September 2021 Newsletter is Available!

Check out the September AHA Newsletter for details on how AHA adjusts to new COVID trends, upcoming events, the second annual Alexandria TEDx Talk event, and other interesting topics.

AHA Cancels all In-Person Gatherings for September

After careful consideration, AHA has made the decision to cancel our in-person gatherings for September. This includes our 10th anniversary celebration on September 8. We’re disappointed to have to do this. Seeing that Alexandria has now moved into the “high transmission” zone (100+ cases of COVID per 100,000 people), there are strong indications that breakthrough COVID cases continue to trend in the wrong direction. For the time being, it’s better that we err on the side of caution. AHA is keeping a daily watch on the local situation (as we know you are doing too) and we will remain in touch with the Alexandria Health Dept. about COVID-related news.

August Newsletter is Available

AHA members are getting out more and meeting in person. Read about the face-to-face events that occurred during July and the fun things planned for August. AHA’s Anniversary party is on September 8. Learn what you can do to help us prepare for the celebration. Click here to read the full August Newsletter.

AHA July News for You

In addition to the July Calendar of Events, the July Newsletter includes stories about AHA celebrating an in-person event, updates on City Broadband, closing of the Mirant power plant in 2012, What’s Up with AHA members, associates, and volunteers, AHA opening in-home volunteer support and much more.

June 2021 Newsletter is Hot Off the Press!

In addition to our calendar of event, June’s newsletter includes executive director notes, great info on downsizing, AARP heart advice, tips on using Zoom, and What’s Up with members.  Click here to read the newsletter.

AHA Celebrates 10 Years!

On April 15, AHA officially marked its 10-year anniversary. We have grown as an organization and learned so much along the way. I would be remiss not to mention some of the great leaders who got us on our feet: Our three “official” founders were the late Richard Moose, Ernie Lehmann and the late Dr. Judith Jones. Of course, there are so many more AHA leaders who helped to make AHA a reality, many of whom still are part of our AHA community: L and Ann Liddle, Penny Roberts, Maggie and Barry Stauffer, Bill and Teddye Clayton, Julie Gentry, Pam and Steve Nelson, Chriss Nielsen and Tom Crowley, Nancy Kincaid and Barbara Rosenfeld. Each of them contributed so much energy to getting AHA up and running. Charter members who signed on with AHA before we opened our doors include Megan Evans, Brigitte Guttstadt, Charles and DoDo Ablard, Jean Antone, Nancy Berg, Suzanne Brock and Marianne Weitz. All of them remain AHA members today. We are planning a “delayed” anniversary celebration in September, so stay tuned.

Spring2ACTion Results Are In!

At midnight on April 28, we finished our annual Spring2ACTion fundraising campaign, reaching $36,460 against our goal of $35,000. AHA members, volunteers and community friends stepped up with such generosity and we are so very grateful. Our goal was to reach 175 donors and we had 172 supporters who contributed to make this a great success. Many of our donors are far too young to be AHA members but their support during Spring2ACTion demonstrates that they, too, care that our older neighbors have a safety net and the support they need.
Once again, the Mason Hirst Foundation provided us with a $4,000 matching grant to kick off our campaign. We would not have achieved our goal without their help so I cannot overestimate how important their long-standing support has been. I would like to thank our generous matching gift donors:

Susanne Adams                                                      Pam and Steve Nelson
Bill and Teddye Clayton                                     Christena Nielsen and Tom Crowley
Bob Eiffert and Michael Curry                       The RMP Foundation
Louise and Mike Kenny                                       Barbara Rosenfeld
Nancy Kincaid                                                          Shelli Ross
Carol Siegel                                                               Susanne O’Neill
Loretta Darst, Cele Garrett, Megan McIntyre and Dara Surratt (a.k.a. Office Divas)
Linda Langley, Penny Roberts and Mary Jayne Swanson (a.k.a. Two Whites and a Rose’)

 

We are grateful to every person who took the time and thought to contribute. We send our heartfelt thanks to you.

 

May Newsletter is Here


In this issue, we have exciting news to share about Spring2ACTion results!  Our May calendar is packed with lots of interesting Zoom events to attend.  Art Talk begins a three-part series, with two of the parts happening this month.  Did you know that one of our longtime members Bob Faden is a botanist that has over 20 plants named after him? In addition, the newsletter includes what’s up with Steve Nelson, Louise Kenny and Eileen O’Brien, Laura Noble’s book review of a book for all of us, and Amy Jackson’s visit with AHA.  We are also saddened to share the news of the death of our longtime member Georg Morduch and death of David Peters, husband to Jane King. In the May newsletter, you will find an obituary for both of these men.

Click here to read the full May 2021 Newsletter.

Support AHA During Spring2ACTion, April 28, 2021!

On April 15, AHA celebrated its 10-year anniversary! We’ve learned so much since those early days and I hope you are as proud as I am of this community of support we’ve all built together.

Since that day ten years ago, the village movement has grown exponentially across the country. AHA is one of 266 villages across the country with a community of friends and volunteers to ensure that our older neighbors have the social, practical and emotional support they need to live safely and independently in the home and community they love.

This has been a difficult year for everyone—especially our older neighbors. They were the most vulnerable among us during the pandemic. Yet, our AHA members have shown us how resilient they can be, having endured tough times in the past. We worked harder than ever to stay in regular contacts with our members and to provide the support they needed to know they were never alone throughout this trying year.

We salute our extraordinary members, who continually teach us what it means to age well. We are indebted to our volunteers for all they’ve done this past year. Many of them never ceased driving our members to their critical medical appointment. Our volunteers made countless trips to the grocery store and delivered goods to our members. And we are humbled by and grateful for our donors who believe in the work we do to make Alexandria a great place to “age in place.”

In good times and in tougher times, At Home in Alexandria is committed to making daily life safer, easier and more enjoyable our seniors. Your financial support is vital to that promise. Spring2ACTion is our largest fundraiser of the year—and one of the few times during the year we ask for your financial support. We welcome contributions in any amount to AHA during the Spring2ACTion campaign, which ends on Wednesday, April 28 at midnight. Matching gifts will be available during the campaign to double your impact. Gifts by check are also welcome made to At Home in Alexandria and mailed to 3139 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305.

Cele Garrett
Executive Director
At Home in Alexandria
703.231.0824
aha@athomeinalexandria.org

Spring2ACTion is Almost Here!

Once a year, Alexandria nonprofits all come together for Spring2ACTion, an online “giving day” hosted by ACT for Alexandria, Alexandria’s community foundation. This year the big day is Wednesday, April 28.

As in previous years, you can contribute to the campaign in the two weeks leading up to the big day. The online portal will “go live” on April 14. If you prefer to contribute by check instead of doing so online, your gift will count toward our total if it is received in our office by April 28.

Last year’s Spring2ACTion campaign lacked the fanfare of previous years since it took place during the early days of the pandemic, so we did not have our usual in-person gathering at Del Ray Café on campaign day. We likely will forgo such a gathering this year, too – but we will carry on with the same spirit as always. Throughout this fundraiser, some generous AHA donors will offer a matching gift so that your online contribution will be doubled. If you would like to offer a matching gift to entice others to donate, we would gratefully welcome it.

Spring2ACTion is a highly effective and cost-efficient campaign for AHA. Watch for further updates and videos.