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
$4,000
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
$2,325
To upgrade the sound system to enable older adults to better participate in remote worship services

Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta, Virginia
$4,000
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 https://www.impact1890.org/impact-2/impact-stories/.

 

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ COO Cyndi Walters Joins International Council on Active Aging Task Force to Lead Senior Living Transformation After COVID-19

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Chief Operating Officer, Cyndi Walters joins more than 160 industry thought leaders as they prepare to emerge from a period of quarantine and plan for a new post-COVID-19 era. 

Participants in the ICAA COVID-19 Senior Living Task Force include representatives of for-profit, not-for-profit, and affordable housing — organizations providing active-adult and independent living, continuing care retirement communities/life plan, assisted living, long-term care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation Participating industry associations include, among others, LeadingAge, American Senior Housing Association (ASHA), Argentum, American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), Pioneer Network, National Council on Aging (NCOA), The National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care (NADONA), and the American Society on Aging (ASA).

Walters stated, “COVID-19 has truly ushered in a new normal for senior living providers. Our normal from four months ago cannot exist anymore. I am honored to join other leaders in the industry to work together on how to safely continue providing care, engagement and support for residents and team members, while continuing to safeguard communities from COVID-19.”

“The health, wellness and quality of life of our residents and staff are paramount as we chart a path forward in the midst of uncertainty,” said ICAA founder and CEO Colin Milner, who conceived the initiative. “The Task Force will generate and provide ideas, tactics, strategies and messaging suggestions that organizations can consider as they begin to plan for a new post-COVID era.”

Milner will co-chair the task force with Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th US Surgeon General, Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch, and psychologist/gerontologist Ken Dychtwald, PhD, best-selling author, founder and CEO of Age Wave.

“Organizations need to make their way through the pandemic and have a game plan to come out of it,” Milner said. “Importantly, all key stakeholders are coming together as a group to address COVID-19’s impact on the industry, and help ensure that organizations will continue to be viable and meet residents’ expectations and desires while also ensuring their safety now and into the future.”

Task force members and panelists at the May 27 and May 28 sessions addressed fundamental issues such as social distancing and its impact on the built environment, infrastructure needs and engagement.

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 130-years’ experience, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. Entities 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 Augsburg in Baltimore, Md., The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval, and Impact1890 in Rockville, Md. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

About the ICAA COVID-19 Senior Living Industry Task Force
ICAA COVID-19 Senior Living Industry Task Force will generate and provide ideas, tactics, strategies and messaging suggestions that organizations can consider as they begin to emerge from a period of quarantine and plan for a new post-COVID era. This includes, but is not limited to, the impact of the built and virtual environments, social activities and food/beverage services, technology, education and security that impacts the health and well-being of staff and residents; challenges to current and future business models; and approaches to build confidence in living in and visiting senior living properties.

About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
www.icaa.cc
ICAA is a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry and supports professionals who aspire to develop wellness cultures for adults over 50. This support includes creating wellness environments, programs and services. The association is focused on active aging-an approach to aging that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness-and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies.

 

 

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Adds Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village to its Roster of Senior Living Communities

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) has added Baltimore-based Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village to its roster of senior living communities. Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village will now be known as The Village at Augsburg–A National Lutheran Community and a new logo, voted on by Augsburg’s team members has been approved.

The affiliation with The Village at Augsburg makes both NLCS and Augsburg part of a larger system, which means both parties have access to strong support services, have an increased breadth of expertise, have access to additional benefits and resources, and receive best-in-class education.

NLCS President & CEO, Lawrence R. Bradshaw said, “Most importantly, this affiliation allows NLCS to collaborate with Augsburg in expanding its mission to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunities in partnership with older adults.”

The transition started almost a year ago, with the Maryland Department of Aging providing official approval in December 2019. Throughout the year, NLCS team members have spent signification time with Augsburg’s leadership team in addition to meeting with team members and residents.

As for the day-to-day, Bradshaw says Augsburg’s residents “can expect to continue receiving the same great care they always have. Augsburg’s team members are passionate and dedicated. I have been impressed with the caliber of care they provide, and I am excited to welcome them to the National Lutheran family.”

Augsburg has served the Baltimore region for over 125 years, first as an orphanage, and then serving a dual population of children and seniors starting in 1929. In 1970, the orphanage was dissolved, and Augsburg began solely caring for older adults. Currently, Augsburg offers independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing.

NLCS has served seniors for 130 years, starting as the National Lutheran Home in Washington, D.C. In 1980, the National Lutheran Home moved to Rockville, Md., and over the last 10 years has expanded its mission to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and to Annapolis, Md.

About The Village at Augsburg
The Village at Augsburg–A National Lutheran Community located in Baltimore, Md. is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offering independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Augsburg has over 125 years of service in the Baltimore region and is a mission of both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit www.augsburg.org.

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Serving older adults since 1890, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. 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 is working together to create thriving communities.

Entities sponsored by National Lutheran include myPotential at Home in Winchester Va., and Rockville, Md., The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., The Village at Augsburg in Baltimore, Md., Impact1890, and The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to final approval by the Maryland Department of Aging. 

The Village at Orchard Ridge Awards First-Ever Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community presented the first-ever Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at a ticketed luncheon held at The George Washington Hotel in Winchester. Created by The Village at Orchard Ridge, the program is the first of its kind in the greater Winchester area and highlights ongoing achievements by older adults in seven award categories. The winners for each category are:

  • Intellectual Growth, Vicky Edwards
  • Fitness and Health, Joseph Young
  • Social and Community Involvement, James R. Wilkins, Jr.
  • Spiritual Expression, Rev. Dr. Diedra Kriewald
  • Creative Engagement, Jacquetta Owen
  • Environmental Awareness, Doug Butler
  • Vocational Connectivity, John Tyson

“This is the first time our community has launched an awards program of this magnitude. Our purpose is to foster an awareness that impact truly is ageless and that seniors are making significant contributions to their communities and fellow man,” said Rebecca Lipscomb, sales director at Orchard Ridge and chair of the Stellar 7 Over 70 executive committee.

Notable leaders in the senior living industry came to support the event including Larry Minnix, past president and CEO of LeadingAge, Melissa Andrews, president of LeadingAge Virginia, and Larry Bradshaw, president and CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services. Minnix served as the keynote speaker on the topic of successful aging.

“Shining a spotlight on the contributions the Stellar 7 Over 70 nominees are making in their communities is an important first step in fighting ageism,” says Melissa Fortner, executive director at The Village at Orchard Ridge. “Since combatting ageism is central to our mission, it’s a huge honor to be able to share our nominees’ stories,” Fortner adds.

Volunteers from the local Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County communities as well as residents and staff of The Village at Orchard Ridge served in various capacities of the executive committee to make the launch of the awards program a success. The Stellar 7 Over 70 Award categories align with seven dimensions of wellness, which promote engagement and successful aging.

To learn more about every nominees, the winners and their contributions to the community, visit: https://www.thevillageatorchardridge.org/stellar-7-over-70/nominees/

Plans are underway for the second annual Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards in 2020.

 

The Village at Orchard Ridge Announcing Stellar 7 Over 70 Award Nominees

The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community is unveiling the nominations for the inaugural Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards at a reception to be held at The Chapel at Orchard Ridge, A Center for Faith and Community Life on October 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. The Village at Orchard Ridge’s Chapel is located at 400 Clocktower Ridge Drive in Winchester.

The Village at Orchard Ridge received 18 Stellar 7 Over 70 award nominations, all of whom will be celebrated at the October 10 reception.

“We are thrilled with the enthusiasm and support the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards have received from the Winchester, Frederick and Clarke County communities, and from many area civic clubs and faith organizations as well,” says Rebecca Lipscomb, sales director at Orchard Ridge and a member of the Stellar 7 Over 70 planning committee. “This is the first time our community has launched an awards program of this magnitude. We on the planning committee are over the moon with excitement about the caliber and number of nominations we received,” Lipscomb continues.

“Shining a spotlight on the contributions the Stellar 7 Over 70 nominees are making in their communities is an important first step in fighting ageism,” says Melissa Fortner, Executive Director for The Village at Orchard Ridge. “Since combatting ageism is central to our mission, it’s a huge honor to be able to share our nominees’ stories,” Fortner adds.

The inaugural Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards is the first award program of its kind in the greater Winchester area. The awards highlight ongoing achievements by older adults in one of more of the below categories:

  • Intellectual Growth
  • Fitness and Health
  • Social and Community Involvement
  • Spiritual Expression
  • Creative Engagement
  • Environmental Awareness 
  • Vocational Connectivity

The final award recipients will be announced at a ticketed awards luncheon on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester. Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased at www.thevillageatorchardridge.org/stellar7over70

The Village at Orchard Ridge Named One of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Aging Services by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE through National Lutheran Communities & Services

Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have honored The Village at Orchard Ridge, through its parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) as one of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Aging Services. The ranking considered feedback representing 223,183 employees working for Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in Senior Housing & Care and At-Home Care in the Aging Services industry. Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions, and how much camaraderie there is among the team. Rankings are based on employees’ feedback and reward companies who best include all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization. The Village at Orchard Ridge and NLCS took the number 19 spot on the small to medium organizations list and was the only provider listed in Maryland and Virginia.

The Village at Orchard Ridge’s 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 Village at Orchard Ridge team embodies the word CARE in every way—from serving seniors and families to interactions with each other.

NLCS’ Chief Talent & Culture Officer Kathleen O’Halloran stated, “I am honored and humbled to work with such an amazing team of caring people. Treating all people with respect regardless of who they are or what they do has been a guiding principle of NLCS and those who work here.” O’Halloran continued, “I’m inspired to see the way our team members throughout our communities and services care for each other and those we serve. Their continued dedication to NLCS is what allowed us to earn this distinction.”

“The value of creating great workplaces for all is a clear competitive edge in the Aging Services sector,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “When organizations like National Lutheran Communities & Services treat their own people with care and respect, you can expect their staff to treat your loved ones with that same care.”

The Best Workplaces for Aging Services is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations.

The Village at Orchard Ridge employs 152 individuals from Winchester and the surrounding areas in a variety of roles including nursing, dining, environmental services and administrative disciplines. The Village at Rockville seeks team members who have a heart to serve, enjoy working with seniors and are a good fit for the We CARE culture. For a list of current openings and to apply online, visit https://www.thevillageatorchardridge.org/career-center/.

About The Village at Orchard Ridge
The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., is a 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, assisted living memory care, and skilled nursing for both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.thevillageatorchardridge.org.

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
With 128-years’ experience, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in service to seniors. 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.

Entities sponsored by National Lutheran include myPotential at Home in Winchester Va., and Rockville, Md., The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., Impact1890, and The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org.

About the Best Workplaces for Aging Services
Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses representing more than 223,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture and Activated Insights (activatedinsights.com) is their senior care division. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. They recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the US. Learn more at greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

The Village at Orchard Ridge Launches the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards

New Awards Program Showcases the Impact and Achievements of Adults Over 70 in Winchester City, Frederick County (Va.), and Clarke County

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community has announced a new awards event designed to highlight and celebrate significant achievements of adults over the age of 70. Named the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards, the new awards program will demonstrate that impact and meaningful community engagement are ageless.

“We are inspired by the contributions of seniors every day and see how people over 70 are making a huge difference in their communities and in the lives of others,” says Melissa Fortner, Executive Director at The Village at Orchard Ridge. “We feel the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards give us an important platform to fight ageism by showing that age is not a barrier to leading an impactful life,” Fortner adds.

Orchard Ridge’s Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards is the first award program of its kind in the greater Winchester area and is modeled after similar awards events in several major metropolitan markets across the United States and Canada. Nominees will be revealed and celebrated at a reception at The Village at Orchard Ridge on October 10, 2019. The culmination of the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards will be a ticketed awards luncheon on November 7, 2019 at The George Washington Hotel where all winners in the award categories will be announced.

Planning for the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards encompasses volunteers from Orchard Ridge staff, Orchard Ridge residents, and community members from Winchester City, Frederick County and Clarke County.

To be eligible, nominees must be over 70 years old and must reside in Winchester City, Frederick County (Va.) or Clarke County. Nominations will be accepted through August 30, 2019 and must highlight ongoing achievements in one or more of the following categories:

  • Intellectual Growth 
  • Fitness and Health
  • Social and Community Involvement 
  • Spiritual Expression 
  • Creative Engagement 
  • Environmental Awareness 
  • Vocational Connectivity 

Further details of the Stellar 7 Over 70 award criteria and nomination instructions can be found at http://www.thevillageatorchardridge.org/stellar7over70.

 

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.

The Village at Orchard Ridge Holds Ceremonial Leash Cutting for a New Dog Park

Through the very generous support of the residents of The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community, dog owners and dog lovers alike can now share in the use of the brand new Orchard Ridge Dog Park. Residents participated in supporting a fundraising campaign to pay for the park with a themed dog race where they were able to support their favorite dog sled team by making gifts in honor throughout the six-week race. Dogs and dog sled teams had their photographs taken by resident Matt Baker and the photos were posted for viewing throughout the length of the race.

With a stated goal of $10,000 and led by David Newman and Ken Hill, the Dog Park Campaign raised $13,226. The Orchard Ridge Dog Park consists of 180 feet of aluminum fencing with 4 foot high railing, puppy pickets surrounding the bottom and two single gates. The dog park is located between the Woodside apartments and Orchard Woods Health Center. Funds raised also purchased a bench located within the park.

On Friday, July 12, the Orchard Ridge community shared in the official leash cutting celebration for the opening. With a blessing of the dogs by Chaplain Linda Wenger, remarks by Executive Director, Melissa Fortner, and more than 20 residents in attendance, the Orchard Ridge Dog Park was officially opened. David Newman took away the prize as the winner of the dog race, and residents in attendance shared dog shaped cookies while the dogs received their own bags of dog treats.

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 www.impact1890.org.

Questions? Contact grants@impact1890.org or 301-354-2703 and ask for Impact1890.

 

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