Fellowship Square provides affordable housing and services for older adults.
NOVEMBER 2019
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IN THIS ISSUE
Holiday Fundraiser
Community Clean-up Day
Christy's Corner
Resident Life
New Board Member Cissy Nickel
Thank you to Retiring Board Members
Facebook for Seniors
Internships Available
Holiday Hours
SAVE THE DATE!
Fellowship Square’s
2 nd  Annual Holiday Fundraiser

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 pm
2222 Colts Neck Road | Reston, VA 20191
Creative Cuisine Dining Room – 2 nd  Floor
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Enjoy exclusive wines, tasty beer, exciting raffle prizes, and a lavish dessert reception!

No entrance fee, but we request your RSVP to 703-860-2569 or jsinger@fellowshipsquare.org
Your support helps us fulfill our mission of providing affordable housing and services for seniors with very limited income and resources!
In the event of severe weather, we will follow
COMMUNITY SUPPORT
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Many Hands Together Make Clean-up Day a Huge Success
On Sunday, November 3, the Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition held its first Community Clean-up Day. Fellowship Square was proud to join  Julie Dougherty  (Hunters Woods Village Condominium Association President) and Pastor Carl and Christ the Servant Lutheran Church to initiate the effort! It was quite a success – over 30 volunteers (of all ages) from the immediate neighborhood as well as other parts of South Reston and the Coalition turned out to help with the initiative. Some 40 bags of trash were collected in addition to two Safeway shopping carts, a broken scooter, a deflated soccer ball, and an old baseball (minus its stuffing and picked up from the ball field of all places!)  

Thanks also go to the Hunters Woods Village Center Safeway and Dunkin Donuts for donating the refreshments. In addition, a big “thank you” goes to the Reston Association for supplying heavy-duty gloves, trash bags, and grabbers. Finally, thanks to various members of the Coalition who helped get the word out to all of Reston about this cleanup day - the tremendous response rate is a testament to those proactive efforts.  

Thank you everyone who helped clean up our Hunters Woods neighborhood!
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We Need Your Help!
Volunteers are requested at  Hunters Woods Fellowship House in Reston, Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 6, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. We’re looking for 3-5 people per three-hour shift to assist in moving residents’ belongings from a storage area to the door of their apartments.  


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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Give Thanks and More
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Fellowship Square residents come from all walks of life. Former government workers, teachers, nurses, small business owners, homemakers, musicians – and more – call Fellowship House home. We have a rich diversity at all of our communities – and this is part of what makes life so enriching for those who live there. Residents spend time together – through walking clubs or on-site exercise classes, crafts and pottery activities, or just sitting with one another talking about the “old days.”

The average age of Fellowship Square residents is 76 years old, which is nearly 10 years below the national average of seniors living in retirement communities. One of the reasons older adults are moving in at a younger age is due to lack of resources. When adults stop working, they no longer have the income they need to support themselves. While most of them spent their entire adult lives working, their retirement wasn’t what it needed to be to get them through their “golden years.”

Fellowship Square prides itself on offering dignified housing for those with limited incomes. The average annual income for a Fellowship Square resident is $12,157 – this doesn’t leave much for life’s daily necessities like food, transportation and unexpected expenses.

During this holiday season, consider how you may be able to get involved in the work we do and help support Fellowship Square seniors who continue to be a valuable part of our larger community. We can learn a lot from these folks – and help them live their best life possible.


In gratitude,
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Christy Zeitz
CEO
RESIDENT LIFE
Fun Times with the Residents
Lake Anne Fellowship House  held its Resident Appreciation Week in November!  Day 3 included a photo shoot with the residents – a good time was had by all!
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For years the women at  Lake Ridge Fellowship House  have been knitting hats, scarves and gloves for children in need at nearby schools, as well as the local hospital’s nursery.
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HUNTERS WOODS FELLOWSHIP HOUSE BOARD
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Welcome Cissy Nickel
New board member for 
Hunters Woods Fellowship House!

Cissy currently works as Executive Director of Independent Living Operations at  Hunters Woods at Trails Edge , a new senior living community located in Reston, VA. She has worked in executive leadership and business development for many years for both non-profits and the public sector.

Over the last ten years, she has worked in the senior housing industry, has owned her own commercial and residential real estate company, and has extensive experience in the processes involved in renovations and new developments. Her passion and career have been to serve older adults from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, and she feels that her work in this area may provide helpful insights from her experience managing similar communities.
WITH GRATEFUL THANKS
Thank You for Your Service…

The Fellowship Square board, staff and community would like to thank outgoing house board members:  Marilyn Voight and  Kenji Brown  for their service. Marilyn served on the Lake Anne Fellowship House Board, Kenji on the Lake Ridge Fellowship House board, as its President . Both dedicated countless hours (and over 4 years!) of service to the organization and will greatly be missed!  
MAKING CONNECTIONS
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Five Reasons Why
Every Adult Over the Age of 50 Should Have a Facebook Account 
Facebook is one of the most widely used social media platforms amongst older adults and seniors. In 2018, the Pew Research Center found that 68% of adults between the ages of 50-64 use Facebook while 46% of seniors over the age of 65 use Facebook. Here are five great reasons why every adult over the age of 50 should have a Facebook account: 

1. Connecting with People
Have you ever wondered what happened to that old friend from the 1950’s? Maybe he/she is already on Facebook searching for you! Facebook allows you to connect with family and friends you probably haven’t seen in ages. 

2. Sharing Photos 
Remember that old, crinkled-up picture you carried around and couldn’t wait to flaunt to everyone?  Facebook allows you to upload as many photos and videos as you like to share with friends and family. That’s right! You can now share all those pictures of your grandchildren, special events, family functions, vacations or even photos of yourself to the world. 

3. Entertainment
Who needs basic cable when there is Facebook? Facebook offers a huge assortment of television shows, movies and videos from modern day and “back in the day.” Do you love to read? Look no further because Facebook allows access to numerous e-books, articles, and blog posts from your favorite writers. In addition, seniors can also play interactive games with family and friends. 

4. Start a Business or a Group
Who says you have to consider retirement at 65?  Do you still have that entrepreneurial spirit or drive to work? Do you have a special interest and want to connect with others?  Perhaps you should consider starting a business or special interest group on Facebook. You could sell vintage clothing or start a knitting club; Facebook provides a great platform for selling goods and services and communicating with others on certain topics of interest. 

5. Online Deals & Sales
Cutting out coupons from the daily newspaper is so outdated! Why waste your time cutting coupons when you could follow your favorite brands, and have unlimited access to special promotions and offers?  Facebook allows you to stay in tune with special deals from your favorite brands.

By Jasmine Piggie, FS Intern
INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
Holiday Hours at Fellowship Square

Please Note: The Fellowship Square main office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well as Friday, November 29.  In December, the main office will be closed on Christmas Day (December 25) and the day after (December 26), and New Year’s Day (January 1, 2020).
Reminder: If you have a Thrivent account, please designate Fellowship Square for donations


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