“Living in a Wesley Housing community has strongly impacted all of us. Being in such a caring community with great residents and great people who were always willing to help was amazing."
Growing Up in Strawbridge
They moved to Northern Virginia in 2000. Abdi lived in Wesley Housing’s Strawbridge Square Apartments, and Mohammad and Sibtain lived nearby. While students, they all attended Wesley Housing’s after-school Homework Help program at the Lincolnia Community Resource Center at Strawbridge Square.
The importance of helping others was instilled in the boys as a key part of their Islamic faith. As they got older, all three volunteered to help younger residents at the Center. They became involved with the Capital Area REACH Program, which provided youth with a wide variety of programs, including community service activities, job training, and mentoring. REACH reinforced their passion for service.
“Our vision is for Golden Care to become the number one home health care agency in America,” said Mohammad. During his time interning at the Social Security Advisory board where he was exposed to the growing number of seniors in our society, Mohammad witnessed a drastic need for at-home health care.
“We all always had an entrepreneurial spirit about us,” Mohammad said. “Our mothers were always involved in the home health care industry, which exposed us to the ins and outs of the business.” To help meet a growing need, they came together to form their own home health services agency. Their goal was to provide compassionate, intelligent, and skilled nursing, personal care, and companion care in the comfort of clients’ own homes. “Due to our familiarity with that type of business, we thought it was a perfect idea.”
Golden Care’s owners continue to give back to residents living in Strawbridge Square and in other Wesley communities. Wesley Housing has contracted with Golden Care to provide training within the community to remove barriers to training access. Golden Care will provide certification courses to Strawbridge Square and ParcView Apartments’ residents.
"It puts us in a position to offer quality services to people who need it and to give back to the community we grew up in.”
“We feel there is a need for jobs not only at Strawbridge, but in other communities in our area,” Mohammad said. “Working with Wesley Housing has now given us an opportunity to offer these services in other neighborhoods and provide education and employment to residents.”
“Giving back has been rewarding for us,” Mohammad said. “Starting with helping a third-grader with his homework, to now helping seniors with technology courses in our monthly visits to senior centers--service will continue to be part of our business and personal lives.”