Crystal Carr Townsend Joins The Washington Home As CEO

Foundation to Continue to Fund $5M Annually to Washington, DC Organizations That Support Seniors

Washington, DC (January 25, 2024) – The Washington Home (TWH) announced today that Crystal Carr Townsend has joined the foundation as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Beginning her new role on January 29, Ms. Townsend will work with the organization’s board, staff, and area community members and partners to foster expanded alliances and engagements that create lasting change for the Washington, DC, senior community.

Previously, Ms. Townsend worked for 12 years as President & CEO of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation in Maryland.

Under her leadership, the organization provided $49.5M in funding through 1,100 nonprofit grants that supported Montgomery County health and wellness services for more than 140,000 residents annually.

“I’m excited to join The Washington Home and focus on community centered, collaborative, and innovative solutions for the delivery of health, wellness, and social services that our area seniors deserve,” said Townsend. “There is incredible opportunity to make systemic, and long-standing impact for all Wards across the City.”

The recently released 2023 TWH Annual Report noted that in the past year the foundation formed 39 community partnerships and provided $5M in funding across eight Wards to serve 58,000 seniors and their families.

Sharon Collins Casey, Board Chair of The Washington Home added “The foundation continues the 135-year legacy of The Washington Home & Community Hospices, dedicated to a mission to support older adults in communities throughout the Washington, D.C. area.” She added “Ms. Townsend has the expertise and compassion to steward TWH into its expanded phase of philanthropy to support the organizations and partners caring for this often under-supported community of seniors.”

About TWH

The Washington Home (TWH) is a DC-based foundation that seeks to improve the lives of the elderly and those facing end of life, strengthen senior communities and reduce inequality in access to care. Our philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue caregiver support, enhance connection, and foster respect and dignity for seniors. We invest in local, community efforts to address social isolation, caregiver relief, food insecurity and specialized health care for seniors and the critically ill. Learn more at


Sharon Collins Casey
Board Chair, The Washington Home