News & Press Releases

HOW ONE DONATION IMPACTED MANY LIVES

New safety products installed in residents’ bathrooms at Hunters Woods Fellowship House

November 11, 2017

RESTON, VA — In a housing community with over 200 residents, one priority remains top of mind: safety for the seniors who live in those units. The Hunters Woods Fellowship House is continually looking for opportunities to ensure its residents are safe in their homes and – because of a grant from SunTrust Foundation – this opportunity was realized thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers.

Staff at Fellowship Square coordinated with Rebuilding Together, a leading nonprofit in safe and healthy housing, to install grab bars, showerheads and sets of safety treads for nearly half of the residents living at the Hunters Woods Fellowship House. Initially, leadership at Hunters Woods believed they would only be able to install 106 pieces of equipment, but thanks to the support from SunTrust Foundation and those that came to help install the equipment, they were able to upgrade an additional 23 units with safety features.

“To the Administration Staff of the HWFH:

Thank you very much for what you did for me. The handle in my bathtub is very helpful. Now I can get in and out of my shower so much easier, without any fear of possibly falling.

I appreciate very much your concerns and care. I’ve [sic] very thankful.

Sincerely,

Tuyet”

Fellowship Square made an appeal to SunTrust Foundation with a request for funding to purchase new equipment for the Hunters Woods Fellowship House. Community outreach and involvement is an important cornerstone of Fellowship Square and its efforts to ensure residents not only feel welcome at Hunters Woods, but that safety is important for the well-being of residents.

“The SunTrust Foundation is committed to supporting activities of nonprofit organizations engaged in efforts designed to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve,” commented Daniel J. O’Neill, Jr., SunTrust Foundation.

In its continued commitment to its residents, the Fellowship Square strive to work closely with businesses and partners in their communities. They actively engage their residents to gauge their needs and wants to improve the Houses and offer opportunities to enjoy all their surrounding communities have to offer.

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About Fellowship Square

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 670 units serving over 750 seniors in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Learn more at www.FellowshipSquare.org.

About SunTrust Foundation

The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $112 million throughout the United States.

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Learn more and get involved at www.rebuildingtogether.org.

Press Contact:
Rachel Johnson, Program Manager

rjohnson@fellowshipsquare.org

(703) 860-2536

NEW LAKE ANNE FELLOWSHIP HOUSE PLANS MOVE FORWARD

New building will preserve 240 Affordable Apartments for Low Income Seniors to be Replaced

June 22, 2017

RESTON, VA — Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) and Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) are moving forward with zoning approval and entitlements needed for the redevelopment of Lake Anne Fellowship House, an affordable senior apartment community located at 11448-11450 North Shore Drive in Reston, VA.

The planned new construction project will replace all 240 apartment units in the existing 1970’s-era building with a new facility of 240 units.

“As Reston rents skyrocket, affordable rental opportunities for those seniors and people with disabilities and low incomes are scarce. Fellowship Square is dedicated to ensuring that there will be not just affordable, but state-of-the art housing in our community,” said FSF Board Member Eddie Byrne.

The new facility is planned for the eastern portion of the property. When it is completed and the residents relocated from the old buildings to the new facility, the existing buildings will be removed and the unused portion of the property will be sold for residential development to support the cost of building the new project. MAC Realty Partners, a local real estate brokerage firm, has recently been selected as a broker for this portion of the site.

The filing of the entitlements application is targeted for early Fall 2017 and its approval would be followed by final design, building permits and construction. Project completion is targeted for the third quarter of 2021.

“We are excited about moving this project forward through the necessary County and local approvals,” said CPDC Senior Vice President Christopher LoPiano.

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 670 units, serving over 750 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 5000 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 Foundation

Eddie Byrne, Board Member

esbyrne08@gmail.com

(703) 298-2292

 

Community Preservation and Development Corporation

Luann Tia Blount

CPDC, Vice President of External Relations

lblount(@cpdc.org

Office: 202.885.9546

FELLOWSHIP SQUARE FOUNDATION NAMES RESTON’S PAUL HILL AND PRABHA IYER AS “DONOR OF THE YEAR” SUPPORTING HOUSING FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS

May 15, 2017

Fellowship Square Foundation (FSF) has named Paul Hill and Prabha Iyer as “Donor of the Year” for their long-time support. FSF provides affordable housing and an array of support services for 700+ low-income seniors and persons with disabilities in Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Residents of Reston, Va., Paul and Prabha were introduced to FSF through a Thanksgiving basket drive organized by another local nonprofit organization they are involved with, Cornerstones. “We delivered baskets to some of the residents at Fellowship Square’s Hunters Woods and Lake Anne residences here in Reston, so that gave us a direct window into the lives of the people being served. It’s good to see our donations making a direct impact on the lives of folks in our community,” said Prabha Iyer. Once the couple visited the FSF residences, they realized that they saw many of the residents walking on local trails when they were out walking their dogs. “We like having them as neighbors. This is an expensive area to live in, and we’re happy to help make it more affordable for seniors and disabled individuals.”

The award was given at Fellowship Square’s annual board and corporate membership meeting on May 13th. At the meeting, four new members were elected to the FSF board:

  • Ric Fisher (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, retired; formerly on Lamb Center and NOVACO boards)
  • Scott Parkin (Justice In Aging, retired)
  • Robert Sargeant (Catholic University, retired; AARP representative on the Fairfax Food Council, president of Lutheran Lay Fellowship)
  • Joan Thomas (chief clinical officer for behavioral health and director of community relations at District Home Assisted Living)

The board recognized the service of the four board members who retired from the board in 2017: Chuck Wortman (Griffin Owens Insurance Group and past president of the FSF board), Suzanne Rudiselle (United Christian Parish, pastor emerita), Jennifer Maloney (treasurer of the FSF board), and Rev. Dave Pearcy (naval chaplain, retired and former vice president of the FSF board).

About Fellowship Square:
Fellowship Square, a faith-based nonprofit organization, advocates for and provides safe, secure, and affordable homes and an array of supportive services for a diverse population of low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. Our communities, through mutual support and by facilitating access to services, foster independence, dignity, and healthy and vibrant lifestyles. FSF operates four properties providing housing for seniors over age 62 with limited incomes, as well as persons with disabilities: Lake Anne Fellowship House (Reston, VA); Hunters Woods Fellowship House (Reston, VA); Lake Ridge Fellowship House (Woodbridge, VA); Largo Landing Fellowship House (Upper Marlboro, MD). For more information on FSF housing options, volunteer opportunities or donations, visit fellowshipsquare.org, call 703-860-2536 or email info@fellowshipsquare.org.