This post is one in a series exploring each of the seven attributes – being productive, empowering, effective, enriching, reliable, responsive, and caring – revealed in the Listening Post’s Nonprofit Values Survey in detail. Please visit the Nonprofit Values overview page to browse our other items from this initiative, including the full report, blog posts, and outreach materials, and follow us on Twitter or Facebook to join the conversation.
For this post, we asked Listening Post Organization and survey respondent Landis Homes to tell us about how their organization embodied one of the seven values. The following guest post by CEO Larry Zook.
FOCUSING ON SUSTAINABILITY
Paying attention to the needs and desires of those wanting to come to Landis Homes led to the building of the new South Campus with its cottages and award-winning hybrids. Hearing the concern for sustainability and the organization’s existing passion for stewardship led to these newest units being LEED Gold certified!
FOCUSING ON INNOVATIVE LIVING OPTIONS
A growing voice in the listening project led to the movement toward creating Steeple View Lofts. Taking a four story tobacco warehouse in the vibrant downtown of Lancaster City and turning it into market rate rentals for people 55 and above was a direct result of responding to a call for urban based living options as well as for Landis Communities to provide places for people who either do not desire living in a continuing care community or may not be able to afford it. You can learn more about the project in the video below. This project fits the gap between subsidized housing and traditional options, a part of our commitment to being responsive where governments and the market are not providing options.
FOCUSING ON BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS
In responding to the goals set by the board, through the listening project, Landis Communities also has affiliated with Welsh Mountain Home, a small personal care facility on the other side of Lancaster County which serves many with fewer resources. With a shared heritage in the Mennonite Church, Welsh Mountain Home fit well with the goals and cultures of Landis Communities and expands the offerings of the organization even more.
Another strongly heard call was to serve as an incubator of ideas in the area of alternatives to traditional continuing care facilities. This meshes well with the responsive value of pursuing innovative approaches where necessary. A number of people have approached Landis Communities about helping in the formation of a cohousing effort in Lancaster County. We are stepping in and providing a small amount of staff time and structure to see if this effort can get off the ground.
Our vision and mission at Landis Communities is “Enriching Lives… by following God’s call to creatively serve the diverse needs and interests of older adults by developing opportunities and collaborative relationships.” We believe that good planning begins with good listening, and then being responsive to our stakeholders and the larger community in which we serve.
~ Larry Zook, President and CEO of Landis Communities
Cross posted from Landis Homes. Very special thanks to Larry Zook and Landis Homes for being part of this conversation.