However, she said, she will not be changing any time soon.
“I have family that lives in Tennessee who tried to get me to move up there, but I tell them I just don’t want to because I don’t want to leave East Point,” Collins said.
For the past 10 years, Collins has volunteered as city housing authority chair.
Authority Executive Director Chris Montesinos said her role in helping residents has been prolific.
“She worked actively with the development of the Norman Berry Village senior apartments and the East Point Gateway development,” he said.
The multifamily complexes cater to senior residents.
“Both of the senior communities are full, have very low turnover rates, and the residents are very happy and take very good care of those communities,” Collins said.
Her city affiliations include the budget committee, historical society, alcohol review board and civil service board.
Collins said her initial involvement with her community made her want to get involved in working on more committees and boards.
“When I retired from working for Bank of America for 30 years, I became interested in East Point politics,” Collins said. “The first thing I did to be more active was co-found a neighborhood association with other residents.”
Montesinos says Collins’ dedication to civic service is “her passion.”
“We are truly grateful for her voluntary service because she has [worked hard] during her tenure as chair for the housing authority,” he said.
Collins grew up in Atlanta, but said she thinks of East Point as “home.”
“Just last Saturday, a group of more than 100 residents threw a party for my 70th birthday and it made me realize just how many people I’ve come to know over the years through getting involved in the community,” she said.
Collins said the “easy answer” to why she enjoys being a resident of the city is the connection she feels with other citizens.
“Every time I walk into a grocery store I have friends who stop and talk with me, so it feels like a small town and a close community,” she said.