August 2013

In This Issue
NPR Features The Green House Project: 'What Comes Next for Elder Care?'
AARP Foundation and Weinberg Foundation Invest to Extend Green House Model to Low-Income Seniors
Financing a Green House home
Sixth Annual Green House Meeting & Celebration, Boston, MA
McKnight's Features Green House Pioneer, Steve McAlilly
Green House Educator: Culture Change is a Journey
Celebrating 10 Years of Leading a Legacy


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 Dr. Bill Thomas, the visionary who created The Green House model after realizing that his Harvard medical education didn't give him the tools to treat loneliness, helplessness and boredom,  has spent his life trying to answer the question, "What comes next?"  With more than 1 million Americans living in nursing homes that were built in the 1960s and 1970s the time is ripe to consider a "shift from large institutional nursing homes to small and more friendly [homes]."

This summer,  NPR reporter, Ina Jaffe (@InaJaffeNPR), spent some time at The Green House Residences of Stadium Place, the first Green House project in Maryland, which serves predominantly low income elders.


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Princeton, NJ - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) efforts to bring high-quality skilled nursing care to low-income seniors got a boost recently as both AARP Foundation and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced new investments in The Green House Project. The new commitments bolster the national loan fund for Green House homes that RWJF helped to establish in 2011 with a 10-year, $10 million low-interest credit facility.

AARP Foundation unveiled a new $2.5 million program-related investment (PRI) in innovative housing options for the vulnerable, 50+ population, including The Green House Project. The Weinberg Foundation simultaneously agreed to formalize and grow its existing grant program for skilled nursing facilities that both adopt The Green House model and serve low-income populations. The Weinberg Foundation has committed to a minimum of $8 million in capital grants for Green House residences this fiscal year alone.


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The recent announcement of new investments in THE GREEN HOUSE® Project has made it an exciting time for all us working to promote the replication of this national initiative!


We thought you might like to know a little more about the special couple behind The Weinberg Foundation.   It's a story that begins with parents that immigrated to this country with a lot of hope...but not a lot of money. 



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MONEY TREEThe Green House Project recognizes that financing is a crucial element of any new development. As a program within NCB Capital Impact, we can partner with lenders to create a streamlined process and many specialized financing options. NCB Capital Impact is a nonprofit, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that works across the nation to improve access to high-quality health and elder care, healthy foods, housing, and education in low-income communities.



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Being a part of The Green House network is an opportunity to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself! This is never more true than when we come together for our Annual Meeting and Celebration. This year is certain to be a revolutionary time in Boston! Registration began this week for Peer Network members to attend the Sixth Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration at the Omni Parker House in Boston, MA.




A recent profile in McKnight's Long Term Care News, features Steve McAlilly, CEO of Mississippi Methodist Senior Services, the first Green House homes. "Thanks to McAlilly's nurturing, the Green House model has grown from concept to phenomenon."

The article profiles Steve's upbringing, and the winding path that brought him to the helm of Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo, MS.  It has been 10 years since the first Green House homes opened, and it is astounding to look back at all the factors that aligned to make this dream a reality.  McAlilly says the "great adventure" of the Green House taught him how to "move forward without knowing all the answers."


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Last week, the 16 Eddy Village Green House homes graciously hosted 26 people from various parts of the country as they embarked on the week-long training through THE GREEN HOUSE® Project Educator program. The Educator program is a "train the trainer" program in which participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to return to their respective sites and provide their teams with the core education that is the foundation of the Green House model. 


The Educator program began in 2009 and the August 2013 Educator class was the largest in its history! Participants represented 9 different states including individuals from the first Green House homes in Tupelo, Mississippi. Other states represented were: Florida, New York, Wyoming, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.



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Mary Hopfner-Thomas
Rachel Scher McLean

Published monthly to share information with providers, elders and others about THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, a new and innovative approach to long-term, skilled nursing care. To learn more, visit

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