A concern for the low and moderate income elderly in need of adequate
housing moved LLF members to sponsor, in 1960, creation of
Foundation, Inc. (FSF), a not-for-profit corporation to implement Federal
housing legislation designated to relieve this need. FSF currently has five
buildings on four campuses as detailed below.
Funding for the first project, the 140-unit
Lake Anne Fellowship House, Reston, Virginia, was obtained in
1969 through diligent efforts of LLF members. Construction began in February
1970, and the first tenants moved in on May 2, 1971. The Rev. Dr. John A.
Scherzer provided imaginative, capable leadership, and the Lake Anne project
has been recognized as an exemplary implementation of the Housing Act by the
Department of Housing and Urban Development. A wing of 100 apartments, plus
facilities for congregate food service and a meeting room to seat 225 persons,
was opened for occupancy on October 15. 1976.
The FSF, jointly with the Virginia Housing Development Authority, began
Hunters Woods Fellowship House in Reston in May 1970. This
facility has 224 apartments plus a crafts room, classroom for continuing
education, food service space, and general meeting room. The first residents
moved in on March 5, 1979. By June 30, all apartments were occupied with a long
waiting list. The project is a part of the central core of Hunters Woods
Village, including shops, public library, and the Community Center.
Lake Ridge Fellowship House, located south of Woodbridge,
Virginia, opened on July 10, 1983, with 100 apartments for low-income elderly
and physically challenged. By September it was fully occupied, with a waiting
Largo Landing Fellowship House opened with 106 units in June
1984. Located in southern Prince George's County, Maryland, this project was a
cooperative effort with the Riverdale Baptist Church. These new apartments were
quickly occupied, with a waiting list.
Also in 1984, the FSF tested a new phase of service, managing Lewisville
Senior Center for Fairfax County's housing authority. This apartment facility
was located on the second floor of a former public school; the first floor had
been converted to a senior center. A decision by the county to do its own
staffing in 1988 brought this test to an end.
Recognizing the need of many older persons for additional support
services beyond those independent living facilities, the FSF started
construction of Tall Oaks Fellowship House in Reston in 1987. After various
construction delays, the first three floors of the facility were opened and
staffed. After completing the structure and finding marketing to achieve full
occupancy difficult, the facility was sold in 1991 to an owner who could
achieve full use of services.
The FSF created a network of corporations during 1988 to facilitate
record keeping necessary for the many different financial arrangements required
under the laws governing federal, state, and local housing authorities.
The Rev. Dr. John A. Scherzer resigned in late 1988 from the presidency
of the FSF. Dr. C. David Hartmann was elected to succeed Dr. Scherzer. Dr.
Hartmann was succeeded in 1993 by Floyd E. Anderson. In 1990 Executive Director
Leo C. Berger resigned. The Rev. David I. Heeter was elected as Executive
Director in 1990. Dr. Heeter resigned his employment with Fellowship Square
Foundation in 2000. He was succeeded in late 2000 by Mr. James Garrett. In 2004
Mr. Floyd E. Anderson was succeeded as president by Dr. C. David Hartmann.
There are between 75 and 90
Corporate Members of FSF that are elected by the LLF
membership; 25-30 each year for a term of 3 years. Their duties include
of Directors of FSF.