Local residents and businesses joined together to benefit the senior community at College Hill Apartments at 600 E 8th Street in West Point on April 13th. Due to the age and healthconstraints of residents, their desire to improve the landscaping of the facility has been a challenge.
As a part of the National Registry of Historic Places College Hill Apartment Homes was initially built as a college located on the highest point in West Point. In 2004, a renovation was completed that produced 22 low-income homes for residents over the age of 55. The complex has over three acres that are a challenge for the residents to maintain, so the West Georgia/East Alabama communities came together to provide assistance.
Many businesses and organizations generously donated to this clean-up effort. These included Chic Delight and Givorns in West Point; Kroger, Fred’s, and the David Guinn Training Center in Lanett; Marvin’s and WalMart in Valley; and Extreme Auto and Truck Repair and Tractor Supply in LaGrange. In addition to representatives from the West Point Police Department and Point University, hands-on help was provided by the friends and family of residents and employees of College Hill Apartments, with volunteers as young as 14-years-old.
The grounds of the facility were landscaped with extra steps taken to ensure that areas would be easier for residents to manage in the future. David Guinn, one of the project leaders and an experienced landscaper, explained that “using mulch and pre-treating overgrowth will minimize the amount of maintenance work required while leaving the residents with a home that brings beauty and pride into their daily lives.”
Amanda Ramseur, the facility manager shared her gratitude for the generosity of the donors and volunteers. “Having so many members of our community participate in this clean-up project was such a pleasant surprise. Seeing the delightful and appreciative responses from our residents has shown how valuable their contributions were.” Guests, volunteers, and residents joined together for lunch after the morning’s work, with discussions and plans for the next workday.