Flora Phillips, a resident of Concordia Village of Tampa, always enjoyed traveling and lived in several states across the U.S. before moving to the Tampa area in 1976.
“I started working when I was 19,” Flora said. “I worked until I was 63 and lived all over the U.S. My hometown is Elkhart, Indiana but I always wanted the opportunity to travel.”
After moving to the Sunshine State, Flora eventually retired and made the decision to move to Concordia Village of Tampa in March 2019.
“My driving was limited, and I didn’t like depending on everyone to do everything for me,” she explained. “I had nowhere to exercise or walk or do anything at my old house, so when I got the advertisement for [Concordia Village of Tampa] in the mail, my daughter and I decided to come look at the campus.”
Not only did the campus offer her the independence she was looking for, but the opportunity to get involved and make some close friendships.
“I go to the library, and I’m in a few different groups who get together in the game room regularly,” she said. “I use the campus grocery store, flea market and beauty parlor, and I enjoy bingo and happy hour with friends. I like to table hop during dinner to catch up with everyone. It’s wonderful having everything right here on campus because I have the opportunity to be as independent as I want.”
Flora noted that at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last March it was difficult not being able to visit with friends and family as often, but the sense of community CVT offered was a blessing.
“Not being able to have anyone visit in the beginning was challenging,” she said. “But I feel so free and satisfied living here. Anything I’ve wanted to do I can do. If you’re looking at moving here yourself, don’t hesitate, just do it!”