Neighbor Spotlight: Meet Myrtle

Myrtle is right where she belongs at New Community Corporation’s affordable housing, where she’s lived happily for 35 years.  

“I have a lot of nice friends here,” she told us. “I just love this place.” 

She did a few different jobs before retirement, working for nearly two decades as a legal secretary before reinventing herself as a factory supervisor.  

Now, though she has a comfortable place to live, Myrtle has limited financial resources and needs a little help putting food on the table. That’s where CFBNJ’s senior box distributions come in.  

Every month, she receives an assortment of nonperishable foods – juice, canned proteins, rice, and more – along with some fresh fruits and vegetables. 

“It helps a lot,” Myrtle said with a smile. “It helps me keep my fridge stocked.” 

Myrtle loves to cook and bake, especially for the folks at her church, who can’t get enough of her cakes and pies. She’s been a member of the congregation since the 1980s, serving as a gospel singer. 

“Cooking and singing are my passions,” she said. “I’m grateful to get to do what I love.”