of People, for People.
Each day at Emerald Communities, we strive to create communities that exceed the wants and needs of older adults—both today and well into the future. This singular focus guides us in every aspect of our organization.
Not-for-profitDedicated to a mission of service, while remaining true to core values of integrity, stewardship, empowerment, faith, change and choice.
Our missionA faith-based, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership for its affiliate organizations to create and enhance lifestyle opportunities for seniors.
Our visionGuided by faith-based principles, Emerald Communities will be preeminent in the marketplace to strategically influence, serve and support seniors in their lifestyle choices.
We honor all commitments and contracts.
We manage financial, physical and other resources in the most prudent manner.
Residents, staff, board and others are involved as appropriate in making decisions.
As a community based upon Christian values, we welcome people of all faiths as residents and staff as we work to create an inclusive climate for faith expression, respect and compassion.
We are open to change, not for its sake, but to fulfill the organization’s mission.
We provide residents with options for individual choice.
30+ years. One vision.
In 1992, Emerald Heights opened its doors in Redmond, Washington, and the dream for a better kind of retirement living became reality.
It all started with the forward-thinking vision of one man. Whitney Corwin, who lived in the Bellevue area, became familiar with the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) model and was impressed with everything it had to offer. But the closest CCRCs were in Seattle, and all with long waiting lists.
So, Corwin conceived and championed the idea of creating a CCRC to serve older adults on the Eastside of Seattle. He recruited fellow board members, and they worked tirelessly for nearly 10 years to find the ideal location and secure financing for Emerald Heights.