Residents at two of our larger housing communities joined people across the country on Aug. 1 to celebrate National Night Out. This year marks the 40th year for the national event to promote neighborhood safety.
At Fireside Apartments in Mill Valley and Warner Creek Senior Housing in Novato, the evening includes music, dinner and occasional visits from fire or police department personnel.
“It gives us a good excuse for a barbecue, but also a chance to give our families and seniors some tips on safety and security,” says Micha Berman, Program Coordinator at Fireside Apartments. The event includes giveaways for items like whistles and flashlights. Another topic was how to respond in a power shutoff, he says.
At Warner Creek Senior Housing, musicians from Sonic Forest entertain residents who can enjoy dinner together on the patio. Our property management partners at Eden Housing and some of our program volunteers also join the festivities.
“We play a lot of concerts for seniors, especially in underserved communities,” says Brenda Schuman-Post of Sonic Forest, which plays diverse, improvisational music. “It’s been a pleasure to work with the Warner Creek program.” The Music Performance Trust Fund underwrites the show.
Ultimately the annual event fosters neighborly spirit and the safety that comes from knowing you’re not alone in case of emergency. Services Coordinator Monina Hamilton at Warner Creek, adds, “It’s a night for connection at the forefront.”