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Fellowship Square Celebrating 55th Anniversary

by Karen Goff — November 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm 6 Comments

Lake Anne Fellowship House For 55 years, the nonprofit Fellowship Square has been helping the elderly and disabled in Reston by providing affordable housing and other services.

All this week, Fellowship Square will be marking its anniversary with celebrations for residents and guests at its four locations. There will be a ceremony Monday at 5 p.m. at Hunters Woods Fellowship House and Tuesday 5 p.m. at the Lake Anne Fellowship House. Additional receptions will be held later in the week at Fellowship Square facilities in Largo and Lake Ridge.

“We’re celebrating the work we have done in the community and rejoicing that our work has done so well and lasted for so long,” said Faye Codding, community outreach coordinator.

Lake Anne Fellowship House was the first Fellowship Square building to be constructed. It’s first phase opened in 1970, and the second Lake Anne building opened in 1976. Hunters Woods Fellowship House was completed in 1979.

A plan to tear down and rebuild the Lake Anne facility with modern amenities fell apart in 2014, but Fellowship Square officials hope to eventually get that plan in motion again.

Codding also said another goal is to help seniors in the community who are not necessarily residents of Fellowship House.

“We see ourselves expanding to reaching out more into the community to help all those in need, not just residential,” she said. “We are always exploring what possible ways we can serve and we are looking for partner with others in the community.”

  • meh

    Shame they can’t tear it down, and then have a new development group build something else up in it’s place

    • cRAzy

      They tried, but someone thought affordable housing for seniors might make more sense than stuffing more money in a developer’s fat pocket. And that’s unusual if not unique in Fairfax County. I think you need to “blame” Supervisor Hudgins for this.

      • meh

        Just think of all that money being left on the table that could be taxed for FCPS.

        • cRAzy

          Just think of all the money the county would have to pay to house the poor seniors kicked out by the developer–and they have neither affordable (Section 8) housing nor money.

  • Concerned taxpayer

    I am told that many apartments are now occupied by elderly recent immigrants from the former Soviet Bloc and Asian. These elderly immigrants where brought here by their children ((who are themselves relatively new immigrants ) and “dumped” in Friendship House to live at taxpayer expense.
    Not an anti immigrant comment but against people taking advantage of government services without having earned them.

    • cRAzy

      They are here legally (I presume). They have every right to take advantage of government services. Who doesn’t take advantage of government services whether or not they have “earned” them?

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