Impact1890 Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

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Grants awarded to 20 organizations will provide services for older adults throughout Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Delaware.

Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce the 2020 grant recipients, who collectively received 20 awards, totaling $310,497. The grants are awarded to organizations in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. who are assisting primarily underserved older adults who are aging in place.

For the first time, Impact1890 awarded multiyear grants. This allows organizations the opportunity to do more future planning, and allows Impact1890 to develop stronger relationships with the organizations. Executive Manager Kathryn Baerwald stated, “Over the years we have awarded grants to organizations doing incredible work that enhances the lives of so many older adults. We have realized the best way to continue supporting their work, in some cases, means a multiyear award is necessary.”

Baerwald continued, “We had a record number of grant proposals submitted this year. Our only disappointment is that we could not fund more of the proposals. However, we are inspired to see so many organizations dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults in our region.”

Impact1890 conducts periodic needs assessments to identify areas of critical need facing seniors who are aging in their homes. All grants must address at least one of the six areas of needs. For the 2020 grants, the areas of critical need are: social isolation; transportation; housing; navigating or accessing health care and social services; chronic disease management; and dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss.

The 2020 grant recipients include:

  • AHC Greater Baltimore in Baltimore, Md.

$10,000 for one year
Supports health, education, stable housing and socialization programs for low-income seniors at MonteVerde housing

  • Art on Wheels in Richmond, Va.

$5,000 for one year
Supports creative engagement for seniors through visual arts, music and movement

  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona, Va.

$20,000 over two years at $10,000 per year
Supports expansion of the “Reach” food program for older adults living just above the poverty line

  • Capitol Hill Village in Washington, D.C.

$5,000 over one year
Supports work in low-income housing communities, including a peer-to-peer health support network

  • Crossroads Community Food Network in Takoma Park, Md.

$10,000 for one year, $7,500 for years two and three
Supports distribution of “Fresh Checks” at the local farmers market and assistance for various support services for low-income older adults

  • Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C.

$12,000 for one year
Supports year-round life enrichment and hot meals programs from older adults in the District of Columbia

  • GraceInside in Richmond, Va.

$45,000 over three years at $15,000 per year
Provides a Chaplain at Deerfield Correctional Center, a prison for male geriatric prisoners

  • Jewish Family Services of Delaware, Inc. in Wilmington, Del.

$7,500 for one year
Supports “Memory Café” for individuals with dementia to promote socialization, stimulate cognitive skills, ease the stress of caregivers and increase public understanding of dementia

  • Mid-County Senior Center in Wilmington, Del.

$3,000 for one year
Provides sedentary older adults with opportunities to exercise and obtain health education.

  • Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless in Rockville, Md.

$7,500 for one year
Provision of urgent needs to assist in health and safety of older adults who formerly experienced homelessness and now live in supportive housing.

  • Neighbor Ride, Inc. in Columbia, Md.

$10,000 for one year
Expansion of a subsidized transportation program for older adults in Howard County, Maryland.

  • New River Valley Senior Services in Pulaski, Va.

$10,000 for one year
Supports a Mobility Coordination Program, which provides non-emergency transportation for medical purposes and to obtain groceries.

  • Newark Senior Center in Newark, Del.

$30,000 over three years at $10,000 a year
Transportation for older adults who participate in a five-day per week program for persons with dementia.

  • Piedmont Senior Resources in Farmville, Va.

$10,000 for one year
Provision of medical transportation for very low-income, rural older adults.

  • Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church in Fairfax, Va.

$12,000 for one year
Supports the continuation of Rebuilding Together Express to address health and safety hazards in homes of low-income older adults.

  • Rebuilding Together D.C./Alexandria in Alexandria, Va.

$30,000 over three years at $10,000 a year
Supports minor repairs in homes of older adults to enable residents to live safely in their residences, often preventing re-hospitalization.

  • Senior Services of Alexandria in Alexandria, Va.

$7,500 for one year
Supports the expansion of Senior Ambassador Program and of community outreach programs such as Dementia Friendly Alexandria.

  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia in Norfolk, Va.

$15,158 for one year
Supports the pilot of Virginia Tech’s “Life-long Improvements through Fitness Together” program at Hayden Village Center in Franklin, Va.

  • Virginia Tech Adult Day Services in Blacksburg, Va.

$30,839 over two years, $20,267 for year one and $10,547 for year two
Supports the final development of a multi-week program for older adults who have just been diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers

  • Woodley House in Washington, D.C.

$15,000 for one year
Supports assisting older adults with severe mental illness who have a history of chronic homelessness

In 2019, Impact1890’s grants supported approximately 8,000 older adults. To read stories about the work of these grant recipients, please visit

About Impact1890
Impact1890 – A National Lutheran Program awards funding to non-profit organizations that provide services primarily to underserved seniors throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Learn more about Impact1890 at

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
With 129-years’ experience, NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults. 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.

Entities sponsored by National Lutheran include myPotential at Home in Winchester Va., and Rockville, Md., The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., Impact1890, and The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis, Md., subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval. For more information, visit

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