On Tuesday evening, June 22, the Corporate Membership of Fellowship Square gathered ‘virtually’ for its Annual Meeting.
In addition to financial highlights and a recap of our new Five-Year Strategic Plan, the Corporate Members celebrated the culmination of Fellowship Square’s two largest endeavors yet – the development of Lake Anne House and the renovation of the Hunters Woods property.
Staff provided many examples of improvements to Resident Life and all the new and expanded programs and services available to residents. There were many milestones for Fellowship Square leadership to be proud of and a reiteration of preserving affordable housing for many years to come! Cheers!
Men's Health Highlighted in June
Hunters Woods residents participated in a community wellness seminar about prostate cancer and other ailments. Presented by Dr. Leiling Chen, FNP, Ph.D.
On June 16th, Lake Ridge residents hosted an informative, interactive empowerment talk on the importance of male health screenings and mindfulness mediation.
Picture: James W. showing support by wearing a blue ribbon for Men’s Mental Health month while attending the seminar.
On June 22nd, residents enjoyed a ‘Mindfulness for Men’ wellness seminar led by Service Coordinator Shawnisha Hester. The class taught techniques like meditation and shared resources for mental health.
Picture: Resident James N. participating in the men’s wellness seminar.
Moving Day is Here for Lake Anne
Fellowship House Residents
Lake Anne Fellowship House residents are ‘on the move’ as they set up their new life in the new Lake Anne House building next door. Staff, residents and members of the Reston community bid fond farewell to the building that has served them well for more than 50 years.
“With the new Lake Anne House nearing completion, the time is right for us to honor the old Lake Anne Fellowship House which has served as home to more than 1,300 Restonians over the past five decades. While the new Lake Anne House will also be adjacent to the cultural and historical center of our Reston community and will have much-needed upgrades – and I know its residents are really looking forward to that – it will be bittersweet to lose this longtime feature of our Reston landscape.”
-Walter Alcorn, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Hunter Mill District
“The building holds so many memories for me with our residents, with my coworkers, visitors, and even my family. My career with Lake Anne Fellowship House (LAFH) began two decades ago at this building, when I started in October 2021. I have seen this building and this community go through so many changes through the years and it will always hold a special place in my life as a place of good friendships and growth.”
- Jenny Wang, long-time LAFH Assistant Community Manager
Mary P., 72, a resident of LAFH for the past two years, enjoys cooking and is “especially excited about the new kitchen and its new appliances.”
Eun L., 84, is thrilled about “no more dishes by hand!” – as every unit will be equipped with a dishwasher.
Fay “Gabby” B., 77, has lived at LAFH for the past eight years and is excited about “everything” in the new building. “The thought of having a brand-new apartment built just for you is very special.”
Geeta and Prakash move into their new apartment at Lake Anne House.
The Power of Us
As we age, where we live and the people around us become two of the most important parts of our daily lives.
At Fellowship Square, we pride ourselves on providing a strong community that supports and empowers the 850+ seniors that call Fellowship House home. Both the quality of the building itself to the compassion and friendliness of the staff. We strive for five-star performances in every area.
It’s not surprising that the staff who work in our buildings become like family to many residents – they see each other every day, they interact with one another in social settings, as well as for business, like paying rent or having repairs made in their apartments. The staff naturally forms strong bonds with residents and their families. It can be difficult on staff when a resident moves out or passes away. It is also difficult for residents when a staff member retires or moves onto another employer.
In the world of property management, you really have to love your job in order to do it well. The S.L. Nusbaummanagement teams that work at each Fellowship House and the new Lake Anne House, act as extension of Fellowship Square – our values, our promise to residents and our brand. They are on the frontlines every day – taking care of issues, managing visitors and vendors, and creating a supportive environment for one another and the residents.
I’m so proud of the work our team does and the support they give to residents every day. Staff’s attentiveness, energy and resilience makes us a strong organization and they make our buildings a place that residents cherish.
I hope you will consider getting involved and see what a strong community looks and feels like – one that we all hope to have for our journey in life.
Gary Grey—Finding Purpose
in Serving Others
Gary Greyhas been volunteering with Fellowship Square for more than 15 years. “I get a personal satisfaction out of [volunteering],” Mr. Grey says. As a volunteer, he feels good knowing that he’s helping other people. Mr. Grey first found out about Fellowship Square through board member Kathleen Harding, who goes to his church. He and his wife soon became involved with Lake Ridge Fellowship House, where they help with the food deliveries. Mr. Grey has also volunteered in other ways. For example, he prepared a quarterly breakfast for the residents of Lake Ridge for about five years. However, Mr. Grey’s most significant contribution is his ongoing support of the food delivery program, now called “Fellowship Fresh.” In the 15 years that Mr. Grey has been involved with Fellowship Square, he has volunteered at almost every food delivery at Lake Ridge Fellowship House.
Mr. Grey believes that the food deliveries are important because they provide residents with the sustenance they need, and because they help bring people together. He thinks that the food deliveries give residents and volunteers alike the opportunity to work together, befriend each other, and improve each other’s lives. Mr. Grey has noticed a sense of camaraderie among residents and volunteers. When doing the food deliveries, Mr. Grey noticed that “if a resident’s basket is too full and she can’t lift it off the ground, somebody’s always there to say ‘Hey, I’ll take this bag for you!’ … that makes me feel good, just watching that.” Mr. Grey likes volunteering with Fellowship Square because he feels like it contributes to his sense of purpose. After he retired, he felt like he lost some of the sense of purpose he had when he was working. He thinks all human beings need a sense of purpose, and he likes that volunteering with Fellowship Square gives him that.
Mr. Grey and other volunteers prepare to unpack food
from the Capital Area Food Bank.
Older Americans are one of the
fastest-growing demographics in the country. Since 1900, the percentage of Americans aged 65 and older nearly quadrupled (from 4.1% in 1900 to 16% in 2019).
Paula Barton Mann is the CEO of DNH Healthcare Solutions, an executive healthcare consulting firm. She has served in a variety of roles including as the corporate Health and Wellness Compliance Officer for Wal-Mart, Inc., and as National Pharmacy Compliance Officer for Kaiser Permanente. Her current role leverages her quality and risk management experience in several highly regulated organizations with unique needs.
Paula also spends her free time doing volunteer activities for organizations focused on career transition and social safety nets for military Veterans, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and other first responders. Housing our prior service military service members is a particular passion. Paula has served on several boards, holding the office of chair for two non-profit Veteran services organizations.
Paula earned a BS in Pharmacy and a PharmD in Pharmacy, followed by a Juris Doctorate with emphasis on Health Law. She also graduated at the top of her class with a MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, and serves as an adjunct professor, teaching Cybersecurity concepts at the University of Charleston, in West Virginia. She holds several certifications in compliance, privacy, and regulatory affairs.
Paula is married to a now-retired Army Colonel and has raised four great kids. On weekends, when she’s not teaching, she likes to offroad and camp in her Land Rover, usually with her daughter and her dog, Remington. Paula and her husband live near Bethesda, Maryland.
Kelly Brown is a senior at the University of Mary Washington, where she is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. In her free time, she enjoys drawing in her sketchbook and reading graphic novels. Kelly enjoys making people smile and bringing joy to others through her work. Her goal is to someday be a best-selling author. Kelly often incorporates accessibility and diversity themes in her writing, so everyone can understand and cherish them.
Kelly is eager to work for Fellowship Square this summer because she shares a passion for fair treatment and equal rights. She looks forward to spreading awareness and fostering connections in the community that help seniors live healthy and independent lives.
Anna graduated this past May from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in international affairs. During her time at the university, she was also engaged in a variety of activities through the James Farmer Multicultural Center, which furthered her interest in social justice and community development.
Anna decided to apply for a Fellowship Square internship because its mission aligns with the sort of work she would like to do in the future and because she hopes to gain experience working for a nonprofit organization.
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