This week the Shepherd Park Citizens Association gives a big shoutout to the East Rock Creek Village, an aging-in-place organization belonging to a network of groups helping seniors continue to live independently in their neighborhoods.
Having lost its executive director earlier this summer, the group now functions as an all-volunteer organization with a board chaired by Gloria Sulton and with day-to-day operations overseen by volunteers Debbie Thomas, Nancy Foster, Susan Davis and Susan Learmonth. Located at 7838 Eastern Ave. NW, Suite D, the organization serves the needs of residents ages 50 and older who live in the D.C. communities of Shepherd Park, Brightwood, Colonial Village, Manor Park, North Portal Estates and Takoma.
The group provides services such as transportation and help with small household tasks, as well as social and educational activities. There are full-household and individual memberships, and social memberships for those who just want to attend the activities. A newly approved basic social membership is now available at $200 per year.
One of the liveliest activities is the chair yoga class, which meets every Friday at 3 p.m. and accommodates all skill levels.
Peter Kramer, a member of the board and a guide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, led a tour this past week, and a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture is planned for the near future. A monthly movie has become quite popular. The August selection will be “A United Kingdom,” the story of the last king and first president of Botswana.
The group’s Swing Into Spring Party in early June was held at the Washington Ethical Society, where Colbert King served as emcee and joined his wife Gwendolyn as new members. Advisory neighborhood commissioner Stacey Lincoln and Ward 4 D.C. Council member Brandon Todd not only attended but helped with setup and cleanup.
Shepherd Park and its adjoining communities have a large senior population that is fortunate to have this group in our neighborhood. Get involved by calling the office at 202-656-7322.
— June Confer