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Resident Blog: Walta McCarley

June 5, 2019

Life is what you make it. Making the most of where you live can really make it feel like a home.

For resident Walta McCarley, this bodes very true for her life at Emerald Heights. She has made the Life Plan Community her home for the last 10 years and says that all her fellow residents are friendly and helpful.

“My husband was an introvert before we moved here and now, he is involved with the Coffee Shop and is very outgoing,” she said. “We have so many wonderful friends here.”

Walta enjoys being involved in the Emerald Heights community. She has spent the last four years as the Secretary of the Resident Association and says she has gotten to know many of the residents through her position.

She is also a member of the Resident Activities Council Committee where she serves as the chair of the Creative Arts Studio Committee and the Tuesday Crafters.

Walta is involved with the community at large and served as a member of the Kemper Freeman Circle at Bellevue LifeSpring thrift store. The store’s mission is to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue’s children and their families through programs that provide food, clothing, education and emergency assistance. She has been a member of the LifeSpring organization for 25 years.

“Volunteering is a passion of mine,” Walta said. “I say I am a professional volunteer since I have done it for so many years. I have enjoyed being able to help and serve others in any way that I am able to.”

Walta started volunteering long before her life at Emerald Heights. She first started when her daughter was in kindergarten as the room mother and has been passionate about giving back ever since.

In addition to her avid volunteering, she enjoys cross stitching and reading historical romance novels in her free time. Through her dedication to helping others, Walta has become a very active and proud member of the Emerald Heights community.