Feature 1st Place: Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times

James Lee Britt, 77, bends down to say hello to Janine Vandenberg’s cat, One Sock, and chats with Vandenberg before he heads back into his apartment at Melrose Towers on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Britt had just returned from picking up some food items downstairs at the weekly food delivery through the Joint Residents Council of the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Melrose Towers Council. Fitted with dentures last month after not wearing any for 15 years, Britt says he is more social now and talks more with his neighbors and friends. “I thought they would forget the poor people, but they’re not. That’s why I’m kind of speechless. I’m getting everything that I didn’t get before. And I’m happy about it,” Britt said.

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