When first responders meet members of senior communities, it’s usually in light of emergencies. Waltonwood Ashburn, an up and coming senior living community wanted to change that.
“They’re going to be like family to us. We want to support them and take care of them since they take care of us,” Michelle Rogers, Waltonwood marketing manager, said.
Members of Waltonwood staff and future residents treated the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station 6 to dinner May 4. Waltonwood Executive Director Justin Robert said the community hopes to continue to build a relationship with first responders with monthly events.
“We’re very humbled by this,” Station 6 Chief Miguel Quijano said. “We don’t do this for the glory so it’s humbling to know they’re thinking of us.”
Quijano said the meal was especially appreciated because the night shift is made up of volunteers, so gestures like this boosts morale and it allows fire and rescue crews to get to know the community. He said that it’s helpful to build a relationship with community members before emergency situations because it can make situations less stressful.
Waltonwood Ashburn is set to open fall 2017, Roberts said. Engaging in community service is an ongoing focus of Waltonwood and although the community is not yet open, future residents and staff continue to be involved in different projects.
Station 6 has been on Ashburn Road since 1946. With a newly completed renovation in 2016, Station 6 responds first to calls in Ashburn, south of Route 7, but may be dispatched to other areas throughout Loudoun and Fairfax counties when other stations are on large or long-running calls