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With a Dedicated Team, Greenspring Plowed Through the Blizzard of 2016

January 27, 2016

Staff members and resident volunteers at the Springfield retirement community worked around the clock to support the community and its residents during the winter storm

(Springfield, Virginia) — As much of the D.C. area continues to recover from record snowfall at the hands of Winter Storm Jonas, residents at Greenspring haven't needed to worry about operational or lifestyle disruptions around the Springfield community.  Over 200 staff members settled in at Greenspring, staying overnight and throughout the storm to support the more than 2000 residents on campus.

"We have a fantastic, dedicated team here at Greenspring," said Ben Cornthwaite, Executive Director at Greenspring.  "The fact that so many of our staff members took time away from their families and homes to support our community's needs is a true testament to the commitment we have to our residents."

From maintenance and housekeeping to resident life and dining services, staff from nearly every department was on campus to lend a hand wherever and whenever needed. 

"Our wonderful staff made sure that everything here at Greenspring was running smoothly throughout the snow storm," said Mary Sue Garner, Resident Council President at Greenspring.   "They worked hard every day and always had a smile for the residents."

While the team worked outside to clear snowfall from roadways and walkways on the 58-acre campus, Greenspring's dining staff prepared resident and employee meals, including offering free hot beverages and cookies and preparing hot dinner buffets each night.  More than 60 resident volunteers also assisted with service in the dining rooms, collaborating with employees to serve more than 2,500 meals every day during the storm. 

"Resident volunteers donated their time willingly, which helped to provide excellent service to Greenspring residents during the blizzard," said Katherine Knoble, Volunteer Program Coordinator at Greenspring.  "Those residents have now earned the distinction of being a member of the 'Jonas Volunteer Team'.  They were presented with a 'Jonas Blizzard Volunteer' button and are wearing it with pride!"

When Mother Nature strikes, residents at Greenspring can rest assured that the community will work together and continue to provide dedicated service and support.   

About Greenspring: Greenspring, one of 18 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia. The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in the community's 1404 independent living apartment homes. At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. Additional information about Greenspring can be found at