Affordable Housing Advocate in Northern Virginia Honored by AHOME

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Westminster Ingleside Retirement Communities Sponsors Award Reception

Washington, DC, May 7, 2013—Jerry Hopkins, a longtime affordable housing advocate for older adults and other residents in Northern Virginia, is being inducted into AHOME’S (Affordable Housing Opportunity Means Everyone) Housing Hall of Fame on May 8 during a fundraising reception at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center in Arlington, VA.

Hopkins started his advocacy efforts in 1972 as Executive Director of Community Ministry of Fairfax County when a colleague told him about the need for affordable housing in the area.

“Zoning laws at the time were working against having affordable housing,” says Hopkins, who in 1979 received the Fairfax County Citizen of the Year and Fairfax County Human Rights awards. “I’d always been interested in housing from a personal standpoint so the issue captured me. It’s a basic need to have a decent place to live.”

An ordained Presbyterian minister, Hopkins was instrumental in opening The Lewinsville in 1980, an affordable living facility for older adults started by the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA.

Hopkins currently serves on four Boards of Directors for Westminster Ingleside Retirement Communities, including the boards of its three continuing care retirement communities: Ingleside at Rock Creek, Westminster at Lake Ridge, and Ingleside at King Farm.

“Affordable housing for older adults is his passion and we are so grateful for his service on our boards,” says Lynn O’Connor, President and CEO at Westminster Ingleside Retirement Communities, a lead sponsor of the reception along with Capital One Bank and Virginia Housing Development Authority. “We wanted to give back to the affordable housing community the same way Jerry has given so much to them over the years.”

Since its founding in 1906, Westminster Ingleside Communities have been dedicated to serving in the spirit of its Presbyterian roots. Today, it continues to serve in that same spirit to older adults of all faiths and backgrounds. Its mission is to excel in providing distinctive and sustainable residential settings where active seniors live in vibrant, caring, and spiritually-rich communities, and where people can rely on continuing wellness and healthcare services for themselves and their neighbors.

In 2012, Westminster Ingleside Communities contributed $2.4 million in charitable contributions to the people and organizations it serves, according to its 2012 Social Accountability Report.

For more information on the Westminster Ingleside Communities, visit http://www.wifoundation.com.

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