Impact1890 Announces Special Rapid Response Grants

Grants awarded to three Lutheran congregations to help ease social isolation of older congregation members

Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce that it has awarded three “Rapid Response” grants totaling $10,325 to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, VA; Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, VA; and Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta, VA.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has lengthened, many older adults have found themselves cut off from one of their greatest sources of companionship and comfort, their regular worshipping communities. Executive Manager Kathryn Baerwald stated, “With funds made available after all staff travel and in-person meetings were canceled, we informed synods of the availability of the grants. We received three nominations and after reviewing the proposals, the Board of Directors decided to award grants to all three.”

Baerwald continued, “Although congregations are offering on-line worship services, some older adults need additional support in order to access these worship services. In other situations, normal recognition of the importance of older adults in congregational life may need to be done in different ways, such as small gatherings with appropriate distancing or continuing regular programs but modifying them to fit current circumstances.”

Impact1890 conducts periodic needs assessments to identify areas of critical need facing seniors who are aging in their homes. All grants must address at least one of the six areas of needs. Since 2014, the number one, most critical area of need has been social isolation. Older adults who are aging in place, whether in an apartment or a house that has been home for many years, have long faced the issue of being alone. However, the pandemic has caused increased social isolation which can lead to declines in both mental and physical health.

The 2020 rapid response congregational grant recipients are:

Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia
To gather the stories of their older adult members to recognize their lives and then honor these members in a socially-responsible way

St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Virginia
To upgrade the sound system to enable older adults to better participate in remote worship services

Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta, Virginia
To assist their 18 geographically-based ministry groups which support, in particular, socially isolated older adult members.

In 2019, Impact1890’s grants supported approximately 20,000 older adults. To read stories about the work of these grant recipients, please visit


Annapolis is Calling: The Village at Providence Point is NLCS’s Newest Senior Living Community

When National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) began planning its newest community, Annapolis, Md., called with its beauty, charm and pioneering spirit.

For NLCS, Annapolis offered exactly the kind of environment it sought for The Village at Providence Point. With Providence Point, seniors will enjoy a scenic setting, a vibrant community, the latest technology and a chance to begin new adventures.

Why The Village at Providence Point?

Through extensive research, NLCS was able to identify Annapolis as an underserved market and began developing The Village at Providence Point as an innovative new Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). The location was perfect — small-city charm meets big-city amenities — a place to make the most of retirement.

“This community is giving us the chance to live out the National Lutheran mission—to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults,” said Larry Bradshaw, president and chief executive officer of NLCS. “The Village at Providence Point is going to revolutionize senior living in Annapolis, and it will be a shining gem in our organization’s portfolio of communities.”

The original National Lutheran Home opened in Washington, D.C. in 1890. As National Lutheran expanded in locations and offerings, NLCS was created as the parent organization in 2008. With generations of experience, NLCS is now a family of retirement communities and services located throughout Maryland and Virginia. Rooted in a service-oriented faith, the NLCS leadership and staff believe “the good we’ve received isn’t just for our benefit; we are to willingly share that with those around us.” The National Lutheran mission unites staff, board members and volunteers alike.

Why Annapolis?

With the offerings of a much bigger city, Annapolis brings together a convenient location near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, as well as sports, shopping, dining, vibrant arts and cultural events. Voted one of the most beautiful towns in America by Conde Nast Traveler, Annapolis draws visitors from all over the region, country, and world to enjoy its historic charm. With its connection to the Naval Academy, elite sporting events in sailing and lacrosse, and unique shops and dining, there’s something always new to discover in this city with a pioneering spirit.

While Annapolis is stunning, its people are the true jewel. So-called “Annapolitans” are active, adventurous and community-minded. Be a part of this beautiful community. We are now taking priority deposits, so join the Priority Club. Early members will help set the tone for our community and enjoy exclusive benefits.

Be a part of history! Become a priority club member today! Call us at 410-972-4597 to learn more!

National Lutheran Communities & Services Releases 2018 Annual Report

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is pleased to share the 2018 Annual Report. The report highlights some of the work NLCS is doing to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunity in service to seniors. It also features three stories from donors who were inspired to generously support NLCS’ philanthropic efforts. The report can be viewed in its by clicking the image below.

Impact1890 is Now Accepting Grant Proposals for 2020

Impact1890—A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce the availability of Impact grants for the 2020 year. Each year, Impact1890 awards grants to non-profit organizations that share in the same passion of serving seniors, particularly those who are aging in place in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

All grants must address at least one of the following urgent needs faced by older adults:

  • Social isolation 
  • Transportation 
  • Housing 
  • Navigating and accessing health care and social services 
  • Chronic disease management 
  • Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss 

Proposals will be accepted from June 3, 2019 at 9 a.m. EDT until July 31, 2019 at 5 p.m. EDT. To learn more about the submission of grant proposals, visit

Questions? Contact or 301-354-2703 and ask for Impact1890.


National Lutheran Communities & Services Certified as a Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work Institute has honored National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) with certification as a Great Place to Work. The survey included all team members throughout all NLCS entities, and the ratings measure NLCS’ capacity to earn our team members’ trust and create a great workplace for high performance. Great Place to Work, an independent research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning.

NLCS’ culture is defined by the phrase We CARE–The National Lutheran Way. CARE means Create smiles, Attend to details, Respect everyone, and Embody excellence. Regardless of job title or department, the NLCS team embodies the word CARE in every way—from serving seniors and families to interactions with each other.

NLCS values team members and strives to ensure they are equipped with the resources and support necessary to embody excellence in serving others, and encourages continued development of talents and skill sets, fostering an atmosphere of empowerment and growth.

Chief Talent & Culture Officer Kathleen O’Halloran stated, “The NLCS team is made up of a diverse group of people who believe service is our highest calling. We CARE is so much more than an acronym for us. We are successful because our team members are compassionate, enthusiastic, positive, and treat everyone with dignity and respect.” O’Halloran continued, “And of course I have to mention smiling. A smile does wonders for interacting with each and our customers.”

The National Lutheran family includes The Village at Rockville (Rockville, Md.), The Village at Orchard Ridge (Winchester, Va.), The Legacy at North Augusta (Staunton, Va.), myPotential at Home (Winchester, Va.), Impact 1890 (Rockville, Md.) and The Village at Providence Point (Annapolis, Md., pending final approval by the Maryland Department of Aging).

The Great Place to Work Certification applies from March 2019 through March 2020. Visit NLCS’ Great Places to work page at



National Lutheran Communities & Services’ Annapolis CCRC Receives Approval from the Maryland Department of Aging

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) proposed Annapolis-based continuing care retirement community, The Village at Providence Point—A National Lutheran Community, received approval from the Maryland Department of Aging for its feasibility submission on February 14, 2019.

“The Maryland Department of Aging applies rigorous standards to any senior-living application, ensuring it protects consumers and their best interests,” NLCS’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “We are pleased that they have affirmed their confidence in The Village at Providence Point, and we look forward to becoming a member of the Annapolis community.”

The Village at Providence Point will be located at the intersection of Forest Drive and Spa Road, offering a variety of residences and health care options for individuals 60+. The first phase of the project is slated to include 225 independent living apartments, 30 cottages and 32 health care suites.

With this approval, The Village at Providence Point can begin marketing the proposed community to achieve its necessary pre-sales goals. To learn more about The Village at Providence Point, or to sign up for an upcoming informational session, visit or call 410-972-4597

Eye on Annapolis Highlights NLCS’ New Plans for Providence Point

National Lutheran Communities & Services recently filed a planned unit development application for The Village at Providence PointA National Lutheran Community in Annapolis, Md. (Pending approval by the Maryland Department of Aging).

This latest site plan balances community feedback and environmental needs, along with the development’s needs. You can read more about the proposed project scope in Eye on Annapolis’ recent coverage:

Impact1890 Announces 2019 Grant Recipients

Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program has awarded 30 grants totaling $273,334 for the 2019 grant year. This marks the sixth year of the program (originally National Lutheran Communities & Services Community Impact program). In 2018, nearly 8,500 older adults’ lives were impacted by organizations that were awarded grant funds. “We received a significant increase in the number of applications received this year,” stated Executive Manager Kathryn Baerwald. “Our staff and board were pleased to see interest from so many organizations that are passionate about serving seniors.”

Impact1890 conducts periodic needs assessments to identify areas of critical need facing seniors who are aging in their homes. All grants must address at least one of the six areas of needs. For the 2019 grants, the areas of critical need are: social isolation; transportation; housing; navigating or accessing health care and social services; chronic disease management; and dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss.

The 2019 grant recipients include:

AHC Greater Baltimore in Baltimore, Md., $7,500
• Arts for the Aging-Maryland, Inc. in Rockville, Md., $7,500
• Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona, Va., $10,000
• Capitol Hill Village in Washington, D.C., $7,500
• Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C., $10,000
• Food & Friends in Washington, D.C., $15,000
• GraceInside in Richmond, Va., $15,000
• Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County MD in Frederick, Md., $8,500
• Heart of Virginia Free Clinic in Farmville, Va., $6,950
• Highland Food Pantry in Winchester, Va., $7,500
• Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax, Va., $7,500
• Jefferson Area Board for Aging in Charlottesville, Va., $10,000
• Jewish Social Service Agency in Rockville, Md., $7,500
• Laurel Public Library in Laurel, Del., $4,850
• Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition in Baltimore, Md., $10,000
• Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions in Mechanicsville, Va., $7,500
• Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless in Rockville, Md., $10,000
• Newark Senior Center in Newark, Del., $10,000
• Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc. in Newport News, Va., $10,000
• Piedmont Senior Resources in Farmville, Va., $15,000
• Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services in Culpeper, Va., $5,000
• Rebuilding Together DC Alexandria in Alexandria, Va., $10,000
• Rebuilding Together Montgomery County in Gaithersburg, Md., $10,000
• Rebuilding Together/Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church, Inc. in Fairfax, Va., $10,000
• Sarah’s Circle in Washington, D.C., $5,000
• Senior Services of Alexandria in Alexandria, Va., $7,500
• Valley Program for Aging Services in Waynesboro, Va., $5,000
• Virginia Peninsula Foodbank in Hampton, Va., $10,000
• Virginia Tech Adult Day Services in Blacksburg, Va., $13,034
• We Are Family Senior Outreach Network, Inc. in Washington, D.C., $10,000

NLCS Continues WASH-FM Christmas Music Sponsorship for the Ninth Year

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is getting into the Christmas spirit with its sponsorship of 24/7 holiday music on WASH-FM 97.1 from now until Dec. 25 and on WMZQ 98.7 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You’ll hear on-air spots for several of our communities and services, including:

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community
The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community
The Village at Providence Point—A National Lutheran Community
myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service

Be sure to tune in for a holiday greeting from our President & CEO Larry Bradshaw. You can listen live with the iHeart radio app on your smartphone or tablet, or by visiting

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the National Lutheran Family!

The Village at Providence Point is subject to approval by the Maryland Department of Aging.


Lawrence Jordan III Named Compliance Officer for National Lutheran Communities & Services

Rockville, MD–  National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) named Lawrence Jordan III as Compliance Officer. Jordan brings 20 years of legal experience to the role, seven of those providing services to health care organizations. In this role, Jordan will lead and further develop NLCS’ compliance program and drive the organization’s strong culture of integrity forward.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Jordan’s professional experience, education, and proven track record of accomplishment, as our new compliance officer,” said President and CEO Lawrence Bradshaw. “Jordan’s appointed position on NLCS’ leadership team reflects the importance placed on compliance throughout our organization.”

With 20 years in the legal sector, Jordan joins NLCS from T.J. Rock Enterprises, Inc. where he served in a dual role as Corporate Counsel and Compliance Officer, maintaining an effective compliance program enforcing values, policies and procedures. Prior to that, he served as Health Sciences Legal Coordinator at Howard University. Jordan held other positions including Associate Attorney, Law Clerk and Insurance Defense Paralegal. For the past eight years, he has served as Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College.

Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication from Temple University, an Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from Northern Virginia Community College and a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, Ca.

“It is my privilege to be a part of the NLCS leadership team, to work alongside talented and dedicated colleagues furthering NLCS’ mission in serving seniors,” Jordan said. “I look forward to continue the development and strengthening of NLCS’ compliance program”

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. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity to seniors through retirement communities, services and programs in Maryland and Virginia. Other communities, services and programs 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., The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to approval by the Maryland Department of Aging, and Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program. For more information, visit


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