2017 SUMMER ISSUE
President's Update
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Renee Jakobs, Board President
Summer may traditionally be a time to kick back and relax, but at FSF we're going full speed ahead! With a new Executive Director, a new property manager, and energetic new board members, we're all focused on meeting the challenges ahead and continuing to make sure our apartment communities are great places to live.    
 
Our Annual Membership Meeting was well attended and well received. In addition to the business of electing new board members and approving updates to the bylaws, we reflected on the importance of preserving housing that's affordable in this high cost area, enabling seniors with limited incomes to live in security and dignity.  
 
Our major initiative on that front continues to be the redevelopment of the Lake Anne Fellowship House. We achieved a major milestone this spring, with the approval of a new project-based rental assistance contract for Lake Anne II, and an understanding with HUD on a way forward to obtain an equivalent contract for Lake Anne I. These will provide immediate benefits for the property and the residents, as well as an income stream to support the new development.

With reasonable assurances that sufficient rental income will be available to support the project, we can proceed with the year-long process of finalizing building design plans and obtaining zoning approvals from Fairfax County. We have also engaged a broker to sell the excess land on the site, which will provide part of the financing for the new building.

While the staff is busy finalizing budgets for the coming year, the board will be looking ahead toward a new round of planning to clarify goals and objectives, including increased advocacy for the needs of seniors and increased community engagement. It's an exciting journey.

Renee Jakobs
Board President, Fellowship Square Foundation
2017 Annual Meeting Highlights 
Four New Board Members Elected
 
At its annual meeting, Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) members elected Ric Fisher, Scott L. Parkin, Robert Sargeant and Joan S. Thomas to its Board of Directors.  

 
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Ric Fisher
Ric Fisher, a resident of Fairfax City, VA, is a past member of the FSF Board, having served from 2010 to 2016 and as chair of its Governance Committee for two years. He has been a member of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church for close to 40 years where he served several terms on the Church Council in leadership positions.

"Good people helped to provide affordable, independent living opportunities for my parents as they reached past ninety years of age," Fisher said. "My service to FSF is in gratitude to those good people and in hope that I can help ensure affordable, independent living for others in similar circumstances."

He has also been a member of the Lamb Center and NOVACO boards. Fisher is retired after a long career with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he was director of the Materials and Chemical Engineering Technology Center (SES). He has been married for 47 years to Barbara and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.


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Scott L. Parkin
A senior level communications executive for several nonprofit organizations such as the National Council on Aging and Leading Age, Scott L. Parkin retired after serving as the first director of Communications for Justice In Aging (formerly National Senior Citizens Law Center) in Washington, DC.

"I have spent a large part of my working life advocating for programs that benefit the elderly poor," Parkin said. "I am looking forward to serving on a board with a mission I can believe in."

Parkin, a long-time resident of Reston, Virginia, he served as president of two homeowners associations, on various committees at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, and for a short time as president of Resident Interfaith. He has been married for 37 years to Joyce, they have two adult children and an aging Golden Retriever.


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Robert Sargeant
Robert Sargeant or "Sarge", retired from the Athletic Department at Catholic University where he served as associate athletic director/business manager with extra duty as student health insurance director. His volunteer work includes appointments to AARP Federal and State Advocacy teams and serving as a community ambassador for AARP. He also serves as an AARP representative on the Fairfax Food Council. A member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Springfield, VA, he is president of Lutheran Lay Fellowship and a corporate member of Fellowship Square Foundation.



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Joan S. Thomas
Joan S. Thomas currently is the chief clinical officer for Behavioral Health and director of community relations for The District Home Assisted Living.

"I believe we need to provide affordable housing to folks throughout their life span," Ms. Thomas said. "A social worker by training, I believe in social justice and the mission of FSF."
She oversees the management of the Community Relation Program and is engaged in the broader community both locally and regionally. Earlier in her career, she worked for Kaiser Permanente. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Leading Age, the Virginia Healthcare Association and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. A Falls Church, VA resident, Ms. Thomas is married to James and has three grown children, two grandsons and three big, noisy dogs.


The members also recognized the service of retiring Board members Jennifer Maloney, the Rev. Dave Pearcy, the Rev. Suzanne Rudiselle and Chuck Wortman.

 
Lake Anne Redevelopment News

Board Member Eddie Byrne and Senior Real Estate Development Officer for the Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) Matt Engle gave a detailed presentation on the status of the Lake Anne Redevelopment project at the Annual Corporate Membership meeting.

Lake Ann redevelopment proposal
Lake Anne redevelopment plan
According to the current plan, construction of the new Lake Anne Fellowship House would start in late 2019 in the currently-unused, eastern portion of the property and would be finished sometime in 2021. Only after current residents are relocated there would the older buildings be demolished. The land on which they stand would be sold.

The project would replace the 240 units in Lake Anne I and II in a new state-of-the art building that would minimize disruption for current residents while maintaining long-term affordability and improving accessibility and program space.

The new Lake Anne Fellowship House would retain affordable housing in a community where rent is often unaffordable to many seniors and people with disabilites. Just as they are now, new units will be available to older adults over age 62 and people with disabilities who are income qualified.

Byrne described the arduous process that still lay ahead for the project including approvals from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as from Fairfax County and Reston entities.

The financing for the project is complex consisting of low-income tax credits, mortgage debt and the sale of excess land. The joint ownership project with CPDC means that FSF will have a say in all major decisions affecting the project, will receive a share of development fees and projected cash flow as well as first right to the purchase of the property at end of the financing period.
 
Donors of the Year Honored

Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) has named Paul Hill and Prabha Iyer as "Donor of the Year" for their long-time support. FSF provides affordable housing and an array of support services for 700+ low-income seniors and persons with disabilities in Northern Virginia and Maryland.
 
Residents of Reston, Va., Paul and Prabha were introduced to FSF through a Thanksgiving basket drive organized by another local nonprofit organization they are involved with, Cornerstones. "We delivered baskets to some of the residents at Fellowship Square's Hunters Woods and Lake Anne residences here in Reston, so that gave us a direct window into the lives of the people being served. It's good to see our donations making a direct impact on the lives of folks in our community," said Prabha Iyer. Once the couple visited the FSF residences, they realized that they saw many of the residents walking on local trails when they were out walking their dogs. "We like having them as neighbors. This is an expensive area to live in, and we're happy to help make it more affordable for seniors and disabled individuals."    
 
Have you made your annual contribution to Fellowship Square? If not, please do so today! We rely on the generous support of donors like you to fulfill the needs of our residents and sustain operations that we would otherwise not be able to provide. Thank you!!
 
Bylaw Changes Approved

At the May 13th Annual Corporate Membership Meeting, the Fellowship Square Foundation members approved needed updates to the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. Bylaw changes now allow members to nominate and elect new members and make all members of the Board of Directors and House Boards Corporate Members. The changes also reduce the percentage of Directors that must be members of Lutheran congregations from ½ to ¼, consistent with Class II affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Congregations of America.

Fellowship House Updates  
Lake Anne Fellowship House
 
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Mother's Day luncheon
All the ladies of the house were celebrated at a Mother's Day event at Lake Anne Fellowship House. They enjoyed sharing reflections about their children, interactions with grandchildren and the legacy they hope to leave for the next generation. Each lady enjoyed an afternoon lunch and received carnations as a gift. The mood was exciting as we honored and celebrated the contributions of these women.
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Louneta Beckles

The residents came out to celebrate Louneta's 15 years with Fellowship Square. We were treated to a solo from our oldest resident, Mrs. Calloway who is going to be a 104 in June. Others joined in and shared stories about their interactions with Louneta. Lake Anne House Board members came out to give their support and wished her continued success as she continues to lead her team at Lake Anne.

Largo Landing Fellowship House

senior luncheon with ladies in fancy hats
"Big Hats" Mother's Day celebration 
During the Spring, we held many events at Largo Landing Fellowship House like the Easter Concert organized by the Largo Landing Choir. One of the most important and well attended events was our annual Mother's Day celebration. More than 70% of Largo Landing residents are female which makes the Mother's Day celebration one of our biggest events of the year. The theme for this year's Mother's Day Social was "Big Hats" and the residents showed off their hats with pride.

Hunters Woods Fellowship House

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Mardi Gras celebration
Hunters Woods Fellowship House residents have remained busy this past quarter by attending many special events and celebrations. This quarter residents attended the annual International Festival, Mardi Gras, Mother's Day Tea, and our Age Out Loud event to celebrate Older American's Month.
 
Residents were also offered the opportunity to participate in other events such as Spring Cleaning Day, receiving legal assistance from Wills on Wheels, a trip to the Gem & Jewelry Expo, and a visit to Washington, DC to see the Cherry Blossoms.  
 
The annual Mother's Day Tea was a lovely celebration hosted by St. John Neumann Church. Led by Gail Schlett, 12 Church volunteers gladly served the residents sandwiches, tea, and baked goods, and provided small gifts for the mothers.
 
Our upcoming events include Mammogram Van to provide 16 Mammogram screenings for residents with the opportunity to extend this program in the future. DMV2Go will visit to provide DMV services directly to residents. Residents can renew a license, process registrations, and get new photo identification or licenses. Cassandra Hawkins, the Resident Services Coordinator, contacted the DMV when she realized while assisting residents to renew programs - such as Medicaid phones, USDA food program eligibility, and food stamps - that many residents were carrying expired identification. This visit by the DMV mobile team will make the DMV accessible to those who do not have transportation or have scheduling difficulties.
Lake Ridge Fellowship House

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Ice cream social raffle winners
Lake Ridge Fellowship House enjoyed an Ice Cream Social for Mother's Day. Pictured are the lucky prize winners from this event. We raffled off 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes plus one. The residents enjoyed the event and the delicious ice cream that was served.
New Property Management Company Started April 1

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Debbie Franco
We were busy in April and May training the Fellowship House teams on our systems, policies, and procedures while maintaining daily operations and completing the annual budget process. 
 
This summer, we will complete maintenance projects in the Fellowship Houses, hold teambuilding activities to encourage further collaboration amongst the housing staff, develop a five-year plan for capital and operating needs for each House, and encourage consistent processes in all of the Houses.
Employees of the Year

The Fellowship Square Board of Directors appreciates the hard-working staff from each of our properties and is pleased to recognize the leadership and service of the Fellowship House Administrators as the 2017 Employees of the Year:

George Davies
George Davies
Hunters Woods Fellowship House
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Louneta Beckles
Lake Anne
Fellowship House
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David Digby,
Largo Landing
Fellowship House
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Susan Hoffler
Lake Ridge
Fellowship House 
 
As we transition to a new property management company, part of that transition has included a change of employer for House staff from Fellowship Square to S.L. Nusbaum. This transition has been a monumental step in our efforts to streamline and improve operations at all the Fellowship Square properties, and we greatly appreciate everyone's flexibility. Thanks to ALL the former FSF employees who are now S.L. Nusbaum employees in helping us ensure a seamless transition and are continuing to support our mission and respond to the needs of our residents and communities. THANK YOU!
 
Contact information for Fellowship Houses:
 
Hunters Woods Fellowship House
Phone: (703) 620-4450 
Email: HuntersWoods@slnusbaum.net 
 
Lake Anne Fellowship House
Phone: (703) 471-6474   
Email: LakeAnne@slnusbaum.net 
Lake Ridge Fellowship House
Phone: (703) 494-5337
Email:
LakeRidge@slnusbaum.net 
 
Largo Landing Fellowship House
Phone: (301) 249-2100
Email:
LargoLanding@slnusbaum.net 
Speaking of Generosity... Make a Donation to Fellowship Square TODAY!

When was the last time you made a personal financial commitment to our mission and the work we are doing to preserve affordable housing for seniors in our communities? If you haven't yet made your annual contribution, please take a minute right now - and make your most generous donation to our work.
 
While the operations of our apartment buildings are supported by financial assistance from HUD, all the other activities and resources we provide residents are only available because of private donations from individuals like you.
 
Your donation will be designated to our Gift Fund which means that 100% of your donation will be used for resident services - things like paying medical bills when a resident is unable to; covering the cost of emergency care such as an aching tooth or broken glasses; paying for transportation and food costs; covering costs of additional services like fitness classes that are taught on-site and our long-standing Wegener Chaplaincy Program which offers spiritual support and services, like Bible Study, for our residents.
 
Please make your most generous donation today - mail a check along with the 2017 Annual Campaign Form or make your donation safely and securely online.
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The FY16 Fellowship Square Foundation Annual Report was recently released. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we have.  
 
  
 
 

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Fellowship Square Foundation Mission Statement

Fellowship Square, a faith-based, nonprofit organization, advocates for and
provides safe, secure, and affordable homes and an array of supportive services
for a diverse population of low income seniors and persons with disabilities.

Our communities, through mutual support and by facilitating access to services,
foster independence, dignity, and healthy and vibrant lifestyles.