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.
Second Vice President/Admissions
Nancy L. Peterson
I have been a member of the Board of Directors (Board) for the Aged Woman’s Home of Georgetown (Home) since 2017. Karen Hibey, a longtime friend who has served on the Board for many years, asked me to consider serving on the Board. To better understand the Home’s ethos, I was invited to tour the Home, meet some of the residents (Guests), and attend a Board meeting. When I arrived at the Home, a beautiful and elegant historic structure in the heart of Georgetown, I was immediately struck by its magnificence. The Guests that I met were a diverse group of lovely, independent, strong, and resilient women who had unfortunately fallen on hard times and simply could no longer support themselves financially. I found the women on the Board to be passionate about the Home and its mission of providing free and safe housing to women without means—the mission of the Home since its inception after the Civil War. The devotion shown by staff and Board members to the Guests and Home is palpable and inspiring, resulting in a caring and supportive environment for those women fortunate enough to live there. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this very special place.
Erin received a leadership award from the Soroptimist International Club of America. Outside of the Home, she enjoys traveling, poetry and the great outdoors.