WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME

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Do you remember the old "Cheers" theme song?

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. 
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. 
Wouldn't you like to get away? 
Sometimes you want to go 
Where everybody knows your name, 
and they're always glad you came. 
You wanna be where you can see, 
our troubles are all the same 
You wanna be where everybody knows 
Your name. 

In order to help create that sense of belonging and so that people will get to know each other's names, we plan a variety of events and activities. At some communities, we partner with Apartment Life, a non-profit organization that places couples in apartment communities to plan opportunities for residents to get together. The team at Walton at Columns Drive (Matt and Craig Culbreth) is one such team. They are a young husband and wife (Craig is the wife — hers is a family name) and they love nothing better than getting to know their neighbors. They regularly call on new residents who move in, visit with and help their neighbors, host events and lend a listening ear. They are also great at calling on the great folks at their church (Johnson Ferry Baptist) to come out and lend a helping hand.

This past Saturday, they hosted a Community Block Party, and it was quite a hit! Over 200 residents attended — and were having so much fun, they didn't want to leave when it was over! The kids enjoyed making bracelets, going down the blow-up slide, eating sno-cones, blowing bubbles, getting a balloon animal and much more. Adults enjoyed socializing together as the kids played — and eating hamburgers and veggie burgers. Everyone had a wonderful time. It had the feel of a huge family reunion. And in this melting-pot community with residents from all over the world, that was truly a beautiful thing, because "sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came."

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