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Happy New Year! THE GREEN HOUSE® Project has some special resolutions for 2014

The beginning of a new year always brings a sense of excitement…a chance to reflect on our accomplishments…a chance to strategize about what improvements can be designed to further our mission or goals in life.  As I turned the day calendar on my desk this morning, I believe the message was perfect:  If we celebrate the years behind us they become stepping stones of strength and joy for the years ahead.

After celebrating our 10th Anniversary in 2013, The Green House Project team and our adopters are most anxious to start our 2nd decade off with a renewed energy to spread the good news about The Green House model and the high quality of care and service that it provides to Elders.

To attain that goal, we’ll certainly be “on the road” with our message at a number of conferences including Impact Texas, AHCA Independent Owners, Environments for Aging and a variety of LeadingAge state conferences including Aging Services of Minnesota in February.  It is especially exciting to speak in Minnesota because, in 2014 our first homes in that state will open in Mankato.

There is also a very special nationwide tour combining the talents of Dr. Bill Thomas, The Green House Project, and others in the works…but you’ll just have to wait to hear more about that in the coming months!

We are also resolving this year to further enhance our Green House workshops, Green House overview webinars and to provide that critical financial information through a series of webinars beginning in February.

We feel strongly that our Peer Network is a huge part of our value proposition.  This group has made significant strides over the past 12 months, and the outlook for 2014 is exciting.  A robust schedule of educational webinars, exclusive to Green House adopters, is already planned through the first quarter of the year. Organizations who have adopted this model, learn about a variety of topics and share best practices, not only with industry leaders, but with their peers.  We will work together to continuously enhance the opportunities to learn, grow and thrive as a movement.  

Our education programs are a critical element in making a successful Green House home, and we are committed to expanding and deepening this imperative offering. Through careful evaluations and Peer Network support, in 2014 we will begin working on additional modules of education for the leaders of our adopting organizations and for the new team members in Green House homes.

Of course with the generous support of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other partners we are working on a number of special projects.  Stay connected to our website, facebook and twitter to for the latest details!

They say that culture change is a journey without a destination, and at The Green House Project we embrace this concept.  Every year we resolve to learn more by working with all of you, to create a world where Elders are seen as creative, resourceful and whole.

Chinese Delegation Learns from The Green House model

A delegation from China recently visited The Green House Residences of Stadium Place.  The translator of the group relayed, “The purpose of this trip is to learn about the infrastructure (of such facilities), so they can implement it (in China) as a successful business model.”   This visit, hosted by the Maryland Department of Aging and the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), represents an opportunity to highlight innovative models as a solution for the challenges and opportunities of global aging.  Stephanie Hull, acting deputy secretary for the Department of aging, said to the delegation, :  “Like you, we have a large aging population.  When they need help, our goal is to try to help them get that in their homes, or in places like Green House [homes],” so they can age” with dignity and independence.”

The Green House Residences of Stadium Place is an urban style model with 4 homes stacked vertically and built on the site of the old Memorial Stadium and opened since April 2012. This project was developed by Govens Ecumenical Development Corp (GEDCO) and is managed by Catholic Charities.  NCB Capital Impact helped to finance this project through public-private partnerships including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Weinberg Foundation, Baltimore City, the state of Maryland, and private donors.  This Green House project represents the potential to serve low income elders in their community in a real home.

Nationally there are Green House projects open in 25 states with many more in development.  Click here to find a Green House home near you or how to bring one to your community.

 

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Holiday Favorite – Pecan Tassies…A special recipe shared by Ms. Troxel from St. Martin’s in the Pines Green House homes

Wondering what you might want to bake this weekend for your holiday party?  Why not try this Pecan Tassies recipe from Ms. Troxel!  They are cute little tarts…miniature pecan pies that everyone will enjoy. The holidays are a special time for all of us…including Ms. Troxel.  Her Green House home at St. Martin’s in the Pines just had a holiday celebration and she was most pleased to participate in the planning and the festivities!

Click here to see the typed version of the recipe OR click here and see the hand written Pecan Tassies recipe from Ms.  Troxel. Either way you’re sure to enjoy the results of your efforts!