“I am as happy now as I wanted to be when I was five years old,” Beth Plankey responded when asked if she enjoys living at Elm Court. Originally from Massachusetts, Beth moved to New Jersey 18 years ago. Before relocating to Princeton, Beth would take the bus every morning from Trenton in order to volunteer at the Princeton Library and lead a writer’s workshop. In the past, she would tell people that she lived in Princeton, but slept in Trenton, because of her fondness for the town. Beth was able to move to Elm Court six years ago after qualifying for a one bedroom apartment.   Not having to carry the burden of financial stress, which has been relieved due to an income-adjusted rent, has eased her mind- she loves living in a safe community. Beth’s favorite aspects of living at Elm Court are the easy and free transportation around Princeton, the quiet, friendly atmosphere, and the natural setting of the community which fulfills her dream of living in nature.

Beth has always been interested in writing and now takes classes at the Arts Council of Princeton, where she is learning to write and illustrate children’s books. In her spare time, Beth volunteers with the children’s programming of Homefront, a nonprofit working to end homelessness in Mercer County. Beth loves the cultural diversity she experiences by living in Princeton and looks forward to meeting and having conversations with people from all parts of the world while walking through town or waiting for the bus.