National Lutheran Communities & Services Names Belinda “Dee Dee” Barbour as Philanthropy Director 

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is excited to announce Belinda “Dee Dee” Barbour as NLCS Philanthropy Director. In this role, Barbour will oversee the strategic vision and day-to-day operations of the NLCS philanthropy department.

Barbour joined NLCS in the spring of 2017 as Philanthropy Director at The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community. In her time at The Village at Orchard Ridge, Barbour increased the amount of philanthropic donations to support various funds including the benevolent endowment fund, which helps support the cost of care for residents who have outlived their funds.

“Since 1890, NLCS has never had to ask a resident to leave because they can no longer afford their cost of care,” stated Barbour. “In 2020, the philanthropy team has a goal to raise $10 million towards the benevolent endowment fund so we can continue this proud tradition. I look forward to supporting the community philanthropy teams in reaching that goal.”

Prior to joining NLCS, Barbour successfully advanced the philanthropic mission of several not-for-profit organizations including the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Shenandoah University and Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Winchester and the Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is also a member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council, and the winner of the 2017 Planned Giving Days Tere Linehan Memorial Scholarship. She has a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va.

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

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 www.nationallutheran.org

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The Village at Rockville Announces Kyle Hreben as Executive Director

Rockville, MD- The Village at Rockville is pleased to welcome Kyle Hreben as the Executive Director to its leadership team. Hreben will oversee day-to-day operations while continuing to support the needs of seniors.

“We are thrilled to have Kyle join our team at The Village at Rockville,” National Lutheran Communities & Services’ Chief Operating Officer Cyndi Walters said. “Kyle brings multiple years of experience within the senior living industry and I know with his expertise and dedication he will be a great asset to our organization.”

Committed to achieving results, Hreben brings over nine years of leadership experience in the senior living industry. Most recently, he served as Administrator of Housing, overseeing housing operations at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, in Rockville, Md. Prior to that, he held the position of Administrator at multiple senior living organizations. He was responsible for developing marketing and business plans, implementing various programs, as well as coordinating strategic preferred partnerships with major hospital networks.

Hreben is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Maryland, as well as certified assisted living manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication management from the University of Dayton and is on track to graduate with a master’s in business administration in the spring of 2019.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Executive Director,” said Hreben. “I look forward to continuing the growth and accomplishments of this organization, along with continuing to build a bright future for the residents we serve.”

About The Village at Rockville
The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community in Rockville, Md., is a CCRC (continuing care retirement community) that offers independent living, myPotential short-term and outpatient rehabilitation, respite, long-term nursing care, hospice, assisted living and memory support. The Village at Rockville is currently expanding to include Glenmere, a luxury independent living apartment building featuring a wellness center and state-of-the-art indoor aquatics center. To learn more visit www.thevillageatrockville.org

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 www.nationallutheran.org
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Grants Available for 2019

Impact1890—A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce the availability of Impact grants for the 2019 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 seniors:

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

Does your organization qualify? Proposals will be accepted June 1, 2018 – August 15, 2018. To learn more about the submission of grant proposals visit www.impact1890.org.

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

 

Allison Combs Named Sales Director for National Lutheran Communities & Services

Rockville, MD–  National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) named Allison Combs as Sales Director in January 2018. This is a newly created position for NLCS, which will help oversee sales efforts and initiatives throughout the National Lutheran family of brands. Combs brings over 20 years of sales experience to the role, seven of those being with the National Lutheran family.

“We are pleased to have Allison assisting us in our sales efforts throughout the National Lutheran family,” NLCS’ Chief Operating Officer Cyndi Walters said. “This will allow us to provide additional support to our boots-on-the-ground teams, as well as bring efficiencies and more resources to our ever-growing family of brands.”

Combs has been a part of the National Lutheran family since 2011. She first held the role as sales counselor at The Village at Orchard Ridge before taking a position at NLCS as corporate marketing specialist, where she was responsible for the visual identity, lead generation and digital strategies for all NLCS communities. Combs returned to The Village at Orchard Ridge in 2013 as Director of Sales and Marketing, where she led the sales and marketing efforts of the Phase II expansion, which came to completion in 2017. Combs brings with her over 15 years of working with non-profit organizations, including serving as the marketing and development director at Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in Stephens City, Va., and sales counselor for another continuing care retirement community.

“National Lutheran continues to focus on expanding services and opportunities to seniors, positioning us as one of the leaders in the senior industry in Maryland and Virginia,” Combs said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the growth while providing support to the sales teams throughout our organization.” 

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 www.nationallutheran.org

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Announces Richard M. Mazza as Chief Financial Officer

Rockville, MD- Richard M. Mazza, CPA has joined National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mazza brings over 25 years of financial acumen and business savvy to this position. As a senior level management professional, Mazza brings with him a proven track record of strategic executive leadership.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome Richard to our team,” President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “His executive experience will be of utmost value to our organization and his contributions are going to play a major role in shaping a bright future for NLCS.”

Most recently, Mazza was Managing Director at Solar Renewable Energy, LLC, managing the day-to-day operations of various commercial energy, real estate and health care projects. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Pacific Retirement Services, Inc., where he served in a variety of roles including Senior VP of Development and Chief Accounting Officer. Mazza also spent 17 years at KPMG, holding multiple positions including, Director and Senior Manager of Retirement Housing & Long-term Care Consulting Practice and Manager of Assurance Practice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Washington & Jefferson College and is a certified public accountant with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“I’m thrilled to join NLCS as Chief Financial Officer and as part of the senior leadership team help fuel our organization’s growth and performance in the senior living industry,” said Mazza.

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 www.nationallutheran.org
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National Lutheran Communities & Services Announces Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) announces the establishment of Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program, with the sole function of managing the grants it awards to community partners. As a faith-based not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), it has been NLCS’ purpose to serve seniors since 1890. The establishment of Impact1890 will help extend this mission to even more older adults.

Originally, the grant program fell under NLCS’ Community Impact program. The Community Impact program was established in 2014 to enhance NLCS’ commitment to the greater community. The Community Impact program encompasses a wide variety of outreach activities throughout the National Lutheran family.   

“We are honored to have a long tradition of philanthropy, one that began our ministry and still thrives today,” President & CEO, Lawrence R. Bradshaw said. “As Community Impact has grown and taken shape, it has become clear that it is time to organize these efforts in a new way. We now have an opportunity to differentiate the grant-making portion of our activity from our day-to-day community outreach that happens throughout the National Lutheran family.”

Through Impact1890, NLCS will continue to reach beyond the physical boundaries of its residential communities to meet the needs of seniors and support the work of other non-profit organizations within the Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods of the ELCA. Impact1890 will evaluate opportunities and award grants to non-profit and faith based organizations chosen to receive funding by the Impact1890 Board of Directors.

It is important that we truly be present in the three synods of the ELCA that we serve. Since 2014, we know that the Community Impact grant program has brought peace to so many seniors and their families,” Executive Director, Impact1890, Kathryn Baerwald said. “We fully expect that Impact1890 will continue to do so for many years to come.”

The launch of Impact1890.org is coming soon.

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 www.nationallutheran.org
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National Lutheran Communities & Services Contributes to Seniors Affected by the 2017 Hurricanes

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) rallied to help the victims of the 2017 hurricanes that swept through parts of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, leaving widespread damage. A total of $24,510 raised for disaster relief went directly to assist the needs of seniors affected by the hurricanes.

The contributions came from NLCS plus 42 individuals within the National Lutheran family, including staff members, board members and residents. The donation was given to Lutheran Disaster Response of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) who distributed the funds for recovery efforts. Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world.

“National Lutheran Communities & Services is committed to serving seniors,” Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “We are pleased to be able to support and help the ELCA aid those who were affected by the hurricanes.”

 

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 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 Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org
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National Lutheran Awards $263,000 in Grants for 2018

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 33 grants for the 2018 grant year, totaling $263,000. This marks the fifth year of the grant program, with an increase in amounts requested, number of grant recipients and awarded funds throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware. Last year, NLCS awarded $253,500 and 30 grants.

 “The Community Impact Advisory Council was pleased to see so many high-quality proposals for 2018 addressing the most urgent needs of seniors who are aging in place,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “We are honored to partner with so many fine organizations that have a passion for serving area seniors.”

These grants 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 categories identified by a 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 grant recipients are:

  • AHC Greater Baltimore in Baltimore, Md., $5,000
  • Arts for the Aging, Inc., in Rockville, Md., $5,000
  • Bay Aging in Urbanna, Va., $6,000
  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona, Va., $10,000
  • Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, Va., $10,000
  • Community Ministries of Rockville’s Elderly Ministries Program in Rockville, Md., $10,000
  • Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, Md., $10,000
  • Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families in Wilmington, Del., $11,500
  • Faith in Action, Northern Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va., $3,500
  • Food & Friends in Washington, D.C., $12,500
  • Gaithersburg HELP, Inc. in Gaithersburg, Md., $3,000
  • GraceInside in Richmond, Va., $12,000
  • Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) in Churchville, Va., $2,000
  • Highland Food Pantry in Winchester, Va., $5,000
  • Hospice Caring in Gaithersburg, Md., $3,500
  • Jefferson Area Board for Aging in Charlottesville, Va., $10,000
  • Jewish Social Services Agency in Rockville, Md., $5,000
  • Local Office on Aging in Roanoke, Va., $7,000
  • Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition in Baltimore, Md., $10,000
  • Mental Health America of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, Va., $7,500
  • Newark Senior Center in Newark, Del., $3,500
  • Project Mend-A-House in Manassas, Va., $5,000
  • Rappahanock Rapidan Community Services in Culpeper, Va., $7,000
  • Rebuilding Together Alexandria in Alexandria, Va., $8,500
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia in Norfolk, Va., $12,500
  • Shenandoah Dental Clinic in Woodstock, Va., $10,000
  • Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries in Toms Brook, Va., $20,000
  • Silver Spring Village in Silver Spring, Md., $7,500
  • Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee in Hughesville, Md., $10,000
  • Valley Program for Aging Services in Waynesboro, Va., $2,500
  • Virginia Peninsula Foodbank in Hampton, Va., $10,000
  • Virginia Tech Adult Day Services in Blacksburg, Va., $8,000
  • We Are Family Senior Outreach in Washington, D.C., $10,000

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 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 Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org
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