Because you love Life

Westminster Canterbury Foundation

Click on an item below for more information about each of our programs.

  • Fellowship

    The Foundation’s confidential Fellowship Program provides entrance and monthly assistance to help individuals with significant, documented financial needs. It provides long-term security to all residents with the commitment that no resident will ever be asked to leave due to an inability to pay through no fault of their own. Approximately 12% of 900 residents receive Fellowship assistance. In addition to supporting fees, Fellowship provides supplemental health insurance and 75% or more of out-of-pocket medical expenses such as eye, ear and dental care, and uncovered medications.

    "My husband and I worked hard all our lives. We lived carefully. We invested. Then the recession came. Our dream of a comfortable retirement was gone and shortly after I lost my husband. I was too old to work. Our investments and our home no longer had any value. What would I do? A friend suggested I apply for Fellowship assistance. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to live here and the peace of mind that comes with it."

    Thanks to donors like you:

    • Recipients include new and existing residents.
    • Over the course of 2014, Westminster Canterbury provided $3 million in assistance to 112 individuals.
    • Since 1975 more than 507 residents have received $60 million in aid.
    • Fellowship is supported by gifts to the Annual Fellowship Fund and income from Fellowship endowments.
    • All Fellowship grants are covered solely through charitable gifts, never as part of full-pay residents’ fees.
  • Health Services

    In all areas of our campus, Westminster Canterbury has embraced a revolutionary approach to service that fosters independence, flexibility and choice.

    Donors to the Foundation enhance health services through their support of staffing, training and technology. Charitable funding provides services and innovations that otherwise are not possible.

    Thanks to donors like you, we have:

    • Extended coverage in our Clinic (8 a.m. – midnight)
    • Special equipment in our Clinic
    • Additional certified nursing assistants in the Parsons Health Center
    • Clinical educator dedicated to the Parsons Health Center who provides on-the-floor and small group continuing education
    • Clinical training equipment

    "Mom and I were terrified of her being in a ‘nursing home.’ But then we met her aides. They were like extended family to us. I can’t express the peace of mind from knowing I could leave Mom, and she was not only being greatly cared for - she was also loved."

  • Wellness

    Seeking a whole-body approach to wellness including mind, body and spirit, donors support Westminster Canterbury’s Wellness program, winner of the national 2011 NuStep Pinnacle Award for retirement communities.

    Wellness programming includes land-based and aquatic classes tailored to meet the needs of residents at a variety of fitness levels. Health and wellness seminars educate residents about arthritis, medication management, nutrition and diabetes.

    Thanks to donors like you:

    • DAKIM Brain Fitness improves memory and strengthens concentration through computerized games.
    • A saltwater pool purification system provides a safer way to sanitize the pool.
    • Functionals fitness classes for all residents promote strength, flexibility and energy.
    • We have an additional part-time Wellness staff position.
  • Memory Support

    Memory support therapies in music, art and horticulture help residents relate to past memories, calm their behavior and slow debilitating memory loss. Originally made possible through a grant from Dominion Resources, this program continues to be 100% funded through generous charitable gifts. Reports from therapists and grateful families show the effectiveness of these memory support programs in improving residents’ quality of life.

    Thanks to donors like you:

    • Music helps some dementia sufferers recover memories.
    • Residents enjoy planting or arranging favorite flowers, cooking harvested vegetables and stocking bird feeders.
    • The creation of art engages and affirms residents.

    "I arrived to visit my husband just as music therapy began. He was asleep in a recliner. I tried to wake him. I rubbed his hand, kissed his cheek, and spoke to him, but he gave no response. The music therapist asked me what type of music he preferred. At my request she played "Amazing Grace." He opened his eyes, saw and recognized me, took my hand and kissed it."

  • Studio Arts

    Donors support the studio arts program by funding instructors, supplies and equipment. We offer classes for residents at all levels of artistic ability. Classes and workshops in painting, drawing, woodworking, monotype printmaking, jewelry making and more enable residents to continue lifelong passions or discover hidden potential.

    Thanks to donors like you:

    "Advanced Parkinson’s disease makes it difficult for my dad to move and speak, but he visits the studio at least twice per week to paint. An Art Angels program pairs him with a volunteer who assists him so he can continue to participate in workshops, classes and independent time in the studio."

  • Performing Arts

    The Sara Belle November Theater, specially designed for the comfort of older adults, is one of only a few nationwide on the campus of a retirement community. 73% of the theater’s budget comes from charitable gifts, not resident fees, to pay for all performance and technical fees in the theater. Donors sustain this programming by giving to permanent endowments or sponsoring special performances.

    Performances made possible by donors like you:

    • Glenn Miller Orchestra
    • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    • Richmond Ballet
    • Richmond Symphony
    • Vienna Choir Boys
    • Virginia Opera
    • Virginia Repertory Theatre

    "Welcome back, date night! My husband’s illness didn’t allow us to go out for years. Now he gets the care he needs and we can still enjoy date night in the Sara Belle November Theater. Living here is such a blessing."

  • Pastoral Care

    Three full-time chaplains provide an array of worship opportunities and pastoral support for residents and staff. Donors fund an additional part-time chaplain devoted to supporting residents with dementia, their families and professional caregivers. Area seminarians and recent seminary graduate interns receive stipends through the Foundation to work and learn on our campus. Donors created endowments to support Westminster Canterbury’s pastoral care educational lectures that are open to the wider community.

    Thanks to donors like you:

    • Chaplain Kathy Berry specializes in dementia-related pastoral care. She leads Bible studies, devotions, current events discussion and service projects for residents; support groups for spouses and family members; and training for area clergy on spiritual care for those with dementia. She also supports staff with stress management.
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    • The Fuller-Rose Endowment, in memory of the late Rev. Dr. Reginald H. Fuller and the late Dr. Ben Lacy Rose, provides internships annually for seminarians.

    "Your Pastoral Care team offered more than services and Bible studies to my mom. They offered true friendship and comfort. You know it’s real when both parties share the same respect and love for each other."

  • Child Development Center

    Westminster Canterbury Richmond's Child Development Center enrolls children from the ages of six weeks to 12 years. Employee children receive a 45% corporate tuition discount. Generous donors created a need-based scholarship endowment for employee children and additional scholarships for special extracurricular activities for all children.

    Donors like you provided:

    • Additional art and music programs
    • Summer camp enrichment opportunities
    • Enhanced literacy training through the Handwriting Without Tears program, iPads and new curriculum and materials.

    "My son is a normal, active 4-year old – he loves to run and is very wiggly. Something amazing happens when he is in art classes in your Child Development Center. He focuses. He gets very quiet and takes great care in whatever he is creating at that moment."

  • Employee Education

    Donors provide assistance to enhance learning and skill development for employees. Westminster Canterbury Richmond encourages each employee’s career development and can share success stories as proof. Whether it’s attending a one-day, work-related seminar or earning a college degree, employees find opportunities to grow.

    Thanks to donors like you:

    • An employee progressed from an office assistant to a certified nursing assistant and is currently a registered nurse thanks to support from the Thrasher Healthcare Education Endowment.
    • A dining employee completed a nursing assistant program while pursuing of her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.
    • The Phillips Engineering Education Endowment helps engineering staff enhance their skills and better serve our residents.  

    "A few years ago my identity was stolen and my finances became extremely strained. I was awarded $500 toward classes and books. I completed my education and am an RN. I will never stop working here – for me, working here is therapy. I love showing our residents compassion and get deep satisfaction from my time here."