Have you ever come across a building or business in the community you live in and wonder how long it has been there or why you have never heard of it? In the city of Brooklyn Center, Earle Brown Terrace is one particular business that not a lot of people know about.
Earle Brown has quite the history in the community. Among many endeavors, Brown was appointed as the first chief of the Minnesota Highway Patrol. His office was built in Brooklyn Center in 1932. That office, rich in Minnesota history and character, is now known as the Earle Brown Terrace, a senior independent and assisted living facility; it has been in the community for the past 25 years.
Despite its history and location, not many people know it is there. Maria Young and Patti Jo Fraser, health care management degree students at Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center, recognized this challenge in their Long-Term Care class during Fall 2012 quarter.
After being in contact with Earle Brown Terrace, Young and Fraser learned that the organization has been talking for quite some time about hosting an open house to improve their visibility. Unfortunately, the facility has never had the time to plan out the details for an event to take place. Young and Fraser decided to assume the roles of “consultants” in an applied learning project so that the Earle Brown Terrace could make their open house a reality.
Eight weeks of planning took place, and on December 13, Earle Brown Terrace was able to host their first open house for the community. As a direct result of Young and Fraser’s efforts, many businesses and community organizations throughout Brooklyn Center participated in the event for residents of the center and the general public.
Barbara Schultz, Housing Specialist at Earle Brown Terrace and primary contact, commented, “It was so nice to do the event and not have to do the work. This was significant to us as we try to promote a sense of community for our residents.”
Schultz also intends to build on the relationships established as part of the project to provide expanded services to their residents in the future.
In addition to coordinating all of the activities associated with the open house, Young and Fraser provided Earle Brown Terrace with a summary of other recommendations to consider for building on the relationships they established at the open house.
Michael Zdychnec, health care management program chair at Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center and the instructor for the course said, “The goal of the project was to improve the visibility of Earle Brown Terrace to the general community. The goal was also to provide the class with the opportunity to experience running a project in the long-term health care market. It achieved both.”
Earle Brown Terrace has been around for many years, and because of Young and Fraser’s efforts, it will likely be around for many more.
If you want to learn more about the event, check out an article that the local Sun Post wrote.