After 38 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office, where she helped low-income families buy homes in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties, Sandra Jensen retired this month.
But the Cape May Court House resident, who started as a clerk typist out of high school and worked her way up to area loan specialist in Vineland, will keep doing housing outreach.
Recently a woman stopped Jensen when she was out shopping, to ask about a loan. When Jensen told her she’d retired, the woman’s face fell.
“I said, ‘But I can still help you,’” said Jensen, 56. She arranged to have a loan application sent to the woman.
“People want you to stay there forever,” said Jensen, who is also a board member at Family Promise of Cape May, which provides emergency housing to homeless families and helps them find long-term, safe housing.
One of her favorite memories is helping Family Promise client Heather Chester get a loan in 2010 to buy a home for herself and her three children, in the Villas section of Lower Township.
Jensen is a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in her hometown, of the Middle Township Planning Board, and the board of Center for Community Arts in Cape May.
She raised her children Kelli Nicholson, 29, of Galloway Township, who has a son Keyon Bennett, 9; and Michael Nicholson, 27, of Cape May Court House, as a single mom before marrying Derek Jensen in 1995.
For more information on Rural Development loans, call 856-205-1225, ext 4; or see rurdev.usda.gov
Eagle Scout court of honor
Adam Monteith, 18, of Absecon, and a member of Boy Scout Troop 26 in Germania, Galloway Township, will have his Eagle Scout court of honor 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Absecon United Methodist Church on Pitney Road.
Monteith created an outdoor classroom at the Emma C. Attales Middle School in Absecon. Dad Mike Monteith, 49, is the Scoutmaster and a full time technician in the Air National Guard at Pomona. Mom Donna Monteith is a respiratory therapist at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point.
New yoga studio
Stockton anthropology professor Laurie Greene, owner of Yoga Nine studios in the Smithville section of Galloway Township and Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island, opened a third location at 101 Bellevue Ave. in Hammonton’s arts district last week.
Her Ship Bottom studio suffered damage in Hurricane Sandy and is still closed for repair, she said. About 40 clients and four teachers have been coming to her Galloway studio from the Hammonton area, so she expects a brisk business there.
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