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What's NEWS This Summer:
   -  Wexford Manor's Renovation Begins
 -  High School Artist Wins Scholarship
   -  Property 
Management's New Website
   -  Senior Residences in McLean

   -  Workforce: Busy Mom Finds a Job 
   -  Residents Become CPR Certified
   -  Beyond Bingo for Seniors
   -  Summer Camp for Champs

   -  Lynhaven Grand Opening: July 26
$21.6M Renovation Preserves Affordability
This summer, Wexford Manor Apartments will undergo a $21.6M renovation (rendering above) thanks to the financial partnership of Fairfax County, TD Charitable Foundation, Capital One, Hudson Housing Capital, and Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA). The project will result in preserving affordability for 30 years. The work plan includes major upgrades to the exterior and interiors, improvements for energy efficiency and cost reductions, and quality of life enhancements. There will be eight fully accessible units, new parking, and an expanded Community Resource Center and tech lab to deliver more programs for adults and youth.
William Watters and Lynhaven Renovations Complete!
Lynhaven Apartments, Alexandria: With fresh building facades and new interiors, residents are enjoying their upgraded kitchens and baths, new flooring, and new windows this summer. Sustainable materials and new mechanical and plumbing will improve energy efficiency and water conservation.
Grand Opening Ceremony is set for July 26.
William Watters Apartments, Arlington: This Metro-accessible community underwent a total renovation, inside and out, including upgraded kitchens, baths, flooring, and windows. To read a veteran's housing story, click here.
Washington Forrest Foundation Champions Whitefield Commons' Summer Program 
With a grant to cover summer activities that combat Summer Learning Loss, the Foundation is making a huge impact for rising first-grade through rising sixth-grade students.

Reading, Writing, and STEM
Wesley's camp program emphasizes core competencies and experiential learning at all four camp locations, along with a big dose of summer fun! Capital Area REACH, Zen'ith Learning System, Liberty's Promise, Fairfax County, Arlington County, and CADD Microsystems will be partners in learning. Please join Washington Forrest Foundation and other camp partners in helping our children go back to school ready to learn. With your help, they will know they are champions for life! 
Please join Hamel Builders, Inc., and 
Washington Forrest Foundation
in sponsoring a child or a camp.
Resident Services Highlights
Read how Wesley's programs enrich our residents lives through: 
  - Adult education and certification
  - Financial management tools
  - The Housing 
Stability Initiative
  - Job counseling services
  - Year-round programs for children

Learn more at our blog, IMPACT!
Or, visit 
Wesley's youth are using study time to create thoughtful, informative, creative, and often funny blog posts! By researching themes such as Earth Day, Black History Month, and Women in STEM, they have discovered these topics are more than just facts and figures. Posting to a closed intranet blog page, our young bloggers are using internet research and their creative problem-solving  skills to compete for prizes while increasing vocabulary, computer literacy, communication, and healthy curiosity. To read a few of our favorite entries, please visit our new KIDS COLUMN.
Wesley Grad Wins $1000 Scholarship

"I believe that all of this could not have been possible without Lincolnia Community Center."
Former children's art contest winner and now aspiring architect, Akrem Ahmed, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., at HAND's 25th Annual Meeting & Housing Expo. Click photo to read  more.
Wesley Announces Real Estate Appointments
Paul Browne was recently promoted to Wesley Housing's Vice President of Real Estate; Kamilah McAfee is now Director of Real Estate Development; and Byron Johnson was recently hired as Director of Design and Construction. Congratulations!
The Fallstead at Lewinsville Center
The Fallstead at Lewinsville Center in McLean, formerly Lewinsville Senior Residences, is gearing up to break ground late this summer. With recent awards from Fairfax County, the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, and TD Charitable Foundation, this exciting public-private partnership is set to increase affordable, accessible housing for older adults. 
Wesley Housing will manage the project with Hamel Builders, Inc., providing construction services. In an adjacent building, Fairfax County will house an adult day-health facility, senior center, adult respite center, and two privately owned child day-care centers. 
Wesley Property Management Company is live!  WPMC has a new website designed for the convenience of current residents, prospective renters, and management partners. The site features a property search engine and information on WPMC's management services. Residents will be able to connect with the Property Management team through the new Tenant Portal.

Visit us today, and help spread the word:
Busy Mom Finds Work-Life Balance
For Elissa, a mother of young children, finding a job that provides a flexible schedule, a sufficient salary, and is close to home was like hitting the lottery. When she and her husband moved to Whitefield Commons four years ago, they fell in love with their new Arlington neighborhood. The proximity to good schools, shopping, restaurants, and transportation was a dream come true. However, with only a high school education, Elissa felt her career opportunities were limited. The financial burden of pursuing a higher education was daunting
Through the help of the Whitefield Commons Community Resource Center (CRC), Elissa was connected to a Personal Care Aide certification course. The course was free of charge, and she was able to complete it while caring for her young family. She told us, “The staff at Whitefield Commons’ CRC were extremely resourceful in helping me achieve my goals. It is because of them that I was able to find a job where I can earn more, work fewer hours, and still care for my children.” 

Since starting her new job in 2016, Elissa feels empowered, hopeful, and thankful: “The best part is that I’m not far from home. I am so grateful to be a part of the community at Whitefield Commons. It is a blessing to live here.”
Communities Come Together to Save Lives
Wesley residents at Colonial Village and Whitefield Commons got certified to save lives. The Community Resource Centers (CRCs) at both properties offered CPR and First Aid training for all residents free of cost. By obtaining a CPR certification, residents increased their employment opportunities as this prerequisite is now required in the hospitality, education, and public welfare industries, as well as in healthcare professions.
“For me, learning how to keep my baby safe is important," said a new mother at Whitefield Commons. "There is no better feeling than knowing how to save the life of your child.”

Workforce Development: The CPR and First Aid trainings supplement Wesley's job training courses offered at our CRCs. These include computer classes provided by Northern Virginia Community College, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and the services of an employment specialist. 
The staff at our Coppermine properties bring variety to senior residents' lives through an array of enriching activities. Field trips, music therapy, arts and crafts, gentle yoga, and community meals are just a few of the activities that promote happiness and well-being for our residents. Recently, they enjoyed a fun-filled day at the National Zoo, enjoying the walking trails, animals' antics, and company of their neighbors. By moving beyond bingo, our residents can stay busy, healthy, and engaged.
Thought Leadership Tour Features Colonial Village
Leadership Greater Washington's Thought Leadership Series sponsored a bus tour in Arlington County. The tour's theme was "housing stability" and business leaders visited several affordable housing communities including Wesley's Metro-accessible Colonial Village. These events raise awareness of the impact of housing on all industries and the economic development of our region.
Northern Virginia Housing Expo
Wesley Housing exhibited at the 6th Annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo. The event is hosted by the AHOME Foundation in cooperation with Virginia Housing Development Authority and the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun; the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church; and the town of Herndon. Exhibitors provide information on renting, assistance programs, first-time home buying, and mortgages.

2016 HAND Children’s  Art Contest
Congratulations to Taj Shaun from Whitefield Commons! He is a runner-up in the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers' (HAND) 12th Annual Children’s Art Contest. Taj Shaun drew his favorite soccer player for the theme, "Who is Your Trailbalzer?" Thank you, HAND, for supporting our community for 25 years! 
In partnership with Boston Capital, our new playground was recently unveiled. Planned by the residents of Strawbidge Square, the Lincolnia play space will promote physical strength, develop social skills, and foster a sense of community. 
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