Oatlands’ Greenhouse Studio Grows New Artists and Ideas

“Great ideas come from putting people together,” says Walter Bartman (http://walterbartman.com) founder and director of the Greenhouse Studio at Oatlands. Greenhouse, named for its recently renovated digs, is only the latest in a long line of studios he has founded from the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park to Goldfinch Studio at his home in Middletown, Maryland, to Summer Duck…

Loudoun Free Clinic Takes Top Honors

When Deborah Henley’s team at the Loudoun Free Clinic stepped on stage in November to accept the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce’s top award for county charities, it marked less than a year of her tenure as Clinical Director of the organization. Retired after 50 years in medicine, she’d been a hospital administrator and helped build two hospitals from the ground…

Giving the ‘Dignity of a Paycheck’

You've undoubtedly spotted ECHO's vans going to and from work in Loudoun County. Many of the nonprofit's 40 buses and vans now sport advertising, just like their counterparts in public transportation. These vans are just the most visible means of support ECHO offers disabled workers and their families, providing disabled workers a ride to and from their own daily jobs. Last year, the fleet drove…

Ready for Ghoul School?

By day, Matt Smith, 46, is the mild-mannered director of facilities for the ARC of Loudoun. He finds and recycles playground equipment for the disabled children that the ARC serves, works to patch the aged roof of the Paxton Manor and side buildings that house school and rehab facilities, and oversees the 17-acre campus. But inside, lurks a guy ARC…

Clothed in Dignity

One Saturday, Lisa Geraci Rigoni and her daughter, Marinna, were helping out at Women Giving Back’s sterling boutique—a warehouse full of clothes, shoes and accessories ingenuously displayed as in an every-day discount department store. (Clothes are available to women and children at no cost but only via referral from agencies serving the needy.)

Mobile Hope

Donna Fortier has a fondness for turtles. To the CEO and founder of Mobile Hope, a non-profit focused on helping 18-to-24-year-old homeless kids build productive lives, they are a symbol of how it must feel to be entirely without resources and on your own.

Boulder Crest Retreat

Just 20 minutes from downtown Leesburg, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Bluemont, sits a 37-acre oasis of peace, and on it the country’s first privately-funded wellness center serving our nation’s warriors and their families. More than 2.7 million Americans have deployed to war zones in the last 18 years since 9/11, taking a physical, emotional, psychological and often…