The Picture of Friendship: Life at Goodwin House

By Lindsay Hutter, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Goodwin House Incorporated

The residents of Goodwin House Incorporated’s Life Plan Communities and the Members of Goodwin House at Home (our Life Care aging-in-place program) never cease to amaze and inspire me.

Earlier this week, I posted about our Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads (GHBC) and Goodwin House Alexandria (GHA) residents who competed in the opening day events at the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. One of our residents, Mandy Whalen, had competed in four events and walked five miles before noon. I was exhausted just watching Mandy from the sidelines!

As I watched the competitions throughout the day, it wasn’t just the physical feats of older adults that inspired me. I also saw the beauty of the special friendships that begin at Goodwin House.

As seen in this photo, fellow GHBC resident Marietta Tanner had a special supporter during her second event of the day. There walking outside the blue lines reserved for competitors was Mandy. This was one track event in which Mandy did not compete that morning, but that did not stop her from walking alongside Marietta to encourage her along the way.

If you ever wonder about forming new friendships when you move into a senior living community, wonder no more! Before long, strangers become close friends, the type of friend who will walk by your side as you finish a race!


As Goodwin House’s Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Lindsay Hutter leads the strategic efforts to fulfill the mission and expand the ways and places in which Goodwin House Incorporated serves older adults. A resident of Fairfax County, her career spans leadership positions in change management, market innovation, and marketing and communications.  Lindsay holds a B.S. degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University.