The Village at Orchard Ridge Hosts Groundbreaking Celebration

National Lutheran Communities and Services (NLCS) senior living and health care community, celebrated its groundbreaking today off of Route 50/Northwestern Pike.

During the ceremony, Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market, VA, represented by Pastor Jeffrey Sonafelt, was recognized for a generous contribution of nearly $50,000. The donation, which was given by Reformation at the bequest of Virginia Stickley Estep, is the first to be designated for the Orchard Ridge Capital Campaign for the Chapel. Mr. and Mrs. Braswell, Mr. and Mrs. Gyauch, and Mr. and Mrs. Duesing, the founding residents, were also presented with the groundbreaking shovels and received commemorative gifts.

“We are excited to stand here today and make this neighborhood a reality,” stated Larry Bradshaw, Chief Executive Officer of NLCS. “This eco-friendly designed community will have a positive impact on the Winchester surrounding area by meeting the needs of the region’s seniors and their families, and providing a variety of new jobs including those in healthcare, construction and operations.”

The Village at Orchard Ridge is expected to open in 2013. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), the facility will offer residents three different levels of residential accommodations and care ranging from independent living to skilled nursing. Phase I of construction, which is being conducted by Howard Shockey & Sons, will include 51 LEED certified independent living cottage homes and 127 apartments with home-based assisted living services, 18 memory support/assisted living residences and 10 private skilled nursing services residences.

Phase I will also include The Chapel at Orchard Ridge. It will provide people of all faiths a place to worship and act as a gathering place for community conversations, music, cultural events and educational offerings. The Chapel will feature moveable seating, which can accommodate up to 180 people, and enclosed walkways to apartment residences and campus buildings.

“As a major employer, The Village at Orchard Ridge will contribute to the growth and economicstability of the region by bringing new residents and vitality to Winchester,” stated Lisa Behr, President of the Board of Directors. “Reinforcing our mission as a social ministry, TVOR will provide seniors and their families with a vibrant, friendly community suited to meet their physical, psychological and spiritual needs both present and future.”

Situated around the “Village Green,” the cottage homes and apartments are being offered in a variety of floor plans specifically designed to meet each residents’ needs. Each home will feature easy, walkable access to all community amenities and common areas. On-site social, recreational and educational programming, local transportation and exquisite dining services will also be available for residents.

Since its founding in 1890, NLCS, formerly known as the National Lutheran Home for the Aged (NLHA), is committed to meeting the needs of the aging population, and providing quality care and facilities which enable resident independence, choice and quality of life. Throughout its 120 years of dedication to senior service, NLCS communities has consistently exceeded state and national averages on key quality indicators of care including Resident Autonomy; provided benevolent care funds to support seniors with minimal resources through annual fundraising and endowment funds; and according to the

2010 Maryland Nursing Home Family Satisfaction Survey, 97 percent of families would recommend NLCS services to others.

For more information about The Village at Orchard Ridge neighborhood, please visit

www.orchardridgeva.org or 877-458-9030.

About National Lutheran Communities and Services (NLCS)

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is based in Rockville, Maryland and is celebrating 120 years of serving seniors and their families as a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a serving agency of the Metropolitan Washington D.C., Virginia and Delaware-Maryland Synods. Other communities sponsored by NLCS include: The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Maryland offers residential living, rehabilitation, respite and skilled long term nursing care. The community is currently undergoing a planned renovation to introduce assisted living, assisted living memory care and home & community based services for residents; The Village at Crystal Spring, a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – will be a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project in Annapolis, Maryland.

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