Mission & History Building on Our Heritage, Innovating for the Future

Our mission is simple

NLCS honors, inspires and supports choice and opportunity in partnership with older adults.

Mission & History

With this mission of service in mind, NLCS is here to help seniors get more out of life: more friendships and new pursuits, more comfort and spiritual fulfillment, and more security and freedom to live the life you love. The Village at Providence Point is a special community within the NLCS system because its prime location in Annapolis means residents will not only get the benefit of our campus—but of the greater Annapolis community.


The Not-for-Profit Difference

National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential, and health care options through retirement communities and services in Maryland and Virginia.

As a not-for-profit with more than 130 years of serving seniors, NLCS offsets the cost of care for residents who can no longer afford it by providing more than $5 million in benevolent care yearly. Revenues are also invested back into its communities (residents and staff included), for better services, amenities and capital improvements.


Our History

What once started as a small cottage for seniors in Washington, D.C. is now a family of retirement communities and services located in Maryland and Virginia. As seniors’ needs have changed, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) has adapted to better meet those needs. NLCS’ heritage is rooted in the Lutheran expression of faith, but welcomes people of all beliefs and backgrounds.

The first National Lutheran Home welcomed residents in 1895 and underwent several expansions. In 1980 it relocated to Rockville, Md., and built a 300-bed skilled nursing facility on 30 acres, now known as The Village at Rockville.

NLCS continues to answer the call to meet the needs of seniors in its region. In addition to The Village at Providence Point and The Village at Rockville, the National Lutheran family includes The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., The Village at Augsburg in Baltimore, Md., myPotential at Home and Impact1890.