WINNETKA, Calif. - A motorized die cut machine is the preferred tool for Alice Paxton, who's busy making a customized birthday card for someone.
It's her way to be creative, but also to show those around her that she truly cares about them.
"It's like the personal made ones [and] you get to talk to the people to see exactly what they want,” said Paxton.
Paxton said the best part of it all is doing it in her own personal space.
“I can lay down at night and go to sleep. I can look at TV and not worry about anybody saying, 'turn the channel, turn it down, turn it up, be quiet,' so it's awesome having my own.”
That's because before she moved into supportive housing, she spent 10 years homeless, during three of which she was fighting cancer.
“I kept standing I didn't stop. I didn't let myself wallow in any pity. I kept going,” she said.
Paxton is one of 95 people who live at the senior supportive housing at the Winnetka village, a facility that offers lifetime permanent housing.
A supportive housing facility like this one could soon be built in Sherman Oaks to address the growing population of formerly homeless seniors there.
Even though some in Sherman Oaks are concerned that this will bring a decline to the neighborhood, many people who live around Winnetka Village say they have never had a problem with any of the residents.