Holiday Greetings from the Foundation
It is the season of lights! Christmas, Diwali, Chanukah-all over the world, across different cultures and different faiths, people celebrate the triumph of light, hope, and joy over darkness. 
 
At Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) we're bringing light as well-both spiritually, with the warmth of community at each Fellowship House and physically, with new LED lights.  Our Fellowship Houses are being upgraded with new, energy efficient lighting that will reduce our energy usage, save money, and help the environment while providing improved lighting for our residents. 
 
Residential buildings account for over 20% of carbon emissions in the U.S. Older apartment buildings often have inefficient heating and cooling systems that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency retrofits are the cheapest, quickest, and most significant way to make a dent in the problem. It's a triple win: it reduces emissions and pollution, reduces our operating costs to maintain affordability, and provides a more comfortable and healthy living environment for our residents. 
 
As people of faith, our mission includes being advocates for vulnerable people and communities. For FSF this goes beyond being good stewards of our properties. We also have a religious mandate to care for Creation, to act as good stewards of the natural resources that sustain us all, and preserve them for future generations.
 
A special thank you to those who support FSF not only during the holidays, but year-round. Your partnership and gifts of time, talent and treasure enable us to provide the much-needed extras for our residents.
 
So turn on the lights!  Wishing everyone in our Fellowship Square community peace, joy, love, and light for this holiday season.

Renee Jakobs
Board President, Fellowship Square Foundation

We're Hiring! 
 
FSF is seeking an Executive Director to provide leadership and enhance the mission of the organization.
 
Pumpkin decorating competition!
Hunters Woods Fellowship House

Hunters Woods had a busy quarter with various events from voter registration and flu shot clinics to Medicare presentations, monthly ice cream socials and resident birthday parties. Residents also participated in a Senior Safety Summit at the Herndon Senior Center, and the Reston Multi-Cultural Fair at the Reston Town Center.  

We are now gearing up for the holidays by planning dinners and activities to ensure we have a festive season. The upcoming Annual Holiday party will have sounds of the holidays, a pianist, a resident performance, a gift for every resident, as well as door prizes. Several local organizations and volunteers assist us in completing holiday drives and angel trees to obtain a gift for every resident. We always welcome volunteers to assist us as we fill bags for residents with basic household supplies. Items like kitchen utensils, aprons, oven mitts, door mats, kitchen mats, dish and hand towels, laundry supplies, dish detergent, etc., are always welcome. These small tokens make the holidays a little bit easier on residents, as they are not faced with the decision of forgoing basic necessities for food or medication.  
 
We always try to brighten the holidays for our residents and if you would like to assist us in doing so by donating any of the above, or volunteering, please feel free to contact our new Resident Services Coordinator, Cassandra Hawkins at 703-620-4450.

Dr. Myra Niemeier, former FSF Board Member and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church member, poses with Lake Anne Administrator Louneta Beckles.
 
Lake Anne Fellowship House

Annually, Lake Anne Fellowship House conducts our Holiday Outreach Drive at Thanksgiving and Christmas for our residents. We are fortunate to receive commitments from local congregations.  These organizations help us make our holiday season brighter by providing our residents with gifts, gift cards and food.  

We appreciate the involvements with Cornerstone, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Grace Church, St. Thomas a Becket, United Christian Parish and Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Through the partnership with King's Chapel, we are also able to provide annually our residents with a Thanksgiving Meal.  We also partnered with McLean Bible Church for their annual Turkey Outreach.  

We look forward to jamming into 2017 with our residents on December 30 with our New Year's Eve party featuring live entertainment from Jazz 5!  



Board Members Wanted!
 
Fellowship Square Foundation is recruiting new board members!  Maybe you're already volunteering for Fellowship Square and want to play a larger role, or perhaps  you have a loved one living in one of our houses. If you have a passion for affordable senior housing, and you have expertise in areas such as senior services, affordable housing, fundraising, finance, advocacy, or communications, let's talk!  Get in touch with Jennifer Maloney for more details. 
 
Student volunteers spread  Christmas Cheer!
Lake Ridge Fellowship House

To kickoff the holiday season, 10 of our residents were randomly selected to receive Thanksgiving food baskets from Ms. Renee Hightower and the Zion Church of Woodbridge on Nov. 19. The recipients of these baskets were overjoyed and filled with appreciation for the kindness that was extended to them. Soon our residents will join in with volunteers from around the community to decorate the Christmas trees on each floor. These are the special moments that our residents look forward to each year. 
 
One of the highlights of the Christmas Season is the luncheon sponsored by Woodbridge High School students. The students plan the menu, serve the residents and sit and chat during their visit. Other groups and organizations will be sharing with us during the next few weeks, spreading holiday cheer by bringing gifts, food and drinks for our residents. We also will welcome carolers of all ages from Central Baptist Church. We are excited for the holidays as we send season's greetings to each of you.

Prince George's County Sheriff Officers pictured with staff, after delivering the food baskets.

Largo Landing Fellowship House

On Oct. 20, 38% of Largo Landing Fellowship House residents who pre-registered by absentee ballot, cast their vote with the Prince George's County Board of Election at Largo Landing in the Social Hall. The early voting prevented residents from standing in long lines during the general election.  On November 8, Largo Landing also provided free rides to the polls for residents who traditionally vote on the day of the election. Largo Landing, with the help of Prince George's County officials, assisted approximately 63% of our residents in casting their vote.
 
Our Annual Holiday Luncheon for residents will be held on Dec.15 featuring music, games, contests and raffles. Two of the biggest contests the residents love to participate in are the best door decorations, vying for first, second and third places, along with the team competition for best decorated floor. It's a festive event, with 80% of the residents attending the ceremony. After the festivities the Prince George's County Sheriff Department will arrive with donated turkey baskets.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Give Back This Holiday Season
 Help spread some holiday cheer by participating in one of our outreach drivesDonor dollars are used to buy gift cards for residents to use in the future. In between celebrations, your contributions enable us to assist with  medical and dental expenses, transportation costs, pastoral care, and other urgent or emergency needs that would otherwise be beyond the means of our residents. Thank you for your partnership and support to enhance the wellbeing of the residents in our communities.

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