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The Village at Orchard Ridge Names the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awardees

The Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards celebrates the achievements of individuals 70 and over in Winchester City, Frederick County and Clarke County, Virginia On October 14, 2021, The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community named the awardees for the...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Announces Former NASA Director of Life Sciences, Dr. Joan Vernikos, as Keynote Speaker for Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards

Awards ceremony and keynote address will be held October 14 at the historic George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia In 2019, The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community introduced the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards as a way to...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) to Require all Team Members to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leadership team at National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) has worked closely with applicable state and county departments of health, as well as followed any guidelines set forth by the Centers for...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Announces Nominees for 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards

Awards ceremony will be held October 14 at the historic George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community unveiled the nominees for the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards in a ceremony on September...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Names Regina Figueroa as Chief Operating Officer

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is pleased to announce Regina Figueroa has been named chief operating officer (COO). Figueroa joins NLCS as previous COO Cyndi Walters transitions to the role of NLCS president and chief operating officer (CEO). Regina...

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Nominations Open for 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards Presented by The Village at Orchard Ridge

Awards will highlight achievements of individuals 70 and over in Winchester City, Frederick County and Clarke County, Virginia WINCHESTER, Virginia – The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2021...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Names Cyndi Walters as President and CEO

Walters brings over 30 years of senior living experience to National Lutheran, along with a passion of expanding opportunities for older adults to age as they choose and for inspiring team members who have a heart to serve seniors National...

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Impact1890 Announces Special Rapid Response Grants

Grants awarded to three Lutheran congregations to help ease social isolation of older congregation members Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce that it has awarded three “Rapid Response” grants totaling $10,325 to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, VA;...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services’ COO Cyndi Walters Joins International Council on Active Aging Task Force to Lead Senior Living Transformation After COVID-19

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Chief Operating Officer, Cyndi Walters joins more than 160 industry thought leaders as they prepare to emerge from a period of quarantine and plan for a new post-COVID-19 era.  Participants in the ICAA COVID-19...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) Adds Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village to its Roster of Senior Living Communities

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) has added Baltimore-based Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village to its roster of senior living communities. Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village will now be known as The Village at Augsburg–A National Lutheran Community and a...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Awards First-Ever Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community presented the first-ever Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at a ticketed luncheon held at The George Washington Hotel in Winchester. Created by The Village at Orchard Ridge,...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Announcing Stellar 7 Over 70 Award Nominees

The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community is unveiling the nominations for the inaugural Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards at a reception to be held at The Chapel at Orchard Ridge, A Center for Faith and Community Life on...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Named One of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Aging Services by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE through National Lutheran Communities & Services

Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have honored The Village at Orchard Ridge, through its parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) as one of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Aging Services. The ranking considered feedback representing 223,183 employees...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Launches the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards

New Awards Program Showcases the Impact and Achievements of Adults Over 70 in Winchester City, Frederick County (Va.), and Clarke County The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community has announced a new awards event designed to highlight and celebrate...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Releases 2018 Annual Report

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is pleased to share the 2018 Annual Report. The report highlights some of the work NLCS is doing to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunity in service to seniors. It also features three...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Holds Ceremonial Leash Cutting for a New Dog Park

Through the very generous support of the residents of The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community, dog owners and dog lovers alike can now share in the use of the brand new Orchard Ridge Dog Park. Residents participated in...

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Impact1890 is Now Accepting Grant Proposals for 2020

Impact1890—A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce the availability of Impact grants for the 2020 year. Each year, Impact1890 awards grants to non-profit organizations that share in the same passion of serving seniors, particularly those who are aging in...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Certified as a Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work Institute has honored National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) with certification as a Great Place to Work. The survey included all team members throughout all NLCS entities, and the ratings measure NLCS’ capacity to earn our...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Named a High-Performing Facility and Best Nursing Home by U.S. News & World Report

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Village at Orchard Ridge — A National Lutheran Community has been ranked as a top facility by U.S. News & World Report for the community’s quality of overall care, considering both long-term residents and short-stay patients,...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Named 2018 Best Large Business of the Year by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community, announced today that it has been named Best Large Business of the Year by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Village at Orchard Ridge’s mission unites team members, board...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Names Belinda "Dee Dee" Barbour as Philanthropy Director 

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is excited to announce Belinda “Dee Dee” Barbour as NLCS Philanthropy Director. In this role, Barbour will oversee the strategic vision and day-to-day operations of the NLCS philanthropy department. Barbour joined NLCS in the...

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Brad Snowden Named Philanthropy Director at The Village at Orchard Ridge

The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community, is pleased to announce Brad Snowden as Philanthropy Director. Snowden brings nearly 20 years of experience in estate planning as a practicing attorney and for the last 16 years has advanced the...

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Impact1890 Announces 2019 Grant Recipients

Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program has awarded 30 grants totaling $273,334 for the 2019 grant year. This marks the sixth year of the program (originally National Lutheran Communities & Services Community Impact program). In 2018, nearly 8,500 older adults’ lives were...

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NLCS Continues WASH-FM Christmas Music Sponsorship for the Ninth Year

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is getting into the Christmas spirit with its sponsorship of 24/7 holiday music on WASH-FM 97.1 from now until Dec. 25 and on WMZQ 98.7 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You’ll hear on-air...

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Lawrence Jordan III Named Compliance Officer for National Lutheran Communities & Services

Rockville, MD-  National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) named Lawrence Jordan III as Compliance Officer. Jordan brings 20 years of legal experience to the role, seven of those providing services to health care organizations. In this role, Jordan will lead...

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The Village at Rockville Announces Kyle Hreben as Executive Director

Rockville, MD- The Village at Rockville is pleased to welcome Kyle Hreben as the Executive Director to its leadership team. Hreben will oversee day-to-day operations while continuing to support the needs of seniors. “We are thrilled to have Kyle join our...

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Grants Available for 2019

Impact1890—A National Lutheran Program is pleased to announce the availability of Impact grants for the 2019 year. Each year, Impact1890 awards grants to non-profit organizations that share in the same passion of serving seniors, particularly those who are aging in place...

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Allison Combs Named Sales Director for National Lutheran Communities & Services

Rockville, MD-  National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) named Allison Combs as Sales Director in January 2018. This is a newly created position for NLCS, which will help oversee sales efforts and initiatives throughout the National Lutheran family of brands....

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Announces Richard M. Mazza as Chief Financial Officer

Rockville, MD- Richard M. Mazza, CPA has joined National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mazza brings over 25 years of financial acumen and business savvy to this position. As a senior level management professional, Mazza brings...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Announces Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) announces the establishment of Impact1890–A National Lutheran Program, with the sole function of managing the grants it awards to community partners. As a faith-based not-for-profit ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Contributes to Seniors Affected by the 2017 Hurricanes

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) rallied to help the victims of the 2017 hurricanes that swept through parts of Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, leaving widespread damage. A total of $24,510 raised for disaster relief went directly to...

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National Lutheran Awards $263,000 in Grants for 2018

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 33 grants for the 2018 grant year, totaling $263,000. This marks the fifth year of the grant program, with an increase in amounts requested, number of grant recipients and...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Resident Rhoda Kriz Named Distinguished Fundraising Volunteer

On November 17, in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, the VA, Tri-State Association of Fundraising Professionals held an awards luncheon to recognize contributions of philanthropy, and those people active in the local philanthropic community. National Philanthropy Day provides an opportunity...

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Hear Us on WASH-FM

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is getting into the Christmas spirit with its sponsorship of 24/7 holiday music on WASH-FM 97.1 from Nov. 17- Dec. 25 and on WMZQ 98.7 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You'll hear on-air spots...

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National Lutheran Receives 2017 Gold Award Designation for Its Website

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) was the recipient of the 2017 National Mature Media Awards (NMMA) gold winner designation for its website, www.nationallutheran.org. The 2017 awards reflect 2016 work, which was when NLCS revamped the design of its website....

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Penning Poems, Accomplishing Goals and Creating Legacies

Some may think that publishing a book at age 83 may be daunting, but for Thomas Karman, resident at The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community, it was an opportunity to preserve a legacy for his family and share...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Receives Five-Star Rating From CMS

Winchester, Va. – The Village Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community has earned a five-star rating for Orchard Woods Health Center, the skilled nursing neighborhood at Orchard Ridge.  With this announcement, The Village at Orchard Ridge joins its sister community The...

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Study Says Virginia is Most Accommodating State for Retirement

At National Lutheran Communities & Services, we have always loved all that Virginia has to offer seniors when they retire. With two communities and our home care and home health service located in Virginia, we were confident that more people...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Welcomes Belinda “Dee Dee” Barbour as Director of Philanthropy

Winchester, Va. – We are pleased to announce that Belinda “Dee Dee” Barbour was named the Director of Philanthropy for The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community, effective May 1, 2017. A lifelong resident of Winchester, Dee Dee joins...

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Providing Comfort to Babies in the NICU

Members of the Flying Fingers knitting group at The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community undertook a special project recently – knitting frontless sweaters to give to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Winchester Medical Center. Aptly named...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Partners with American Public University to Enhance Employee Education Options

Rockville, MD- National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is partnering with American Public University (APU) so employees can take full advantage of NLCS’ tuition reimbursement program, earning an online degree or certificate from APU. NLCS values lifelong learning, not only for...

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Permanent IRA Tax Benefit for Donations

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from IRAs have been made permanent through the PATH Act of 2015. This legislation allows individuals 70 ½ or older to direct a portion or all of the annual required minimum distribution (RMD) to a charity...

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National Lutheran Awards $253,500 in Grants for 2017

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 30 grants for the 2017 grant year, totaling $253,500. This marks the fourth year of the grant program, with a significant increase in amounts requested, number of grantees and awarded...

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Hear Us On WASH-FM!

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is getting into the Christmas spirit with its sponsorship of 24/7 holiday music on WASH-FM 97.1 from Nov. 18- Dec. 25 and on WMZQ 98.7 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You'll hear on-air spots...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Hosts Clinical Pastoral Education Interns

This fall, The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va. welcomed two new interns into National Lutheran Communities & Services’ Satellite Program of Eastern Mennonite Theological Seminary’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) curriculum. Pastor Haley dos Santos joins...

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National Lutheran Communities & Services Becomes a Satellite Site for Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Rockville, MD- Theological students from Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS), along with clergy and laypersons pursuing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), will be able to continue earning credits toward their denominational ordination requirements and/or certification as professional chaplains at National Lutheran Communities &...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Celebrates Opening of The Engage Center

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community celebrated progress on Phase 2 expansion with a grand opening of its Engage Center on Wednesday, June 1. Orchard Ridge’s Phase 2 began in January 2015 and so far, has seen the...

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Tim Peifer Joins the National Lutheran Family as Director of Philanthropy

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) welcomes Tim Peifer as the Director of Philanthropy for The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., and The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community in Staunton, Va.             Peifer...

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New IRA Tax Benefit for Donations

For those aged 70 & a half or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. On December 18, Congress passed and the President signed legislation retroactively extending the charitable IRA rollover...

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National Lutheran Awards $221,250 in Grants to Local Organizations

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) Community Impact Council awarded 21 grants for the 2015-2016 grant year, totaling $221,250. This marks the third year of the grant program, with a significant increase in applicants and awarded funds throughout Maryland, Virginia,...

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TVOR Featured in Environments for Aging Design Publication

(WINCHESTER, Va.) The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) was included in Environments for Aging’s spring 2014 design publication, published by Long-Term Living. TVOR was selected as one of 43 projects, for creating a town center and village green, surrounded by residences that...

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TVOR Supports Parkinson's Awareness

This April, millions of people around the world will recognize April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the United States. Although promising research is being conducted, there is...

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The Gift of an Organ for The Chapel at Orchard Ridge

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) is pleased to announce a major gift to The Chapel at Orchard Ridge, A Center for Faith and Community Life by one of its own residents—one that will enrich lives within...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Partners with Winchester Chapter of The American Guild of Organists for Music Concert Series

Winchester, Va. – The Village at Orchard Ridge—A  National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., will host a series of organ recitals to be presented by members and friends of the Winchester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on...

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Your4state.com Visits Dance Lessons at Orchard Ridge

WHAG/Your4state.com reporter, Sarah Gisriel visited The Village at Orchard Ridge during our East Coast Swing dance lessons. See the full story here: http://www.your4state.com/news/virginia/village-at-orchard-ridge-senior-living-center-residents-bloom-on-dance-floor

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Launches New Website With Informational Tools and Updated Community Offerings

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community, today announced the launch of its new senior-friendly website. The site, which utilizes the community’s ‘Go’ theme, features interactive campus and area tours, fly-through virtual video and...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Announces Construction Milestones

WINCHESTER, Va. - Five months after holding its groundbreaking, The Village at Orchard Ridge, A National Lutheran Community, announced today that significant construction milestones have been achieved at the new Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Footings, foundations and basement walls...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Celebrates Autumn with its First Annual Fall Harvest Festival

City-wide pumpkin decorating contest held at senior-living communityWINCHESTER, Va. - In celebration of the autumn colors and aromas, The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community, hosted its First Annual Fall Harvest Festival on Friday, October 21, 2011....

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Hosts Groundbreaking Celebration

National Lutheran Communities and Services (NLCS) senior living and health care community, celebrated its groundbreaking today off of Route 50/Northwestern Pike.During the ceremony, Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market, VA, represented by Pastor Jeffrey Sonafelt, was recognized for a generous...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Board Member Named Citizen of the Year

Mr. Jerry Kerr, a member of the board of directors of The Village at Orchard Ridge, was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber at the 93rd Annual Membership Meeting and Regional Greater...

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Senior living community receives donation for The Orchard Ridge Chapel Capital Campaign

Winchester, Va., May 19, 2011 – The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR) celebrated its groundbreaking today off of Route 50/Northwestern Pike. During the ceremony, Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market, Va., represented by Pastor Jeffrey Sonafelt, was recognized for a...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge on WASH-FM

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is getting into the Christmas spirit with its sponsorship of 24/7 holiday music on WASH-FM 97.1 from Nov. 21- Dec. 25. You'll hear on-air spots for The Village at Rockville, A National Lutheran Community...

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Melissa Fortner Named Executive Director of The Village at Orchard Ridge

Winchester, Va. – The Village at Orchard Ridge—A  National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., announced Melissa Fortner as its Executive Director effective August 24, 2015.  Fortner brings 20 years of senior living experience, most recently as Vice President of...

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TVOR Receives Bond Financing for Phase 2

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A  National Lutheran Community (TVOR) in Winchester, Va., received its tax-exempt bond financing on Thursday, December 18, 2014 for approximately $67,835,000. Following such a successful opening of Phase 1, this is another milestone in advancing the...

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NLCS Receives Home Care License in VA

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) was granted licensure from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Health on Dec. 31, 2013 to begin providing in-home health services to seniors. myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service will begin its first phase of offerings...

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Orchard Ridge Partners with Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Theological students from Eastern Mennonite Seminary, along with clergy and laypersons pursuing Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) will now be able to earn credits toward their denominational ordination requirements and/or certification as professional chaplains at The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National...

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Joan Lunden Speaks at Orchard Ridge's Grand Opening Celebration

(WINCHESTER, Va.) The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) commemorated their community-wide Grand Opening Celebration on Monday, June 17 with caregiving and wellness advocate Joan Lunden and approximately 700 guests. Lunden, the longest-running Good Morning America host, New...

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Orchard Ridge Opens Health Center

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR) opened the doors of its on-campus health center—Orchard Woods Health Center, which offers assisted living memory care, nursing care and short-term rehabilitation services. On Tuesday, May 28 the assisted living memory...

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Job Fair at The Village at Orchard Ridge April 25!

Are you looking for a new job? If so stop by The Village at Orchard Ridge's Job Fair on Thursday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Sales Center(320 Westside Station Drive, Winchester). You may either drop off...

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Orchard Ridge Welcomes First Residents

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community (TVOR), in Winchester, Va., welcomed its first residents on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Dr. Hampton and Mrs. Judy Hylton were the very first to move into their cottage at the new community,...

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Follow us on Twitter!

To learn more about what's happening within the National Lutheran Family, follow us on Twitter! @NLCSNews will be tweeting news items, project updates, events and more on behalf of all our retirement communities: The Village at Rockville (formerly the National...

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NLCS in The Virginia Lutheran

NLCS was featured in the Oct. 3 edition of The Virginia Lutheran for its senior ministry taking shape in the Shenandoah Valley. The article highlights the progress The Village at Orchard Ridge--A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., and The...

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Water Booster Station Pumps to Serve as an Alternative to Proposed Water Tank

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Village at Orchard Ridge, A National Lutheran Community, in partnership with Silver Lake, LLC and Frederick County Sanitation Authority (FCSA) is providing a new solution to remedy the ongoing water tank discussion and ensure timely water...

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Rev. George Sims Named Director of Philanthropy at the Village at Orchard Ridge

ROCKVILLE, Md. – National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) named Reverend George Sims as the Director of Philanthropy, focusing specifically on The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community, in Winchester, Va. In this position, Sims will oversee...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Celebrates New Sales Office Grand Opening

Future residents can now experience the community’s residential options for seniorsWINCHESTER, Va.- After months of construction and renovation, The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community, announced the opening of its new sales office at 320 Westside Station...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Receives $82 Million in Bond Financing

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., received its tax-exempt bond financing on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 for approximately $82 million. Following the groundbreaking in May, this is another milestone in...

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The Village at Orchard Ridge Appoints Executive Director John Midolo

(WINCHESTER, Va.) – The Village at Orchard Ridge (TVOR), A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., announced John Midolo as its Executive Director. With an expected opening of this community in 2013, Midolo will actively be involved in its development...

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