For more than 134 years, Family Matters of Greater Washington has served vulnerable children, families and seniors in the Washington, DC community through a broad and diverse array of support programs that meet their needs.
Like any organization with that kind of history and legacy, we know we must grow and adapt to meet the changing needs of children, families and seniors.
That is why we undertook a comprehensive strategic planning effort in 2014 that led to a refreshed mission and vision statement for the organization that emphasizes impact-driven “compassionate solutions that empower, enrich and elevate all ages.”
Expanding our programs and services while achieving the greatest impact means changing the way we do business and looking for new opportunities that bring services to those who need them most. We recently announced our acquisition of a private duty and home health care agency for seniors and people of all ages recovering from injury, illness or disease. The company, Regent Healthcare, is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland and services are currently provided in Anne Arundel, Northern Prince Georges and Howard County.
Regent Healthcare offers the full continuum of care, including basic companionship, housekeeping services, personal care services, and assistance for patients recovering from injury, illness or disease. Their highly skilled health care team of caregivers works with families to provide a safe, supportive environment for seniors in their home.
This unprecedented acquisition is another historic move for Family Matters. Regent Healthcare aligns with our goal of creating compassionate solution centers throughout the Greater Washington metropolitan area and offers a new revenue stream that will help us achieve fiscal sustainability while expanding our services in the healthcare space. Most importantly, it responds to the critical needs of the communities we serve by providing vital healthcare and personal care services.
What will this mean for our clients? Home health visiting programs are among the top rated programs in the country for healthcare and social welfare service delivery. Subsequently, there are a multitude of opportunities for continued growth, including expansion into Baltimore and Montgomery Counties of Maryland, and into Virginia and the District of Columbia. We are looking at ways to leverage the for-profit resources of Regent to support our low-income clients by launching a pilot program to offer home health visiting to clients in Ward 8 next year.
As the leader of this social enterprise, I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome the expertise brought by the Regent team to the full array of compassionate solutions of Family Matters. We look forward to the evolution of our social enterprise and healthcare deliveries with this important acquisition and the continued health and sustainability of Family Matters for the next century and beyond.