One Mission

ABHOW and be.group are creating a unified organization to transform senior living. The combined organization will have greater strength, resources and scale to achieve a greater mission: to provide all older adults with opportunities to age with enthusiasm, security and confidence.

ABHOW and be.group Come Together to Serve Growing Senior Demographic

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Why are ABHOW and be.group affiliating?
We are affiliating to better serve older adults and their families. We believe a combined organization will have greater strength, stability, scale and resources to meet the changing needs of a growing senior living market. Together, our unified organization will become the largest nonprofit senior living provider in California and one of the half-dozen largest nationally. More importantly, we will be well-positioned to serve a greater purpose: to transform senior living.

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The formal affiliation of two of California’s leading nonprofit providers of senior housing and services has been approved by state regulators. ABHOW and be.group have officially combined operations to create California’s largest nonprofit senior living provider and the sixth largest in the nation.

“Our unified organization will have greater strength, scale and resources to meet the changing needs of a growing senior living market," says John Cochrane, who will lead the new organization as its president and CEO. ABHOW’s former CEO, Dave Ferguson, will transition into an advisory role.

“We strongly believe that this affiliation will benefit those we serve and seek to serve, and help us to remain competitive in an increasingly challenging environment,” Cochrane says.

The newly unified company will provide continuing care, affordable housing, assisted living and memory support to nearly 10,000 residents in 84 communities across California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oklahoma and Idaho.

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Leadership

John Cochrane
President and CEO Cornerstone Affiliates

John Cochrane joined be.group in 2009. As president and CEO, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, overseeing operations and serving as the primary liaison to the be.group Board of Directors.
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David Ferguson
Executive Advisor

David Ferguson became president and CEO of ABHOW in 1995, having joined ABHOW in 1992 as executive vice president.
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Quick Facts

ABHOW

  • Total assets: $1 billion
  • Annual revenue: $250 million
  • Residents: 6,200
  • Team members: 2,400
  • Communities: 50

be.group

  • Total assets: $467 million
  • Annual revenue: $110 million
  • Residents: 4,000
  • Team members: 1,300
  • Communities: 34

The unified organization will serve residents in 84 communities across California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oklahoma and Idaho.


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To Our Residents: ABHOW, be.group Announce Affiliation »

5/2/2016 9:04 am

Residents: We are proud to announce the affiliation between be.group and American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) was completed on May 1, 2016.

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ABHOW and be.group Come Together to Serve Growing Senior Demographic »

5/2/2016 8:34 am

The formal affiliation of two of California’s leading nonprofit providers of senior housing and services has been approved by state regulators.

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The State of the Company »

4/7/2016 3:32 pm

With spring in full bloom, I’m reminded of John Henry Newman’s words, “Growth is the only evidence of life.”

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Hiring for the Heart »

2/29/2016 1:09 pm

As a teenager, Tyler Ichien served residents in the dining room at The Terraces of Los Gatos. He enjoyed building relationships and showed a passion for making a difference in the lives of seniors.

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ABHOW, be.group Create Strategic Vision Together »

2/12/2016 3:16 pm

Since ABHOW and be.group announced plans to affiliate last July, the two companies have been planning for the future together.

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Joining Forces for Stability, Enhanced Missions »

1/13/2016 10:38 am

Mary Muñoz has seen the future, and what she sees are more combined providers claiming a greater footprint on the landscape of senior living.

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Thriving Amid Change »

9/29/2015 5:36 pm

Cheryl Smith didn’t plan on moving to The Pearl on Oyster Bay. But the transition became a blessing after she lost her job and wanted to be closer to her son.

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Growing to Do More Good »

8/6/2015 11:50 am

“Sail forth — steer for the deep waters only,” wrote the poet Walt Whitman in 1869. We are taking those words to heart at ABHOW.

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Leaders Conduct Community Town Halls »

8/6/2015 11:43 am

Since the announcement of the planned merger between ABHOW and be.group, Louise Rankin has an important message for ABHOW’s residents: Our promises won’t change.

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ABHOW, be.group Announce Affiliation to Expand Mission »

7/7/2015 12:21 pm

On July 7, the board of ABHOW announced an affiliation with be.group, a Glendale-based nonprofit senior living provider.