The 21st century has seen a great many ideas that were once part of our national culture be rendered obsolete, and many people claim that one of our oldest beliefs; that of the American Dream, is among them. Further still, people believe that a business that was founded on the idea of helping people can’t stay profitable, thus the American Dream such as it is, and helping people cannot intersect.
The American Dream, the idea of creating one’s own destiny and having their own business, is something that has been a cornerstone of the American identity for many years. Millions of people risked everything to start new lives in the United States and toiled to make it work. Whether it be opening a small shop or farming or learning a trade. People struggled and through their toils, their dreams came true. For years, this was the ideal that people sought when they came of age or to the nation.
However, many people believe it can no longer be achieved. They say that the US is no longer capable of supporting such endeavors and that expenses outweigh profits. Large companies may outcompete smaller ones, or that the culture no longer seems to support the idea of creating one’s own destiny. The very idea of trying to help people while making this dream come true seems laughable to many people, as it seems that greed and money are what truly make businesses succeed in the 21st century.
Johnwick Nathan is one man who sees these pessimistic ideas as challenges to be overcome, not to be rules of law. A Haitian-American, Johnwick Nathan immigrated to the United States from a young age and saw firsthand the difficulties of growing up in a changing America. Many people had lost their hope and confidence through such events as the Great Recession and the traumatic years after 9/11. He became determined to help people where they needed it the most, while also grasping his own idea of the American Dream.
To this end, he founded Harbor health Integrated Care, a healthcare-providing clinic based in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Arizona, like many other states in the US, has a great deal of mentally ill people in need of care but finds its resources stretched too thin to help all of the people who require it. Recognizing this issue, Johnwick Nathan became inspired to found his company with the goal of helping those who needed it in this area.
Many of these people suffered from major traumas and had lost their ways, or suffered from chronic alcoholism that they couldn’t break, or suffered from sometimes debilitating mental illnesses. Regardless of their ailments, Harbor Health provided a place for them to be safe and comfortable while receiving the medical and therapeutic care that they needed. Under Johnwick’s leadership, the company also expanded its services to include on-site housing so that these people could rest and feel at home in close proximity to their care providers.
This business, the brainchild of Johnwick Nathan, helps thousands of people every year while also making a tidy profit. Expansion of the services provided include telehealth visits as well as onsite care, and the successful weathering of the COVID-19 crisis has proven that Harbor Health is capable of dealing with myriads of different issues and events while continuing to uphold its goal of providing outstanding care to its patients.
This business proves that the American Dream still survives and thrives for those who are dedicated to achieving it. The framework is still there in the United States to make one’s dreams come true, and someone who is dedicated towards this goal of personal success will have the opportunity to achieve it. However, more than the American Dream still being alive, the success of Harbor Health proves that genuinely good people are still out there.
All businesses must make a profit, but not all businesses need to help people. The service industry provides what is in demand, but healthcare providers provide what people need to survive and thrive. Harbor Health takes this a step further because it seeks to help those who are unable to help themselves and sees all patients as human beings. The human factor is never ignored and no patient is ever seen as a statistic, but rather a person who needs help.
It is this idea that Johnwick Nathan has been so careful to keep at the heart of Harbor Health even as it has expanded. Never forget the people, never forget that they are troubled souls who only need a helping hand. Genuine kindness is something that can be taken for granted, but in the modern era, it is almost unheard of to see a business founded on being kind to others, while still being profitable.
It is clear that the immense efforts that were taken to ensure that Harbor Health could grow and expand were not in vain. Johnwick Nathan still embodies the American spirit and is an example of how determination and hard work can marry two concepts that seem to have been forgotten by the community at large. It is clear that Harbor Health will continue to grow and serve as an example to the rest of the industry of how growth and public service are not exclusive concepts.
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