Evergreen was founded in 1965 by Howard and Ruth Rowland as a health and welfare ministry of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. Open to people of any faith, Evergreen Manor was dedicated in November 1967.
Evergreen Manor at that time included ninety-two apartments plus nursing home accommodations for fifty residents. Two years later several independent cottages (ranch-style houses) were built. In 1970, the Wisconsin P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter House Fund Board (now H.E.L.P. Fund) affiliated with Evergreen by contributing funds to build additional cottages and Evergreen was designated as the official P.E.O. retirement home in the state of Wisconsin.
In 1974, twenty assisted living apartments and fifty-six nursing care accommodations were added.
In 1983, Evergreen Village was incorporated as the only cooperative retirement residence in the area and the first of six condo-style Village buildings was completed in 1985.
To recognize the continuum of living options, the Evergreen Manor name was changed in 1989 to Evergreen Retirement Community.
Evergreen ShareHaven, a group home for those with Alzheimer's or other dementia, was opened in 1994 with a generous financial gift from the Ladies Benevolent Society.
The innovative neighborhood-concept Creekview skilled nursing facility was opened in 1997 and is now called Creekview North. Creekview South skilled nursing and Creekview Center, which includes the Fitness and Aquatic Centers, Aerobic Studio, Evergreen Therapy Services, and Creekview Café, opened in 2004.
In 2005, Garden Heights Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) was opened for those who require a higher level of assistance, but do not need skilled nursing care.
Several years later, Evergreen again expanded services to include short-tem post-surgical and rehabilitation skilled nursing and Evergreen At Home, a provider of in-home services for those who live independently on our campus or in the greater Oshkosh area community.
Evergreen today offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care to over 300 residents as well as Evergreen At Home services to almost 100 clients.
Throughout our history, Evergreen has been committed to meeting the individual needs of each resident and helping each one to reach their highest wellness potential. Over the years our life enrichment opportunities have expanded greatly in order to promote wellness in all areas including physical, social, intellectual, emotional, vocational, environmental and spiritual. We believe that wellness is a lifelong, active process and we encourage individuals to choose a positive lifestyle that balances the health and well-being of mind, body and spirit.