The Junior League of Washington recently presented grant funding to support the purchase of a new refrigerator as Langley Residential Support Services works to fill some critical funding gaps to carry out repairs and major systems replacements at one of its five group homes serving adults with developmental disabilities in Fairfax County.
The current effort seeks $15,000 for a variety of projects – from repairing/replacing plumbing valves to installing a new water heater – to ensure that the residents live in secure, comfortable environments.
“Having a reliable, fully functioning home for our residents and staff is paramount,” Maureen Gum, LRSS’s executive director, said. “When we found out that one of our refrigerators was about to go out, Junior League of Washington sprang into action through the Community Fund grant program. We are so thankful they are coming to our rescue.”
The refrigerator at one of the group homes was showing its age, with many components no longer working. The grant builds on a $1,000 award to Langley Residential to replace a failed cooking unit at a different group home before the holidays in December 2021.
“Carrying out these types of repairs also restores the pride that our residents and staff feel about living and working in a home that is well cared for,” Gum added.
Junior League of Washington has been a longtime partner of Langley Residential’s, dating back to raising funds for the purchase of LRSS’ first group home in the mid-1980s. For more than 25 years, Junior League members have hosted a weekly bookclub for residents and program participants to focus on improving literacy and life skills. Some 30 volunteers are involved in the program.
“While we are deeply committed to Junior League’s core value of literacy, our connection to each person at Langley Residential goes beyond our weekly gatherings,” said Amanda Walke, the 2021-22 president of Junior League of Washington. “The opportunity to give back in this way shows how much we want our LRSS friends to thrive and live rich, full lives just like everyone else.”
For information on Langley Residential Support Services, see the Website at lrss.org. For information on the Junior League of Washington, see the Website at www.jlw.org.