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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Group Homes, Homeless & Housing, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Human Services, Legal Services, Seniors, Seniors Rights

Mission: Celebrating more than 35 years of service, Legal Counsel for the Elderly champions the dignity and rights of Washington, D.C.'s elderly by providing free legal help to those in need -- empowering, defending and protecting vulnerable seniors.

Results: Founded in 1975, LCE was recognized recently as "One of the best small charities in the Washington, D.C. region" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Target demographics: Vulnerable, low-income seniors (age 60+) living in the District of Columbia

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000

Geographic areas served: District of Columbia

Programs: D. C. Law office -lce operates a law office providing a complete range of free legal services to qualifying d. C. Residents age 60 and older, including the d. C. Long-term care ombudsman program. The purpose of the law office is to provide high quality legal services via staff attorneys, paralegals, volunteers and pro bono attorneys, especially in areas of basic needs for older d. C. Residents, with an emphasis on those individuals who are vulnerable or otherwise in greatest need. The d. C. Law office also operates five self-help legal offices in the local community. Self-help offices are facilities where older people can obtain information that allows them to resolve their own problems. The d. C. Law office also includes a legal advice line for d. C. Residents over the age of 60. The dc long-term care ombudsman program (dcltcop) advocacy services include monitoring the quality of care delivered to residents living in their homes in the community and receiving long-term care services through the dc medicaid elderly and persons with physical disabilities (epd) waiver program. The home and community-based services (hcbs) ombudsmen serve as advocates, protecting residents' rights and promoting the highest possible quality of life and quality of care.

education and training - provide information, education, counseling, training, and research to older persons and their care providers in the district of columbia. Clients are assisted on various matters including medicare and medicaid, landlord/tenant disputes, real property tax sale/foreclosure prevention, self help services, and consumer and legal issues. Funding for programs is provided by aarp, the u. S. Department of health and human services, and donations from individuals, law firms and private foundations.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) has a phenomenal staff that personally impact and uplift the poor elderly residents of Washington, DC. Beyond that personal interaction, LCE goes one important step further, by identifying systemic issues that are essentially obstacles to elderly residents living their best lives. Equally important is the fact that some of the most successful attorneys and law firms in the city provide their services pro bono to LCE. Priceless!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Legal Counsel for the Elderly for over 20 year, and it is a terrific organization. The staff is totally dedicated to the mission and wonderful to work with. LCE fills a critical need in the District of Columbia protecting the rights of the city's elderly population.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed working with Legal Counsel for the Elderly and assisting their clients in the preparation of wills and powers of attorney. The training provided was very helpful and the responsiveness of the organization to questions has been very quick.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From personal experiences, I know that Legal Counsel for the Elderly is dedicated to its mission of providing representation for elderly residents of the District of Columbia. The staff of lawyers is led by Jan May, who not only is expert is elderly law but provides counsel to the greater community, works to achieve legislative goals and provides advice to the executive branch of city government. I should note my belief that the program works independently of AARP, its creator, so it can advocate for its clients without regard to any commercial interests. A solid program that should be replicated elsewhere.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a retired attorney who lives in Washington, D.C. in a diverse neighborhood with a mix of all income brackets and ages. I am periodically approached for advice. I particularly noted that the elderly were particularly vulnerable and often taken advantage of by landlords, and creditors attempting unlawful collection actions against Social Security and VA benefits.
I identified this organization and referred 2 very needy senior citizen to them for help. I was so impressed with the compassionate help they provided at no cost that I became a recurring contributor. I have been so touched by the impact of their work and the peace of mind it gives to some of the most vulnerable of our society.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Smart programs, dedicated staff, meaningful impact. As a nonprofit professional and graduate of Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, I gained the opportunity to work with and study a variety of nonprofit organizations. Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) ranks first on my list of the best nonprofits I've had the privilege to serve. Enthusiasm for their mission and devotion to their constituents is strongly felt throughout the organization. When combined with carefully crafted programs and thoughtful application of resources, LCE greatly exceeds the criteria of a model organization. Serving an area of great need in the District, LCE makes meaningful use of every donor dollar and if you are looking to support one organization, put LCE at the top of your list.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Masters of Social Work student from Howard University School of Social Work, with a concentration in displaced populations, I have had the honor and privilege of interning at Legal Counsel for the Elderly: Alternatives to Landlord/Tenant Court Project, for two years. While under the supervision and guidance of the Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have had the opportunity to assist the Alternatives Project in their proactive efforts to prevent homelessness and eviction for vulnerable elderly tenants in DC. Words cannot express how fortunate and gracious I am to have had the opportunity to observe such compassionate, empowering, non-judgmental, and holistic services to at-risk elders and their families; often facing mental, emotional, social, and environmental challenges. The team at LCE: Alternatives Project are truly an incredible illustration of how effective the collaboration of lawyers and social workers can be in insuring that vulnerable elders are not obtaining a Band-Aid, but acquiring comprehensive support services that attend to all of their psycho-social needs. I am a better social worker and individual from my experiences here at Legal Counsel for the Elderly: Alternatives to Landlord/Tenant Court Project.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My time working with AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) after law school was truly life changing. LCE is a group of passionate advocates for the elderly community in the District of Columbia. I had the opportunity to work with talented legal professionals and volunteers who prioritized every client and treated everyone with respect no matter the issue and no matter the person's circumstances. My favorite part of working with LCE was the one-on-one client interaction. Books cannot give you that type of interaction. It was a great learning experience that taught me a person-centered approach to advocacy, and I know my time with LCE will impact the rest of my career.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LCE provides vital services to the vulnerable elderly in DC. Their staff is lovely to work with and truly cares about making a difference in their clients' lives.

1 Nicholas M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The attorneys and support staff at Legal Counsel for the Elderly are all consummate professionals who are dedicated solely to advancing the interests of Washington, DC's vulnerable seniors. They are also a great group of people to work with -- friendly, passionate about their work, and confident that they are making a difference in their clients' lives. I would highly recommend this organization to others.