An award for Excellence in Affordable Senior Housing Redevelopment was presented to Green Hills Community, West Liberty, during the 2016 Partners Luncheon in Columbus on May 26.
During the luncheon, hosted by Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, the Green Hills Apartments project received the award for the partnership of Green Hills, Episcopal Retirement Services, Model Construction and RDL Architects.
Through that partnership, funding was secured for the renovation of 76 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Following the 15-month project, all apartments now have improved lighting, central air, energy efficient appliances, spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers, new and wider sidewalks, a washer and dryer in each apartment and new larger porches.
Mike Ray, president and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the board, staff and residents. To the crowd of about 1,100 people, he explained the humble beginning of the campus was that started through monies raised during a bake sale some 45 years ago at the annual West Liberty Labor Day Festival:
“Their vision statement was ‘Our purpose is to meet the total needs – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – of the older person, to offer a secure environment, a sense of dignity, and to help them retain their lifestyle.’ That statement is what communities across this country strive for today and Green Hills has been doing it for 40 years.
“The bottom line is that we are able to continue the business of changing lives,” said Ray.
He explained that residents can now do laundry into their home without worry about crossing snowy sidewalks to the laundry room in winter. Those with developmental disabilities are now able to live on their own for the first time in their life. And, beginning this week, residents are able to be active and healthy on a brand new walking trail that was funded through donation and grant from the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation.
Submitted by Green Hills Community.