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The Green House Residences at Stadium Place–A nostalgic spot for long-time Baltimore residents

Via McKnights

As the World Series is getting underway you may not be aware that the new Green House homes in Baltimore have a special connection to both baseball and football! 

Read more about this special project and how the YMCA built new baseball playing fields directly on top of where the old playing field was located AND how Elders at their dining table overlook home plate!

Policy Event Launches National Conversation about Advancing the Green House Model

On May 30, The Green House Project, in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hosted a groundbreaking policy event at the newly opened Green House Residences at Stadium Place. As the first Green House project in the state of Maryland, the proximity of Stadium Place afforded an opportunity for more than 70 national leaders in government, aging and long-term care to see the homes firsthand and launch a national conversation about how to make Green House homes a choice in every community.

With the support of Green House program experts, adopters, and researchers, the event served as an opportunity for education about the unique elements of the Green House model and the positive, evidence-based outcomes of the cultural and environmental transformation. Following a discussion of early results from emerging consumer research and a new pilot study on Medicare and Medicaid cost savings, Don Redfoot, Strategic Policy Advisor of AARP, noted that, “the Green House model demonstrates that you don’t have to have an institutional model to provide a high-level of care.”

Perhaps most inspiring was the testimonial of Ann Frohman, granddaughter of former Green House elder, Mary Valentine. Ann demonstrated how her grandmother “sprouted wings” while living in the Green House homes in Lincoln, NE. Through Anne’s reflections, the need was validated for continued collaboration and conversations about ways in which to impact elders nationwide through growth of the Green House movement.

Stadium Place Manifests Hope for Low and Moderate Income Elders

U3_Green-House-Stadium-Place-Watercolor-not-on-sheet_1000x800-428x320“We used to have home plate,” Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke told the crowd at Thursday’s opening ceremonies of The Green House Residences of Stadium Place . “Now we have home sweet home.”
The Grand Opening of Stadium Place, built on the site of Memorial Stadium, had all the festivities of opening day at the ballpark, complete with hot dogs, and a ceremonial first pitch thrown out by Dr. Bill Thomas and elder, Shirley Dickens. It was a wonderful culmination to a long and winding journey with strong partners. The Green House Project is built on relationships, and this project, the first in Maryland, highlighted that core value. GEDCO’s steadfast vision partnered with NCBCI and RWJF’s creative and innovative financing to create a home where Catholic Charities, with a long history of compassionate care, could create real home, in the community, for the community!Stadium-Place-1

In addition to the Oriole Bird, the media were present to document this moment that propels Baltimore to the forefront of providing cutting edge services for low income elders. The Baltimore Sun covered the Stadium Place grand opening with a great story about the elders and background on the project. A couple TV stations attended the festivities and WBAL Channel 11 broadcast this excellent story featuring Stadium Place’s administrator Nate Sweeney GEDCO Executive Director, Mitch Posner and others. A blogger from Kaiser Health News also attended the gala and wrote a post touting the research proving The Green House Project model. WYPR 88.1 FM’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast interviewd Dr. Bill Thomas about the urgent need to provide long term care to underserved populations he was joined by Brown University assistant professor Zhanlian Feng, who has led ground-breaking research about the changing ethnic and racial make-up of nursing home residents.
Stadium-Place-4-478x198This event was one of those beautiful days, where everyone in attendance is filled with hope, and happiness.