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GraceFul Care Milestone Highlights Need for Senior Care, Housing in Reston

by Karen Goff — October 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm 4 Comments

Del. Ken Plum (l) with Pat and David Williams of GraceFul Care

GraceFul Care, a Reston business that provides companionship and assistance for senior citizens, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a reception at Hunters Woods Fellowship House on Tuesday.

Bringing GraceFul Care and Fellowship House together highlights the need for continued and expanded services for seniors in our community, said Rev. Faye Codding, Community Outreach Coordinator for Fellowship Square.

Fellowship Square is the non-profit that subsidizes five housing facilities for low-income seniors in the Washington, D.C., area, including two in Reston (Hunters Woods and Lake Anne).

“We have 285 residents at Hunters Woods who are all over 62, extremely low income and some are disabled,” Codding said. The money raised on Tuesday will go to a fund that helps residents pay for extras such as medical supplies, food, doctor’s co-pays and other expenses that can be tough for seniors to cover, said Codding.

There is a waiting list for subsidized units at both of Reston’s Fellowship Houses, which highlights the need for affordable housing here, said Cornerstones CEO Kerrie Wilson.

“If you look at the trends, people are aging here and housing costs are high,” she said. “Fellowship House is an important resource. We have nowhere near the level of housing for low-income seniors that we need.”

Meanwhile, GraceFul Care, which was founded by Dave and Pat Williams in 1995, has been honored by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Fairfax, AARP and the Herndon-Dulles Chamber of Commerce, among others, for both their work as a successful local business and a quality agency for senior help. Their son-in-law, Dan Flavin, is now running the company.

  • meh

    I think most senior citizens can be considered low income since most of them are done working. I take it that extremely low income seniors are people who only live off of social security. Those people should not of retired here, it is way too expensive to live off of that.

  • Taxpayer

    Unfortunately Fellowship House is being abused. It has become a “dumping ground” and over populated by recent elderly Russian and Asian immigrants whose families have brought them over to the USA to live at US tax payer expense.
    Just walk around Hunters Wood and you will see clear evidence.
    I am in favor of immigration as we or our families were all immigrants at some point but against this abuse.

  • SayWhat

    What’s Ken Plum doing in the picture? Is that where he lives?

  • Greg

    Reston needs a cemetery before it needs a(nother) warehouse for the elderly. After all, food is, according to Rev. Codding, an extra for the aged.

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