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 https://www.greatplacetowork.com/certified-company/7012224.

 

 

The Village at Orchard Ridge Named a High-Performing Facility and Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Village at Orchard Ridge — A National Lutheran Community has been ranked as a top facility by U.S. News & World Report for the community’s quality of overall care, considering both long-term residents and short-stay patients, including evaluations of medical quality, nurse staffing, health inspections and rehabilitation therapy. U.S. News & World Report evaluated over 15,000 facilities nationwide.

The methodology for evaluation placed emphasis on nurse staffing, health inspection, and quality of care measures. In addition to these, nursing homes were assessed based on the appropriateness of the therapy minutes provided to their residents as well as the consistency of their reported nurse staffing across self-reported and payroll-based reporting systems. In addition, this year, the rating system was altered to place even more emphasis on staffing quality. Furthermore, because The Village at Orchard Ridge received a high-performing rating in the overall category, the maximum possible score, the Best Nursing Home designation was awarded.

“We are beyond blessed for our service-driven team culture, where values and dedication are paramount to the quality of care we bring to each resident. Each team member brings a heart of service into our community every day. We are truly honored to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the quality of care we’ve worked so hard to provide to our residents over the past six years,” said Executive Director, Melissa Fortner.

To view The Village at Orchard Ridge’s U.S. News World Report, visit https://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes/area/va/the-village-at-orchard-ridge-495415 .

The Village at Orchard Ridge Named 2018 Best Large Business of the Year by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community, announced today that it has been named Best Large Business of the Year by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Village at Orchard Ridge’s mission unites team members, board members and volunteers alike, but the driving force behind care for older adults is ministry; the heart of National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), The Village at Orchard Ridge’s parent organization. At The Village at Orchard Ridge, the aim is to express that ministry in every facet of work, supporting the mission of NLCS that began in 1890, to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunity in service to seniors. The team at The Village at Orchard Ridge is grateful and thankful for continued support in strengthening the core mission within the NLCS organization as a whole. The Village at Orchard Ridge’s most precious advocates are residents, team members and local businesses and vendors, which contribute to the greater good of the Winchester community.

The purpose of the Greater Good Awards is to celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for contributions they make to the quality of life and economic stability of the region through genuine community commitment, dedication to excellence, and ethical and creative business practices.

The Village at Orchard Ridge’s mission to residents past, present and future has been reinforced with this recognition, strengthening commitment to serve residents and citizens of the Shenandoah Valley.

The Village at Orchard Ridge was honored at the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce Greater Good Awards ceremony on Friday January 25, 2019, at the Clarion Inn in Winchester Virginia. Executive Director, Melissa Fortner accepted the award on behalf of The Village at Orchard Ridge. In her acceptance speech, Melissa gratefully acknowledged residents, community vendors and sponsors, as well as other local resources, without whom this award would not have been possible.

“I sincerely thank The Top of Virginia’s Regional Chamber for recognizing The Village at Orchard Ridge at a level that we can proudly hold up this award as a milestone achievement and mark of our continued growth and commitment to service and excellence within the greater Shenandoah Valley. I assure you that my team and I will continue to champion this accomplishment as a measure of continued success within our community. Thank you especially to our residents, team members, donors, sponsors and colleagues who have supported our mission over the course of the past five years. The best is yet to come! Thank you!”

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.

Brad Snowden Named Philanthropy Director at The Village at Orchard Ridge

The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community, is pleased to announce Brad Snowden as Philanthropy Director. Snowden brings nearly 20 years of experience in estate planning as a practicing attorney and for the last 16 years has advanced the philanthropic mission of two higher education institutions. Most recently, Snowden was Director of Leadership Gifts at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia leading the major giving effort for its $25M Invest for Impact capital campaign that raised $4.8M annual gifts and closed $26M in legacy gifts during its last fiscal year. Previously, he spent nearly 15 years supporting the mission of Shenandoah University where he was instrumental in the successful completion of its $65M Spirit of Shenandoah campaign as well as the campaign for construction of its state-of-the-art Health & Life Science Building and Shenandoah Conservatory’s All Steinway piano initiative.

In his role at The Village at Orchard Ridge, Snowden will lead all philanthropic efforts to raise financial support for various funds including the benevolent care endowment fund, the employee tuition reimbursement fund and any special campaigns. The benevolent care endowment fund is set to reach $2 million dollars by 2020 and the funds are used to continue to provide care for residents who have outlived their funds and can no longer afford it. Since 1890, NLCS has never had to ask a resident to leave because they can no longer afford their care, with Snowden’s experience and desire to assist older adults, this will be continued at The Village at Orchard Ridge.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Snowden’s professional experience, education, and proven track record of accomplishment, as our new Philanthropy Director,” said NLCS Philanthropy Director, Dee Dee Barbour. “Snowden’s appointed position on The Village at Orchard Ridge’s leadership team reflects the importance placed on philanthropy throughout our organization.”

Mr. Snowden is an active member of, and serves on the board of, the Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is a past president and former member of the Clarke County Rotary, a current member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Martinsburg, West Virginia, a member of the National Capital Gift Planning Council, and is former Co-Chair of the Virginia Fund Raising Institute.

Brad holds a B.S. in Political Science from Shepherd College (now Shepherd University) and a Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

“I am pleased to join the leadership team at The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va. and become part of the larger NLCS family. I have a passion for supporting philanthropy in the older adult community and becoming part of continuing growth efforts in support of benevolent care. Winchester is a very special, vibrant place to live and work and I am pleased to return to the area. Much of my professional life has been centered in the Shenandoah Valley, and I look forward to contributing to the amazing work that is accomplished at Orchard Ridge for our residents within the community and citizens throughout the Winchester- Frederick County region,” Brad stated upon acceptance of the Philanthropy Director position.

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 washfm.com

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 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. 

 

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