Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation

Senior living where quality meets affordability

aka Culpepper Garden   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.culpeppergarden.org

Mission

Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation is the nonprofit owner of Culpepper Garden in Arlington, VA. Our mission is to provide and advocate for high-quality, affordable housing, services and programs that allow lower-income older adults to thrive.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms Marta Hill Gray

Main address

4435 N. Pershing Drive

Arlington, VA 22203 USA

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EIN

54-1681671

NTEE code info

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a critical shortage of affordable housing for people over age 62 on a modest, fixed income in Arlington, VA. Without Culpepper Garden, many could not afford to remain in our community. Close to Washington, DC with ready access to transportation, it is a very desirable place to live and one of the most expensive. Coupled with a severe affordable housing shortage, our growing population of low income seniors have few options. And, as they age and need additional services to assist with daily living, remaining in their homes may not be an option. Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (ARHC), the nonprofit founded 50 years ago with the help of the Universalist Unitarian Church, responded to the critical need for affordable housing for the increasing senior population in our community by building 340 apartments known as Culpepper Garden that provide affordable housing and assisted living in a thriving community with services and programs to increase health and well-being.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Culpepper Garden Independent Living

ARHC provides 267 independent living apartments that are affordable to people over age 62 who are low and very low-income. ARHC provides volunteer driven programs and services to build community and encourage wellness.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

ARHC provides 73 apartments for people over age 62 who are low and very low income and provides assisted living services so that they may age in place

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Volunteer Management encourages volunteer support to increase community participation and provide programs that encourage health and wellness to Culpepper Garden's residents.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Culpepper Garden Assisted Living

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Grants support assisted living residents who can no longer afford the cost of care. As a result, no resident has ever had to leave assisted living because the they could not afford it.

Number of volunteers providing resident programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All resident programs and activities are provided through volunteer-led programs that enrich daily living in this senior affordable and assisted living community.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation's (ARHC) mission is to provide and advocate for high-quality, affordable housing, services and programs that allow lower-income older persons to thrive. Our goal is to provide award-winning, quality, service-rich housing for older persons who have an annual income of 20% to 50% of the area median income or $15,220 -$42,500. We accomplish our mission (1) by providing 267 affordable independent and 73 affordable assisted living apartments for people over age 62 with low to extremely low incomes; (2) by providing financial subsidy averaging $17,000 to the 43% of assisted living residents in need so that no resident will ever leave our assisted living because they could no longer afford it, and (3) by providing partner and volunteer-led activities to improve health and wellness for all residents.

Culpepper Garden is a model for senior housing – it is affordable, safe, close to shopping and transportation and located in the heart of Arlington on 4+ landscaped, wooded acres. In addition to housing, Culpepper Garden offers top quality amenities and services including nutritious meals prepared onsite, wellness clinic, computers available 24/7 for resident use, hair salon, library, access to transportation and a variety shop. Our caring staff, engaged residents and many volunteers offer social and recreational programs, including art, performances, games and exercise, to strengthen our community – in both independent and assisted living -- and encourage socialization and wellness. We provide financial assistance to our assisted living residents who have outlived their assets and need financial support to age in place in our caring community. In response to our recent resident needs assessment, our partner and volunteer-led programs aim to reduce social isolation and improve health and wellness.

Our vision is that all older persons in Arlington will have access to affordable housing and services that foster autonomy, dignity and well-being. We will accomplish this by offering the highest quality services and advocating on behalf of our lowest income, most frail seniors.

ARHC's Board of Directors adopted a Strategic Plan in 2017 that will continue to define our goals and objectives for the next 3 years. The goals include: Evaluating and strengthening relationships with key partners and stakeholders; conducting a needs assessment to evaluate and serve the needs of our residents and introducing new programs and activities to improve well-being; assessing our capital needs and benchmarking our services to increasing recognition for Culpepper Garden's unique role in the community quantify our community as an industry leader in senior housing and assisted living; assuring long term financial sustainability for current needs and future growth. The Strategic Plan and accompanying work plan is providing further detail, define tactics, measurable outcomes and timelines. The Strategic Plan will strengthen core nonprofit capabilities that will lead to financial sustainability and growth, increased community recognition, improved fundraising potential and underscore our leadership role in senior affordable housing.

A primary goal is to assure the long-term quality of our physical property assets so that we will continue to serve the needs of the growing, low income senior population in our community. We are mid-way through a top-to-bottom renovation of the first 204 apartments built in 1975 replacing systems, finishes and all public spaces. . Completing this necessary renovation in mid-2020 will assure a quality, safe, modern, accessible and affordable
community ready to meet the needs of low to extremely low income people over age 62 for the next 40+ years.

We are embarking on a major fundraising campaign to assure we can meet the growing need for financial subsidy among our assisted living residents. As the 62+ population increases and people live longer, their assets are not able to cover assisted living costs. Culpepper Garden assisted living, although less than half the cost of a typical assisted living community in the area, is still out of reach for a growing number of our residents and older people in our community. Increased fundraising will assure that we can continue to meet the need of our aging population in the future.

ARHC and Culpepper Garden strive for excellence through continued improvement and together share core values of compassion, partnership, empowerment, enrichment and stewardship. Our 13-member Board of Directors meets monthly and all are actively engaged through committees and working groups. Together they contribute considerable expertise regarding senior legal issues, real estate development, property management, financial and asset management, communication and fundraising. They are “force multipliers." ARHC hired its first full-time executive director in 2015. ARHC Executive Director's core competencies include thirty years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience, most recently for a nonprofit affordable housing developer.
In 2004 ARHC hired Coordinated Services Management (CSM), a well-regarded, highly experienced management company with particular expertise in affordable housing for seniors in both independent and assisted living. Under CSM's leadership Culpepper Garden has strengthened its operations, balance sheet and has consistently received the highest ratings on local, state and federal licensing and inspections. This relationship has resulted in improved quality and services for our residents.
In Fall 2017, ARHC will begin to renovate the 204 original apartments at Culpepper Garden that were built in 1975. ARHC selected the award-winning Wesley Housing Development Corp. (WHDC) as our development partners to lead us through this complicated construction process, financing and onsite relocation process. With their guidance, the renovation will substantially upgrade the property and we will be able to continue to serve the very lowest income seniors in both independent and assisted living so that residents can age in place with dignity.
ARHC and Culpepper Garden rely on partnerships who help us to realize our goals. We were founded through the leadership of the Unitarian Universalist Church and today receive substantial financial and volunteer support from the faith-based community. Our partnership with Arlington County involves programs and services that benefit our residents as well as financial support to assist those assisted living residents who can no longer afford their cost of care. We partner with the business community, residents, scout troops, schools and neighbors on volunteer opportunities and in our fundraising. These successful partnerships have helped Culpepper Garden increase visibility in the community, expand volunteer-driven programming and strengthen our fundraising/development.

ARHC has made considerable progress as a result of successfully executing our earlier strategic plan adopted in 2008. ARHC and Culpepper Garden attained financial stability, hired and has established a strong relationship with property management and hired its first full-time executive director. In 2018, we began a major renovation of our oldest 204 apartments in late 2017. In July 2017, the Board adopted a new strategic plan that defines future goals in governance, communication, fundraising volunteer management and finance and asset management that we will use to chart future progress for the next 3-5 years. In May 2019 we were invited to participate in the year-long Sustainability Challenge sponsored by the Virginia Community Development Corporation. In July 2019 we were also approved for funding by Arlington County for a two-year $100,000 grant to improve digital equity among our residents. In 2019-2020 we will embark on the Sustainability Challenge to improve capacity including launching major fundraising, communication and outreach to provide greater support for residents most in need.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback collected from our resident needs survey, we identified a need for more programs for our Spanish speaking clients. Due to language barriers, they had less participation in our volunteer-led programs and activities. As a result, we focus on recruiting more Spanish speaking volunteers and offer more programs in Spanish.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation

Board of directors
as of 04/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. M. Susan Philp

Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville

Term: 2016 - 2019


Board co-chair

Ms. Jeanne Broyhill

Retired, Freddie Mac

Term: 2017 - 2020

Barbara Green

(self-employed)

Timothy Aldinger

United Bank

Kenneth Aughenbaugh

Retired, Arlington County

Micheline Castan-Smith

Paradigm Companies

Barbara Favola

Virginia State Senate

J. Kenneth Marshall, MD

Peter Kant

Synapse Technology

Doug Kelley

TruAmerica Multifamily, LLC

Cynthia Stevens

Retired, Arlington County

Travis Washington

Google

Kamili Wilson

AARP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/24/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.