Junior League lends hand to boost group home

The Junior League of Washington recently made available grants 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 system refreshes at one of its five group homes housing adults with developmental disabilities Fairfax County.

The current effort is targeting $15,000 for a variety of projects – from repairing/replacing plumbing valves to installing a new water heater – to ensure residents live in safe and comfortable environments.

“Having a reliable, fully functional home for our residents and staff is of the utmost importance,” said Maureen Gum, Managing Director of LRSS. “When we learned that one of our refrigerators was about to fail, the Junior League of Washington took action through the Community Fund grant program. We are so thankful that they come to our rescue.”

The refrigerator in one of the group homes was showing its age, and many components no longer worked. The grant builds on a $1,000 grant to Langley Residential to replace a failed cooking unit at another group home ahead of the December 2021 holidays.

“Performing these types of repairs also restores the pride that our residents and employees feel about living and working in a well-maintained home,” added Gum.

The Junior League of Washington is a longtime partner of Langley Residential, which raised funds to purchase LRSS’s first group home in the mid-1980s. For more than 25 years, Junior League members have hosted a weekly book club for residents and program participants to focus on improving literacy and life skills. About 30 volunteers are involved in the program.

“While we are deeply committed to the core value of Junior League literacy, our connection to every person at Langley Residential extends beyond our weekly meetings,” said Amanda Walke, President of the Junior League of Washington 2021-22. “Being able to give back in this way shows how much we want our LRSS friends to thrive and live rich, fulfilling lives just like everyone else.”

For information on Langley Residential Support Services, visit the website at lrss.org. For information about the Junior League of Washington, visit their website at www.jlw.org.

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