Celebrating 10 Years of Caring at Marian Assisted Living

October 11, 2010

The residents and staff of Marian Assisted Living in Brookeville, Maryland celebrated Marian’s 10th anniversary on October 9 at a party with family, friends, former staff, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, former County Executive Doug Duncan, Victory Housing President Jim Brown and Brother Leonard Konopka of the Marian Congregation.

The 40-room residence opened in October 2000 in a building at 19109 Georgia Avenue, just north of Olney, that originally served as a seminary for the Congregation of Marian Fathers. When the religious community decided to move its seminary to Washington, DC, the building initially was used for retreats and other activities. Eventually, the Marian Fathers connected with Victory Housing, an agency of the Archdiocese of Washington that develops affordable senior and family housing in the Washington metropolitan area.

Victory Housing renovated and expanded the original seminary building, which had been built in 1965, creating rooms with private baths that accommodate both singles and some couples, as well as spacious common areas, on the 23-acre property. The seminary’s stone chapel was retained and is open daily for prayer, meditation and Mass. Residents at Marian, who are encouraged to be as independent as possible, receive assistance with personal care and medication management, home-cooked meals, housekeeping and laundry services, daily activities and 24-hour emergency assistance.

Margaret Smith, Marian’s director for the past 10 years, noted the stability of staff “is reflected in the comfort of our home and the services we provide.” She and another original employee, Mercedes Cerritos, were honored on Saturday for their 10 years of service at Marian. Also recognized were Vivian McKinney, who has been at Marian for nine years and with Victory Housing for 25, and Rev. John Rodney, S.V.D., who has been a resident for nine years.

Smith noted on Saturday that 171 people have lived at the residence since it opened.

Marian Assisted Living was built as a public-private partnership and is open to residents regardless of race, religion, gender or national origin. For more information on Marian Assisted Living or any of the other Victory Housing independent and assisted living residences, call 301-493-6000 or visit www.victoryhousing.org.

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