WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Just days before she's set to retire as executive director of Elderhaus, Linda Pearce has learned a new housing development in Wilmington for elderly people will bear her name.
The Wilmington Housing Authority announced Friday it will name a new section of Jervay Place Pearce House.
"I am a humble person, so this is an unbelievable honor," Pearce said. "All I ever wanted to do was help old people get what they deserve in their latter years because they worked tirelessly to build a firm foundation in our lives."
The development will provide housing to low income seniors.
WHA officials broke ground on the new development earlier this week. Eight units will be built on the property off Dawson Street.
The development is expected to be complete in the next several months.
Pearce will retire from Elderhaus December 31 after more than three decades as the executive director of the adult daycare facility.
Pearce says her longtime career of servicing elderly people and their families was always a way for her to pay it forward.
"I had many IOU's that I needed to repay and God simply created a vehicle to help me pay off my debts," Pearce said.
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