Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home
... A monthly newsletter from the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home
July 2017 


Dear Friends,
The month of July is one of my favorites, starting with our celebration of Independence Day on the 4th.  The Home takes great pride in being located in the nation's capital and we bring all of the fun that goes along with the celebration as we invite our residents, their families, and staff to enjoy our own fireworks display and cookout.  And so summer is in full swing with family gatherings, barbecues, parties, games, food, fun, festivals, parades, and concerts. While all of these events are delightful, they serve as an additional reminder to be so very thankful for all the freedoms we, in this country, enjoy.  We are a nation in which all of us are created equal and it is our diversity that makes us a country of opportunity for everyone.  The Home itself is a small representation of what this country is about.  Our residents and staff come from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and we pride ourselves in recognizing and sharing our traditions and beliefs with each other. 

As noted in the article and photos below, the staff recently gathered for a potluck to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.  During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn until sunset.  It is a time for spiritual discipline, increased charity and generosity, and a celebration of joy to be shared with loved ones.  I firmly believe that, without sharing and understanding others' backgrounds and beliefs, we can become fearful and turn away when we should embrace what we can learn.  Our potluck once again showed the many ways in which we are the same, while allowing us to enjoy different customs and some wonderful food!   We are all brothers and sisters in this world and certainly we, here at the Home, live that sentiment every day. 

A Celebration of Cultural Traditions 

At the Home, we are fortunate to ha ve residents and staff from a variety of places and cultures, a fact we embrace proudly. This year, we added a new cultural event to our list. An all-staff potluck was held on Wednesday, June 28th to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, a three-day festival celebrating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Staff from all departments came together to share home-cooked dishes and learn more about the traditions of their co-workers. The day was marked by love, laughter and more food than any of us anticipated! The event was a huge success and we look forward to making this an annual tradition.

Members of the Home's staff enjoying Eid-al-Fitr

Asmahan Antar, RN, talks to the staff about the meaning of the holy month of Ramadan

Getting to Know Gladys Kazigian
Gladys Kazigian, Resident

Gladys Kazigian knows a thing or two about art.  She is an accomplished professional portrait artist, a former art teacher at American University, and a member of the Arts Club of Washington where she taught Saturday painting workshops.    Well-known in the DC arts community for her visual art, Gladys has lived in Washington, DC for many years and has recently become a resident of the Home. 

From the time Gladys held her first crayon, she was told by her teachers that she should be an artist when she grew up.  She was raised in Florida, New York, and Washington, DC, and attended several arts schools.  As a young woman, Gladys worked for Harris & Ewing, Inc. on F Street NW, which at one time was the largest photographic studio in the United States.  Gladys did not take photographic portraits, but instead painted over them.  She was so successful that she opened her own studio called "The Palette."  Eventually the building she leased was torn down by the DC government, but Gladys continued to teach art privately and through her courses at American University. 

Today, Gladys has fond memories of travel and a love for people.  She has travelled to many places including Europe, Japan, and South America.  Her real love in life has been teaching art as it has given her a chance to really get to know someone's personality. Once a week Gladys keeps up her painting skills by participating in the Resident Art Program.  She says that, "Anyone can be an artist and, as a teacher, if I could make a person feel the art on the inside, then they could express it on the outside."  Gladys recently celebrated her 94th birthday and says her secret to a happy life is that she is a people person and loves to talk and bring out the best in someone.  "Never lose your sense of humor - I can feel that in anything!"

"Hope" painting by Gladys Kazigian recently sold during the Home's spring fundraiser and Resident Art Show (all proceeds from the show go to benefit the residents of the Home)

News From the Family Council

The Home's Family Council had a busy spring! In May, members volunteered at the Mother's and Father's Day Brunch and the annual fundraiser, greeting families and spreading awareness about the Family Council. A meeting was held on Saturday, June 17th with an ice cream social meet-and-greet immediately following. Members discussed ways to boost membership as well as ideas for fundraising. The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 5th and is open to all Responsible Parties.

In This Issue

Quick Links

We wish to thank our sponsors for supporting the

"National Wine Day"
May 25, 2017 

Bank of America
Bay City Pest Managment Co., Inc. 
Bollinger Energy Corporation
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Brightstar Communications, Inc.
Cooper & Crickman
Hamilton Insurance Company
Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
HPSI Purchasing Services LLC
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker
The Family Council of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home 
The Henry and Annie Hurt Home  for the Blind
The John Dickson Home
The Resident Council of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home

Radiation Physics, Inc.  
Ward Orem
Marta Anne Schneider, MD
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Tobriner
The Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  

Aid Association for the Blind of
Washington DC
Advisory Neighborhood
Commission 3E
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
DC Commission on the Arts
and Humanities  
Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation
Philip L. Graham Fund
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Ada and Albert Wibel
The Elizabeth R.Shoemaker
The Louise Home
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz


The Home is proud to hold a five-star rating from the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the highest attainable, and has again been rated one of the best nursing homes for 2016-2017 by US News and World Report.



If your workplace has a giving program, please consider supporting the Home.
Your pre-tax deduction will make a huge difference to the residents.
LLDHH designation numbers are:
United Way #8007
CFC #2502


A Gift From You Gives Our Residents A Place They Call Home

As we begin our 2018 fiscal year,  we would like to take this opportunity to tell you of the many ways that you can help support the mission of the Home.  A gift from you will not only help to fund our work, but will also help to change the lives of low to moderate income seniors of the District of Columbia. 


1. Amazon's third-annual Prime Day is on  Tuesday, July 11 and will feature more than 
100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of 
the year.  Shop at AmazonSmileFoundation will donate 5% of your total eligible purchase price to the Home; all you have to do is select the Abraham and Laura Lisner Home (AKA Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home) as the charitable organization you wish to receive donations.

2. You can make a contribution by clicking on the Donate Now button in this newsletter and you will be taken directly to the Home's website donation page.
3. The Home is also a member of United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign.  If you prefer to give through these organizations,  our United Way number is 5008, and CFC number is 25024.
4. We also invite you to explore the option of planned giving through a charitable bequest that you might establish in the future. 
We appreciate your willingness to make a contribution to the Home that will greatly assist us in the important task of preserving the future of the Home for generations to come.  

5:00 pm
Fireworks and Cookout
3:00 pm
Wine & Cheese Social
2:30 pm
Resident Council
                       6:00 pm
Fun & Games with Lee
3:00 pm
Love in Action Ministry
3:30 pm
Monthly Birthday Party
12:00-4:00 pm
Rummage Sale in Drawing Room
2:45 pm
Art Class/Ice Cream Truck
2:30 pm
Sunday Social

Contact the Activities office at 202-966-6667, ext. 3306 for further information.

Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home to provide extraordinary health and life care services to low and modest income seniors of the District of Columbia, empowering them to live life to the fullest.

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