May 2019 Edition
The New Community Service Newsletter
April was full of egg-stra special activities at Atlantic Housing Foundation. Everyone hopped in to promote literacy, math and egg-cellence in teamwork while having fun and enjoying spending time together as a community. Shown above, the children at Villas at Sonterra not only got a surprise left by the bunny, but also, in celebration of literacy, each child received a free book from our Resident Coordinator program presented by our Resident Coordinator, Mariah Lopez. Thank you to Mariah for putting a bit of "Spring" into everybunny's step this month at the Villas at Sonterra!

The Atlantic Housing Foundation is committed to excellence in service and a focus on giving back to the community. We operate under a set of core values that drive our business goals and everyday operations. These are:

Continuous Improvement
Investing in Human Capital
Passion for Service

We hope you enjoy this edition of the New Community Services Newsletter! For more information about Atlantic Housing Foundation we invite you to:
Special Events
A sweet treat and some healthy advice adds up!
The Easter Bunny wasn't the only one busy at the Waters at Sunrise. The Tooth Fairy showed up, along with My Kid's Dentist and Orthodontist, to give out some dental packets, which surely came in handy after eating all that candy! The parents at Waters at Sunrise are glad Andrea and Lauryn Vega, Resident Coordinators, work hard to find great partnerships for our resident services. (Middle photo).
At Quail Ridge they celebrated teamwork by having a team egg hunt. Sebunny and her five teams collected eggs and added them up with some fast math. Thanks to Resident Coordinators Nilsa Gutierez and Carmen Soto for their teamwork on this event!
Water's at Sunrise resident gets a surprise from both the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy!
Hunting for eggs just got a little more hare-y for the Waters at Elm Creek residents. They participated in an educational scavenger hunt to make the hunt a bit more fun and a lot more challenging.
Egg Hunt for Literacy : Promoting education through celebrations
This year our Resident Coordinators encouraged learning and fun by giving residents the gift of literacy combined with the traditional hunt for eggs. Heather Ridge snuck some learning into the Easter Basket this year and Resident Coordinator Amy Dodds made sure the residents' baskets were egg-stra special! (Middle photo)
Egg-cited to show off his basket from the Book Egg Hunt at Village Lakes planned by Resident Coordinator Diamond DelValle.
Heather Ridge resident holding up her finds!
Covington Creek Resident Coordinator, Jennifer Pellot, hosted an Alphabet Easter Egg Hunt for her residents to promote literacy.
Gone to the Dogs
Westfield Apartments in San Marcos included their furry friends in the community Easter celebration. Fido was dressed to impress in these fun photos.

Visit the link below to see what fun they are having at Westfield. MAD Squad members Kayla Dillon and Natalie Ferguson work hard to provide resident services for our students!

In addition to the Egg Hunt many other fun activities were happening at our communities. Gathering to color eggs (photo on left) brought everyone together for a fun craft and social activity that build's community.

Residents at Palm House Senior Living prove you are never too young to have Easter fun! Residents dressed up funny like the bunny to hunt eggs and spend time together for their special resident function. Thanks to Gina Battles, Assistant Director, for planning this event.
Family Fun and the Easter Bun
Waters at Willow Run's Resident Coordinator Joann Gonzalez had an event so popular the bunny showed up to participate along with all the families. They made an entire day of it by solving Easter math problems, reading, learning about healthy eating and looking for eggs. (Photo on right)

Tall Timbers Apartments residents celebrate with cupcakes and baskets, a great time for both the adults and children! (Photo on left).
Spring Has Sprung: Community Projects
Heather Ridge Apartments
Waterchase Apartments
Manitoba Apartments
Community Gardens
Community Gardens provide our residents with a welcome change of pace to spend some time outdoors working together as a team to both beautify and improve quality of life. Turning areas into vibrant green space around our communities is hard work, but these residents find both enjoyment and healthier lifestyles by participating in learning more about how to create a productive garden space. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labor in upcoming months! Whether it is a large or small garden it gives people a chance to meet and learn about their neighbors and gardening techniques. Please enjoy these photos from our Community Gardens!
Heather Ridge Apartments
Waters at Willow Run Apartments (above, left)
Windover Oaks Apartments
Programs that Make a Difference
Academic and Housing Scholarships

Michael Nguyen and Bart Marantz presented the Fall 2019 Bart Marantz Legacy Scholarship to Thomas Dean at the Plano West Band Banquet. Thomas is pursuing his Engineering degree at Texas A&M University this fall as an incoming Freshman. Atlantic Housing Foundation presents three named scholarships every year. In addition to the Bart Marantz Legacy Scholarship awarded to a student very involved in music education, the Sharon Murphy Excellence in Education Scholarship and the Sharon Whaley Scholarship for Educators are both awarded to students who are pursuing a career in education. These awards total $30,000 a year!
Pictured below, Brittney Buckhanan, Senior Accounting Analyst for AHF, receives her MBA with Accounting Specialization from Texas Woman's University and Alicia Key, Learning & Development Specialist, receives her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Cornerstone University.
AHF Gives Back

Pictured above, Ariana Porfidia, Spring 2018 scholarship recipient, graduates with a four-year degree from Sam Houston State University in Nursing. She was thankful for the scholarship, stating, "I was grateful for the ability to focus on school and not continue working". Pictured below, Pierina Martynenko, Fall 2012 scholarship recipient, graduates with her Juris Doctorate from Loyola College of Law. She held the following postions as an employee at Atlantic Housing: Resident Coordinator, Assistant Manager, Community Manager, and Board Member.
"For me, AHF's motto meant doing what I could to help or improve the lives of our residents - beyond providing low-income housing and often helping residents with their other needs. Having spent the last couple of years serving and representing a majority of indigent clients, I am constantly reminded of the importance of 'Making a Difference' and what I can do to continue to live by AHF's motto. I am incredibly thankful for AHF and the people that first provided me the opportunity to put this motto into practice in my professional career." - Pierina Otiniano Martynenko, J.D.
No matter what age, graduation is an important next step in life! Deondria Primes, Community Manager of Silver Leaf Villas, graduates Pre-K!
Communities Transformed
From cooking lessons to providing a safe place for tutoring to enriching our residents' lives with amazing computer programs, our Resident Coordinators go the extra mile to make sure residents are receiving top-notch quality programming at each of our centers.
Waters at Willow Run teaches students about nutrition, food safety, and how to prepare a great meal during their cooking classes. Shout out to Joann Gonzales and her mom, Rose, for all you do for your residents!

Providing a safe place to do homework after school at Waterchase Apartments. Thank you, India Jorge, Resident Coordinator.
Waters at Magnolia Bay provides computer instruction and enrichment in their Community Center. Thank you to the Resident Coordinator, Juanita Small.
April at Arbors of Denton
Check out this video to see what happened in April at Arbors of Denton! They kicked off the month with their annual paint a pot event, then there was an egg hunt race to see who could grab the most eggs, and they wrapped up the month by helping the environment! Way to go Arbors MAD Squad!

Upcoming Events and Information
June campaign: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is changing the lives of children with cancer by funding research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer. Atlantic Housing Foundation partners every year with ALSF to raise money which is donated to this important cause. During the entire month of June you can donate at any of our properties, or you can visit our online page to learn more about Alex, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, and donate to this worthy cause!
Committed to helping students reach their academic goals to help end the cycle of poverty, the Atlantic Housing Foundation has awarded rent discounts to students for A-Honor Roll, A/B-Honor roll and Perfect Attendance for over a decade. This Spring, starting in June, parents can easily submit report cards online.

Use the link to the left to submit your report card by the deadline. Students will receive a 10% discount for A Honor Roll, a 5% discount for A/B Honor Roll, and a 10% discount for perfect attendance for the second semester of school. You can view details by visiting

All report cards must be received by June 30, 2019 .

Check Out the New AHF Headquarters
The Atlantic Housing Foundation has moved to a new location near the Design District in Dallas, located at 4770 Iberia Ave, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75207.

This awesome new space has a vibrant and fun work-life balance built in and is filled with caring and creative folks making a difference.

Check out our new digs in our AHF Headquarters Tour video, and come visit!
The Atlantic Housing Foundation Way
Sandie Fauss, Editor
Director of Community Services
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