Our Mission Statement

Building Community with Respect and Hospitality

Evergreen Estates creates a welcoming environment for you—or your loved one—to call home. It is our mission to provide needed services to an elderly population in a home-like environment where compassion, hospitality, and respect are the foundation upon which all care is based.

Founded in 1987, Evergreen Estates Residential Care Communities started as and remains a locally owned and operated comprehensive care facility. Our one- and two-bedroom senior apartments offer security and community for elders who wish to retain a sense of independence while feeling safe and supported in their home environment. Our facilities offer a variety of amenities – from our in-house chapel to our delicious meals. At Evergreen Estates we are proud to offer all the comforts of home to the residents in our care. Families and friends of residents often comment on our cheery and warm décor and the professional and compassionate care of our staff. Experience, trust, and quality are the hallmarks of Evergreen Estates. Choosing to live at Evergreen Estates – for yourself or a loved one – is choosing the best care and a safe environment.

Evergreen Estates is and has been locally owned and managed by experienced and caring staff since opening its doors. Decisions about our organization are made locally by owner Pat Giorgio and in the best interests of those whose care we have been entrusted. Our team at Evergreen Estates is a group of professionals who believe we have more than a job to care for seniors. We have a vocation to do so. We are proud of the fact that some of our staff members have worked with us for more than a decade.

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Pat Giorgio
President & CEOAdministrator at Evergreen Estates I

Pat Giorgio is the founder of Evergreen Estates, truly a family-run business! She is motivated by her employees and the residents of the three Evergreen locations and has owned Evergreen Estates since 1993. She credits her success over more than two decades to honing her listening skills and paying attention to what’s really important. Pat was elected the Chair of the Board of Directors for The National Center for Assisted Living for the 2013-2014 term. She was elected after serving as NCAL’s Quality Committee Chair in 2010. In 2009, she received the AHCA/NCAL’s Joe Warner Award.

“Watching our residents develop friendships and listening to them visit with each other is a daily inspiration. We help to create a home for them and watching them minister and care for one another is so rewarding.”
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Matt Giorgio
Administrator at Evergreen Estates III and Director of Maintenance

Matt has worked at Evergreen from the ripe-old age of 14 – handling everything from mowing the lawns to fixing the washing machines. He has learned more than he could ever have imagined about all aspects of the business and life. Matt returned to Evergreen Estates full-time after graduating from Iowa State University and loves being an integral part of the family business. He manages Evergreen Estates III as Administrator and takes care of maintenance for all of the Evergreen Estates communities.

Matt’s favorite part of the day is giving and receiving those little smiles and saying hello to all of the caring residents.
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Kathy Ely
Administrator at Evergreen Estates II

Kathy has been in the Evergreen Estates family since 1992 and was initially interested in working in a residential care facility because her grandmother did when she was a child. “I remember spending the day at work with her on many occasions. I always looked forward to the time and enjoyed visiting with people while I was there,” Kathy says. Having fulfilled many roles on the team, from social worker and activity director, Kathy’s current role is Administrator at Evergreen II.

Kathy’s favorite quote is “When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.”
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Pam Guilford
Director of Marketing and Admissions

Pam grew up on a farm in Monticello and seeking adventure, moved to the New York City/New Jersey area for eight years before settling back in Cedar Rapids. In June 2009, she joined Evergreen Estates III as a dietary supervisor but sought more challenges and adventure. She went back to school and earned a degree in Social Services and was promoted to Administrator in January of 2014. She recently moved into the position of Director of Marketing and Admissions, to serve the efforts of all three of our residential care communities and to be a connection to the wider community.

“I lost my grandparents when I was fairly young. When I walk into work every day, I am surrounded by someone’s grandparents. I spend my week with them. I laugh with them. They greet me in the morning and occasionally when I remind them to use their walker they tell me to mind my own business. My day is still filled with little adventures of the best kind.”
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