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National Lutheran Awards $221,250 in Grants to Local Organizations

December 1, 2015

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 21 grants for the 2015-2016 grant year, totaling $221,250. This marks the third year of the grant program, with a significant increase in applicants and awarded funds throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Delaware. 

 “Once again we are gratified by the response that the NLCS Community Impact Program has received.  Of greater significance is the wonderful work that all of these organizations are doing to enhance the lives of seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia and Delaware,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said. “Thanks should also be given to the Community Impact Advisory Council and 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:

Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C. $15,000
Colonial Heritage Community Foundation in Williamsburg, Va., $17,500
Community Ministries of Rockville in Rockville, Md., $10,000
Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, Md., $7,000
Diakon Adult Day Services in Hagerstown, Md., $10,000
Family Services Inc., in Gaithersburg, Md., $15,000
Gaithersburg HELP, Inc., in Gaithersburg, Md., $5,000
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation in Baltimore, Md., $5,000
Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, Va., $5,000
GraceInside in Richmond, Va., $15,000
Hospice Caring, Inc., in Gaithersburg, Md., $3,750
Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md., $15,000
Lutheran Community Services in Wilmington, Del., $15,000
Mental Health America of Fredericksburg in Fredericksburg, Va., $10,000
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County in Rockville, Md., $7,500
Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Va., $10,000
Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging in Winchester, Va., $8,000
Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries in Tom’s Brook, Va., $20,000
Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke in Fairfax, Va., $10,000
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., $10,000
Upper Montgomery Assistance Network in Gaithersburg, Md., $7,500


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. Celebrating 125 years, 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