Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio is building the two Green House homes, which are expected to be open for moving in on Oct. 1, 2012, said Laura Voth, CEO. For this team, who has been on their culture change journey for many years, this is a beautiful statement.
In describing the essence of the model for those living in The Green House homes, Laura said, “It is all about choice,” she said. “If they say, ‘I don’t want to,’ they don’t have to. If they say, ‘I want to,’ we can make it happen.”
The Green House model creates a better life for those who are living and working in the homes. The model is radical because if transforms the environment, the philosophy and the organizational structure. Says Laura Voth, “Our caregivers … they know their residents far better than anybody else,” she said. “We need to give them the authority to make decisions that will make a difference in the residents they serve. And in this model, it allows that to happen.”
Menonite Home held a “ground blessing ceremony” for the structures on Friday, October 21, across the street from the site, to kick off the project. The project broke ground on Tuesday, October 25!
As the first Green House Project in Ohio, Menonite Home will house 20 elders. Each resident will have his or her own bedroom and full bathroom, the opportunity to eat at a dining room table that seats all of the elders and shahbazim, and access to a hearth room, den, front porch, back patio and fenced backyard with a walkway, she said.
To read more about Menonite Home’s recent ground blessing, click here.