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What does 100 years [young] look like?

February 3, 2017

If you were asked to describe what a vibrant 100 years of life looks like, do you think you could? After meeting Helen Barrow, a 100-year-old resident at The Village at Rockville–A National Lutheran Community, you would have the answer to that question. On Friday, January 27, 2017, Helen celebrated her hundredth birthday with a gathering of staff, fellow residents, and her extended family. Helen is not your typical centenarian resident; she enjoys walking daily for exercise, playing volleyball with the other residents, and will sooner forego a nap than missing any activity hosted at The Village at Rockville.

Her surprise party was met with no less enthusiasm as she was led into the dining hall. Upon hearing the jubilus shouts of “surprise!” Helen let go of her walker and danced with joy.

“I’ve had parties before,” she said, “but this is the best one yet.” Donning a purple birthday crown, Helen enjoyed an afternoon of her favorite meal – hot dogs, french fries, and a chocolate sundae with a cherry on top – and shared stories from her life, as if not a day had passed since they happened. 

“Growing up, my mother would always have things to give to The Home,” Helen began, referring to The Village at Rockville’s previous name. “We would take things like clothes and food, sometimes by horse and buggy, sometimes in a Ford Model-T.” 

At that time, Helen lived on a farm in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. She remembers riding her prize-winning horses into town to attend services at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and said it was there where she first met several residents of The Village at Rockville (formerly the National Lutheran Home).

Studious as a young woman, Helen loved school and knew that she wanted to be a teacher from a very young age. After graduating from Shepherd College she went on to teach for the next 38 years in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia – the latter part of her tenure spent helping her husband, Charles, run a camping supply business.

With her husband’s death in 1974, Helen became highly involved in the community and with The Village at Rockville. When it was time for Helen to plan her own retirement, The Village at Rockville was the right choice for her.

In true educator fashion, Helen was quick to impart her secret to life on the younger generations.

“You just need to stay active, keep moving and be nice to everyone you meet in the process,” she said, her eyes beaming, behind her thick, full-rimmed glasses.

Helen’s secret to life may not seem like that big of a secret to most people, but one cannot help but wonder if it is this philosophy on life that has given her the energy and vigor that we all wish to possess as we age.

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Partners with American Public University to Enhance Employee Education Options

January 17, 2017

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is partnering with American Public University (APU) so employees can take full advantage of NLCS’ tuition reimbursement program, earning an online degree or certificate from APU. NLCS values lifelong learning, not only for the seniors it serves, but for its employees too. Full-time and part-time employees are eligible for up to $4,000 per year; currently five percent of employees take advantage of this benefit.

“We believe investing in our employees is important, and ultimately it impacts the outcomes our residents, guests, family members and clients receive. One way we do that is by offering ongoing training and tuition reimbursement so we can support employees’ passions and growth,” NLCS’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “Several employees raised concerns about paying out of pocket for coursework prior to reimbursement, so this new program with APU allows employees to directly access their benefit without paying out of pocket.”

APU’s program will direct bill NLCS for any approved employee taking coursework. This means that an employee pursuing a degree or certification will not have to pay out of pocket for tuition costs. Through this partnership, employees are eligible for a book grant that would provide books/e-books at no charge if pursuing an undergraduate degree, as well as a five percent tuition grant.

 “We are excited to be partnering with NLCS and look forward to providing a flexible and affordable option for each employee to pursue their educational goals. Our dedicated strategic partnership admissions team is eager to assist employees as they explore their options,” said Eric Morris, APU’s manager of client services.

NLCS employs approximately 600 individuals spanning across the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, including both full-time and part-time positions. To discover a career with NLCS, visit www.nationallutheran.org/careers

 

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)

Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia. Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

 

About American Public University (APU)

American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and four-time recipient of the OLC's Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Military University and American Public University. More than 65,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability, and flexibility in pursuing and earning degrees in such areas as business, information technology, and security and global studies. For further information, visit www.apus.edu.

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National Lutheran Awards $253,500 in Grants for 2017

December 6, 2016

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 30 grants for the 2017 grant year, totaling $253,500. This marks the fourth year of the grant program, with a significant increase in amounts requested, number of grantees and awarded funds throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware. Last year, $221,250 and 21 grants were awarded through the program.

 “Once again we are gratified by the response that the NLCS Community Impact Program has received. The Community Impact Advisory Council was pleased to see so many high-quality proposals for 2017 containing a wide variety of programs that serve older adults who are aging in place,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “We also are well aware of the wonderful work that has been done by the 2016 grantees that have been bringing moments of grace to the lives of seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia and Delaware. We continue to give thanks to the NLCS Board of Trustees for making this possible.”

The Community Impact Program was established to enhance NLCS’ commitment to the greater community through working collaboratively with other organizations and continued efforts to enrich the lives of seniors. Each organization’s proposal met one of the following greatest needs identified by a recent community needs assessment: chronic disease management, navigating and accessing health care and social services, dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss, social isolation and financial insecurity. The awardees are:

  • Augusta Health Foundation in Staunton, Va., $15,000
  • Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, Va., $15,000
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Inc. in Washington, D.C. and Southern Md., $13,000
  • Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, Inc. in Williamsburg, Va., $15,000
  • Community Ministries of Rockville's Elderly Ministries Program in Rockville, Md., $10,000
  • Crossroads Community Food Network in Tacoma Park, Md., $7,500
  • Diakon Adult Day Services at Ravenwood in Hagerstown, Md., $7,000
  • EveryMind in Rockville, Md., $5,000
  • Gaithersburg HELP, Inc. in Gaithersburg, Md., $4,000
  • Grace Network in Martinsville, Va., $5,000
  • GraceInside in Richmond, Va., $15,000.00
  • H.E.L.P. - Health Equipment Loan Program in Churchville, Va., $2,000
  • Highland Food Pantry, Inc. in Winchester Va., $4,000
  • Hospice Caring, Inc. in Gaithersburg, Md., $5,000
  • Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington, Inc. in Rockville, Md., $10,000
  • Jewish Social Service Agency in Rockville, Md., $7,500
  • Low Vision Center in Bethesda, Md., $2,000
  • Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence in Burke, Va., $2,000
  • Lutheran Community Services, Inc. in Wilmington, Del., $15,000
  • Manna Food Center in Rockville, Md., $1,000
  • Mental Health America of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, Va., $10,000
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc. in Newport News, Va., $10,000
  • Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services in Culpepper, Va., $7,500
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia in Norfolk, Va., $12,500
  • Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging in Front Royal, Va., $5,000
  • Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries in partnership with Shenandoah County Health Ministry Coalition in Toms Brook, Va., $20,000
  • Silver Spring Village, Inc. in Silver Spring, Md., $7,500
  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., $5,000
  • Valley Program for Aging Services in Waynesboro, Va., $11,000
  • We Are Family Senior Outreach Network in Washington, D.C., $5,000

 

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)

Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. With more than 125-years’ experience, NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia. Other communities and services sponsored by National Lutheran include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge and myPotential at Home in Winchester, Va., and The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit www.nationallutheran.org

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Permanent IRA Tax Benefit for Donations

December 1, 2016

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from IRAs have been made permanent through the PATH Act of 2015. This legislation allows individuals 70 ½ or older to direct a portion or all of the annual required minimum distribution (RMD) to a charity or charities of their choice, tax free.

Some of the guidelines to cause an IRA distribution to occur are:

  • Persons 70 ½ or older may distribute up to $100,000 annually to one or more qualifying charities
  • Distribution must be made from a traditional IRA or Roth IRA to a public charity
  • Distribution must go directly to charity to be tax free
  • Letter to IRA administrator is required to facilitate gift
  • Letter to charity is needed for the charity to know who caused the distribution to occur

Check with National Lutheran’s philanthropy team, your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information. Our team can be reached at:

Marta Spangler, Director of Philanthropy
The Village at Rockville
mspangler@thevillageatrockville.org
301-354-8422

Tim Peifer, Director of Philanthropy
The Village at Orchard Ridge & The Legacy at North Augusta
tpeifer@thevillageatorchardridge.org
540-431-2827

Kathryn Baerwald, Chief Philanthropy Officer
National Lutheran Communities & Services
kbaerwald@nationallutheran.org
301-354-2703

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    What does 100 years [young] look like?

    If you were asked to describe what a vibrant 100 years...

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  • Jan 17
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    National Lutheran Communities & Services Partners with American Public University to Enhance Employee Education Options

    Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is partnering with American...

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  • Dec 6
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    National Lutheran Awards $253,500 in Grants for 2017

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