The Village at Orchard Ridge Awards Grants to Local Organizations

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Grants Awarded to Blue Ridge Hospice and Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) awarded two grants during 2014 to Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester and Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) in Front Royal. The amounts awarded are $4,000 to Blue Ridge Hospice and $1,000 to SAAA, funded by National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council.

“We are privileged to be able to partner with great organizations that are committed to the lives of seniors,” said John Midolo, executive director at TVOR. “SAAA holds to a philosophy of healthy aging and creating moments of joy at a crucial time in seniors’ lives. We have also seen first-hand the passion and commitment that Blue Ridge Hospice has for its clients and their families in difficult times. They are a pillar of hope for so many in our community.”

TVOR’s parent organization, NLCS, established the Community Impact Program to enhance their commitment to the greater community through working collaboratively with other organizations 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.

“Awarding grants through our Community Impact program allows us to partner with other organizations that are passionate about providing seniors the best services possible,” NLCS’ Chief Philanthropy Officer Kathryn Baerwald said.

Blue Ridge Hospice is a not-for-profit dedicated to providing quality end-of-life care. The grant will assist to supplement insurance reimbursements for patients whose expenses may be more than the allowable charges, those without any insurance, and to support the continuance of these specialized services and programs. The SAAA is a not-for-profit organization that offers a variety of high-quality services for in-home support. Annually, they conduct one major fundraiser (Eleventh Annual Generations Walkathon) to fund shortfalls in their support services. TVOR awarded the grant as a sponsor of the walk in support of their similar mission and ministry of providing a positive impact on the lives of seniors in the community.

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., is a new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) on 132-acres in the Shenandoah Valley. The community opened in February 2013 and offers independent living with in-home health services, assisted living memory care, nursing care options and short-term rehabilitation. In January 2015, The Village at Orchard Ridge began its Phase II expansion, which will include additional independent living apartments and cottages, a wellness center with an indoor pool, and the expansion of dining areas and skilled nursing. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2017. For more information, visit

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a faith-based, not-for-profit 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

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