Supporting people through the challenges
and opportunities of aging since 1975.
Iona supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging. We educate, advocate, and provide community-based services to help people age well and live well.
Iona's Vision Statement
We envision a community that celebrates, values, respects, and protects the contributions and possibilities of every individual.
During a time of a great blossoming of community organizing in Washington, DC, Iona was founded by four faith communities in Tenleytown with the purpose of ensuring that their neighborhood would celebrate, value, respect, and protect the contributions and potential of older people.
The early founders could not have imagined the leadership role Iona would eventually come to play in modeling best practices in aging services and in advocacy for older people for the entire metropolitan region. The definition of Iona's community began to grow beyond the Tenleytown neighborhood as first, in 1982, Iona was named a lead agency with the DC Office on Aging. This grant helped to build robust mid-day lunch programs, an Adult Day Health Center, and a best-practices case management and counseling program at Iona to add to already vibrant cultural, arts, and wellness activities.
In April 1997, thanks to generous donations and successful fundraising efforts, Iona moved to its current location at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW, in Washington, DC. In addition to welcoming people who need support as they experience the challenges of aging, the Isabella Breckinridge Center is a place where people experience the opportunities of aging through activities at Iona, engaging educational workshops and a robust volunteer corps.
Today, Iona serves the entire metropolitan region and responds to calls from around the world with information and referrals thorough our Helpline. The Wellness & Arts Center, named a Center for Dementia Care Excellence in 2008 and again in 2013 by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, now welcomes people from all over the city and close-in suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. Fee-for-service programs in family consultation and care management serve families from all over the region and even nationally, and helps to subsidize the DC Office on Aging and philanthropic care management that remains a core service at Iona. The Active Wellness midday program at St. Alban's welcomes people from all over the city for a weekday lunch, education, and exercise. Iona's recent emphasis on positive aging through education and the arts continues to widen the geographic, racial, ethnic, and age diversity of our circle of friends and people we serve through the Gallery at Iona, arts and wellness classes and workshops, exercise classes, and special events.
Thanks to supportive friends, partners and funders, Iona's programs and services have grown exponentially as the needs in the community have increased, changed and become increasingly complex.
Medical Power of Attorney for a friend - and where to get local advice (Forest Hills Connection, 12/4/2014)
From Disabilities to Art Abilities (The Beacon, 12/13/2013)
Endless Demands, Relentless Routine (The Washington Post, 3/4/2014)
Carol Kaplun Interview (WUSA-9, 4/1/2014)
First Person: Leland Kiang, helpline manager, Iona Senior Services (The Washington Post Magazine, 3/6/2014 )
Iona on Air: Community Health Care #1
At the Weinberg Wellness & Arts Center, we pride ourselves in being a safety net and support system for caregivers and their families. Hear from members of our diverse staff, including registered nurses, program specialists, nursing assistants, and a social worker on how our robust adult day program engages participants and provides the respite caregivers need and deserve. Our goal is to reduce the caregiver’s burden. Watch how we do it.
Iona on Air: Support for the Whole Person #2
At the Weinberg Wellness & Arts Center, we have a person-centered and holistic approach to programming. From music classes and morning exercise to discussion groups or intergenerational visits, we offer a variety of programs that speak to our individual participants’ interests. In this clip, hear from staff members and volunteers on how our center makes extraordinary days out of ordinary ones. As Program Manager Sarah Grogan says, we aim to create “moments of joy.” Watch how we do it.
Iona on Air: Hands on Caring #3
At Iona, we aim to provide as much support to caregivers and their families as possible. Our Weinberg Wellness & Arts Center offers this support through our specially trained staff that is experienced caring for older adults and their unique needs. Along with engaging and stimulating programs, our adult day health center provides health and wellness monitoring that can save caretakers from unnecessary doctor visits. We can be partners in caring for your loved ones. Watch how we do it.
Iona on Air: Care for the Caregiver #4
When an older adult becomes frail or forgetful, families sometimes struggle with what to do. A “hidden gem” in the range of possibilities is adult day services. At the Wellness & Arts Center, our experienced staff works together to provide an encouraging and supportive environment every day so that older adults can remain living at home. In this clip, hear from caregivers and participants on how our Center has improved their quality of life and created days full of happiness. Adult Day Services provides a strong community network and social outlet for participants and families. Watch how we do it.
Iona on Air: Creating New Memories #5
At Iona, we believe in the therapeutic benefits of art therapy. Our Wellness & Arts Center incorporates group and individual art studio sessions into our daily programming. Led by our art therapists, who are trained in counseling and psychotherapy, these sessions provide opportunities for creative expression and non-verbal communication. This can be particularly important for those participants beginning to lose their verbal skills. In this clip, hear from participants, caregivers, and our art therapist on how art therapy has supported positive aging. In our Wellness & Arts Center, we strive to engage all of our participants with creative outlets and moments for reflection. Watch how we do it.
Iona Art of Caring 2014
Sally White, MS
Deborah Rubenstein, MSW, LICSW
Deb Rubenstein, MSW, LICSW is Director of Iona's Consultation, Care Management and Counseling Services. Deb, who is a licensed clinical social worker and an attorney, has 20 years of experience as a geriatric care manager and psychotherapist. She leads workshops in a variety of settings, including workplaces, for the public and professionals on a wide range of topics from "How to Help a Senior Who Doesn't Want Your Help" to "Legal and Financial Planning for Retirees and Caregivers". Deb holds an M.S.W. from The Catholic University of America and is currently enrolled in their doctoral program in social work.
Sharon is the Director of Iona's Wellness & Arts Center. She has been a health care professional for 16 years, focusing the last ten years in senior care. Sharon directed special care units for older adults with memory impairment in the assisted living setting. Most recently she has been the Associate Executive Director for several Sunrise Senior Living communities. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Susan A. Messina, MSS, MLSP, MS, CFRE
Susan, Iona's Director of Development, has more than 20 years of fundraising experience for a wide variety of health and human service organizations. Prior to joining Iona, she was with the National Hospice Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Susan holds two master's degrees from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research (in social work , and law and social policy) and an additional master's in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE). Contact Susan
Director of Community EngagementLylie is Iona's Director of Community Engagement. As a communications and program specialist, Lylie designs, plans, and implements unique initiatives that support dynamic civic engagement for Iona. Lylie has over 25 years of experience forging partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and government agencies in Australia and the US. Lylie is a practicing visual artist and art educator. In 2009 she completed a life coaching program at California's Sofia University, and holds an advanced coaching certification.
The Board of Directors is the governing body for Iona. The members are volunteers who oversee the management and finances of the organization. The Board meets regularly to review the status of agency finances and progress toward strategic goals. They are selected on the basis of their community involvement, professional experience, and dedication to the mission of Iona.
Paul Anderson, Vice President of Communications Strategies and Public Outreach, AARP
Peter Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President, National PACE Association
Jeff Gordon, Caregiver, Community Volunteer
Richard Lake, Principal, Roadside Development
Susan Linsky, Linksy Group
Mary Frances McGuiness, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Nii Holdings, Inc.
Steven Monteiro, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Elizabeth O'Hara, Principal, O'Hara Federal Strategies
Kathleen Stack, Senior Strategist for Segmentation and 50 Plus Insights, AARP
Robert Todero, Partner, KPMG
Jim Williams, MD, General Practitioner, Sibley Memorial Hospital
The Board of Associates are past members of the Board of Directors who continue to offer support and advice to Iona. Current members of the Board of Associates:
- John Goodman, Chairman
- Sam Alward
- Wendy Feldman Block
- Lois England
- Deb Englert
- Elizabeth S. Fox
- John Giacomini
- Mary Lou McGee
- James Nathanson
- Joe Oppenheimer
- Susan Rodgers
- Frank Ross
- Ann Marshall Schweitzer
- Richard W. Snowdon
- Sid Spencer
- Armond Spikell
- Elinor Stillman
- Chapman Todd
Iona relies on the generosity of friends, funders and corporate partners to provide vital services to older people and family caregivers in the community.
Iona is committed to good stewardship and to transparency. For copies of our recent audit and annual report please contact the Development Office at (202) 895-9416.
FY 2013 Statement of Activities (unaudited)
Underwriters of the 2014 Art of Caring Luncheon
(As of August 4, 2014)
Philanthropic Partners (As of October 1, 2014)
Want to join the staff at Iona?
Iona Senior Services is a not-for-profit organization now celebrating its 39th year of operation. Iona supports people as they experience the challenges and opportunities of aging. We educate, advocate, and provide community-based programs and services to help people age well and live well. Iona's family of services include: Wellness & Arts Center; Care Management, Consultation, and Counseling; Community Programs; and Advocacy. We are located in Washington, DC, just minutes from the Tenleytown/AU Metro (on the red line).
We are always looking for bright and talented individuals to join our diverse team. Iona offers challenging career opportunities, a dynamic work environment and generous employee benefits.
Thank you for your interest in Iona Senior Services. There may be times that no current job openings at Iona will be posted. Please visit us again in the future to learn of other opportunities.
Iona Senior Services is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. - Adopted by Iona's Board of Directors on November 20, 2013.
Iona Senior Services does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and guests.
Iona Senior Services is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Adopted by Iona's Board of Directors on November 20, 2013.