Friends of the Soldiers Home

Friends of the Soldiers Home Friends of the Soldiers Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving those who served at Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.
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Friends of the Soldiers Home is a 501 (c)(3) organization serving to strengthen the bond between the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington and the surrounding community. Through service, education and engagement, Friends of the Soldiers Home connects citizens and veterans in a relationship that recognizes the sacrifice of military service and enhances quality of life for veteran and citizen alike.

Mission: Friends of the Soldiers Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving to strengthen the bond between the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington and the surrounding community. Through service, education, and engagement, Friends of the Soldiers Home connects citizens and veterans in a relationship that recognizes the sacrifice of military service and enhances quality of life for veteran and citizen alike.

Operating as usual

SELECT CFC #56535 AND GIVE TO FOSH TODAY!The Combined Federal Campaign is now live and Friends of the Soldiers Home is p...
09/15/2020

SELECT CFC #56535 AND GIVE TO FOSH TODAY!

The Combined Federal Campaign is now live and Friends of the Soldiers Home is proudly participating this year for the first time. If you are a federal worker, retiree or member of the military, please select #56535 in the Combined Federal Campaign to support our work.

We provide our monthly events connecting veterans and volunteers over food, drink and music, hold our three annual campus celebrations that unite residents with their neighbors, and provide gifts such as a flat-screen TV and holiday decorations that add to the quality of life for our friends that served so proudly. We also have a community garden and pilot walking/biking project. With limited access to the campus and residents during coronavirus we continue to provide residents as much as we can - but only with your contribution!

06/20/2020

Eight years ago this month was a historic time for our community. People inside and outside the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington had reached out to one another in 2011 in the spirt of friendship. By June of 2012, the Home and its neighbors were preparing to open the gates for a July 4 festival. That first big day was a huge success, and a tradition was born. Now, after a great eight-year run, we are sad to say there will be no July 4 gathering this year. The health risks of such a large event during the coronavirus pandemic are too great. We look forward to when the community and Home will gather again to celebrate as one community. This is the spirit that led to the creation of Friends of the Soldiers Home. Even a pandemic can’t dampen that.

John Hughes
Chariman and Co-Founder
Friends of the Soldiers Home

05/05/2020
The Armed Forces Retirement Home - Official

COVID status for AFRH

Statement from the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) on staff members testing positive for Coronavirus


On April 30, 2020, the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) was informed that two staff members tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19):


An employee at the AFRH campus in Gulfport, Mississippi, who works in a healthcare administration role that does not provide services to AFRH residents, was last on campus on April 24 and is recovering at home. Contact tracing determined that the staff member interacted with several other staff, including senior leaders. All AFRH personnel have been maintaining social distancing and face coverings during workplace interactions. None are symptomatic. At this time there is no evidence that the individual interacted with residents.

A food service contractor at the AFRH campus in Washington, D.C., was last on campus on April 22 and is recovering at home. The contractor works evening shifts in a role that has essentially no contact with residents. Contact tracing determined that the contractor interacted with several other food service personnel. No other food service workers have symptoms; all have their temperature checked before working and wear a mask while on duty.

No AFRH resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

Although these are the first confirmed COVID-19 cases involving staff, AFRH remains vigilant in limiting exposure of the virus in the Home. Those who have a positive test, in addition to self-isolating for the duration of their illness, will be required to have two negative tests prior to returning to the campus. Employees who have a negative initial test will remain off-campus in self-isolation for 14 days.

AFRH response to COVID-19:

AFRH initiated its COVID-19 response in January 2020 by encouraging residents and staff to use frequent handwashing and hand sanitizers prior to entering common areas such as the dining room, wellness center, fitness center, and other facilities.

In March 2020 the Home established social distancing guidelines, mandated the use of hand sanitizer at all building entrances and throughout the community, and limited visitors.

As communities around AFRH experienced new cases of COVID-19, the Home instituted a number of precautionary measures. Since March 30, all residents have remained on campus and are strictly limiting contact with others. Only residents and AFRH personnel will have access to the campus and facilities that house residents.


Facial coverings are required for everyone, and staff in upper levels of care receive daily temperature checks and health screenings. Communal dining in food service facilities has been suspended, consistent with CDC guidance for retirement and nursing homes. Meals are now carry-out only for residents in independent living, while residents in upper levels of care are having their meals delivered.

In order to fully protect all residents and staff, AFRH is unable to welcome visitors until further notice. This includes family and friends of residents.

There's no Spring Fling 2020 after seven consecutive years of having the event, but let's enjoy this photo from Fling '1...
05/03/2020

There's no Spring Fling 2020 after seven consecutive years of having the event, but let's enjoy this photo from Fling '19 last May. Friends of the Soldiers Home has been unable to see our veteran friends at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in person since February. We miss them terribly. But there is good news! As of April 30, there have been zero reported cases of Covid-19 at the Soldiers Home! There's more good news -- we have an opportunity to send our veteran friends video messages of support for National Armed Forces Day on May 16th. Record a greeting no longer than 1 minute in length and email it to [email protected] by Monday May 11. Tell our veteran friends you miss them and wish them good health, or any other positive message you want to send during these difficult times. Our wonderful children can add their smiling faces and beautiful voices as well. Friends of the Soldiers Home has been unable to bring the community and veterans together in our usual, physical way, but we are excited to send our love virtually!

Friends of the Soldiers Home's cover photo
05/03/2020

Friends of the Soldiers Home's cover photo

Hats off to the wonderful staff of AFRH. 🧡
05/03/2020

Hats off to the wonderful staff of AFRH. 🧡

A view of the Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds flyover in Washington, DC today honoring healthcare workers and first responders. It was a special treat for our Veterans and staff to see the formation flights in the skies above the Armed Forces Retirement Home. #AmericaStrong
Pictures courtesy of AFRH-W staff Tammy Davis and Amanda Jensema.

With Giving Tuesday this week, please remember Friends of the Soldiers Home in your year-end donations. FOSH counts on y...
12/02/2019

With Giving Tuesday this week, please remember Friends of the Soldiers Home in your year-end donations. FOSH counts on year-end fundraising to support our three annual festivals and volunteer organizing. Donate here: https://bit.ly/2OE3tEZ or send a check to Friends of the Soldiers Home, P.O. Box 3170, Washington, DC 20010. Your support has enabled our eight years of serving the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC and the community. Thank you!

Thank you Petworth News for doing a great story about Friends of the Soldiers Home!
11/06/2019
Community Engagement: A talk with John Hughes from Friends of the Soldiers’ Home — Petworth News

Thank you Petworth News for doing a great story about Friends of the Soldiers Home!

The “Old Soldiers’ Home,” once a place Abraham Lincoln called his vacation home during his presidency, is much more than his famous cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home on Rock Creek Church Road in Petworth. It’s a home to diverse wildlife, a home to students at Creative Minds Intern...

Fall Fun Fest on Sunday, Sept. 29, was fabulous! A record crowd of more than 1,500 people came to the Armed Forces Retir...
10/02/2019

Fall Fun Fest on Sunday, Sept. 29, was fabulous! A record crowd of more than 1,500 people came to the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington campus for a warm, sun-filled day. On the upper campus in the morning, the AFRH organized a fun morning that included a classic car show, petting zoo, DJ Billy White and a Model T assembly. On the lower campus in the afternoon, Friends of the Soldiers Home hosted the PG and the Hot Tips band, food trucks, facepainting, Critter Connections and an inflatable obstacle course. Creative Minds International added a bouncehouse and pumpkin patch, and the Nam Knights directed parking at the front gate. We at Friends of the Soldiers Home want to give a sincere thanks to everyone who came to this event, and to our sponsors, DCCX, ANC1A, ANC4C, Anheuser Busch and JES Foundation Repair. Above all, we thank the AFRH residents and staff for welcoming the community to their beautiful campus!

We're excited that Elin will be singing for the veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC tonight as part of the m...
10/01/2019

We're excited that Elin will be singing for the veterans of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-DC tonight as part of the monthly Friends of the Soldiers Home Saloon Night. Thanks Elin! We're excited!

09/29/2019

TODAYS THE DAY! Fall Fest is going on until 5pm. Kids activities, food & beer trucks, live music & one of the final good picnic weekends of the year.

Your guide courtesy of Friends of the Soldiers Home for Fall Fun Fest this Sunday, Sept. 29, 9am to 5pm, Armed Forces Re...
09/27/2019

Your guide courtesy of Friends of the Soldiers Home for Fall Fun Fest this Sunday, Sept. 29, 9am to 5pm, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington

Sponsors: DCCX, ANC1A, ANC4C, JES Foundation Repair, Anheuser Busch, Creative Minds, Nam Knights of America

Location: Enter Armed Forces Retirement Home at Randolph Road and Rock Creek Church Road in Washington, D.C. For navigation, use 340 Rock Creek Church Road N.W., Washington, D.C.

Performance Times/Attractions: see photo of flyer for details

Cost: Free. Friends of the Soldiers Home requests a $10 donation per carload for drivers

Volunteer: To volunteer for part of the event: https://signup.com/go/DziwFVT

Pets: Sorry, you must leave pets at home

A Very Special Thanks to the staff and residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, who put all the upper campus events together, and for making this event possible!

We're about a third full for Fall Fun Fest volunteers this Sunday. Please come and enjoy the robust lineup of activities...
09/23/2019
Fall Fest 2019

We're about a third full for Fall Fun Fest volunteers this Sunday. Please come and enjoy the robust lineup of activities, but also consider taking a little time to help. See you there! https://signup.com/go/DziwFVT

SignUp.com makes it easy to coordinate school events & classroom activities, fundraisers, snack schedules, potlucks & more!

Friends of the Soldiers Home's cover photo
09/16/2019

Friends of the Soldiers Home's cover photo

09/16/2019
SEEKING FALL FUN FEST VOLUNTEERS! We hope you are coming out to the Soldiers Home campus for the wonderful Fall Fun Fest...
09/12/2019

SEEKING FALL FUN FEST VOLUNTEERS! We hope you are coming out to the Soldiers Home campus for the wonderful Fall Fun Fest on Sunday, Sept. 29. When you do, how about giving a little time volunteering before or after you enjoy the attractions? Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/DziwFVT

09/08/2019
On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Friends of the Soldiers Home hosted veteran residents to a delightful gathering to listen to the gr...
09/06/2019

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, Friends of the Soldiers Home hosted veteran residents to a delightful gathering to listen to the great jazz sounds of Herb Scott and Collin Chambers. In addition to booking the talent, Friends of the Soldiers Home ordered pizza and brought in volunteers to serve the food and drinks, and to socialize. It was indeed a special evening at Defender's Inn on the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus! If you would like to be part of an upcoming Saloon Night, either to perform or volunteer, write Lori Lincoln at [email protected]. The event occurs the first Tuesday night of each month at 6:30pm. Friends of the Soldiers Home and the community are honored to "give back" to the Home's fabulous veterans with this special event! Story and photos by John Hughes and Lou Avenilla

Friends of the Soldiers Home has been sending volunteers to the Armed Forces Retirement Home's monthly Happy Hour event ...
08/29/2019

Friends of the Soldiers Home has been sending volunteers to the Armed Forces Retirement Home's monthly Happy Hour event for about seven years now, and on the evening of Aug. 27 we were privileged to have a group of five from the community participate in the Home's special activity. FOSH volunteers had a wonderful time with residents as they hung out on the roof of the Scott Building and enjoyed the cool breeze. Corn Hole was the game of the night, as team after team worked to win the prize. There were also those who just relaxed and enjoyed drinks, snacks and conversation. What's next? Be sure to join FOSH for Saloon Night at the Home on Tuesday, Sept. 3, as local talent Herb Scott supplies jazz with his fabulous saxophone. To volunteer, write Lori Lincoln at [email protected]. Photos and words courtesy of Liz Cocke.

Friends of the Soldiers Home's Saloon Night series continues to be one of FOSH's most popular programs. Friends rocked t...
07/30/2019

Friends of the Soldiers Home's Saloon Night series continues to be one of FOSH's most popular programs. Friends rocked the Defender's Inn with a patriotic sing-along by acoustic performer Alan Bjerga in July, with a soulful performance by singer Geneva Renee in June, and a rollicking guitar set by Julia Kasdorf in May. Friends of the Soldiers Home provided pizza and drinks, and FOSH volunteers served the good with a smile -- then sometimes hit the dance floor with Soldiers Home residents. The fun continues Tuesday Aug. 6, at 6:30 pm with competitive Team Trivia. FOSH volunteers join wits with residents to see who wins bragging rights by correctly answering challenging questions dreamed up by Zach Hartman. If you would like to be part of the fun and volunteer for this event, contact FOSH Volunteer Coordinator Lori Lincoln at [email protected]. See you at Trivia Night!

The 1,200 people whom braved rainy weather for a spirited July 4 celebration at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washing...
07/29/2019

The 1,200 people whom braved rainy weather for a spirited July 4 celebration at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington weren't sorry. They enjoyed a great view of the fireworks, a fantastic performance by the Hoke County, N.C. marching band, a fine showing by the Home's resident DJ Billy White. There were also plenty of games, food and drinks. Friends of the Soldiers Home would like to thank everyone who participated in the great day! Photos courtesy of Liz Cocke and John Hughes.

The 1,200 people whom braved rainy weather for a spirited July 4 celebration at the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington weren't sorry. They enjoyed a great view of the fireworks, a fantastic performance by the Hoke County, N.C. marching band, a fine showing by the Home's resident DJ Billy White. There were also plenty of games, food and drinks. Friends of the Soldiers Home would like to thank everyone who participated in the great day! Photos courtesy of Liz Cocke and John Hughes.

07/12/2019

It was great to have the Hoke County, N.C. High School Band as part of our July 4 celebration.

07/10/2019
Endless Appetites

This was a great moment during the patriotic sing along at Saloon Night sponsored by Friends of the Soldiers Home on July 2. Thanks for performing and for sharing Alan Bjerga!

And with a veteran on harmonica, expressing a wish for the holiday. A highlight from the Friends of the Soldiers Home annual concert. Thanks again for the invitation, John Hughes.

06/13/2019
#FDR 6 June 1944:“Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, ...
06/07/2019

#FDR 6 June 1944:
“Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.” #DDay #vets #respect

Great Happy Hour this week with the Nam Knights Capital Chapter grilling up a feast!
06/01/2019

Great Happy Hour this week with the Nam Knights Capital Chapter grilling up a feast!

We had a great time at AFRH-W's monthly Happy Hour event. Thank you to AFRH staff for the opportunity to volunteer at th...
05/31/2019

We had a great time at AFRH-W's monthly Happy Hour event. Thank you to AFRH staff for the opportunity to volunteer at the Soldiers Home. Five Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteers helped serve food and drinks to residents and assisted in cleanup after the event. Thank you to the Home's residents for your service and being so welcoming toward visitors and volunteers! To get added to the Friends of the Soldiers Home volunteer opportunity list, write Lori Lincoln at [email protected].

Happy #memorialday to the #vets who have served & sacrificed. Shout out to our friends at Nam Knights for being a part o...
05/27/2019

Happy #memorialday to the #vets who have served & sacrificed. Shout out to our friends at Nam Knights for being a part of the AFRH community Pete Rauner

Friends of the Soldiers Home held the seventh annual Spring Fling on the sun-splashed campus of the Armed Forces Retirem...
05/20/2019

Friends of the Soldiers Home held the seventh annual Spring Fling on the sun-splashed campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington on May 18, 2019. Nearly 700 people came out for games, food, music and drink. Community residents and Soldiers Home residents celebrated side by side on Armed Forces Day. It was a truly special event! Photos courtesy of Kent Boese, Lauren Kessler, Liz Cocke and Peter Grattan

Friends of the Soldiers Home held the seventh annual Spring Fling on the sun-splashed campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington on May 18, 2019. Nearly 700 people came out for games, food, music and drink. Community residents and Soldiers Home residents celebrated side by side on Armed Forces Day. It was a truly special event! Photos courtesy of Kent Boese, Lauren Kessler, Liz Cocke and Peter Grattan

Great Spring Fling this year. We'll see you all again on the 4th of July!
05/20/2019

Great Spring Fling this year. We'll see you all again on the 4th of July!

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140 Rock Creek Church Road
Washington D.C., DC
20011

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Friends of the Soldiers Home leads about 40 activities a year primarily to serve veterans but with secondary benefits to the community. These include monthly Jingo Nights, Happy Hours and Saloon Nights at the Home, the Friends-veterans gardening project, the Spring Fling, July 4 and Oktoberfest festivals on campus, and the annual Holiday Tree Lighting program.

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Friends of the Soldiers Home is a 501 (c)(3) organization serving the Armed Forces Retirement Home and the Washington DC community. In recognition of the sacrifices of military service, Friends of the Soldiers Home connects citizens and veterans in a relationship that enhances quality of life for veteran and citizen alike. We host weekly volunteer events as well as annual festivals to bring members of the community onto the 200+ acre estate to socialize with veterans and continue an oral history from those who served in WWII, Korea & Vietnam.

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Opportunity for Veterans! New Musicals Inc (NMI) is adapting veteran's stories into ten-minute musicals to be filmed as part of a web-series to honor veterans. Veterans whose stories are selected for development will receive a $1000 honorarium and hold on to the rights of their stories. Don't let the "musical" aspect dissuade you. NMI just needs a compelling story from your background – just one story – not a compilation -- and they will bring a composer, lyricist, and professional actor together to turn it into song. They will also welcome you into the collaboration process if you want to be included on the creative side. See the link for info and a very short video that explains the project. Deadline is November 20. www.nmi.org/veterans
RIP Bill Kinkade A friendly and loving guy. A Vet who was a happy go lucky resident at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Light on his feet with heavy hands on the ladies. A regular at the VFW Hells Bottom. A smooth dancer and a great boxer with 23 KOs. His smile will be missed greatly by many!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Have you attended the Spring Fling, July 4th Event or October Fest at the Armed Forces Retirement Home? These events are a great opportunity for neighbors and AFRH-DC residents to connect, and they are planned and run by volunteers. I am forming a committee of volunteers to help! Responsibilities will include securing vendors, sponsorships and volunteers and day of coordination. If you would like to use your party planning skills to serve our community and the residents of AFRH-DC, please let me know.
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