Located in the heart of Montgomery County, Asbury Methodist Village is a vital part of the surrounding community, partnering with many local organizations to enhance our residents’ experience as well as serve the greater community. In 2011, Asbury Methodist Village engaged leaders from city and county government, academia, local hospitals, community social services, and other organizations that influence the quality of life and overall well-being of the community on a leading edge collaborative project. This coalition will endeavor to create a blueprint for healthy communities, addressing the needs and wants of our aging and increasingly diverse society in this “New Economy” that requires more cooperation and the leveraging of resources. Our community partnerships include:
Asbury Methodist Village has sponsored a series of concerts in Strathmore’s Mansion along with programs such as The Stravinsky Project, an unprecedented, three-day immersion experience featuring five Russian-trained pianists, chorus, orchestra in concerts, immersive education programs, an art exhibition, symposiums and films. The partnership opens the doors for collaborative ventures and provides Asbury residents and associates with discounted tickets to Strathmore events.
This partnership begins in September 2012 when residents are invited to register for Osher Institute classes at Johns Hopkins University’s Silver Spring, Md., campus. In addition, Osher will be holding several of its popular courses on the campus of Asbury Methodist Village each semester. Residents who want to attend those courses, only, may sign up for a special associate membership package.
Residents assemble goody bags for the kids with schools supplies, books, toys, clothing, and more.
Residents of the Wilson Health Care Center prepare 150 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches each week, nearly 8,000 per year, for the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless Men’s Shelter.
Asbury Methodist Village organized and provided space for 30 pharmacy students to display informational poster boards and educate residents and associates on things such as vaccinations, diabetes, heart health, and hypertension. Providing this opportunity for students helps them in the training for their pharmacy degree.
Asbury staff worked with researchers from the University of Maryland to pilot a newly created examination tool. The tool helps to detect potential problems with mobility (walking and upright activities) before they interfere with daily activities.
A workshop held for spiritual leaders, counselors/therapists in the community beyond Asbury Methodist Village, provided the opportunity for counselors/therapists, clergy, seminarians, lay caregivers, and clinical pastoral education students to enhance their understanding and skills related to serving others who are experiencing life-altering transitions.
Asbury Pastoral Care staff provide supervision to students during internships that provide the students with experiential opportunities for pastoral counseling support and care with the Asbury residents.
Graduate students from Georgetown University’s Health Systems Management program and The George Washington University’s Health Services Management and Leadership program gain valuable practical experience through a number of programs and opportunities extended to the students and faculty both at the Asbury campus and in the classroom.
Asbury Methodist Village associates and residents have been instrumental in their efforts to address mental health and suicide prevention both locally and nationally through a number of significant collaborative projects and speaking engagements in partnerships with organizations such as the Center for Mental Health Services- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institute of Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and the American Association of Suicidology.