By Robert Jenkens / Posted on February 28th, 2012
Remarks of Robert Jenkens, Director, The Green House Project at The Green House Living for Sheridan opening celebration on 2/27:
It is a real pleasure to be here today to offer congratulations to The Green House Living for Sheridan team and board, from The Green House Project, NCB Capital Impact, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The Sheridan Green House project is the 29th to open in the United States. This is a significant accomplishment for any organization and it puts Sheridan’s efforts squarely in the pioneering group of Green House adopters.
It takes skill, hard work, and courage to be among the first of a radically new approach. But it takes audacity and vision to take on a transformative innovation as a start-up community led organization. The Green House team has talked to many citizen groups interested in bringing the Green House model of skilled nursing home care to their community. All of these groups have the passion for change, but very few are able to bring this model to fruition.
When I first met Doug, Carmen, and Keith at the Green House workshop in Tupelo, MS in 2006, I knew they represented a group who could succeed. The first sign I had was that they walked right up to the front of the room and took up positions directly across from the podium. Nobody has done this before or after.
The second sign was the questions they asked. Despite being surrounded by experienced nursing home CEOs, CFO’s, and DONs, they were not intimidated. Their questions were intense and smart.
The third sign was the emotion in their eyes. Their commitment to bringing a new long-term care choice to the people they cared passionately about, their friends and neighbors in Sheridan, was clear. It was obvious to me that very little was going to stand in their way. I assume that audacity is a Wyoming trait?
And so it is with the deepest gratitude that I thank The Green House Living for Sheridan Board, Team, and community for a culture of audacity that has made you such good partners to The Green House team, NCB capital Impact, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Congratulations again for the skill, perseverance, and sacrifice that were necessary to convert your passion into the first community-led skilled nursing Green House homes to open in the country.