Board Members and Staff
I continue to serve because The Aged Woman’s Home of Georgetown presents me with a unique opportunity to be part of a historic institution providing indigent women of the Washington DC Metro area with not only free housing but support, safety, community and dignity for them in their senior years. Working to maintain this unique presence has brought many unexpected benefits, such as seeing our Guests respond to the warmth of an embracing community. Guests have also been able to enjoy new friendships and to reduce their daily level of stress in the peaceful environment at our Home with support from our social workers and Board of Directors. The Home has continued to foster and develop a safe haven for elderly women of all races, creeds, and nationalities to thrive and I am proud to serve that mission.
First Vice President/House Manager
Some of our Guests have had quite remarkable lives, lovely homes, advanced educations, successful careers, but due to unexpected circumstances, they have come to the Home for housing. Some of our other Guests have not been so fortunate and have experienced poverty, eviction, addiction, and abusive relationships. The Home takes Guests from different cultures, religions, backgrounds, and personalities – they all come seeking housing and find peace, happiness, respect, friendship and a home. Perhaps because they have had such difficulties in their own lives, they find they do have a common thread. They seem to form a bond. They come together to share gardening, meals, daily activities, including socializing which has made their lives more tranquil. Many have taken the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteer activities at local hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, churches and the Kennedy Center.
I enjoy visiting with them. Hearing their stories. Sharing their good news. Most of all, I enjoy their happiness.
I learned of The Aged Woman’s Home of Georgetown over a number of years through two of my friends, Board members Patsy Giebel and Donna Ayers, speaking about the many wonderful Guests that the Home is serving, and the beautiful historic home where they live. I had recently retired as the Executive Director of a trade association supporting the nation’s farmers and knew that I wanted to get involved in another organization that also served others. An opportunity to serve women of limited means and proactively work to assist them as they make a new life at the Home really appealed to me, and the more that I have learned has only reinforced my desire to work with this wonderful group. My skillsets seemed to align with a number of the Board’s responsibilities, so, when I was encouraged to submit my name as a nominee for the Board, I jumped at the opportunity.
I joined the Board in November 2019, but the subsequent onset of the novel coronavirus made my ability to get to know the Guests on a personal level impossible. I understand that they are an independent and caring group, and I very much look forward to getting to know them! The Board’s dedication to the mission of the Home (some of them have been on the Board for decades!), and its commitment to providing a safe, dignified, and supportive community to senior women who have fallen on hard times motivated me to be a part of this special place. The Guests have found at The Aged Woman’s Home a warm and reassuring environment with new friends and are supported by an exceptional staff that provides the Guests with the social services that bring even greater meaning to their lives.
Erin received a leadership award from the Soroptimist International Club of America. Outside of the Home, she enjoys traveling, poetry and the great outdoors.