Goodwin House Foundation to Receive Elder Service Award

Goodwin House Foundation and Arlington Adult Protective Services are being honored by Culpepper Garden at its fourth annual Elder Services Awards Reception being held at Signature Theatre at Shirlington in Arlington, Virginia on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.   The Emcee for the evening will be Doreen Gentzler, Channel 4 News Anchor.

The recipients were selected based on their “demonstrated dedication to and services for the elder community in Arlington County.”

Through management relationships, community matching partner organizations, its volunteer board members, and a host of community connections in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County, Goodwin House seeks to fulfill its vision of “expanding the places and ways we serve older adults.”

Several residents of Goodwin House were among the founding members of Culpepper Garden.  The relationship solidified when Goodwin House Foundation launched its Community Matching Gift Program in 2002 and included Culpepper Garden as a Partner.  Since its inception, the Foundation’s Community Matching Gift Program has “matched” more than $250,000 for its Partners.

The Program is designed to match charitable gifts made by Goodwin House residents to eleven Partnering organizations in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, and Fairfax County.  Partnering organizations must be not-for-profit, located in Northern Virginia, and have programs serving seniors.  Goodwin House residents have given nearly $40,000 to Culpepper Garden, and through the Community Matching Gift Program, Goodwin House Foundation matched dollar-for-dollar these gifts for a total of nearly $80,000.

Also, Goodwin House contributes to the local communities not only by providing jobs, benefits, and training to those it employs, but also by training students and other professionals who are enrolled in health-care education programs, which require hands-on experience in providing care.

The two Goodwin House communities also open their meeting rooms to local organizations needing space in order to fulfill their missions.  Groups using Goodwin House for meetings include:  Bailey’s Crossroads Revitalization Corporation; Fairfax Country Board of Elections; Columbia Pike Transit, League of University Women, Rotary and Lions Clubs of Bailey’s Crossroads, Washington Woodworkers Guild, the Garden Club of Alexandria, the Red Cross Certifies Nursing Assistant Program, the Northern Virginia Community College Registered Nurse School, and the Fairfax County Licensed Practical Nurse Program, as well as many others. 

In addition, Goodwin House residents are passionately altruistic, providing community service, significant dollars, and volunteer hours to community organization throughout Northern Virginia.  They tutor at local schools, organize fundraisers for community shelters, collect clothing for those in need, and collect funds for countless local, national, and international efforts.

Goodwin House Foundation produces a yearly calendar featuring the art work of Goodwin House residents.  Nearly 1000 calendars are provided free of charge to seniors throughout Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church.

Finally, the Goodwin House Foundation cosponsors Young At Art, a 26-year-old juried art show for artists ages 55 or better in Northern Virginia.  The show is currently on exhibit at the Durant Arts Center in Alexandria.

“Goodwin House Foundation is honored to be selected for the Culpepper Garden Elder Service Award,” stated Jeanne Jacob, Executive Director of the Goodwin House Foundation.  “We can’t think of a better Partner to have for caring for older adults.  I hope everyone will join Goodwin House and the Goodwin House Foundation at Culpepper Garden’s 4th Annual Elder Services Awards Reception on November 12.”

This joyous evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine and music is open to the public at no charge, but it is suggested that a donation to support Culpepper Gardens be made at the door.  All donations will be used to provide meals and custodial care for the residents of Culpepper Garden’s assisted living facility.

For further information, about the Goodwin House Foundation, contact Jeanne Jacob, Executive Director, Goodwin House Foundation, at 703-824-1345 or visit the Goodwin House Website at  For more information about Culpepper Garden, contact Lee Kaplowitz, Director of Development, Culpepper Garden, at 703-528-0162 or go the Culpepper Website at


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