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Hunters Woods Fellowship House Resident To File Discrimination Complaint, Daughter Says

Fellowship president says there was no prejudice.

The daughter of a Jewish resident of the says she is a filing complaints with the Virginia Department of Housing and Urban Development and Fairfax County Fair Housing after her elderly father was part of a group barred from using a community room for a Rosh Hashanah celebration.

Tatiana Goldovsky told the Washington Examiner that her 86-year-old father, Azik, was not allowed to host a party in the common area, and the incident was not the first of its kind.

The president of Fellowship House says there was no discrimination.

Read further details and here.

El October 14, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Shame on the Fellowship House officials. And good luck to the resident who was refused and will file suit.
Donna Sandin October 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM
I suspect there was something in the agreement signed when the individual became a resident of a Christian-based institution that is being ignored here. Excellent facilities for the aged are in short supply, but it might have been wiser to choose one that is oriented to one's own religious faith. Rather than try to change the system, be grateful that you can afford to have your elderly relative live in a good safe place.
Bridget V. Murphy October 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM
Shame on the Management of the Hunter Woods Fellowship House for refusing a Holocaust Survivor a simple request to use a empty conference room in order to just celebrate the High Holy Day. Everyone should be able to have the freedom to pray no matter what their religion is no matter where the location eg. Catholic Church in Reston that shared space with Synagogue while the temple was being built. I'm not surprised about the lack of compassion by the Fellowship House when they don't even care enough to clean up the unsightly graffiti that has been on their retaining wall for over a whole YEAR! Shame on them!
Private Person October 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Have her file a complaint with the county's human rights commission -- they get results.
Reston Mom October 17, 2011 at 05:20 AM
This is message is for Donna Sandin. The Management of HWFH has a non-discrimination clause on its website: "Management is by Fellowship Square Foundation, Inc.-owner and operator of Hunters Woods Fellowship House, is a not-for-profit corporation whose principal activity is the operation of five Fellowship Houses in metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Rental Policy- It is the policy of Fellowship Square Foundation Inc. and its affiliated organizations not to discriminate at any of its government –assisted facilities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, elderliness, or handicap. The Foundation is committed to full compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations. When available for rent, Fellowship House apartments are marketed in accordance with the individual project Tenant Selection and Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plans." The HWFH is not a "Christian institution" as you said above. It is supposed to be open to members of all religious traditions. The management violated its own policy by discriminating against the Jewish residents.
Laurie Dodd October 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM
Thank you, Reston Mom, for this relevant information. The practices of Fellowship House reported in this article are appalling.
El October 17, 2011 at 01:18 PM
For Donna: You might have researched your comments.

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