September 2019

I n this issue, Culpepper Garden brings you the latest on our Innovations in Healthy Aging Challenge and other exciting developments. This summer, we launched our 50-year anniversary with our successful Springtime Party fundraiser and are on track with our building renovation. As we usher in the fall season, we are focused on enhancing residents’ health and wellness with programs such as A Matter of Balance . Through partnerships with organizations like the Fenwick Foundation we are ensuring that residents stay involved and active in the community. Finally, we look forward to engaging with our donors and volunteers through our 50-year fundraising initiative to ensure that our Assisted Living residents who can no longer afford their cost of care never have to leave their Culpepper Garden home. Thank you for your generous support and happy fall! 
Culpepper Garden Announces Innovations in Healthy Aging Challenge
Culpepper Garden, in partnership with Arlington County government, invites companies, entrepreneurs and students to enter our Innovation in Healthy Aging Challenge . We’re looking for innovative ideas for new technologies that help low income seniors to live healthy lives. Concept ideas must address technologies and approaches in one of three major challenge areas including: 1) Improving personal health and access to quality care, 2) Enabling mobility, connectivity and community and 3) Helping seniors learn about and use technology.

A selection committee, comprised of local technology businesses, investors, academics/heath care providers, senior citizen advocates/caregivers and senior citizens, will select up to five finalists in each category. Finalist will then be invited to give an in-person presentation of their idea to the Committee on November 18, 2019 at Arlington Economic Development.

The top three winners will be awarded $12,000 in funding and recognition and publicity about their companies and technologies, among other distinctions. The deadline to apply is October 11, 2019. For more information visit or email
Culpepper Garden Welcomes New Staff Members
Hannah Withers joined Culpepper Garden as Volunteer Manager in July. Hannah graduated from George Mason University in May 2018 with a master’s in social work. Prior to graduating, she completed a year-long internship at the Arlington Area Agency on Aging where she was responsible for outreach and building relationship with stakeholders and data collection and analysis. Hannah’s immediate goals for her new position are to become acquainted with Culpepper Garden’s residents, expand our volunteer force and introduce new programs that enhance resident’s health and wellness.

Ashley Gomez-Figueredo is Culpepper Garden’s new Resident Service Coordinator. Ashley graduated from George Mason University this past August with a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and a concentration in Assisted Living and Senior Housing Administration. Prior to joining the staff of Culpepper Garden, Ashley served as Life Enrichment Manager for a senior living facility in Alexandria, Virginia. She also served as Development Intern with ARHC from May - July 2019. In this role, Ashley led activities for Spanish speaking residents, assisted with planning for ARHC’s annual fundraiser event, and helped with outreach to donors.

Photo: Ashley Gomez pictured on the left and Hannah Withers on the right.
Dine Out and Make a Difference for Culpepper Garden
Looking for an easy way to support Culpepper Garden? How about enjoying a tasty barbeque dinner at one of the best restaurants in town? On Tuesday, November 12 th , invite your family, friends and colleagues out to Rocklands BBQ for a dine out fundraiser benefiting Culpepper Garden. Rocklands BBQ will donate 15% of all sales from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm, including eat in or take out.

Rocklands BBQ is located at 3471 Washington Blvd in Arlington. Proceeds raised will benefit low-income seniors who are not only our most frail but can no longer afford to pay for assisted living services and provide residents with health and wellness programs. We hope to see you there!
Culpepper Garden Recognizes Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Did you know that September 23 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults. Falls are also the most common cause of nonfatal hospital admissions among older adults. As an active affordable senior living community, Culpepper Garden is committed to providing programs and education that help to reduce the risk of falls among our residents.

We recently completed the second 8-week series of the evidence-based falls prevention program, A Matter of Balance . Led by resident Dee Bivens and former ARHC staff member Deborah Madden, the program focuses on reducing the fear of falling, identifying environmental factors that increase the risk of a fall and promoting exercise to increase strength and balance. Ms. Bivens and Ms. Madden completed the Master Trainer Session through Marymount University. Additionally, Ms. Madden has a background in healthcare and is a licensed respiratory therapist. Workshops averaged eight residents per session and in all, nearly 20 residents have participated since launching the program. The Matter of Balance workshops will start up again in October for residents of Assisted Living.
Partner Spotlight: The Fenwick Foundation
Thanks to our partnership with the The Fenwick Foundation , the residents of Culpepper Garden have enjoyed many of the area’s finest cultural, educational and historical events and attractions – free of charge.

The Fenwick Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, VA that provides free tickets to social, entertainment and educational events and outings in the DC metro area for limited income seniors and other disadvantaged individuals. Whether going to a ballgame, enjoying a theater performance or music concert, our residents delight in opportunities to stay active and engaged in the community. We are so grateful to the Fenwick Foundation for their generous support of our residents.

Photo: Culpepper Garden residents at Nationals Ballpark
CFC Kicks off Workplace Giving for Federal Employees
As the nonprofit owner of Culpepper Garden, Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (ARHC) is grateful to the federal employees who make a difference in our community by participating in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Last year, Federal employees participating in the CFC contributed more than $93 million to thousands of local, national and international causes.

Recent enhancements to the campaign now grants employees the ability to give volunteer time as well. In the past two years, federal employees have pledged more than 24,000 hours to their favorite causes.

Please consider supporting ARHC in this year’s CFC campaign which runs from September 9, 2019 to January 12, 2020. Go to and make your online pledge today and be sure to choose CFC #82022 to support ARHC. You can also contact Hannah Withers, Volunteer Manager at to learn about our volunteer opportunities.
Culpepper Garden | 4435 N. Pershing Road, Arlington, VA 22203
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Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (ARHC) is the nonprofit owner of Culpepper Garden