History of Circle Center Adult Day Services




On May 1, 1976, we started with 5 participants and 2 employees, the executive director and the program director. By June 1, we had 18 members enrolled. On July 23, 1976, the Richmond Times Dispatch stated that the center "hopes to provide medically oriented day care as well as the usual recreational facilities, so that the elderly can continue to live independently or with their families instead of having to be sent to nursing homes."


  • The Center moved to a fee-for-service funding model.
  • 1980- Lory Phillippo is hired as the second Executive Director. New executive leadership brought expansion in services to family caregivers, increases in the participant census, development of new funding sources, and establishment of a scholarship fund.
  • 1982- We had a staff of 3 full-time and 8 part-time employees and 30 participants.
  • A grant from A.H. Robins helped start our Family Support Group.
  • 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.
  • Center attendance grew to 20 per day, with a continuous waiting list.
  • A small satellite center with 8 participants was established at St. James Episcopal Church as the Center looked for larger accommodations to expand and consolidate operations.
  • SCC starts a support group for Parkinson’s patients and their families.
  • 1986 -We celebrate our tenth anniversary.
  • 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. On-site occupational, physical and speech therapy were added through an agreement with Instructive Visiting Nurse Association.




  • 1991- We celebrate our fifteenth anniversary.  The licensed capacity was increased to 43.
  • The agency added Saturday care to meet the growing needs of working caregivers.
  • OT, PT and Speech were provided through an agreement with IVNA (Instructive Visiting Nurses Association).
  • 1992- Our family support group celebrates its tenth anniversary.
  • An emphasis on community networking led to mutually beneficial relationships with 28 other agencies and departments for such diverse activities as student internships and donated transportation for Center outings.
  • Arrangements were made to lease a second building from United Methodist Family Services and development activities were initiated to raise in excess of $450,000 for renovations to more than double Center space. Construction began in January 1994.Waiting lists continued and significant expansion of Center space and services were needed to meet the growing demand for adult daycare.
  • 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/day.
  • In 1996, we celebrated our 20th anniversary.
  • During the last half of the 1990's, the Center census grew from 43/day to 65/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. The patio courtyard was completed largely with volunteer labor and donated materials. The brick and wrought-iron fence was funded with a grant from the Parson's Foundation.
  • In 1998, Stuart Circle Center, Inc. changed its name to Circle Center Adult Day Services to more clearly describe the agency's service.



  • During 1998-99, Circle Center took a leadership role with United Way Services in developing a methodology for measuring program outcomes for adult daycare centers. The methodology continues to be refined and expanded.
  • In 1999, Circle Center received a grant from The Annabella R. Jenkins Foundation to add a half-time nurse practitioner to the staff. The new position enhanced the agency's ability to respond to increasing acuity levels in the participant population through closer collaboration with primary care providers.
  • Also in 1999, a part-time community liaison was added to increase outreach efforts in the community.




  • A development consultant was added in 2000, in anticipation of agency program and site expansion.
  • A grant from Philip Morris funded the addition of daily breakfasts for early-arriving participants. Within the first month, 40% of participants had added breakfast to their Center care plan.
  • Grants in 2000-01 from the Rotary Club of Richmond, several foundations and friends enabled the Center to add a room for a new, specialized, Montessori-based program for those with later stages of dementia.
  • In 2001, we celebrated our 25th  anniversary.
  • On May 1, 2001, Circle Center Adult Day Services celebrated its 25th Anniversary of service to frail and impaired older adults and their family caregivers.
  • 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.
  • Also in mid 2002, the agency was notified that its lease on the United Methodist Services campus would not be renewed in May of 2009.
  • Extensive planning and feasibility work led to the August 2004 purchase of 2111 Spencer Road in Henrico County to be renovated in 2008 for a replacement facility. Space was leased to cover operating expenses while a $1.9 million capital campaign to retire the mortgage and renovate the space was begun.
  • In 2006, we celebrated our 30th anniversary.
  • With $1.7 mm raised by the fall of 2006, an opportunity arose to become involved in a new program, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) with Bon Secours Richmond Health System. Bon Secours later determined not to pursue the PACE opportunity; Circle Center received significant community encouragement to purchase the larger facility to better position itself for long term growth.
  • By November 2007, the campaign had raised $2.1 mm and the public phase was launched, financing for the project had been arranged, the BSRHS lease was ready for signatures and an offer on the building was ready for the sellers. With those steps completed, the Spencer Road building was placed on the market.
  • 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 $1.7 million with 11,000 sf leased to Bon Secours for 5-8 years. The lease would provide income for the capital project, offer potential opportunities for services collaboration, and provide time for CCADS to grow into the larger space as increasing numbers of older adults need services in future decades. The Capital Campaign goal was raised to $3.4 million to support the total project cost of $4.3 million; $2.7 million had been raised by July 2008
  • Renovation plans were finalized and the work began in May 2008. The Center moved to its new facility with a licensed capacity of 85 on January 5, 2009. Meanwhile, the economic downturn hampered sale of the Spencer Road building and lead to a longer term strategy for raising the balance needed to close the campaign. Dedication of the new facility and re-dedication to its longstanding mission was set for May 3, 2009.
  • May 1, 2009, was the Center’s 33rd anniversary.  We were in our own, brand new facility!
  • Program development continued with additional resources designed into the new facility. Dedicated space for a Wellness Program facilitated addition of strength, flexibility, posture and balance training, chair yoga and Tai Chi, massage, Wii and parachute exercise activities, and space for long standing on-site occupational, physical and speech therapy and home therapy programs. A second new program provides Snoezelen therapy (sensory integration) for those who are withdrawn and disengaged or anxious and restless. Both programs are provided by certified staff and make significant contributions to the sophistication of care provided, the functional abilities of those in care and Circle Center’s continuing reputation as a trailblazer in community-based eldercare.
  • Selection for a capstone project by a VCU Fast Track MBA student team brought new approaches to marketing the Center in the spring of 2009.



2010- Present

  • In September 2012, Center CEO Lory L. Philippo, was recipient fo the National Adult Day Services Association's highest award, the Ruth Von Behren Award for sustained contributions to the development of adult day nationally over 30 years.
  • In Spring 2013, Circle Center won the VCU Department of Gerontology TIME Award for innovation and best practices in several Center programs: Montessori, Snoezelen/Multi-Sensory Room, Wellness and Electronic Health Records.
  • In anticipation of Medicaid moving to managed care in early 2014, the nursing and social work positions were upgraded to full-time with support from Bon Secours Health System and Genworth.
  • CEO Lory L. Philippo, retired in May of 2015 and Amy Bodman, MBA, OTR/L became the new CEO of Circle Center.
  • 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.
  • May 2016 we celebrated our 40th year anniversary!