The consultants said a town the size of West Liberty couldn't raise the dollars needed to see their dream become a reality. That did not deter the townspeople. They continued to meet and plan as if they already had the funding needed. Seven churches joined together to comprise the corporation. Those churches were Bethel, South Union, and oak Grove Mennonite congregations, Church of God, Mt. Carmel Friend church, Grace Chapel and the United Church of Christ. (all continue to be sponsoring churches today) Two members of each of these churches formed the original board of trustees.
It's so interesting that this first board of trustees was so creative in their fund development strategy.
They learned that the Farmer's Home Administration had money for building in rural areas. They worked with them to receive a $1 million loan. This was the first of it's kind given to a senior housing and nursing campus. Once again a group of people who had no experience in senior housing or nursing care lead the way with an innovative idea. That particular idea got them 2/3 of their funding!
The bulk of the final $500,000 came from 447 individuals. Each of the seven sponsoring churches asked every member to give. (see picture of pledge cards they kept) The gifts ranged from $5 to $5000. The equivalent of those gifts today would be $25.14 to $25, 412.55.
This part of the Green Hills story continues the progressive thinking that still sets Green Hills apart today. It also highlights the fact that ordinary people gave what they could to build a dream. One church alone couldn't have done it, but the power of those seven churches built the Green Hills legacy.