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FELLOWSHIP SQUARE FOUNDATION EXTENDS CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM TO MEET THE EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF 700+ LOW-INCOME SENIORS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES 

April 27, 2017

Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) announces that it has extended its chaplaincy agreement with Rev. Fred Klein as it strengthens and grows the pastoral care program it offers to meet the emotional, mental and spiritual needs of its 700+ residents across four affordable housing properties in Northern Virginia (Reston and Woodbridge) and Maryland (Upper Marlboro). A faith-based nonprofit, FSF provides affordable housing and an array of support services for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities.

FSF’s “Wegener Chaplaincy” program provides a ministry of care and hope to all FSF residents. The Chaplain actively supports each Fellowship House in the following areas:

  • Welcome new residents, seek to understand their needs
  • Help families understand the aging process
  • Visit and socialize with residents in all settings (apartment, hospital, rehab facility, etc.)
  • Provide leadership for Bible studies, discussion groups and support groups
  • Nurture relationships between faith communities and residents
  • Counsel and affirm those in difficulty, distress, experiencing grief or personal concerns
  • Support those who are ill or facing death
  • Conduct worship services and lead memorial services for residents as requested
  • Coordinate services of interfaith groups to meet the spiritual needs of all residents

“Fellowship Square provides housing for some of the most vulnerable in our community: low-income elderly and people living with disabilities. Ministry and pastoral care are an important part of our offerings,” said Fellowship Square Foundation Executive Director Christy Zeitz. “Fellowship Square in Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland is essentially a congregation of our 700+ residents plus their family members and our staff. Pastor Klein expertly and compassionately handles our community’s varied chaplaincy needs with his 45+ years of experience as a parish pastor.” While FSF has a strong Lutheran history, today it serves the spiritual and religious needs of all of its residents, regardless of faith-orientation.

“Fellowship Square is concerned with much more than providing shelter and collecting rent. It is interested in serving the whole person— the physical, social, mental, and spiritual welfare of its residents. I am pleased to continue my work with FSF residents across all of our properties and with residents of all faiths who need more compassion and caring in their lives,” said Rev. Fred Klein.

Rev. Klein has been providing ministry to Fellowship House since 2012. He is Pastor Emeritus at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Fairfax Station, VA, where he was the founding pastor of the church and served the congregation for 21 years.  He also served at Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford, DE and Ascension Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC.

FSF’s Wegener Chaplaincy was established by a gift from the members of Georgetown Lutheran Church in honor of their long-time pastor, Rev. William Wegner’s, retirement. The Wegner Chaplaincy at FSF continues to be sustained by donations from individuals and faith communities. While FSF residents receive government-funded subsidies, the Chaplaincy program for residents is supported solely by private donations.

FSF operates four properties designed for independent seniors over age 62 with limited incomes, as well as persons with disabilities. They are: Lake Anne Fellowship House and Hunters Woods Fellowship House (Reston, VA), Lake Ridge Fellowship House (Woodbridge, VA) and Largo Landing Fellowship House (Upper Marlboro, MD). The properties include 667 total units – a range of efficiency, studio and one-bedroom apartments as well as­ ADA (Americans with Disability Act) accessible apartment units – together with social halls and common areas to build an engaged, supportive community of residents. For more information on FSF housing options, volunteer opportunities or donations, visit www.fellowshipsquare.org.

Press Contacts

Shelley Ducker 202.255.0561

 

FELLOWSHIP SQUARE FOUNDATION NAMES CHRISTY ZEITZ ITS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RESTON, VA — The Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) Board of Directors has named Christy Zeitz, formerly executive director of HomeAid Northern Virginia, to be its new executive director.

Christy Zeitz, Executive Director

“We are pleased to have Christy on board as the Foundation prepares to meet the challenge of providing needed affordable senior housing and services to residents of Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland,” said Foundation President Renee Jakobs. “She brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management to FSF.”

Zeitz has a wide background in successful fundraising, community engagement, public relations and leadership development. Prior to her work at Chantilly, Va.-based HomeAid, she was director of development for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance of Reston, VA.

After more than a year of strategic planning, the FSF Board of Directors decided to hire an executive director – a position that had been vacant for more than two years. Zeitz will be responsible for donor development, community outreach and oversight of FSF’s property management functions.

“Here in Northern Virginia we have nowhere near the level of housing for low-income seniors that we need, and this trend will only grow worse with the aging of baby-boomers and expanding redevelopment projects that drive prices up and put low-income seniors and the disabled increasingly at risk for housing they cannot afford. I’m thrilled to lead Fellowship Square Foundation and move initiatives forward to create solutions for low-income elderly and the disabled in our area who are most at risk for stable and affordable housing.”

Zeitz is a graduate of West Virginia University. In addition to her professional nonprofit leadership experience, she has also spent many hours volunteering with several local Northern Virginia non-profit organizations including OAR of Fairfax, the Naomi Project, and is a current appointee of the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Policy and Prevention Coordinating Council.

Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) provides affordable housing and supportive services to more than 700 primarily low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. FSF operates four properties including Lake Anne Fellowship House and Hunters Woods Fellowship House (Reston, VA), as well as Lake Ridge (Woodbridge, VA) and Largo Landing (Upper Marlboro, MD) Fellowship Houses. For more information, visit www.fellowshipsquare.org

Press Contacts:

Fellowship Square Foundation

Shelley Ducker

sduckercommunications@gmail.com

FEllOWSHIP SQUARE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PLANS TO REVITALIZE LAKE ANNE FELLOWSHIP HOUSE

Fellowship Square to preserve 240 affordable senior apartments.

RESTON, VA

(FEBRUARY 10, 2016)–Fellowship Square Foundation today announced it will move forward with the redevelopment of Lake Anne Fellowship House, an affordable senior apartment community located at 11480-11450 North Shore Drive in Reston, VA.

The new construction project will replace all 240 apartment units in the 1970s era building.

The decision comes after a five month, in-depth evaluation of conditions at the aging property. Fellowship Square commissioned Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), a regional not-for-profit developer, to evaluate the feasibility of preserving the existing units at Lake Anne Fellowship House. Based on the results of the investigation, Fellowship Square concluded that renovation could not address the structural obsolescence problems facing the building and was not a viable option. Sufficient excess land is available on the site to allow the construction of a new building.

“Fellowship Square is committed to revitalizing the Lake Anne community, and to helping residents grow and thrive in the place many have called home for decades. This is an important step toward the long-term preservation of affordable senior housing in the Reston community,” said Charles Wortman, Chair of Fellowship Square Foundation. “We look forward to working with residents, Fairfax County and community stakeholders on a new and improved Lake Anne.”

Fellowship Square intends to partner with CPDC, an experienced developer of affordable housing with a long track record of creating successful communities, to develop the project.

“We are excited about the prospect of working with Fellowship Square to deliver a property that will be an asset to the community for years to come,” said Christopher LoPiano, Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development at CPDC.

In the coming months, Fellowship and CPDC will meet with tenants on the new construction option and proceed with negotiating a master development agreement.

For more information on Fellowship Square, visit www.fellowshipsquare.org.

To learn more about CPDC’s affordable housing properties and community development in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, visit www.cpdc.org.

About Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF):

Since its beginning in 1960, Fellowship Square Foundation has been committed to serving very low income seniors and people with disabilities by providing safe, secure and affordable homes and an array of supportive services. Our communities, through mutual support and by facilitating access to services, foster independence, dignity and healthy vibrant lifestyles. Fellowship Square Foundation, a faith-based non-profit organization, owns and operates four properties with over 660 units, serving 800 seniors in Northern Virginia and Maryland.

About Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC):

For over 25 years, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) has served D.C., MD and VA as a leading not-for-profit real estate developer through the acquisition and redevelopment of award-winning affordable housing. CPDC specializes in mixed-income and mixed-use developments, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and are recognized for innovative financing, green building design and public-private partnerships.

With more than 9,000 residents in over 4,500 apartment homes, CPDC is committed to the long-term success of our portfolio and our residents. We deliver innovative Community Impact Strategies (CIS) designed to help individuals and entire neighborhoods grow and thrive. CPDC is a community developer and proud member of NeighborWorks America, the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

Press Contacts:

Fellowship Square

Faye Codding

Director of Outreach

Fellowship Square Foundation

fcodding@fellowshipsquare.org

Office: 703.860.2536

 

Community Preservation and Development Corporation

Luann Tia Blount

CPDC, Vice President of External Relations

lblount(@cpdc.org

Office: 202.885.9546

NLCS Partners with Fellowship Square Foundation
January 15, 2014

Rockville, Md. – National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) announced it has entered into a management agreement with Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) to act as the management agent for FSF’s five senior housing communities, effective January 1, 2014.

The collaboration between the two Lutheran-based, not-for-profits came out of a shared mission to serve area seniors with housing and health care options. Currently FSF has five Fellowship Houses, four located in Virginia and one located in Maryland, which serve more than 700 seniors daily. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities located in Maryland and Virginia.

According to NLCS’ President & CEO Larry Bradshaw, the commonality of mission between the two organizations made this partnership a natural fit.

“FSF has a rich legacy of supporting seniors in need and we see this collaboration as an extension of both organizations’ commitment to seniors,” Larry Bradshaw said. “We’re enhancing our mission to seniors by helping FSF further its mission of providing affordable senior housing in the Washington, D.C.-Metro region.”

FSF’s Board President Charles Wortman said, “This agreement with NLCS will generate better service to our residents and further enhance our mission to those who are the most vulnerable in our society.”

About Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF):
Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) operates five fellowship houses in Virginia and Maryland that care for more than 700 low-income elderly and the disabled. FSF provides housing and support services that ultimately enhances the personal freedom, independence, self-confidence and well-being of all its residents. FSF’s affordable houses include Lake Anne l and ll Fellowship House in Reston, Va., Hunters Woods Fellowship House in Reston, Va., Lake Ridge Fellowship House in Woodbridge, Va., and Largo Landing Fellowship House in Upper Marlboro, Md. For more information visit www.fellowshipsquare.org