Judy Nies follows her yellow brick road.
Judy Nies knows what it means to make a difference in people’s lives. So when she moved to The Atriums in 2019, she appreciated what an impact our senior living community had in her life.
Judy helped found The Yellow Brick Foundation which helps women living just above the poverty level. She spent the last 20 years as a job coach where she mentored, visited homes, helped write resumes, and found transportation to jobs. Judy says her involvement with Yellow Brick is one of her biggest accomplishments. She still receives letters and phone calls from those she helped become successful.
Born in Forest City, Arkansas, she moved to Kansas City when her parents divorced. Today, Judy is happy to be grounded in Kansas and to have discovered The Atriums. Our community was the perfect living choice for this busy resident. She discovered The Atriums through her stepson Aaron. He had a grandmother who lived here and she admired the warm, family atmosphere.
Now that Judy lives at The Atriums with her husband Howard, she says she loves that it’s happy and bright. She also appreciates always seeing people relaxing and sitting around having conversations. Our elegant common spaces are recently remodeled. Filled with natural light and high-quality finishes, they make inviting spots to socialize with family and friends.
Judy also likes the fact that Connie and Lucille, Administrator and Executive Director, are so genuine and welcoming. Visitors here are always surprised that we know every one of our residents by name.
This resident finds plenty of time in our maintenance-free community to enjoy her favorite hobbies. Those include reading, cooking, calligraphy, drawing, dancing, meeting new people, and spreading kindness to everyone. She says she truly enjoys making people happy.
It’s apparent from the life she has led that Judy is a selfless and caring individual. She said her parents taught her to be kind. She likes to pause at the end of each day and be grateful for the opportunities to make positive differences in others’ lives.
When we asked Judy’s stepson if he could describe Judy in one word, he replied, “Lovely!” We think so, too.