A Grace Place Adult Care Center
8030 Staples Mill Road
Richmond VA 23228-2322
Mission Statement

A Grace Place Adult Care Center is an adult day health center that provides essential health and social services for adults with disabilities and age-related conditions. A Grace Place also provides support for their caregivers.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lynne E. Seward
Board Chair Mr. Mark A. Tripodi
Board Chair Company Affiliation Salus Consulting LLC
Contact Information
Address 8030 Staples Mill Road
Richmond, VA 232282322
Telephone 804 261-0205
Fax 804 261-5755
E-mail info@agprva.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Former Names
Adult Development Center1967
Adult Care Services1993
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $2,595,444.00
Projected Expenses $2,866,767.00

A Grace Place Adult Care Center is an adult day health center that provides essential health and social services for adults with disabilities and age-related conditions. A Grace Place also provides support for their caregivers.


A Grace Place is proud to share our following organizational achievements:

  •  We have been recognized for our Memory Support program, our person-centered care practices, our service learning, and our LGBT sensitivity by VCU.
  • We partner with VCU and the Division of Community Engagement, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Autism Center for Excellence, Department of Design and the Department of Gerontology for research and program development for adults aging with autism. This is the only research in the United States being conducted for this population.
  • We are a BBB Accredited Charity, meeting all 20 of their Standards for Charity.

A Grace Place offers the only adult day health program equipped to serve those with complex medical needs. We understand that one-on-one care is not financially feasible for most middle-income families, let alone families with lower incomes. Those we serve have limited choices for care, especially if they wish to age in place. We're  also big enough to achieve some economies of scale that allow us to staff for the variety of conditions our clients face (and to be the largest adult day organization in Virginia). Caregivers are given the support they require to take care of their loved ones for as long as possible. We provide them the time and peace of mind to go to work, to take care of themselves, and to take part in social, community, and recreational activities.

  1. Funding for programs: Adult Day Health, Memory Support, Day Support for individuals with intellectual disabilities,  developmental disabilities and or autism.
  2. Volunteers who are self-directed and have the ability to support current client activities. Specifically, volunteers with backgrounds in music or creative art as well as volunteers to answer phones and tend to the front desk. We would love to have youth volunteers to create an intergenerational presence.  And, we welcome children and their parents from infancy to high school to share activities in an organized multigenerational  program. 



Since 1967, A Grace Place has provided person-centered care that helps our service population connect with the community and engage in life as much as possible. Louis Michaux, who had severe cerebral palsy, founded the agency. 

A Grace Place provides health services for 170 adults, age 18+, with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and age-related conditions. The individuals we serve come from the greater Richmond area, are low income, and typically have multiple chronic health conditions. Left unchecked, these chronic conditions deteriorate and may cause life-threatening complications. They also have functional limitations and need help with basic daily activities like communicating, eating, medication management, and toileting. We have an open admissions policy and serve individuals regardless of diagnoses, level of care needed, or income level. We have distinct program spaces for individuals based on their needs. 
For everyone we serve, we provide the following:
• Services Coordination – assess needs, develop individual plans, make referrals coordinate with other service providers, including rehabilitation agencies and transportation
• Nursing Care – daily supervision by professional nurses in coordination with care providers and specialists, including medication and vital sign monitoring, tube feeding, and emergency response
• Nutrition Services – assess needs, provide nutritious meals and snacks, monitor hydration and weight, provide nutrition counseling, evaluate for adaptive utensils and positioning, assist eating or total feeding as indicated, and supervise for safety
• Personal Care Assistance – evaluate needs, assist ambulation, toileting, dressing
• Cognitive and Emotional Monitoring and Support –continuously monitor cognitive and emotional status to improve or maintain function, provide brain health activities, and provide behavioral supports and crisis intervention
• Therapeutic activities – assess activity skills and interests, and create opportunities for social interaction, peer support, structured physical activity, cognitive functioning, life review, and community engagement
• Family Support Services – provide support groups and counseling, educational seminars, long-term care planning, consultation about home management and safety, adaptive equipment, home modifications and in home recreational activities

CEO Statement

Rather than a “daycare” facility, A Grace Place is a day health agency based on best practices. As such, we revolve all activities around individual physical, emotional, medical, and behavioral goals. The need for community-based programs like A Grace Place is growing with the federally and state-mandated move to deinstitutionalize care. Depending on the individual’s needs, the activities could include cognitive and memory enhancement, hand-eye coordination, communication skills, or self-care skills. The individuals we serve have limited choices for care, especially if they wish to remain living at home. One-on-one care is not financially feasible for most middle-income families, let alone families with lower incomes. There are several organizations in our region that have day programs for adults, but A Grace Place offers the only adult day health program equipped to serve those in medically frail conditions, those who are under the age of 60, and those who need help with toileting.

We will continue to work with the area's leading experts on aging and disabilities including VCU’s Division of Community Engagement, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Autism Center for Excellence and the Department of Gerontology. This past year, we have formed an organized partnership funded by the Council on Engagement to develop best practices for adults aging with autism. We recently received a second grant to develop programs, environmental design and research for this underserved population. We will also continue to support graduate students in VCU’s occupational therapy program through a practicum in which both the students and our clients’ benefit. We continue to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association on developing best practices.

Board Chair Statement

My personal experience with a loved one aging with Alzheimer’s disease reminds me of the need for agencies like A Grace Place. As board chair, I am proud to belong to a group of volunteers who wish to delve into issues concerning individuals that society often overlooks. Along with A Grace Place’s topnotch staff, we create a welcoming and professional day health center that accommodates even the most challenging behavioral or medical cases with confidence and composure.

One of the greatest challenges A Grace Place faces is that our service population does not always evoke the public’s embrace. Many of our clients, due to the extent of their disabilities and medical needs, require a higher level of care and service than other facilities are able to accommodate. In fact, people sometimes find the individuals we serve off-putting, perhaps reacting to the notion that they, or a family member, may one day need the types of services we provide. For our clients, the need for those services is very real, and I am delighted to associate myself with an organization that makes such a profound difference in the lives of our clients and their families, especially since many of these clients have no other options.

The agency’s commitment to these clients is paired with a commitment to the community, allowing us to share our mission with other entities and leverage partnerships for greater good. For example, a new grant-funded initiative with universities and other local entities will allow us to develop a “best practices” approach for adults aging with autism, one of the diverse populations A Grace Place is committed to serving.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Powhatan County

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mark A. Tripodi
Company Affiliation Salus Consulting LLC
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Email info@agprva.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. John Franklin BB&T Capital Markets
Mr. Robert E. Hazelton (Dominion Due Diligence Group
Ms. Wendy Pestrue JDBon Secours Virginia Health System, V.P. of Demographic Health and Wellness
Ms. Julie S. Peterman BB&T Capital Markets
Mr. Patrick Sanderson Neumann & Dunn
Mr. Mark A. Tripodi Salus Consulting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Risk Management Provisions
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Lynne E. Seward

Former CEOs
Mrs. Lynne K. Seward - Jan
Senior Staff
Mrs. Sheila Dalbey Program Director, Day Care
Alan L. Hutson Chief Development Officer
Ms. Joan Russell RNDirctore of Nursing and Wellness
Ms. Marsha Thornton Program Director, Connections
Full Time Staff 37
Part Time Staff 21
Volunteers 35
Contractors 2
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2015
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Time Award (Theoretical Innovation and Maintaining Evidence-Based Practice of Gerontology)VCU School of Gerontology2012
Accredited Charity SealBBB2013
Accredited Charity SealBBB2014

We provide daytime health services for adults with IDD (intellectual and developmental disabilities), age-related conditions, physical disabilities, Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias, and also provide respite and support for their caregivers. We serve adults, ages 18 and older and our current clients range in age from 20 to 100. We work with clients and their family caregivers to ensure every client is able to remain engaged in their surroundings, and remain as safe and healthy as possible.

Population Served Adults
Short Term Success
1.  Stabilization of individual with care needs.
2.  Ensure proper nutrition for low income members.
3.  Delayed placement in residential care facility.
4.  Enable family members to maintain employment.
5.  Reduce stress, improve health of family caregivers.
Long Term Success

Enable adults who are eligible for residential care facilities to live in their own homes or with family members, and participate in the life of the community.


Connections is built to serve adults diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Many within this program also have additional medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. Each participant in our Connections program has a personal care plan designed by our program director, the client’s case manager, and the client’s family and/or group home director. The personal care plans focus on individual goals, not specific activities. This allows the group to share activities and the connections they provide, while working on their personal goals with the support of a staff member. We provide a low staff member to client ratio which enables this intensive support. Activities occur both inside the agency and outside, to reflect the array of connections we all need to remain healthy and feel included.

Adult Day clients enjoy therapeutic recreation and nursing support in an environment that encourages social interactions as well as intellectual and physical activity. The space enables small and large group activities as well as field trips to local destinations such as parks, restaurants, and stores.

Explorers provides community inclusion and life skill development for residents of area nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. Participants’ diagnoses include intellectual disabilities and/or cerebral palsy and all require wheelchair and mobility assistance for the program’s daily outings into the community. The center also provides specialized transportation, including lift-equipped vans to support these outings. Activities are designed to build independence and increase socialization. Participants, supported by coaches, visit local stores and restaurants to shop and dine, take part in arts and crafts activities, and participate in regular exercise programs.


Memory Support serves those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Participants include the elderly in various stages of dementia, as well as younger adults with early onset Alzheimer’s. The program is located in an area specifically designed to ensure participants feel comfortable, safe, and supported. Our program’s holistic approach includes a regular schedule of physical, mental, and social stimulation daily.

CEO/ED/Board Comments

Our biggest challenge is the physical space in which our new programs take place. Due to licensure ratios, we don’t have the room to increase programs.

A Grace Place has two other challenges that are agency-wide. One of the overriding challenges we face as an agency is the community’s perception of the population we serve. There is that uncomfortable mix of pity and fear that puts people in an “out of sight, out of mind” disposition. We work to dispel those fears through education and by connecting our clients to their community and encouraging them to become active participants in it. As the community members’ fears are demystified, their ability to embrace diversity increases. Time and again, we witness new volunteers’ body language transform from closed and anxious to open and approachable as they become more comfortable with our clients.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $2,595,444.00
Projected Expenses $2,866,767.00
Endowment Value $415,144.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$11,259$0
Individual Contributions$67,827$308,596$545,206
Investment Income, Net of Losses$31,156$33,336$6,776
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$280$13,970--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,324,233$2,674,605$2,731,395
Administration Expense$145,592$228,443$447,069
Fundraising Expense$190,893$213,954$141,821
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.980.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue33%50%22%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,548,637$1,354,635$1,444,531
Current Assets$1,095,085$819,772$804,830
Long-Term Liabilities$0$48,994$68,674
Current Liabilities$264,968$337,129$321,336
Total Net Assets$1,283,669$968,512$1,054,521
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.132.432.50
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%4%5%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 5/2016View
Organization Comments Another continual trial we encounter is funding. Government funding is never enough to provide the level of care that our clients need and deserve. We are finding though, that by taking every opportunity to tell our story to the community, we are developing a viable and sustainable funding stream.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Meadows, Urquhart, Acree & Cook, LLP.
  • "Revenue from "Individuals" also includes support from special events, corporations and foundations.