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Morris Hall Meadows Celebrates Grand Opening in New Jersey

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October 21st was a beautiful day for a ribbon cutting ceremony and all those who attended the Morris Hall Meadows Grand Opening couldn’t have been more pleased with the homes and the weather!

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., along with representatives from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Green House Project, local, county and township officials all offered their words of praise and support for the six new skilled nursing Green House homes.  Ten elders will live in each home, which will include their own private bedroom and bath, a central heath area with a fireplace, full kitchen with home cooked meals and a dining area.

“It’s all about leadership — leaders who are willing to push through the status quo, to believe that there is a better way and a different way to grow old in America. It’s about leaders who say, ‘we’re going to defy the ancient stereotypes … and we are going to grab hold of the very best for our elders, and it really fits your mission so well, because it’s all about maximizing the quality of human life.” –Susan Frazier Ryan, Senior Director, The Green House Project.

IMG_1721One of those leaders for Morris Hall Meadows is the CEO for Morris Hall/St. Lawrence, Inc., Darlene Hanley.  She has been a champion for the project and was most pleased to tell the crowd that day that Lawrence Township has the distinction of having the first Green House homes in central New Jersey.  (Green House Living at Green Hill in West Orange, New Jersey were the first Green House homes in the state.)  The ribbon cutting event was covered by The Monitor in Trenton, New Jersey and includes a photo gallery of the event.

There are now 185 Green House homes across the country in 28 states.

Project Update: Morris Hall Meadows Slated to Open Late Summer

pic-two-of-Morris-Hall-Meadows2While cold temperatures and snow undoubtedly create challenges for construction crews…the Green House homes being developed in Lawrenceville, New Jersey are still set to open within the next four to five months.

Morris Hall Meadows will include six skilled nursing Green House homes.  Ten Elders will live in each home, which will include their own private bedroom and bath, a central hearth area with a fireplace, full kitchen with home cooked meals and a dining area.

The project is being developed by Morris Hall/St. Lawrence, Inc.  Morris Hall and St. Lawrence are both not-for-profit agencies sponsored by the diocese.pic-three-of-Morris-Hall-meadows1

Morris Hall consists of St. Mary’s Assisted and Residential Living and St. Joseph Skilled Nursing Center.

When the project was announced to the community, Darlene Hanley, President and CEO of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence, Inc., expressed, “The goal of the Green House Project and Morris Hall Meadow is to give options to consumers. Currently, there is only one Green House community in New Jersey, and we will be the second one in the state. We welcome the opportunity to share this unique project with the community and are pleased to offer both traditional and innovative options in nursing home care.”
pic-one-of-Morris-Hall-homesThe homes in Morris Hall Meadows will be Medicare and Medicaid approved.  Elders will have access to an array of services, further complemented by the therapy resources of St. Lawrence Rehabilitation center.

We are most excited about this project in New Jersey and look forward to the Grand Opening late this summer!