify the spiritual foundation that Branan Towers and Wesley Woods is built upon.
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Built in 1965, Wesley Woods Towers is our original residential community, located in distinctive cylindrical buildings on the Wesley Woods Center campus. It features 182 independent living units and 19 personal care apartments. Its location provides residents with easy accessibility to the full spectrum of care for older adults, including a geriatric hospital, a long-term nursing facility and an outpatient senior health center. When it was constructed, each apartment was outfitted with an efficiency kitchen that includes a two-burner range with a small oven underneath it and an apartment-size refrigerator. These appliances were last replaced more than 20 years ago, and the kitchen areas are badly in need of refurbishment.
Reverend Harold Lyda has been officially retired as a Methodist minister since 1990, but that doesn’t mean he has slowed down at all. In fact, since then he has worked for Georgia Power retrofitting dams, as a baker for the Dillard House, as a Hospice chaplain, and as a chaplain for Habitat for Humanity. Reverend Lyda, in his retirement, has built on his past experiences to contribute to his new community. As a young man serving in WWII, Reverend Lyda learned to bake and eventually became a cook for the troops in Okinawa, Japan and then Korea. After the war, he returned to college, and earned a scholarship to attend Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. As a minister, he served in many churches throughout North Georgia, and retired from McDonough UMC. On a Saturday in the fall of 2004, Reverend Lyda and his wife moved into the Wesley Woods Towers. The next day he became the assistant Sunday School teacher, and since then has also taken on the role of Religious Activities Director. He also leads a Friday bible study class, and makes regular visits to patients at Budd Terrace, the Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital and A. G. Rhodes. In his leisure time, he enjoys the Senior University at Emory, and the numerous activities available to Towers’ residents.
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Wesley Woods - 1817 Clifton Road NE - Atlanta, GA 30329
Wesley Woods is affiliated with the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and Emory Healthcare.