José and his family moved into RCD’s Arbors Apartments in Richmond eight years ago. He and his wife are raising three sons, and they appreciate the community’s amenities and close proximity to transit, schools and parks.
“I got so lucky years ago. It’s the best apartment I’ve had in my life,” says José. “I never want to leave!”
When the pandemic began, José was deeply concerned for his family’s welfare. When he was furloughed from his job as a jockey valet, his family’s sole income suddenly vanished. Fortunately, he had a lifeline in the form of Alecia, one of RCD’s resident services coordinators. He had not known he was eligible for unemployment, and she worked closely with him to navigate the complex system and connect his family with food programs.
Thankfully, José was able to return to work a few months later but he will always remember and appreciate her support during that uncertain and scary time.
“Alecia is one of the greatest people. She helped me so much over the years,” says José. He and his three eligible family members were also able to get their COVID vaccines on site last spring thanks to RCD’s resident services.