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Spring Brings Changes at Friendship Court

Piedmont Housing Alliance (Piedmont Housing) will begin managing the Friendship Court community in May. While Piedmont Housing is already an owner of Friendship Court and leading the redevelopment planning, Edgewood Management, manages the property. This transition marks the next step in ongoing efforts to make Friendship Court a wonderful place to live. Staff is already being shored up to meet the residents’ needs.

As previously announced, Shawna Wells joined Piedmont Housing in her new role of Economic Opportunity Coordinator (EOC) on March 11. The EOC role is based at Friendship Court. Wells will provide financial and employment coaching, create the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program at Friendship Court and connect residents to employment opportunities and related resources.

Other changes at Piedmont Housing include Amanda Chandler transitioning from her Interim Regional Community Manager to a permanent position as the Regional Community Manager, heading up Piedmont Housing’s property management operations. Chandler originally joined our staff as Assistant Regional Community Manager in August 2018.

John Bunch, who joined the team as Maintenance and Facilities Supervisor, is now Regional Maintenance Manager. The title change was made to make room for other tiers of maintenance positions as we staff Friendship Court.

At this stage in the transition, Piedmont Housing already finalized decisions about what Edgewood staff will stay on at Friendship Court. We are recruiting for a Community Manager, Maintenance Supervisor, Community Administrative Assistant, and a Community Center Coordinator.

Adding to the changes, Friendship Court Community Organizer, Claudette Grant, departs the team on April 16 to join Big Brothers Big Sisters.

During her time at Friendship Court, she played a key role in fostering the resident participation that continues to guide the future of Friendship Court. We will never be able to fill Claudette’s shoes, but will work to honor and build upon her legacy.  Claudette guided the Advisory Committee to a place of trust and vision. She helped facilitate the redevelopment plan that residents co-designed.

Claudette and Sherri with kids that live at Friendship Court

Claudette, pictured here on the right, is shown with some of the younger Friendship Court residents and Community Outreach Assistant, Sheri Hopper.

Friendship Court Community Receives Donations from BB&T to Improve the Community Center

Thanks to a generous donation from BB&T, Piedmont Housing is able to provide Friendship Court’s Community Center with some updated furnishings to help give it a little face-lift.

BB&T’s Bryan Thomas and his colleagues Steve Supple and Jennifer De Gaetano planned an afternoon to bring several new pieces to the center and helped Community Organizer, Claudette Grant, set them up. One item was a new area rug to use in the classroom as well as several colorful beanbag chairs that the kids can enjoy.  They also brought two benches, and badminton and volleyball sets.
Baskets for the bookcases and additional seating are forthcoming. The BB&T team spent the afternoon entertaining the youth while playing volleyball and badminton with them. The afternoon was capped off with the kids enjoying ice cream served up by Kirt of Kirt’s Homemade Ice Cream.   It was a real treat for all!

“The Friendship Court community thanks BB&T and Kirt’s Homemade Ice Cream for their generous support. The children greatly appreciate and are enjoying all the items provided,” notes Claudette Grant, Community Organizer at Friendship Court.

Bryan Thomas, Market President of BB&T, said “We have had the pleasure of working with Piedmont Housing Alliance this year.  Our BB&T branches and departments have continued to support our Lighthouse Projects, financially and with our personal involvement, to help our communities become stronger and better places to live.” Lighthouse Projects are community projects that bring financial resources and program support to community organizations or programs in need, such as Friendship Court.  They were started six years ago by BB&T.  Some other Lighthouse Projects supported in 2016 by other BB&T branches have been Claudius Crozet Park, Ready for Kids, and the Ronald MacDonald House.