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Media Contact: Lance Skelly 04 March 2005
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Wesley Woods Towers: Candler Budd's 'Baby' Grows Up
Mrs. Agnes Dunn has called Wesley Woods Towers home for almost 24 years, enjoying the view from one of the 20 windows in her two-room apartment near Emory University. The Towers are located at Emory's Wesley Woods campus and consist of 201 apartments for residents 62 years and older.

Sitting in her sun-filled apartment, expertly knitting a red cap, Mrs. Dunn recalls her first introduction to the Towers, when they were nothing more than two big concrete holes. More than 40 years ago, she was visiting her daughter, a student at Emory, during the Thanksgiving holiday. Mrs. Dunn took the train from her home in Pennsylvania, and although happy to be with her daughter, she was homesick for her husband and friends.

Then a knock on the door changed her life. "A fellow was standing there, saying his cousin, who lived in Pennsylvania, told him to look me up while I was in Atlanta. It turned out his cousin was one of my good friends," Mrs. Dunn recalls.

The stranger invited Mrs. Dunn and her daughter over for Thanksgiving dinner with his family, and she was able to call her husband, long distance, so they could still share the holiday. "I remember thinking that this was a nice man."

After dinner, he wanted to show her his new 'baby.' "We drove to a construction site near the Emory campus and saw two huge basements that had just been completed. That man, of course, was Candler Budd, and his 'baby' was Wesley Woods Towers," remembers Mrs. Dunn. Dr. Budd was a prominent pastor in the Methodist Church and one of the founding fathers of Wesley Woods.

Almost two decades later, Mrs. Dunn and her husband moved to the Towers and made it their home for the next 20 years. "At the time I saw those two holes in the ground, I never thought I would eventually live here," she recalls. "But it was a good move. It's so peaceful here. "

Mrs. Dunn says the convenience of the Towers is another plus. She's a volunteer at Emory University Hospital, and is able to take a shuttle to the hospital, located just a mile down Clifton Road.

"Residents at the Towers are encouraged to continue experiencing the many riches life has to offer including a sense of belonging to a wider community which is essential to good health at any age," says Joyce Wilson, Towers administrator. "Wesley Woods Towers nurtures this sense in its residents through a beautiful facility, a caring staff, a variety of planned activities and an exceptionally active residents' association."

The Towers include 39 studio apartments, 120 efficiency apartments, 40 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom units. Efficiency, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments include a kitchen unit that is equipped with stovetop burners, a sink, a refrigerator and cabinetry. In the one and two bedroom apartments, the kitchen unit also has an oven. Studio apartments do not have a kitchen unit but many residents bring a microwave and a refrigerator for their personal use. The second floor apartments are licensed by the State of Georgia as a personal care home. Personal care is 24-hour housing with watchful oversight and protective care. Additional amenities and services include laundry service, housekeeping service, transportation, wellness nurse, pastoral services, service coordinator, activities and transportation to Emory and the Wesley Woods clinics.

A celebration was held in honor of Wesley Woods Towers' 40th anniversary on Thursday, February 24. "I've had a very enjoyable 24 years here, and I'm looking forward to many more. It's been good seeing Candler Budd's baby grow up," Mrs. Dunn fondly says knitting needles still in hand.

For more information on Wesley Woods Towers, please call 404-728-6600.

Media Contact: Lance Skelly 04 March 2005
  lskelly@emory.edu    
  (404) 686-8538   Print  | Email ]
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Wesley Woods Towers: Candler Budd's 'Baby' Grows Up
Mrs. Agnes Dunn has called Wesley Woods Towers home for almost 24 years, enjoying the view from one of the 20 windows in her two-room apartment near Emory University. The Towers are located at Emory's Wesley Woods campus and consist of 201 apartments for residents 62 years and older.

Sitting in her sun-filled apartment, expertly knitting a red cap, Mrs. Dunn recalls her first introduction to the Towers, when they were nothing more than two big concrete holes. More than 40 years ago, she was visiting her daughter, a student at Emory, during the Thanksgiving holiday. Mrs. Dunn took the train from her home in Pennsylvania, and although happy to be with her daughter, she was homesick for her husband and friends.

Then a knock on the door changed her life. "A fellow was standing there, saying his cousin, who lived in Pennsylvania, told him to look me up while I was in Atlanta. It turned out his cousin was one of my good friends," Mrs. Dunn recalls.

The stranger invited Mrs. Dunn and her daughter over for Thanksgiving dinner with his family, and she was able to call her husband, long distance, so they could still share the holiday. "I remember thinking that this was a nice man."

After dinner, he wanted to show her his new 'baby.' "We drove to a construction site near the Emory campus and saw two huge basements that had just been completed. That man, of course, was Candler Budd, and his 'baby' was Wesley Woods Towers," remembers Mrs. Dunn. Dr. Budd was a prominent pastor in the Methodist Church and one of the founding fathers of Wesley Woods.

Almost two decades later, Mrs. Dunn and her husband moved to the Towers and made it their home for the next 20 years. "At the time I saw those two holes in the ground, I never thought I would eventually live here," she recalls. "But it was a good move. It's so peaceful here. "

Mrs. Dunn says the convenience of the Towers is another plus. She's a volunteer at Emory University Hospital, and is able to take a shuttle to the hospital, located just a mile down Clifton Road.

"Residents at the Towers are encouraged to continue experiencing the many riches life has to offer including a sense of belonging to a wider community which is essential to good health at any age," says Joyce Wilson, Towers administrator. "Wesley Woods Towers nurtures this sense in its residents through a beautiful facility, a caring staff, a variety of planned activities and an exceptionally active residents' association."

The Towers include 39 studio apartments, 120 efficiency apartments, 40 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom units. Efficiency, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments include a kitchen unit that is equipped with stovetop burners, a sink, a refrigerator and cabinetry. In the one and two bedroom apartments, the kitchen unit also has an oven. Studio apartments do not have a kitchen unit but many residents bring a microwave and a refrigerator for their personal use. The second floor apartments are licensed by the State of Georgia as a personal care home. Personal care is 24-hour housing with watchful oversight and protective care. Additional amenities and services include laundry service, housekeeping service, transportation, wellness nurse, pastoral services, service coordinator, activities and transportation to Emory and the Wesley Woods clinics.

A celebration was held in honor of Wesley Woods Towers' 40th anniversary on Thursday, February 24. "I've had a very enjoyable 24 years here, and I'm looking forward to many more. It's been good seeing Candler Budd's baby grow up," Mrs. Dunn fondly says knitting needles still in hand.

For more information on Wesley Woods Towers, please call 404-728-6600.



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