Green House Blog

Congratulations to Jean Probst for being Trustee of the Year!

Congratulations to Jean Probst, a long time board member of Episcopal Homes of Minnesota, a Green House adopter, for being honored with Trustee of the Year!  Jean was honored at this year’s Aging Services of Minnesota Institute and Expo.

Marvin Plakut, the CEO of Episcopal Homes, nominated Jean for this award while recalling a meeting he had with her; “A petite and soft-spoken woman in her 70s, Jean opened the meeting with the comment…, ‘I’m troubled by how small your thinking is, Marvin.’”

Jean challenged Episcopal Homes of Minnesota’s plan for a $2 million renovation of their Alzheimer’s unit with a successful $10 million campaign because “the program and space needed to be totally transformed.”

In a letter congratulating Jean, Larry Minnix, the President of LeadingAge, expands upon the concept of small thinking versus big thinking, and “invite[s] all of us to hear Jeans Probst’s challenge that we are thinking too small.”

To read more about the difference between small thinking and big thinking, click here.

Congratulations Jean! Green House is honored to be associated with transformative thinkers like you!

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.