About Circle Center
Circle Center Adult Day Services was founded in 1976 by five Richmond Fan District Churches – Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, First English Lutheran Church, Grace Covenant Presbyterian, St. James’s Episcopal and St. John’s United Church of Christ.
1976 – 1980
Stuart Circle Center opened their doors with a grant from Title III of the Federal Older Americans Act.
The Center started with five participants and two employees.
1980 – 1989
1982- The Center had a staff of 3 full-time and 8 part-time employees and 30 participants.
The agency affirmed a strong financial and philosophical commitment to serving a broad socio-economic cross section of the Greater Richmond community, and in1984 the Center became a partner of the Greater Richmond United Way with funding used exclusively to pay for care for low income participants without other reimbursement sources.
Stuart Circle Center starts a support group for Parkinson’s patients and their families.
In December 1986, the Center moved to leased space on the campus of United Methodist Family Services. The new site was licensed to serve 40 each day and was at capacity by 1990.
In 1987, a new relationship with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid) allowed the Center to expand its commitment to serving frail and disable elders regardless of income.
1990 – 1998
In 1991 the licensed capacity was increased to 43.
The agency added Saturday care to meet the growing needs of working caregivers.
In July 1994, Center programs moved into more than 11,000 square feet of newly constructed, and renovated space with a licensed capacity of 75 participants per day.
During the last half of the 1990’s, the Center census grew from 43 per day to 65 per day.
In 1998, the Center completed a 10,000 square foot, secure outdoor courtyard patio used for group activities and as a safe walking and exercise space for the growing number of participants with dementia.
In 1998, Stuart Circle Center, Inc. changed its name to Circle Center Adult Day Services to more clearly describe the agency’s service. With that name change a new logo was born.
2000 - 2009
In May 2002, Circle Center opened its cutting edge Montessori-based program for those with later stages of dementia. The Memory Lane program is the only one of its kind in Virginia. Two-year funding from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation provided start-up support and assistance to extend the program to educate family members providing care at home.
In August 2004, Circle Center purchased 2111 Spencer Road in Henrico County to be renovated in 2008 for a replacement facility.
The Bell Choir performed its first concert.
In December 2007, the larger 26,000 sf building located on West Marshall Street in Henrico County was purchased for renovation.
May 1, 2009 we were in our own, brand new facility!
2010 - Present
CEO Lory L. Philippo retired in May of 2015. Heather Turbyne-Pollard became the CEO in January 2020.
During the summer of 2015, renovation and construction of 5,100 square feet of additional program space was completed. The new space included an art room, library, music room, activity room, additional office space for staff and plenty of handicap accessible bathrooms. Circle Center’s licensed capacity grew from 85 to 130 participants per day.