The Village has a home!
Our first home is a spacious light-filled office on the lower level of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2430 K Street NW, Washington DC. It’s a big step from operating out of members’ homes and borrowed meeting places.
We’re decorating now, but you can join other Villagers in celebrating our new office at an Open House on May 10th from 2 to 4:30 PM.
C.B. Wooldridge, a member of the Village Board who is active at the church, came up with the idea. He noticed that the old youth room was vacant and approached the Vestry, the lay leadership of St.Paul’s, about asking the Village to use the space.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on K Street, an urban Anglo-Catholic Parish, was founded in 1866 when Foggy Bottom was still considered a suburb of the Capital. The church has a long history of service in the community.
“There’s a benefit to the church – this is a community partnership that enables St. Paul’s to actively support the concept of aging in place,” said Wooldridge. “It also raises the visibility of the Parish in the life of the community.”
With the financial assistance of Planned Unit Development money from George Washington University, FBWEV will be able to refurbish, furnish, and set up the office space so that the Village can more easily serve members and volunteers.
Gifts of furniture were from Bob McDonald, the law firm of D.L.A. Piper; and the Capital Food Bank. Mike Drees, facilities manager at the Ritz-Carlton built and painted our conference tables, and Sally Von Summer contributed her decorating expertise. All of this helped keep decorating costs low.
For FBWE Village, having an office makes the organization seem more “real and tangible,” says Executive Director, Bob McDonald.
“Our constituents like having a real place to be,” says President Susan Haight. “We are not all virtual people, so it’s important for us to have a permanent home and the Village at 2430 K St. is now ours.”
McDonald expects that the office will be open three days a week for about four hours from 10 am to 2 pm on two days and from 3 to 7 pm on a third day to accommodate working members and volunteers. Volunteers will staff the office during open hours, taking care of administrative tasks as well as greeting visitors.
The office is large enough to house Board and Committee meetings and smaller program events. As an additional benefit, the Village will also be able to use other church meeting rooms when available.
To get to the office, use the K Street entrance to the Parish Hall. Use the key pad by the door to call the office for entry (phone number will be on a posted list by the key pad). For regular access, take stairs to the lower level. For handicapped access, take the ground floor elevator to the mezzanine level, then follow the signs to a second elevator to the lower level.