Laura Newland, executive director, DC Office of Aging and Community Living

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote on our new logo that will officially brand us as the Department of Aging and Community Living! We received hundreds of votes — it’s only fitting that you helped choose our new look because we wouldn’t be here without you.

Since Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the bill changing our agency to a department back in February, we’ve been hard at work incorporating this new identity into all that we do at the agency. I can’t wait for you to see our new look in the coming months.

As we roll out our new branding, my team and I will be out in the community connecting with you — after all, YOU are a major part of who we are as an agency.

Starting this October, you may see some familiar faces from my leadership team pitching in to serve lunch at one of our 46 community dining sites. Or maybe I’ll answer your call into our Information & Referral/Assistance line, (202) 724-5626. You may catch us riding along on one of our Seabury buses, delivering meals to at-home clients, supporting our Medicaid Enrollment team on home visits, or playing a round of bingo at a Senior Wellness Center.

Members of my leadership team will be joining my front-line staff and learning more about their experiences in serving our community, and just as important, seeing the many ways in which you connect with us as an agency.

By taking the time to experience all of the different programs, services and activities, we are building a stronger and more supportive team here at DACL. And the better we can support each other within the agency, the better we can support you out in the community.

So, don’t be shy. When you see me or my team having lunch or taking a class with you, take a moment to share some of your ideas and feedback with us.

Also, on Nov. 8, 2019, DACL is excited to be partnering with the Department of Parks and Recreation to host the first ever Roll, Stroll, and Run Caregiver 5K and 1-mile Fun Run at Anacostia Park. This event is open to all past, present and future caregivers, and supporters, and of course is wheelchair accessible. We invite you to join us to connect with other caregivers, celebrate the work you do, and raise awareness. Registration is available at <a href=”” target=”blank”></a>.

We have a busy season ahead of us, and we’re looking forward to these new initiatives and introducing our new branding in the months ahead. You are such a critical part of what makes DACL so great — thank you! Thank you for your feedback, your ideas, your advocacy and guidance. Because of you, our older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers have a Department that we can all call our own.

See you out in the community!

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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