MAY 2022
“Preservation of the Future”
Ribbon-Cutting and Tours
Resident Life
We Love Our Community Partners
Volunteer Highlight
Christy’s Corner
Welcome Shola Akinbobola
Farewell, but Not Far Away
Board Officers Re-Elected
Please Join Us!

“Preservation of the Future”
Ribbon-Cutting Celebration and Tours

Come See the Exciting Renovation of
Hunters Woods Fellowship House!

Saturday, June 18, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaking program beginning at noon, tours to follow.
(Light refreshments will be available.)

Exterior view of building and front driveway
We are pleased to hold this event IN PERSON
at our newly renovated 
Hunters Woods Fellowship House!

rendering of community room renovation
Join us for the grand 
re-opening of Hunters Woods Fellowship House as we conclude the 
$24M modernization and renovation of our 
43-year-old building!
Call 703-860-2536 or email
for more information!
Staying Active is Good for Our Health
group of women sitting together working on tile art pieces
Hunters Woods
Fellowship House

May is Women’s Health Awareness Month! There is a positive connection between art and mental health—artistic activities such as sculpting, painting, or drawing are known to lower stress levels and promote mental calmness. Our residents at Hunters Woods Fellowship House channeled their inner artist to create tile decorations and enjoyed a fun afternoon.
one woman holding a piece of artwork
Largo Landing
Fellowship House

In May, Largo Landing residents enjoyed a relaxing distraction with a painting class. 

Picture: Mrs.  Geraldine S.  holding up her art creation.  
long buffet table covered with food and dishes
Lake Anne
Fellowship House

As part of the Farewell Tour the lovely ladies at Lake Anne Fellowship House had a wonderful time celebrating Mother’s Day with a healthy breakfast brunch. 
group of  seated people seen from the back listening to a talk with a large sign behind the speaker that says rise and shine fitness club
Lake Ridge
Fellowship House

It is suggested that exercise may be an often-neglected intervention in mental health care. Service Coordinator Nicole Harrison shares helpful tips on how exercise and diet is great for Mental Health.
Thank You Dr. Taylor!
Dr. Clishia Taylor, RN, President and CEO for American Health Care Professionals has long supported health care initiatives at Fellowship Square. Dr. Taylor is also co-founder and CEO of Bless My People Foundation, a nonprofit organization which provides multiple services and consultation for the underserved communities both in the US and the global communities.

Throughout the pandemic and during social distancing, Dr. Taylor offered monthly health information seminars over Zoom for Fellowship House residents.  In 2022, Dr. Taylor and her team have been able to offer in-person wellness resources and screening services for Lake Anne and Hunters Woods Fellowship House residents.  Thank you, Dr. Taylor, for helping to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents!
people sitting outside under a tent getting their blood pressure checked by Dr Taylor
one woman sitting at a table with 2 medical staff
Dr. Taylor and her team offering blood pressure checks to residents of Lake Anne Fellowship House.
Dr Taylor and Karen wen making a presentation

Dr. Taylor and Karen Wen, Chinese translator, presenting information on mental health and the environment to residents of Hunters Woods Fellowship House.
Resident Volunteers Serve Their Communities and Neighbors
Resident volunteers are a vital component of the Fellowship Square volunteer team and make up nearly a third of our active volunteer pool. Fellowship House residents serve their communities and neighbors in a variety of ways: delivering food door-to-door, translating and transcribing information, leading programs, organizing events, and much more. We are grateful for our residents sharing their talents and helping improve our communities.
two ladies preparing boxed meals
Largo Landing resident Reta L and community volunteer Leslie Johnson unboxing meal donations.
group of volunteers standing around a table packaging bread donations
Hunters Woods Fellowship House residents (left to right) Jong L, Young B, Myung O, and Kum P along with community volunteer Kitisia Grandin Parker (second from the right) packaging bread donations.
Did You Know with a large question mark
The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23 percent.

(According to the Population Reference Bureau)
Our Solution to the Problem
We’re in the business of helping lower income older adults. We have a long history of providing quality, affordable housing and supportive services that make a difference every day in the lives of more than 850 seniors that call Fellowship House home.

Along the way, we have improved and changed plans and protocols based on the needs of the residents and best practices in the affordable housing world. 
The Longevity and the New Journey of Retirement report examines the changing definition of retirement and how future generations of retirees are different than those living in our apartments today. Not surprising, the survey revealed that Americans want to live longer, but only if they’re living well. 

At Fellowship Square, we fundamentally believe that supporting and empowering older adults is a critical factor in the aging process. No person wants to be treated as if they don’t have a voice in how they age; no adult wants to be treated like a child, as if they cannot do for themselves. Older adults – regardless of their abilities – deserve respect and support, not pity and not relinquishing their decision-making authority to others.

We stand alongside our residents, not ahead or behind, knowing that they and their families can decide what’s best for them. We pride ourselves on creating communities where residents feel empowered, appreciated, valued and engaged. 
Visit one of the Fellowship House communities to see what empowering seniors looks like. Get involved and be a part of our dynamic organization!

With gratitude,
Christy Zeitz
New Intern, Shola Akinbobola
Headshot of young woman Shola Akinbobola
Shola Akinbobola
Real Estate Intern

As a rising senior at Washington College, majoring in political science and minoring in business, I am so excited to spend my summer at Fellowship Square working as a real estate development intern. This is an amazing opportunity that I look forward to experiencing.

Growing up in Montgomery County Maryland, I have seen how expensive housing can be and have had my own personal experience with HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) as a child, living in affordable housing through HUD. With that being said, I know how crucial it is that people have access to affordable housing, which is why I take my position very seriously and hold it near to my heart.

I believe it’s important to do my part in making a difference in people's lives through Fellowship Square, therefore I look forward to growing and learning so much from this internship. This internship will further my knowledge in real estate and administrative work to help me achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer, practicing in the corporate and real estate arenas.

This summer I also plan to further my education and personal interests by taking summer courses, studying for my LSAT, getting more into fitness, and trying to travel as much as possible as I love to visit new places.
Farewell, But Not Far Away
Curtis Whitlow headshot
All of us at Fellowship Square bid a fond farewell to Curtis Whitlow, Service Coordinator for our Lake Anne Fellowship House. Curtis has been working as a Fellowship Square staff member and serving the residents at Lake Anne Fellowship House since September 2019 and will end his time with us as of May 31, 2022. 

Once the residents move into their new building, Curtis will continue his service to them, but under the new management of Enterprise Community Development who is taking the lead on managing the staff and operations of the building. 

Although we will miss Curtis as a Fellowship Square staffer – we will continue our relationship with him and the rest of the management team to carry on our work. Thank you, Curtis – we are glad you won’t be far away!
Board Officers Re-Elected
At its most recent board meeting, the Fellowship Square Board of Directors re-elected its slate of officers to serve another term. Congratulations to all who are continuing in these important leadership roles!
Dan Flavin headshot
Dan Flavin, President
Mike Scheurer headshot
Michael Scheurer, Vice President
John Gray headshot
John Gray, Treasurer
Lynn Thomas
Lynn Thomas, Secretary
Broadband Community Summit
Fellowship Square’s CEO, Christy Zeitz, participated as a panelist at the Broadband Communities Summit to emphasize the need for connected solutions in affordable housing so that families and seniors have access to the internet and wifi services for learning, education and day-to-day activities like ordering food and groceries online.
panel of 5 people sitting on a stage behind a table with a large banner behind them that says broadband summit
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