Ministries and Opportunities for the Elderly of the Arlington Diocese

Are there any Catholic nursing facilities in Northern Virginia? What opportunities and ministries are available for the elderly in the Arlington Diocese?

When we received this question about care for the elderly, we wanted to share the answer with all of our readers.  There are no Catholic nursing homes in the Diocese of Arlington; however, there are some options in the sorrounding area.  The Little Sisters of the Poor have a home on Harewood Rd. near the Shrine.  There is also Villa Rosa in Mitchellville and Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Hyattsville.  You may find contact information on the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Web site by clicking here. The Diocese of Richmond has several residential adult care centers for the elderly located in Hampton, Lynchburg, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Roanoke and Suffolk.

Group at Saint Martin De Porres Senior Center

As for the second part of the question, through Catholic Charities, there are ministries for the elderly:

  • St. Martin de Porres Senior Center, Alexandria
    The center provides supportive services and resources to people aged 60 and older of all faiths and nationalities.  The program encourages seniors throughout the Diocese to retain their independence and use their talents and experiences through participation in center-based as well as community and parish-based programs. The center also serves as a focal point for information and referral to services throughout our parishes and the community. Call (703) 751-2766 and visit here for more information.
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington invites retirees, semi-retirees and seniors to donate time and talent to serve others.  The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) helps match the individual’s interests and availability with the needs of the community.  Opportunities exist within Catholic Charities and across a wide-range of other non-profit organizations and functions.  Some volunteer options include: teaching English as a second language to immigrants, sustaining those in economic crisis, ministering to the imprisoned, mentoring the unemployed and the financially troubled and much more! Volunteers can serve with what best fits their schedule.  Visit here to explore more volunteer opportunities.

Parishes throughout our diocese, like Blessed Sacrament, Alexandria, and St. Mary of Sorrows, Fairfax, have parish-based ministries that cater to the elderly. These ministries aid in spiritual growth and create fellowship. For more information on parish-based ministries for the elderly near you, contact your local church by using the “Locator.”

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