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Our Story

The story of Goodwin Living is still being written. Since 1967, we’ve been supporting, honoring and uplifting the lives of older adults and those who care for them as a faith-based, not-for-profit senior living and health care services organization. Today, the Goodwin Living family includes more than 1,200 employees, more than 2,500 older adults we serve in the National Capital Region (Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland) and more than 25,000 older adults across the nation who participate in our brain health programs.

Together, we continue to write the story of Goodwin Living, building on the pioneering spirit of those who came before us and striving for ever higher levels of excellence and innovation today and into the future.

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Goodwin Living Beginnings

In the 1950s, the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia acquired its first retirement home for older adults in Richmond. Inspired by this, Allen Adams (a layman serving on the home’s management committee) sought to create a similar, innovative community in Northern Virginia.

With a generous donation of land in West Alexandria from Benjamin M. Smith in 1963, the plans to build the first Goodwin Living campus were underway. When Goodwin House Alexandria opened in 1967, it was one of the first purpose-built continuing care communities in the country and the first in Northern Virginia. Twenty years later, following the success of Goodwin House Alexandria (GHA), a second community opened in Bailey’s Crossroads (GHBC), a growing suburban neighborhood in Falls Church, Virginia.

Goodwin Living Today

In addition to GHA and GHBC, we also offer a range of senior living and healthcare options, including our innovative Goodwin Living At Home program that empowers and enables older adults ages 55+ to remain in their homes as they age. We also offer HospiceHome Health and Rehabilitation services to individuals throughout Northern Virginia, ensuring that anyone can thrive as they age in the places and ways they choose. In August 2022, we welcomed The View Alexandria by Goodwin Living (formerly Hermitage Northern Virginia) to our range of services. This rental community is home to nearly 150 residents.


Our Mission Guides Our Vision: As we realize our vision to expand the places and ways we serve older adults, we remain true to our mission statement: To support, honor and uplift the lives of older adults and the people who care for them.

We commit to broadening and extending our mission through thoughtful and prudent growth

We extend our mission.

To better serve older adults, we develop modern physical expansions, such as our pioneering Small House Health Care Center, and a new campus in Loudoun County. We also look beyond our campuses with innovative programs such as our StrongerMemory brain health program, which has national reach,  and the Cherry Blossom PACE program based in Alexandria. Goodwin Living is also the management agent for The Lewinsville Retirement Residence, Inc., which serves low-income older adults.

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We change lives through generosity.

In 1989, we established Goodwin Living Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization supporting residents, members, patients and team members. The Foundation makes possible many initiatives such as our Resident Support Program, which ensures no Goodwin House resident has to leave should they outlive their financial resources. The Foundation also supports innovative music and art therapy programs, a range of employee benefits including our citizenship program and grants to cover specialized care such as hospice for those who lack the coverage or resources to pay for it.

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We support our team members.

At Goodwin Living, our team members are part of our mission. We support, honor and uplift them through training programs such as our Emerging Leaders Program, as well as benefits such as tuition assistance, student loan repayment and grants to cover U.S. citizenship application fees. We are rewarded in return. Since 2019 and for the last four consecutive years, Goodwin Living has been named a Top Workplace in the Washington, D.C. area by The Washington Post.

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