Please join us for an examination of possible solutions to the looming displacement of elderly, disabled and indigent residents of The Washington Home in NW DC due to a purchase of the property by the Sidwell Friends School.
(Program and Presenter Bios at bottom)
Displacement was not the only solution. And it still is not. Our aim is to bring stakeholders to the table and have a conversation about potential solutions that can achieve the goals of all sides.
Participants at this roundtable will include a resident of The Washington Home, family members of other residents, Sidwell alumni, tenants’ rights advocates, medical professionals, elected officials, and students and professors from the UDC Clarke School of Law Housing and Consumer Legal Clinic.
There is a movement growing around intergenerational communities and what they might look like. One exciting possibility for avoiding full displacement of The Washington Home’s residents is depicted in the link, below, to a short trailer for a film, Present Perfect, which shows the Intergenerational Learning Center in Seattle Washington where for 25 years young children have been schooled on a nursing home site. The school and the film have been the subject of a recent Ted Talk and much press, including on the Today Show. The Director of ILC, Marie Hoover, will join us for this conversation to share what she, ILC, the students and parents have all learned over decades about intergenerational communities and how they can benefit both the seniors and the students. See http://www.presentperfectfilm.com and also see The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/01/the-preschool-inside-a-nursing-home/424827/
The residents at The Washington Home need us to come together on this vital issue for them and all seniors in the District. Please join us at the table.
Tuesday, April 19
Moot Court Room 518
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Jessica Galvan, Student Attorney, UDC Housing Clinic
Professor Norrinda Brown Hayat, Director, UDC Housing Clinic
6:45 Part 1: The Residents of the Washington Home Need Our Help
Thoughts From Inside The Washington Home
Mary Mason and Ivan Mayfield, Chairs of The Washington Home Family Council
Relocation Trauma is a Reality
Tracey Green Mintz, MA, LCSW
The Need for Affordable Housing for the Elderly in the District
Jim McGrath, TENAC
7:15 Part II: What Can We Do to Help?
Is An Intergenerational Approach the Answer?
Screening: Evan Briggs’ Present Perfect
Lesson From Inside Providence Mount St. Vincent Intergenerational Learning Center in Seattle, Washington
Marie Hoover, ILC Director
UDC’s Action Plan
Professor Adrian Gottshall, UDC’s Housing Clinic
8:00 Open Discussion
8:30 Concluding Remarks
Michael Wakefield, Student Attorney, UDC Housing Clinic
Mary Mason is the daughter of two Washington Home residents. Her mother currently lives there, and her father passed away there three years ago. Mary is co-chair of the Washington Home’s Family Council and she has been a D.C. Resident since 1988.
Ivan Mayfield is the co-chair of the Washington Home’s Family Council. Her 82-year-old mom has been a resident of The Washington Home since 2009.
As co-chairs, Mary and Ivan have spoken in numerous venues about their concerns over the closure of The Washington Home. Most recently, they both spoke before the Department of Health at its Performance Oversight Hearing on February 19, 2016, to advocate for the residents.
Jim McGrath is the co-founder and chair of D.C. Tenant’s Advocacy Coalition (TENAC). TENAC is a non-profit, public service organization dedicated exclusively to tenant interests, tenant rights, and support for rent control in the District of Columbia. They are the only city-wide tenants’ organization, and they represent all tenants in the District of Columbia. Jim served in the U.S. army for two years, before receiving a B.A. in English and Social Studies from American University, then a M.A. in English & Elizabethan Studies, from Georgetown University. He has been working in Washington D.C. since 1964, initially as a Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Jim has been a continuous advocate for social justice and has been an integral member of many community causes such as the Save Our Sholl’s Cafeteria Committee (SOS), WDC (Chairman), the Bay State Tenants’ Association, WDC (President), Residential Action Coalition (RAC) (Membership Chairman) and most recently the Chairman and Co-founder, TENAC (D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Coalition).
Marie Hoover has been the Director of the Intergenerational Learning Center at Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, WA, since 2007. Providence Mount St. Vincent, “The Mount,” as it’s often called, is a home for older adults who need some assistance with their daily living or they need 24-hour care. The Intergenerational Learning Center (ILC) is a licensed child care program for infants and children up to age 5. Open to the community as well as employees, the ILC is open five days a week and offers opportunities for the children and residents to interact in planned activities as well as spontaneous moments. Five days a week, the children and residents come together in a variety of planned activities such as music, dancing, art, lunch, storytelling or just visiting. These activities result in mutual benefits for both generations. The Integrational Learning Center has proved to be a popular program. Currently, the day care is capped at 125 students and has a waiting list of two and a half years. As director of the Intergenerational Learning Center, Marie says she has found the perfect niche for her interests in people on both ends of the life span—those beginning their lives and those who have lived for many years.
Evan Briggs is an independent documentary filmmaker whose short films have premiered in film festivals all over the country. Evan has taught filmmaking through the Digital Media Academy in San Francisco, as well as at the Seattle Film Institute and currently teaches at Seattle University. Present Perfect is her first feature length film. Evan received an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three young sons.
Tracey Green Mintz, MA, LCSW, is a community-based Social Worker whose practice includes making geriatric house calls to seniors dealing with adjustment disorder, transfer trauma & relocation stress. Tracy has written a number of articles on the topic of transfer trauma, including “In Defense Of Nursing Homes,” a chapter on "Relocation Stress Syndrome In The Elderly: Prevention & Treatment" in the Transfer Trauma Handbook Published by Senior Care Training, 2008 and “Relocation Stress Syndrome In Older Adults” in Social Work Today, 2005.
Washington Post story on the purchase: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/a-land-deal-for-an-elite-private-school-will-displace-sick-poor-people/2015/09/20/2c433fda-5e1d-11e5-8e9e-dce8a2a2a679_story.html