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


Dear Friends,

We thought we would "pen" a joint message to all of you, our friends and family, as we move into the 2017 holiday season.  There is no better time to express to each of you our deepest appreciation for all of the blessings you bestow upon the Home, those we care for, and our mission of service to low and modest income elders of our city.  As you prepare for the upcoming festive season, please remember the many ways you can continue your support of our work here on Western Avenue.
Quite soon, you will be receiving our annual report, a compilation of our accomplishments during our past fiscal year (July 1, 2016 - June 20, 2017).  As is customary, we list and thank each and every donor to the Home during that period of time and, again, reach out to you for your support.  One extremely valuable and effective way to provide monetary support is via our monthly Sustainer Program, which we unveiled to all of you some time ago.  In essence, the Sustainer Program empowers you to make routine monthly donations to the Home; this allows you to spread your giving out in planned increments over the year and also enables the Home to forecast its income from donations more accurately. 
We particularly want to give a "shout out" to the employees of the Home who were the founding members of the Sustainer Program.  Since 2006, numbers of employees have invested in the work of the Home via a biweekly payroll deduction program.  These individuals, line staff and management alike, choose to direct a part of each paycheck to the financial support of the Home and our programs of service to low and modest income elders.  Their commitment and generosity are truly extraordinary and serve as an example to all.  We urge you to check out our monthly Sustainer Program by going to the link on our website at
Another remarkable way you can support the Home during this holiday season and well beyond is by shopping online via AmazonSmile.  Amazon has created a charitable giving program that provides approved not-for-profits a portion of each online sale.   Just search "AmazonSmile Org Central" and follow the simple directions provided.  When selecting the Home as the recipient of your generosity, you will need to use the name "Abraham and Laura Lisner Home."  It's just that easy!
Finally, please keep in mind that you can always give a holiday gift via a donation to the Home in honor or in memory of a family member or friend.  When there is really no need for another tie or a fruit basket, a donation gift in remembrance of special people in your life is an especially meaningful way to let someone know you care while enabling the Home to continue to provide much needed services to our elder community.  And, if a tangible gift is perhaps more in line with your gift giving preference, please make sure to check out our Resident Art gallery.  The works of resident artists are on display and available for purchase.  Both unique in nature and a conversation piece for any home, your proceeds from your purchase will go directly to benefit the lives of those we serve.  Just call Debbie Lyle, our Development Coordinator, at 202-966-6667, ext. 3373, to arrange for a tour of the gallery.
From our Home to yours, we both extend our heartfelt thanks for all of your compassion and loyal support of our work on behalf of those seniors often forgotten.  You have our enduring gratitude.
 Ward and Sue

November 11, 2017


On November 11, we honor the many who served in the armed forces by observing Veteran's Day.  This is a special day for staff and residents at the Home as we honor many of our residents who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  We are also pleased to honor several residents from the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) currently staying with us for short-term rehabilitation services.  In recent years, the Home has partnered with the Armed Forces Retirement Home to serve these special veterans when the rehabilitation services they need are not available on the AFRH campus.  These soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen can take advantage of our excellent physical, occupational and speech therapy while receiving weekly coordination visits from an AFRH nurse who works with the Home's staff to assure a safe and successful return to the AFRH when rehab is complete. In the past 2 years, the Home has served over 50 veterans through this positive partnership.  We hope to have the honor to serve many more veterans both through this program and in general. Happy Veterans Day and thank you to the men and women who have served so honorably. 


The Activities Department welcomed members of "Out of the Blue," Duke University's oldest all-female award-winning acappella group.  The group has performed from Cameron Indoor Stadium to Carnegie Hall, and before countless audiences at local, out-of-state and overseas venues.  "Out of the Blue" has been consistently recognized as one of the best collegiate acappella groups in the country.  

It was a rare treat for the residents to experience the vocal ranges of the group and solo arrangements performed by the members.  They were full of sound and energy, singing familiar songs the residents enjoyed.  Anytime the group would like to show up "out of the blue," they would be welcome.

The Home's residents and staff welcomed families, neighbors and friends on a beautiful Saturday, October 28th, to celebrate Community Fun Fest.  The many activities included pony rides, hay maze, face painting, miniature golf, petting zoo, art activities and sale and viewing of the resident artwork.  We want to thank the many volunteers who helped make this a special day.    
Clown Judy with Ian Maggard (left) and Phil Thomas (right), both visitors from the Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services, Ward 3 Liaisons
Resident, Wilbur Smith, puts the "Fun" in Community Fun Fest
You Never Know What's Going to Happen in Art Class

An entertaining guest captivates resident artist, Lelia Thompkins, during art class.  The white dove was brought in by Peggy Finnegan, a friend of the Home.

In This Issue

Happy Thanksgiving!
Quick Links

We wish to thank our sponsors for supporting the
"National Wine Day"
May 25, 2017  

Bank of America 
Bay City Pest Management Co., Inc. 
Bollinger Energy Corporation
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Brightstar Communications, Inc.
Cooper & Crickman, PLLC
Ergo Solutions, LLC
Hamilton Insurance Company 
Hertzbach & Company, P. A. 
HPSI Purchasing Services, LLC 
Jackson & Campbell, P. C. 
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 Louise Home
PEPCO an Exelon Company
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.
LLDH Home designation numbers are:
United Way #8007
CFC #2502



A monthly gift is an easy and affordable way for you to empower low and modest income seniors of Washington, DC, to live their lives to the fullest. The monthly giving program benefits both the residents we serve and our supporters. To join our Monthly Sustainer Program click on the "Donate Now" button in this newsletter or visit our website at and go to the "Donate Now" button on the home page.

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.
 3:30 pm 
Monthly Birthday Party
2:30 pm
Veteran's Day Social
2:30 pm
Resident Council

                     10:30 am
Dr. Jenner Lecture Series
"The History of Coffee"
11:00 am
Wedgwood Luncheon

2:00 pm
Crafts with Marlena
11:30 am
Thanksgiving Luncheon

10:30 am

Food Service and Cooking Demonstration
2:45 pm
Art Class

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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