Est. 1868 • Celebrating 150 years!
Est. 1868 • Celebrating 150 years!
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It has happened again! Spring has sprung in the DC Metro Area. We are reeling a bit, as some gorgeous warm weather caused our beloved cherry blossoms (and their best friends the forsythia) to reach peak bloom two weeks early. Not since 2003 have the cherry blossoms popped out so early.

Predictions of a deluge of rain followed by high winds caused a mad dash of tourists, photographers, parents with kids in tow, picnickers, and couples hand-in-hand, all eager to catch the glorious spectacle before disaster struck. Luckily, while the rain and wind showed up as predicted, the blossoms weathered the storm quite well. With cooler temps and the peak blossoms holding on, crowds have now returned to the Tidal Basin for another chance to enjoy the pink and white sensations dotting the landscape.

Here at the Home we celebrated another St. Patrick’s Day, and have big plans for an Easter Monday Dinner, complete with a honey-baked ham donated by Heroes, Inc.  Heroes, a DC non-profit organization, was founded in the early 1960’s by Leonard B. “Bud” Doggett to honor a fallen officer. Chairman Emeritus Cherrie Doggett and the Board of Heroes continue Mr. Doggett’s tradition of honoring the fallen, and of providing support for the families of officers and firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty. We are very grateful to be among the benefactors of Heroes’ donations.

The Home recently received another wonderful donation in the form of a grant from The Edes Home Foundation. The grant provides the Home’s Guests with individual funding to purchase much-needed items such as eyeglasses, medical equipment, transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, and dental care. We are grateful to The Edes Foundation Board Members and Chair, Pearlea LaBier, for remembering our Guests in their grants over the years, and for making this year’s grant possible. Edes, now headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland was once a Home similar to The Aged Woman’s Home, housing 18 elderly indigent widowed women on N Street, NW, just a few blocks east of The Aged Woman’s Home. The Colonial Revival style house, known as the Margaret Edes House or the Edes House for Elderly Women, was built in 1907, with funds bequeathed by Margaret Edes (1835–1905.) The Edes Home provided housing for women for over 90 years, and through The Edes Foundation’s grant program, the legacy of Margaret Edes lives on.

Spring in the Washington area always brings beautiful blooms, and the gifts from community organizations to the Home help our Guests to blossom as well. We send a heartfelt thank you to all the Friends of The Aged Woman’s Home of Georgetown.