to pay,” she said. “There are so many wonderful things here to be thankful for; I can’t name them all. However, recently I experienced a severe bout of vertigo while in the bedroom. I was able to press the red emergency button and someone came to help me.” Booth added that she loves the community

room, where she recently was able to host her family for lunch. Mark Holmerud, bishop of the Sierra Pacific

Synod, gave the benediction to close the formal program at the housing facility’s grand opening. Of the synod’s 193 congregations, he said St. Stephen stands out as one that has worked hard to create opportunities to work collaboratively with local congregations to be a voice in the public square for those in need, and to alleviate a serious housing shortage. “When I visit other congregations, I tell them

about St. Stephen Lutheran Church using their talents and urge them to look and see how they might be good stewards of God’s bounty,” he said.

Edita McQuary, a former church secretary and newsletter editor, is a community reporter and writer in Watsonville, Calif.

Of the 40 units, five are reserved for veterans who were previously homeless and five are for seniors who have physical challenges. Extensive supportive services will be provided to those residents in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and other local organizations. The facility also includes a community room,

computer lab, exercise and wellness room, a bocce ball court, outdoor exercise station, barbecue area, community garden boxes, and front and rear courtyards. Carol Booth, a retired registered nurse, was

delighted when a friend suggested she apply with the housing authority for a spot in the soon-to-be completed St. Stephen’s Senior Housing facility. She and her dog, Daisy, are now able to live near her sons. Due to housing costs, Booth had previously

moved to Boise, Idaho. But she missed her family and came back to Santa Cruz, where she lived in an $885 per month studio that had no heat or cooking facilities. At St. Stephen’s facility, Booth pays less for a spacious one-bedroom apartment with an outdoor patio. The rent is based on 30 percent of each senior’s monthly income. “I cried when they told me what I was going


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