The Village at Orchard Ridge Partners with Highland Food Pantry in Celebration of National Lutheran's 125 Years of Service

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The Village at Orchard Ridge continues legacy of service to support Highland's Special Delivery Project

Our vision of having seniors helping seniors is being fulfilled with these very active and energetic volunteers. -Jenny Callis, Highland Food Pantry

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., is celebrating its sponsor’s 125 years of serving seniors in its own unique way. By partnering with Highland Food Pantry for the remainder of the year to support their Special Delivery project, TVOR residents and staff aim to provide 125 hours of volunteer service in honor of National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) 125th Anniversary.

“We are excited to partner with Highland Food Pantry with a shared mission to serve seniors in various capacities that stretches beyond the walls of our community,” TVOR’s Life Enrichment Manager Stacey Iden said. “Our residents and staff are dedicated to continuing NLCS’ 125-year legacy of service and believe in impacting our community in a tangible way.”

In honor of NLCS’ 125th anniversary year, TVOR residents and staff have set a goal to provide 125 hours of volunteer service to Highland Food Pantry by the end of 2015. TVOR provides transportation on the first and third Tuesday of each month so both residents and staff can work toward their goal of 125 hours. To date, more than 98.5 hours have been logged. Furthermore, there is an opportunity to provide food donations to the pantry to distribute as part of the project. Some of the desired items include low carb liquid food supplements, canned protein and boxes of cereal. TVOR’s other goal is to collect a minimum of 125 non-perishable food items, each month, for donation.

Highland Food Pantry serves the greater Winchester/Frederick County area and shares a similar focus on serving seniors, reducing food insecurity among the local senior population. Recent studies suggest there are approximately 1,800 food-insecure seniors living in the service area. The Special Delivery project, receiving funding through a grant from United Way, is designed to provide nutritious food on a monthly basis to identified seniors through home delivery. Customized boxes of food are prepared weekly by volunteers, then delivered to agency sites where participating partners will facilitate the delivery.

“Working with the residents at TVOR on the Special Delivery Project is exciting for us at the Highland Food Pantry. Our vision of having seniors helping seniors is being fulfilled with these very active and energetic volunteers,” said Jenny Callis, Highland Food Pantry Manager. “Their commitment and energy are contagious and Special Delivery would not be the success it is without their assistance.”    

About The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR)
The Village at Orchard Ridge 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 cottage homes and apartments with in-home services, memory care, and skilled nursing for both long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. Currently, The Village at Orchard Ridge is in Phase 2 of construction, 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 2016.
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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

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