As I sit here, I am musing about whether it even makes sense to wish happy birthday to an organization? Birthdays seem like a uniquely human thing. We celebrate our birthday as a creation of life and a reminder of growth. Can an organization, a corporate entity, something created on paper really be viewed as having a birthday the same way as a human being?
In the case of the Eden Alternative, I think so. It is so much more than an organization, a corporate entity, a piece of paper. It is a living, breathing organism…dynamic, growing, and ever changing. It has a spirit. Bill and Jude Thomas took a part of themselves 20 years ago and formed it. They cared for it and nurtured it like it was their own flesh and blood, deeply committed to its growth and well-being like any good parents.