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It’s A Wonderful Life When You Love Where You Live 

 

This month’s Villager speaks volumes about how I feel about our neighborhood. It really is a wonderful life when you love where you live.  

In the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” an angel shows protagonist George Bailey what life in Bedford Falls would be like if he had never been born. Prior to this, it was hard for him to understand the impact he made on so many people and the community itself.  

I really believe that if BAPA never existed, things would also look and feel a lot different. This organization has been serving the Beverly Morgan Park Community for over 75 years. It has brought us together countless times, whether it was to connect with each other through community events, such as cleaning up public spaces, or through advocating for parks, trees, safety concerns, and tenants facing housing obstacles. BAPA is always there, working constantly for the good of the community, just like George did. 

Like George, I sometimes feel a little desperate and overwhelmed because there are problems that seem too big to tackle and the feeling of hopelessness sets in.  

 But, I was fortunate to receive a phone call from one of our neighborhood angels, Nick (not to be confused with the movie Nick — this guy is great) with an idea to come together and participate in a simple gesture of walking together to support one another. That phone call turned out to be the answer to my prayer because this simple walk on a Sunday morning helped those who participated feel stronger, less vulnerable and more empowered.  

I saw old friends along the way and met several new ones by the end.  

As I look back on a very busy year, I cannot help but feel so blessed to have met hundreds of people at our events, community meetings, outreach activities and many who stopped in our office to chat. I feel blessed to be a part of BAPA and I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to work hard for you.  

That brings me to one of my favorite quotes in the movie by Clarence the Angel. “No man is a failure who has friends.” – Thanks Clarence!  

I wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season filled with laughter and good memories.  

 

Cheers,  

 

Mary Jo  

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