Our Stomping Blog

OSG “Bags” a Spot on Giant Food’s Reusable Bag Program

Reusable Bags Let Grocery Patrons Support OSG’s Mission Via Purchase Arlington, VA. (March 27, 2024) – Our Stomping Ground (OSG) will be the featured partner in April 2024’s Community Bag program by Giant Food, the leading greater Washington, D.C. regional grocery chain. All month long, for every person who purchases a new Virginia inspired local artist reusable shopping bag for $2.75 from any of Giant’s 59 stores in Virginia, Giant will donate $1 to OSG. Working in tandem with affordable… Read More »OSG “Bags” a Spot on Giant Food’s Reusable Bag Program

Gilliam Place: March Update

We are thrilled to share that our first building is really beginning to feel like home. We are meeting lots of our neighbors and enjoying the energy of having so many families in the building. One of our goals at Our Stomping Ground is to demonstrate not only that our members in the DD community benefit from inclusive and affordable housing, but that we are able to positively impact the enti...Read More »Gilliam Place: March Update

Landing on Our Feet at Gilliam Place

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we moved into Gilliam Place.  We’re happy to share that our members are settled in and thriving in their new apartments and community.  Despite the many challenges that COVID has presented, we’re grateful that our proximity allows us to stay connected with daily long walks exploring our new neighborhood and surroundings.

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City Center NOVA partners with SafeinHome

We’re delighted to announce our newest partnership with SafeinHome. SafeinHome is a trusted provider of Assistive and Sensor Technologies for people with disabilities in Virginia, and the only provider of Electronic Home Based Services (EHBS) currently available in the state. Like City Center NOVA, SafeinHome shares our vision of creating accessible living environments that support independent living and encourage lifelong learning through a 24/7 Remote Support Staff that offers guidance and encourages decision making while leveraging easy-to-use cutting-edge technology. Imagine… Read More »City Center NOVA partners with SafeinHome

July Gilliam Update

Sunday morning grocery delivery: Everyone in Gilliam Place  has been enjoying the ongoing generosity from our good friends and neighbors at the Arlington Presbyterian Church (APC). The church worked with Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, APAH, and the farmer’s from the Columbia Pike Farmer Market to provide an assorted and bounteous box of produce to be distributed to every family in the building first thing on Sunday mornings throughout the summer.  Our residents look forward to picking up the box and… Read More »July Gilliam Update

Inside The Autism Experience: Creating a Healthcare Communication Pamphlet

This past spring, Nita Baliga and Abraham Kwan were both enrolled in Dr. Sean Cleary’s course titled “The Autism Experience: A Public Health Perspective.” at the George Washington University. Through this course, graduates and undergraduates work together with non-speaking individuals with autism to learn more about the experiences and challenges non-speaking individuals with autism face.    Initially, both of us had limited experience working with individuals with autism, let alone non-speaking individuals with autism. Still, the idea of learning more about… Read More »Inside The Autism Experience: Creating a Healthcare Communication Pamphlet

Every Black Life Matters.

City Center NOVA unequivocally stands behind the Black Lives Matter Movement for racial justice. Black men and women with disabilities are especially vulnerable to racial disparities in our country. We must do all we can as an organization to provide equal access to safe, inclusive communities where everyone can live and work. We are deeply committed to reducing racial and other disparities in access to housing, employment, and well-being for adults with developmental disabilities. We stand in solidarity with the… Read More »Every Black Life Matters.

June Gilliam Place Update

An update on our community at Gilliam Place from our Program Director Donna Budway: We are happy to report that all of our members are well and settling into the new normal at Gilliam Place.  Several of our residents returned home to shelter with their families but almost everyone is back in their apartments now.  While almost all of our activities have moved online for the duration of the COVID lockdown, we have been able to continue with our daily social… Read More »June Gilliam Place Update

Spotlight on Our New Team Members

This past month, we had three new members join our City Center NOVA team! Read on for more about Maria Booker, Fredda Hurwitz, and Amanda Tinkleman. Maria Booker Hailed as a “Northern Virginian of the Year” by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2019, and the inaugural story behind her Alma Maters “Inspiring Leaders Initiative”, Maria Booker is an innovative community relationship builder with over 10 years’ experience supporting the Greater Washington non-profit community (Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and Metropolitan Maryland). Booker… Read More »Spotlight on Our New Team Members