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 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.

The Village at Rockville Named a Top Vote Getter in Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda Poll

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community was named a top vote getter in Bethesda Magazine’s annual Best of Bethesda readers’ poll in the best senior living community category. The Village at Rockville was ranked third amongst the five communities named by readers.

The Best of Bethesda poll is one of numerous accolades earned by The Village at Rockville in 2018. Executive Director, Kyle Hreben said, “In 2018 our team really focused on our commitment to care excellence and delivering the highest quality experience to every resident and guest at The Village at Rockville. Residents and guests are not just patients. These results reflect the collective achievement of team members across departments embracing our ‘We CARE’ values.” Continued Hreben, “We really care about getting people well, and keeping them well. I’m proud we’ve received so many accolades this year and especially proud that readers of Bethesda Magazine have recognized our efforts.”

Other accolades earned by The Village at Rockville in 2018 include:

•  Best Nursing Home designation by U.S. News & World Report
•  High-performing overall facility by U.S. News & World Report
•  High-performing short-stay rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report
•  Maintains one of the lowest rehospitalization rates in the Nexus Montgomery Skilled Nursing Facility Alliance (According to MDS based PointRight Pro30 Rehospitalization data)

The full results from Best of Bethesda appear in the January/February edition, which is on newsstands now.

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

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

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community has been ranked as a top facility by U.S. News & World Report in two disciplines: overall nursing home and short-stay rehabilitation (myPotential Rehabilitation at The Village at Rockville). U.S. News & World Report evaluated over 15,000 facilities nationwide. The Village at Rockville is one of only six high-performing facilities in Montgomery County, Md.

The methodology for evaluation placed emphasis on comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections. In addition, this year, the rating system was altered to place more emphasis on staffing quality. This is the first year U.S. News & World Report has measure short-term stays, aimed at individuals who need intensive rehabilitation or nursing services to recover from surgery, an accident or illness. Additionally, because The Village at Rockville received a high-performing rating in the both the nursing home category and the short-stay category, the Best Nursing Home designation was awarded.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from U.S. News & World Report,” said Executive Director Kyle Hreben. “Our team members, especially our caregivers and nurses work tirelessly to ensure we are providing the best care possible to residents, guests and families. We are proud of our commitment to care excellence.”

To view The Village at Rockville’s U.S. News & World Report, visit

The Village at Rockville Receives Bond Financing and Breaks Ground on Glenmere Apartment Homes

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community has received bond financing on the Glenmere project. The bonds were issued by Montgomery County, Md. in a face amount of $87.5 million. The bonds will fund construction costs related to The Village at Rockville and utilize a draw down feature that will limit negative arbitrage as related to the current economic environment. This financing, through partnerships with Hamlin Capital Management, LLC and Cross Point Capital, LLC, will feature four series of tax-exempt bonds providing a blend of variable and fixed-rate debt for the project.

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) President & CEO Larry Bradshaw stated, “The issuance of these bonds will launch construction on a new phase of resident opportunities at The Village at Rockville and will complement our continuing commitment to excellence in a variety of services to our residents and guests.”

In celebration, The Village at Rockville held a groundbreaking ceremony and reception on Monday, November 12, 2018. Over 200 guests, including Rockville City Council members Mark Pierzchala and Virginia D. Onley attended the event.

“The Glenmere project represents a major commitment to our community and the larger Rockville community, enabling us to continue to serve and deliver on our mission and ministry. Building on our heritage and nearly 130 years of service, we will maintain a vibrant and innovative experience for all those we serve,” stated The Village at Rockville’s Executive Director Kyle Hreben.

Seventy-five percent of the apartment homes have been pre-sold prior to groundbreaking. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2020.

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.


Shockey Selected as Glenmere Construction Partner

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community has selected Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. to build its Glenmere apartment homes expansion. The approximately $95 million expansion will be constructed on five acres within The Village at Rockville’s existing 31-acre footprint, and includes a 130-unit independent living apartment building with underground parking, an indoor aquatic center, fitness areas, and dining venues.

Designed by BCT Architects in Baltimore, a variety of one-and two-bedroom floor plans comprise the 130 units, ranging in size from 737-1,786 square feet. The project, managed by ARCH Consultants, Ltd., encompasses a total of 295,544 square feet, across two interconnected, four-story structures. Construction is slated to begin fall 2018, pending final approval by the Maryland Department of Aging, with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2020.

“We are pleased to be working with Howard Shockey & Sons again, to make Glenmere come to life through their partnership and expertise,” Executive Director Kyle Hreben said. “Shockey assisted us in completing a planned renovation of our main building in 2015 and also built our sister community, The Village at Orchard Ridge, in Winchester, Virginia.”

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. To learn more about the campus expansion featuring independent living apartments, visit

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
With more than 125-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.

Other 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

About Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. 
Shockey’s reputation, earned one project at a time, is for delivering excellent value, high quality craftsmanship, and unbeatable integrity. The 121-year old general contracting and construction management firm provides comprehensive construction services on a broad range of senior living, healthcare, parking, education, commercial, and industrial projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region, primarily in Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. With offices in Winchester and Richmond, Shockey is the Partner of Choice ®. More information at



The Village at Rockville Celebrates Chapel Renovations

The Village at Rockville—A National Lutheran Community celebrated the Chapel’s recent renovations with a service of blessing on Sunday, September 9 at 3 p.m.

These renovations, made possible through the MAGNIFY campaign, enhance the experience of all who utilize the Chapel.  Chairs have replaced the pews, to better accommodate walkers and wheelchairs; a lift was installed allowing access to the chancel, and the lighting improved with the addition of stained glass windows and glass doors. A new sound system communicates directly to hearing aids and the state-of-the-art Holtkamp organ makes the most beautiful music. The Village at Rockville would like to extend special thanks to the generous donors who made this possible, and all of the clergy who participated in the service, especially the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Bishop Richard Graham (Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod), and Bishop William Gohl Jr. (Delaware-Maryland Synod).

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