35 for 35: Celebrating Mothers

Charade Jackson, an on-site Resident Services Coordinator, listens to her residents, creates programs, and cultivates partnerships with community organizations that meet their needs. Queens Court, located in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood, is home to 249 households. Many residents are mothers and caretakers who were looking for a place to build trust, community, and support. APAH’s resident services team initiated its Women Alive! program, which focuses on serving moms and caregivers, to support residents at Queens Court.

Women Alive! program participants.
Charade Jackson,
APAH Resident Services Coordinator.

For more than a year, dozens of residents have been meeting in the community space at Queens Court, where they can gather, relax, and grow together despite their busy roles. Events ranged from spa nights to mental and health wellness programs and guest speakers. Jackson has seen first-hand the transformative impact of Women Alive! The program has affected residents, with many reporting increased self-confidence, improved mental health, and stronger community connections.

“I truly appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of each woman in our community. We can explore different cultures, languages, and religions, which has helped our mothers learn about diversity, broaden their perspectives, and build meaningful relationships.”

This program has been transformative for the residents, and APAH hopes to offer it to more of its residents in the future. “What I respect the most is that it helps other women learn more about themselves and reevaluate their own beliefs while raising the next generation.”