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Edgewood Commons: Voices from the Village.

In a city known for singles and working professionals, Edgewood Commons (formerly Edgewood Terrace) is a community known for its families. Two decades ago, hundreds of people made the Edgewood campus ‘home’—a place to plant their roots, settle down and raise children, create identities and mold their lives.

Today, Edgewood remains a community where families in Washington D.C. can grow and thrive together through life’s challenges and triumphs. Over the next 5 years, the Edgewood campus, a critical and long-standing affordable housing community in Ward 5, will be revitalized and transformed into an open, vibrant, and engaged community. As we approach the June 2015 celebration of this revitalization, we asked long-time Edgewood residents to share short stories of what their community means to them and the role Edgewood has played in their lives.

Here are their stories.

A Natural Leader: Antonette Gaskins

Not only is Antonette Gaskins one of the most familiar faces in Edgewood, she is also among the most inviting, literally nudging residents into community meetings and encouraging them to share their ideas. But being a steward is nothing new to Gaskins. A Washington D.C. native, she is involved in ministry with her local church, where she also enjoys singing on Sundays with the church Praise Team.

Gifted with the natural ability to lead, and connect with others, Gaskins became an ‘organic’ member of Edgewood’s Core Stewardship team, encouraging other community members to engage in leadership roles. In the future, Gaskins says she would like to provide programs for young girls in need of guidance and life skills by offering mentorship and open conversations that get down to the real concerns and challenges youth face. When asked about her favorite moments in Edgewood, Gaskins says the one that resonates the most is the annual, resident-led ‘Music in the Garden’ event as it brings everyone in the community out and together.

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