Update: Community Answers Call for Help

Dozens of people deliver food and water to elderly residents at Reston's Lake Anne Fellowship House.

Sunday afternoon, a group of elderly residents at were frustrated after nearly two days with no power or air conditioning and little food and water.

At 4:30, asking the community for help. By 6 p.m. there were three tables overflowing with food - and more on the way.

The community turned out quickly, bringing cases of water, cooked chickens, loaves of bread, pizzas, cut watermelons, cookies, juices and more to the Fellowship House residents.

The power has been out at Fellowship House since 10:40 p.m. on Friday,

Jana Broughton is executive director of Fellowship Square, which operates the independent living facilities for low-income seniors - many of whom are also disabled - at Lake Anne and Hunters Woods in Reston.

She says emergency checks were put in place shortly after the storm and all residents were accounted for. The facility routinely goes over emergency prep with residents, such as advising them to always keep three days of nonperishables on hand and a list of medications nearby.

About 100 of the 150 residents, especially those with medical needs, left with family members on Saturday, Broughton said. Adding to the confusion: the phone system is down and Fairfax County's 911 system was out of service for part of the day Saturday.

"I think that is one of the things that scared people the most," said Broughton.

Broughton says she is also seeking assistance from the American Red Cross and the county.

Lake Anne residents are welcome to cool off at Hunters Woods Fellowship House. Broughton said she is trying to arrange cots and bedding so Lake Anne residents could stay there in a common room if they desire. She is also hoping to have van transportation between the two by tomorrow.

Broughton says she is pleased with the community support of food and water Sunday. If the community wants to offer additional help, here is what they will need:

* Residents would love hot coffee and breakfast Monday morning.

* Want to deliver more food? Bring non-perishable protein snacks such as nuts, string cheese and fruit. Foods lower in salt are best. Meals will also be welcome. People can contact Broughton if they want to coordinate. She can be reached at 703-895-2638 or at jbroughton@fellowshipsquare.org

* Residents can use rides to Hunters Woods Fellowship House or other cooling centers, as well as rides should they need to refill medication. If you can drive, please stop by Lake Anne Fellowship House at 11405 North Shore Dr. Broughton and additional staffers will be on site on Monday.

* Flashlights and batteries would be useful.

* The Fellowship House will still have needs when the power returns. Residents could use help clearning spoiled food out of refrigerators and transporting the garbage to dumpsters. This will likely have to wait until the power returns in case residents want to file a claim with their renter's insurance. Contact Broughton if you would like to help.

Note: The is also out of power and can use water and ice donations. food pantry will also be assisting Fellowship House and can always use donations of non-perishables.

BBurns July 02, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Can't find the Facebook page, but just talked to Jana who is requesting the following: fresh fruit like apples and bananas string cheese cleaning supplies: garbage bags, rubber gloves, sponges, chlorox wipes or spray - *no bleach that has to be diluted since there could be accidents* For dinner, people who would like to bring a hot meal could buy something like Stouffers Lasagna to heat up at home and bring in, or something from a restaurant. (Please don't cook anything from scratch in your own kitchen.) Consider the vegetarians, and please no pork.
Karen Goff July 02, 2012 at 02:49 PM
the 150 number in my article came from the director, so I trust her number. MOST have left the building. About 50 remain.
Faye Codding July 02, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Thanks to everyone for their help! Lunch is covered with staff providing a barbecue. We will donations for dinner. We suggest high protein meals and will need some vegetarian selections as well. Check out our Facebook page for more suggestions.
cheryl carrier July 02, 2012 at 02:58 PM
It might be worth a try to visit some fast food restaurants and bring heavy duty trash bags to beg for some ice cubes. Other restaurants with power should be opening soon for lunch. Just a thought.
Darline Rowe July 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Elden Streeet Giant has ice. I will bring several bags at lunchtime.
Lisa Berretta July 02, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I've been following the posts and just dropped off salad and ice. The room with the food is nicely organized, relatively cool given the heat outside already, and the residents, volunteers, and staff are all grateful for the help from the community. In addition to cleaning supplies, they will also like to have grocery store gift cards for after the power comes on so the residents can replace the food they had to throw out.
Faye Codding July 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM
For our Facebook page go to our web site at www.fellowshipsquare.org and click on our Facebook link at the bottom of the home page. Or paste this link into your browser: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fellowship-Square/226154672705
Louis Matsikas July 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Thanks to all for their donation I brought over vegetarian salads for lunch today and saw Jana and her staff working filling entry with very little sleep. Tomorrow I will be bringing an Italian Lunch. The residents seemed very calm and the staff were working very hard to accommodate them. Please, armchair quarterbacks, put your donations out there. This facility is a blessing for Reston
Jen Towns July 02, 2012 at 05:56 PM
We would like to bring food at dinnertime, please advise of the current status of needs. Thank you all.
Jeffrey H. Gates July 02, 2012 at 06:09 PM
The outpour of time and donations form the community has been unbelievable. I don't mean to be callous or skeptical, at this time, however, but the credit must go to the volunteers. The employees are finally at work, because it is Monday and they are getting paid a salary to do a job. None of them contributed anything over the weekend, and only showed up when one of the directors showed and after the Patch made a stink of the situation. So while the facility is a blessing for Reston, we need to give them people working there and with the foundation that care about the facility. So thanks volunteers, thank you very much. And thanks to employees for finally doing the job that you were hired to do in the first place. It's about time.
jana broughton July 02, 2012 at 07:08 PM
We currently have spaghetti, and a few macaroni and cheese dishes coming for dinner. We could use rice and beans(red beans and rice no meat), and vegetarian lasagnas. We fed about 60 people lunch today a heavy protein lunch, so lighter fare will be good. We will need ice this evening as well if u can locate it, about 8 bags would be great. Thank you again to the support from the community. Residents are all hydrating well. No estimates on power yet. But hopeful.
cheryl carrier July 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I'm planning on bringing a cold tuna macroni salad and potato salad (both on ice). Also bringing snack crackers.
BBurns July 02, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Gift cards to grocery stores will be needed. Fellowship House is a low income buiding, and some residents won't have extra funds to replace food that spoiled. We're bringing two travelers boxes of coffee tomorrow a.m., and Jana is bringing tea again, and has set aside breakfast bars that were donated today. Today's lunch cookout looked terrific.
Pat Hynes July 03, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Stopped by tonight at 8 with granola bars and a case of lemonade. Still no power and still need ice.
Cherie Lejeune July 03, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Monday July 2 The continuing response to the residents at Lake Anne was memorable. Individuals, and families many with kids in tow came in a steady stream with food, water and the requested cleaning supplies, all day. Beth Burns even got Kona Ice to come from Manassas and the owner gave away free snow cones. The remaining tenants who did not go with their relatives, saw how many people reached out to them. Early anxiety gave way to lots of smiles and laughter throughout the day. They relaxed and enjoyed the dining room which had nonstop water and food and was coolish for most of the day. Many by choice returned to their units but took ice and water. Staff made sure that those unable to come down were checked on and had adequate water and were offered food too. I came early in the morning to see what I could do and ended up spending 9 hours doing a little bit of everything. Lessons re communications were learned for sure, but I know nobody was abandoned. This is not assisted living or a nursing home and the tenants are culturally diverse, older with health issues, so challenges, absolutely. And phone communications tough even for us smart phone users, due to the power loss. But again, biggest joy was that the community response again and more of it. It was hot sure, but cool night air moved in and everyone was prepared to cope. They know that food and support will be available again tuesday and, how ever long the outage lasts. Total rewarding day..thank you all around!
BBurns July 03, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Power's back on! My husband just called after dropping of coffee. Gift cards are needed from Giant, especially, so residents can shop for groceries that had to be thrown out.
Faye Codding July 03, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Power is back on!!! We are grateful to Supervisor Sharon Bulova for her advocacy with Dominion on behalf of our residents. We will still need to serve meals today as residents clean out their refrigerators. We are set for lunch but will need donations for dinner. We are suggesting pizza- particularly vegetarian pizza (cheese or just vegetables). We are also asking for cleaning supplies and grocery cards to help restock the refrigerator. We need: Clorox Spray or Wipes Paper Towels Disposable Gloves Rags Tote bags to bundle supplies and give to residents Thanks to everyone who has helped us through this crisis- we can't thank you enough!
Faye Codding July 03, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Also- for those of you who let us borrow your cooler- we have cleaned and left them by the front desk. Please pick them up at your convenience.
Darline Rowe July 03, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Who is collecting the gift cards? Is there someone at Fellowship House that will be distributing them to the residents?
Faye Codding July 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Gift cards can be given to the House Administrator Louneta Beckles., or left at the front desk for her. She is distributing them to the residents whom we know need this kind of help.
BBurns July 04, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Beverly Bugos just posted on the "Power is Returned to Reston Town Center" the following: Beverly Bugos 11:44 am on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 Lake Anne Fellowship House is currently without A/C and elevators, and about half the electrical sockets and overhead lights don't work. A transformer blew this morning throwing us into the heat again. Not all of us have power for refrigerator. We just started cleaning them out and restocking them. Not all of us shop at Giant. I know I don't and neither do some friends of mine. Encouragement of Dominion to give this problem priority might help.
BBurns July 04, 2012 at 04:31 PM
My husband is up there now. An electric crew is already working on the problem and has a trailer with some heavy equipment. Jana (executive director) is there and there is partial AC. Channel 9 is there again too!
BBurns July 04, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Apparently about 1/2 the building has AC; half has power to refrigerators, and Dominion is working on replacing the tri-something-or-other transformer.
jana broughton July 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Dominion is replacing lines to the building. We need triphase electric to run the entire building. My husband and I just took the crew water and ice and were able to get an estimate of time for later today. It appears that poles, cross bars, and all parts attached need to be replaced. The crews are working along baron cameron. The staff of lake anne are on site. We will patiently wait for the crews to finish their work and restore our power on a more permanent basis.
BBurns July 04, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I don't think anyone answered your question, Reston Mom, about why there's no back-up generator at Fellowship House, and that Leisure World has one for their high rises. Leisure World is an active adult +55 condo community with units that may range from about $300K to $500K (in Leesburg; less in Silver Spring) and generate income from condo fees. They have a golf course, hair salon and other amenities. It's a profit making corporation. Fellowship House is a HUD-funded low-income apartment building that loses money every month. It would be great if somehow we could raise funds for a generator. I wonder what the cost is for an entire building - it has to be huge - plus you have to have fuel. (I think one of the Reston Town Center apartments has a generator but were running out of fuel.)
Nisa July 04, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Lake Anne Fellowship House's power is completely out again (which includes ALL elevators). ***Please tweet/email/call Dominion and tell them this is a safety hazard for the elderly and disabled, especially the ones who cannot walk up and down the stairs, and it needs to be taken care of NOW.
BBurns July 05, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Nisa - and anyone - my understanding is that Dominion has been working on the outage since this morning. They'd been on Baron Cameron moving toward Fellowship House and behind Fellowship House so may not have not been visible to the residents. They left to grab some food but will be back. They are replacing line rather than doing another temporary fix that could go out again. Jana returned this morning when she heard about the outage, was there all day, and left a little while ago - she will return when the social worker's shift is over if power isn't back. Two other staff members are currently on site. Mae, the social worker, is there checking everyone in their units, handing out popsicles and reassuring people. There has been AC downstairs and in 50-65% of the units today, and many or most lights are on, some refrigerators, some stoves, all (?) tvs. The issue is the elevators. The county and fire department knows about the elevators and can get someone down if needed. David (husband) went there to check on the status, called me, and I talked to Jana twice as well.
BBurns July 05, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Update: David reports 4 Dominion trucks just returned - pulled up with a backhoe. All electricity was not out today. You could see many lights from the parking lot. See earlier post.
Bert Katz July 05, 2012 at 12:37 AM
My wife Gina spoke with one of the Dominion supervisors, and they said they will stay with the job for as long as it takes to get everything up and running.
jana broughton July 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Power is back on, everything is functional at lake anne fellowship house. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to Dominion and the crew who worked all day yesterday to get the building operational. Also thank you to the community who has been so supportive of the residents in this emergency. Fellowship Square, will be working with residents next week on emergency preparedness plans for future awareness. We all hope that our neighbors and staff around the area get their power back soon. This storm was a very large magnitude event and the damage incredibly wide spread. We will continue to pray for their comfort and safety, and for the good people of Reston who answered a call of need.


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