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Dr. Jason Gottschalk Announced As The Village at Rockville's Executive Director

February 23, 2015

ROCKVILLE, MD – The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community (TVAR) in Rockville, Md., announced Dr. Jason Gottschalk as its Executive Director effective February 13, 2015.

“I am thrilled to be part of this vibrant community of dedicated and caring people,” Gottschalk said. “I look forward to learning and serving together in this next chapter as Executive Director.”

Gottschalk has been with the organization since 2010 and brings a tremendous amount of creativity and enthusiasm to everything he does. From overseeing the choir and creating TVAR’s vibrant and thriving Life Enrichment program, to sharing his musical talents and directing community services, he always strives to put residents first.

He is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator with several degrees in music performance and history. Gottschalk has a doctorate in Music from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, along with masters’ in Musicology and Sacred Music from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary, respectively.

“We are thrilled that such a faithful staff member has grown with us to now lead The Village at Rockville into its next chapter,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “Jason has displayed innovation and creativity in his tenure with us, and I know he will draw upon those skills, and many more, to positively impact residents and the future of The Village at Rockville.”

About The Village at Rockville (TVAR)
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, short-term rehabilitation, respite, extended nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory support. For more information, visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. Celebrating 125 years, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

National Lutheran Community Impact Council Awards 15 Grants For 2014/2015 Year

January 08, 2015

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 15 grants for the 2014/2015 grant year, totaling $198,567. This marks the second year of the grant program, with a significant increase in applicants and awarded funds throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware. 

The Community Impact Program was established to enhance NLCS’ commitment to the greater community through working collaboratively with other organizations and continued efforts to enrich the lives of seniors. Each organization’s proposal met one of the following greatest needs identified by a recent community needs assessment: chronic disease management, navigating and accessing health care and social services, dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss, social isolation and financial insecurity. The awardees are:

  • Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville, Md., $15,000
  • Diakon Adult Day Services in Hagerstown, Md., $16,650
  • Upper Montgomery Assistance Network in Gaithersburg, Md., $20,000
  • Little Falls Village in Bethesda, Md., $5,000
  • Mental Health Association of Montgomery County in Rockville, Md., $10,349
  • Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, Va., $5,000
  • Colonial Heritage Community Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., $20,000
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Norfolk, Va., $14,520
  • Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Va., $14,550
  • Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging in Winchester, Va., $11,720
  • Valley Program for Aging Services in Buena Vista, Va., $8,778
  • Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries in Tom’s Brook, Va., $22,000
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., $15,000
  • Lutheran Social Services– National Capital Area in Washington, D.C., $10,000
  • Lutheran Community Services in Wilmington, Del., $10,000

 “We are pleased to be working with so many fine organizations in reaching seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “Awarding grants through our Community Impact program allows us to partner with other organizations that are passionate about providing seniors the best services possible.”

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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TVOR Receives Bond Financing for Phase 2

December 24, 2014

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A  National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., received its tax-exempt bond financing on Thursday, December 18, 2014 for approximately $67,835,000. Following such a successful opening of Phase 1, this is another milestone in advancing the construction timeline for the not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC)’s Phase 2 of construction.

            The bonds will fund construction costs related to Phase 2, which is slated to begin in January 2015. TVOR’s Phase 2 of construction will feature the addition of 104 independent living apartments, 10 skilled nursing suites, a 15,000 square foot Wellness Center with an indoor pool and a 150-seat dining expansion.  The bonds will also partially fund 18 independent living cottages that will be available for occupancy beginning in January 2015.

           This financing, through partnerships with Hamlin Capital Management, LLC and Crosspoint Capital, will feature a series of four, tax-exempt bonds providing a blend of variable and fixed-rate debt for the project. 

            “The financing for the TVOR Phase 2 construction will provide a continued array of services to seniors in the Winchester community,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ Chief Financial Officer Michael Brady said. “We are thankful to our partners at Hamlin Capital Management and look forward to continuing to meet seniors’ future needs.”

            Joe Bridy, Partner and Portfolio Manager for Hamlin Capital Management, is pleased to partner with National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) and TVOR once again.

          “Hamlin Capital Management is excited to grow our partnership with NLCS and provide innovative financial solutions that will help facilitate the build out of TVOR’s campus,” Bridy said.  

 

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living cottage homes and apartments with in-home services, memory care, and skilled nursing for both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. Currently, The Village at Orchard Ridge is in Phase 2 of construction, which will include additional independent living apartments and cottages, a wellness center with an indoor pool, and the expansion of dining areas and skilled nursing. Construction is expected to be completed in 2016.
For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

The National Lutheran family includes The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and coming soon The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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National Lutheran Director of Communications Earns Accreditation in Public Relations

December 23, 2014

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Director of Communications Courtney Malengo recently received her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB). The APR credential is a valuable distinction and the only post-graduate certification for public relations professionals, demonstrating competency and a strong commitment to the profession. 

Established in 1964 by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the APR Accreditation Program measures a public relations practitioner’s fundamental knowledge of communication theory and its application; establishes advanced capabilities in research, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation; and demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

“Earning the APR reflects a mastery of knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in our increasingly complex profession,” said Bey-Ling Sha, 2014 UAB Chair. “Practitioners who achieve the designation are demonstrating their commitment not only to our profession, but also to a strong code of ethics and to the betterment of their organizations and clients.”

A writer by trade and member of the PRSA for the past four years, Malengo has worked in a variety of communications and marketing capacities over the past 12 years, primarily concentrating in the not-for-profit sector. She is charged with providing leadership that fosters innovation, creativity and builds bridges—internally and externally—to create communication vehicles and opportunities that strengthen NLCS’ Strategic Initiatives and daily operations. 

“Public relations is a rapidly growing and evolving field,” Malengo said. “Now, more than ever, practitioners must be prepared to handle the ever-changing landscape and demands of public relations, and the APR helps individuals do that."

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge andmyPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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Holiday Outreach Drive for Needy Seniors 12/13

December 11, 2014

Each holiday season, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) partners with 97.1 WASH-FM to sponsor 24/7 Holiday Music.  As part of this sponsorship, we’ve teamed up with Fellowship Square Foundation to offer a Holiday Outreach Drive collecting toiletries and grocery store gift cards to benefit seniors in need this holiday season.  

Join WASH-FM's Chilli Amar on Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Hunters Woods Plaza in Reston, Va.  and drop off any of the following items: 

  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Perfume/Cologne 
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Lotion

Fellowship Square Foundation operates four Fellowship Houses in Maryland and Virginia, providing housing to low-income seniors and disabled adults. www.fellowshipsquare.org 

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