Throughout COVID-19, Greenspring Executive Director Chandra Kumar addresses residents every Tuesday and Thursday on GSV-TV’s call-in update show.

Honored with 33 International Telly Awards over the last 16 years, Greenspring’s in-house cable television station GSV-TV, Channel 1960, provides community members up-to-date news and outstanding original programming. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year, the television station has served as the primary source of important, time-sensitive news for residents.

Greenspring student employees pause for a smile before they personally deliver community member meals during the COVID-19 shelter-at-home directive.

Greenspring, an Erickson Living-managed community in Springfield, Va., employs numerous high school and college students, most as members of the dining services team serving as servers in the community’s five restaurants. 

Personal Moving Consultant Lauren Askey and preferred real estate agent David Billups are the perfect team when it comes to selling a house and moving to Greenspring.

Despite the changes resulting from COVID-19, people throughout the country are continuing to search for and purchase their next home. According to the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR), “the number of properties going under contract and closing have essentially tracked with the usual seasonal patterns.”

The “We Can” sign, created by staff member David Dodson, demonstrates the special bond between community members and staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greenspring staff goes above and beyond amid COVID-19

“Across our family of communities, residents and staff are taking extraordinary steps to protect the health and safety of our loved ones, friends, neighbors, and caregivers,” says Erickson Living CEO R. Alan Butler, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several Greenspring staff members showed off their various cultures at last year’s diversity expo, standing here in front of a rainbow balloon arch.

Mhatma Gandhi once remarked that “our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”

(From left) Roy O’Connor, Greenspring Executive Director Chandra Kumar, Betty Griffin, and Clint Lambert do the honors in front of residents and staff who gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the grand reopening of the Potomac Café earlier this year.

Recently ranked number one for dining across all Erickson Living-managed communities, the dining services staff at Greenspring dedicate themselves daily to serving delicious and healthy meal options at the community’s five on-site restaurants, with the sixth venue, Cork and For

Dan Ancona (left) works with Greenspring staff member Son Nguyen to collect contributions to the community’s resident-inspired plastic bag recycling program.

April 22, 2020, will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. According to the website, earthday.org, “The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge—but also the vast opportunities—of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.”

At Greenspring, Leonard Kalkwarf smiles in yellow NVSO t-shirt from the comfort of his home.

There is little that Leonard Kalkwarf doesn’t do. An ordained minister, Leonard is an accomplished author, a history buff, and a public speaker. He is also a tremendous athlete. At the most recent Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO), he won ten gold and three silver medals in a variety of events, including track and field, bowling, horseshoes, and rowing. 

Entertainment roundtable members Norma Hughes and Roger Thompson work diligently throughout the year bringing live, high-quality entertainment to their neighbors at Greenspring.

According to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University, “There are few things that stimulate the brain the way music does.” The study reports that listening to music will keep the brain engaged throughout the aging process; reduce anxiety and blood pressure; and improve sleep quality, mood, and memory.