History

The story of Fellowship Square began with the Rev. Dr. John A. Scherzer (1901-1994), a Lutheran pastor, and members of the Lutheran Lay Fellowship of Metropolitan Washington. Collectively, they aspired to do more than provide shelter and collect rent for seniors and the disabled. Having fittingly observed that housing alone was not enough, they saw prominent needs for a caring staff, a comfortable and secure living environment to call home and amenities such as libraries, social halls and opportunities for pastoral support and religious worship.

Incorporated in 1960, Fellowship Square advocates for housing which enhances resident freedom, independence, self-confidence and well-being. As part of our vision, we seek to provide pastoral care and counseling to our residents to help them cope with the stressful issues they face daily. The first house welcomed residents in 1971 and underwent expansion five years later. From 1979-1984, three more communities joined the family offering housing in Woodbridge, Va. and Upper Marlboro, Md. Today, Fellowship Square continues to provide housing and hope to seniors and the disabled—the foundation is solid and the mission to serve is ever-increasing.


Milestones

  • 1960 – In August Milton J. Prassas recommends a senior housing project in Washington, D.C. and Lutheran Laymen’s Fellowship committee is established. Corporate charter for FSF is issued by D.C. Government on November 30.
  • 1961 – The first meeting of Board of Trustees is held.
  • 1961-1966 – The search for additional senior housing is underway.
  • 1969 – Funding is approved for the first community.
  • 1970 – FSF breaks ground for Lake Anne I Fellowship House.
  • 1971 – Dedication of Lake Anne I Fellowship House.
  • 1976 – Dedication of Lake Anne II Fellowship House.
  • 1978 – Dedication of Hunters Woods Fellowship House.
  • 1983 – Dedication of Lake Ridge Fellowship House.
  • 1984 – Dedication of Largo Landing Fellowship House.
  • 1985 – FSF celebrates 25 years of serving seniors and the disabled. An anniversary banquet is held on November 16 for residents and staff.