Students, Retirement Community Residents Bridge Generation Gap at Pool Party

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March 13, 2012
GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Gaithersburg High School students will join Asbury Methodist Village residents for a most unusual party on Sunday, March 18 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Rosborough Cultural Arts and Wellness Center on Asbury’s campus. Poolside mini-golf, paddle boats, water volleyball, Wii bowling,and other games round out the entertainment planned for the first event hosted by the Beloved Community project, a joint venture being spearheaded by Asbury resident Rev. Hal Garman, Wesley Theological Seminary Urban Ministries program student Jameson McLaughlin, the liaison between the Office of the County Executive and Montgomery County’s faith communities Tim Warner, and City of Gaithersburg officials.

Beloved Community grew out of the desires of Garman to see how Asbury Methodist Village residents could be of service to their neighbors, especially area youth. Last summer, McLaughlin surveyed area residents to identify areas of need and support services that could help them.

Sunday’s party marks the first significant event that has resulted from the project, and includes members of the City’s Student Union, a group of high school students who participate in after-school activities, community service projects and field trips throughout the year.  A second event is planned for April 21, with students and Asbury Methodist Village residents planting more than 40 trees at Gaithersburg’s Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm during the City’s Green Week celebration. To read a Gazette article about Beloved Community, visit and click on News & Events.

Asbury Methodist Village is a CARF-CCAC and EAGLE-accredited continuing care retirement community that is part of Asbury Communities, Inc., which provides management and support services for a system of continuing care retirement communities for older adults. Asbury Communities is ranked by Leading Age and Ziegler Capital Markets Group’s AZ 100 as the 15th largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living organization in the country.  Asbury Methodist Village is also a member of LifeSpan Network.            



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