Housing for older adults has been a primary mission ministry of Lewinsville Church for over forty years. During the 1970’s, Lewinsville Church developed an affordable independent retirement community on church grounds. In 2007, Lewinsville Church in collaboration with two other religious organizations opened an assisted living facility nearby.
The Lewinsville Retirement Residence (The Lewinsville or LRR) was formed as a nonprofit corporation in 1975 by Lewinsville Church and opened in September 1980. All active Lewinsville members are members of Lewinsville Retirement Residence, Inc., the corporation that owns and operates The Lewinsville, and participate in LRR’s Annual Meeting. The Lewinsville Retirement Residence, Inc. holds its annual meeting in November of each year, usually after the 11:00 am service of worship in the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.
Its nine member Board of Directors, all of which are also members of Lewinsville, serve staggered three year terms. Current Officers on the LRR Board:
- Terms Expire November 2020:
- Bill Chenault
- Bob Gottke, Treasurer
- Alan Stevens
- Terms Expire November 2021:
- Connie Church
- Roy Siple, Vice President
- Sallie Robinson, Secretary
- Terms Expire November 2022:
- James Foster
- Pattie Gunter, President
- Erik Kloster
The Lewinsville has 161 apartments housing approximately 165 residents, who all receive some rental subsidy from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 8 Housing Program or the Fairfax County Affordable Dwelling Unit (“ADU”) Program. Residents are diverse both ethnically and by age. The Lewinsville has a staff of 13 full-time and 26 part-time employees and is managed by the Goodwin House Community Service, Inc.
The Lewinsville continues to be the largest mission project ever undertaken by Lewinsville Church, whose mission is ongoing through the church’s financial support and volunteers’ services, individual pledges and contributions. Contributions can also be made to the Friends of The Lewinsville or the Caring Hands Endowment Fund. See Volunteer Opportunities for a listing of ways you can serve The Lewinsville.
Chesterbrook Residences (“Chesterbrook”) is a 97 unit (85 one bedroom and 12 two bedrooms) mixed income assisted living residence located at 2030 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, Virginia (next to Longfellow Intermediate School).
Beginning in 2001, Lewinsville Church, together with Immanuel Presbyterian Church and Temple Rodef Shalom, coordinated efforts to build this assisted-living facility on a five acre site donated by the National Capital Presbytery. Their goal was to build an affordable home where residents could live out their retirement years secure in the knowledge they would not be displaced due to diminishing personal resources. Chesterbrook opened in November 2007 and has an occupancy rate of over 95%.
Chesterbrook Residences, Inc. (“CRI”), a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, governs Chesterbrook, which is managed by Coordinated Management Services. CRI’s Board of Directors consists of one director appointed by the National Capital Presbytery and three directors from each of the three founding congregations, who serve staggered three year terms and are elected at CRI’s Annual Meeting each November. Lewinsville Church’s nominations for director representatives are approved by the Session based upon recommendation by the Older Adult Council. Lewinsville’s current director representatives the CRI Board:
- Scott Bartram – terms ends December 2019
- Mary Frase, Chairman of the Board – term ends December 2020
- Jim Edmondson – term ends December 2021
Pursuant to CRI’s Strategic Plan updated in 2014, it has contracted with Jewish Social Services Agency to provide a variety of services to Chesterbrook’s residents, the three congregations and the community, including access to a professional care manager, educational programs and counseling.
From the time when Lewinsville members provided the lead in the planning and building of Chesterbrook, volunteers from the Lewinsville congregation have in the past and continue to enhance the quality of life at Chesterbrook. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Chesterbrook, contact Clare Grossi (Lewinsville’s Chesterbrook Volunteer Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sonja Ellis (Chesterbrook’s Volunteer Services Coordinator) email@example.com.
The Westminster Ingleside Foundation has three senior living communities in the area: Ingleside at Rock Creek, Westminster at Lake Ridge, and Ingleside at King Farm.
Other Older Adult Housing available in the Area
The County of Fairfax maintains two lists of other available housing for seniors in the area: