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S U M M E R 2008

Be it spiritual, personal or corporate, growth requires a few key ingredients. They include vision, leadership, a worthy goal, faith, planning, execution, mid-course corrections — and no small amount of plain old hard work. At Lutheran Homes of Michigan, we have a vision that includes all those things, and more. More because we believe God has a plan for his senior believers and those who serve them. He wants seniors to be healthy, active, laughing members of larger communities — larger communities who can learn from their faith walks, learn from their extensive life experiences. And He wants us never to forget the widows and orphans among us, nor ever quit serving them with grace and dignity. Toward that end, Lutheran Homes, on its own and in partnership with others, is moving forward on multiple fronts to create new living environments, and new options, for Michigan’s seniors, regardless of their particular faith. We are also making sure our current facilities and ministries continue to

Growth. advance in quality and quantity for those we serve and those we will serve. Some of those exciting environments and options are detailed inside this issue of Highlights. Of course, none of this is possible without you, a Lutheran Homes of Michigan stakeholder, donor, benefactor, partner or just interested observer. So may God bless your growth — and ours!

News About Lutheran Homes of Michigan And Related Services

As Christ’s servants on earth, Lutheran Homes of Michigan serves the elderly and their caregivers with compassion, respect, spiritual support and an unwavering focus on independence, personal dignity and service excellence.

Christ-centered • Integrity • Excellence Empowerment • Sanctity of Life

David M. Gehm

Kurt Kuck

Dear Friends of Lutheran Homes of Michigan:Greetings

occurs both externally, in new projects like Alpena Village and Lexington Pointe, and internally as we raise up future ministry leaders through Lutheran Homes’ inaugural “Leadership Institute”. You will learn of these and other initiatives under way in this issue of Highlights.

to you from the ministry of Lutheran Homes of Michigan! With this edition of our Highlights newsletter, it is our pleasure to present to you the exciting work God is doing with, through, and in the ministry of Lutheran Homes of Michigan. This is designed to keep you and other supporters informed of the news and impact that LHM is having as it serves

Thank you for your past and ongoing support of this important ministry. Together we are creating a new future of aging services focused on independence, dignity, compassion, and the love of God in the lives of elders and their families. Your support makes all this possible and we are grateful to God and to you for your willingness to support those who require additional help and support.

the elderly and their caregivers. In this issue, we focus on the growth God is allowing in our ministry; the number of “lives touched” continues to increase each year and we are humbled and blessed by this. Growth

We have set up a special email address for you to respond to this issue of Highlights; please send your comments or questions to We would welcome the opportunity to answer your inquiries.

Together in Service,

President & CEO Lutheran Homes of Michigan



Chair, LHM Board of Directors Lutheran Homes of Michigan

Growth Takes Vision... and good,

old-fashioned work. Here, groundbreaking shovels lean against a tree in Alpena as work gets under way at The Willows, a condo complex that is part of Alpena Village. On May 9, ground was broken for seven new condominiums at The Willows in Alpena Village. The overall project, a joint effort between Lutheran Homes of Michigan and Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, includes apartments, attached condos, and standalone condos.

Dignitaries dish the dirt at the groundbreaking for The Willows of Alpena Village.

Residents of The Willows will be able to move in later this summer — and the mayor of Alpena, Carol Shafto, said she’d like to be among the first! Alpena Village operates under a local, volunteer Board of Directors.

Pictured from left are Mike Schultz, construction manager for Timm Construction Company, Alpena Mayor Carol Shafto, Carol Laenen, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan regional vice president, Kim Schultz, marketing manager for Timm Development Company, David Gehm, president and CEO of Lutheran Homes of Michigan, Dennis Krafft, LHM’s vice president for business growth, Brian Carnaghi, vice president for finance and planning at Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, and Dennis Schultz, president of Timm Construction Company, the local builder.

The Pines apartments in Alpena Village held an open house on July 29th and are open for business. The one- and two-bedroom apartments, built for a variety of incomes, are part of the Alpena Village campus adjacent to Alpena Community College. Alpena Village is a non-profit organization that started in 1998 to develop a retirement community in northeast lower Michigan. For more info: or toll-free at 866.757.0011.



Niles Open House

A picture-perfect

day greeted the April 18th open house at Lexington Pointe at Longmeadow, Lutheran Homes of Michigan’s project in Niles. The first completed condos in Niles are open and for sale. The high-quality condos are built with many features to allow residents to enjoy their homes for years to come. New technologies and concierge-style services will also enhance lifestyles there. For more info: or 269.615.0631.

One of the condos at Lexington Pointe at Longmeadow.

What’s Cooking in Fairview, Michigan? Plenty!

Lutheran Homes of Michigan has

become the official sponsoring agency of Community Caring Inc., a trio of ministries in Fairview. Community Caring includes a nursing home, assisted living facility, senior apartments, condos, and two community outreach ministries, all tucked away in the north woods of Oscoda County. Pictured are members of the Community Caring and Lutheran Homes leadership teams at a recent employee appreciation cookout. While Community Caring’s campus and ministries remain locally led, Lutheran Homes is assisting with “big picture” operational issues to keep Community Caring thriving into the future. For more info: or 989.848.2241.



From left, Denise Johnson, Community Caring’s associate director of hospitality services; Carol Hubbard, Community Caring’s director of support services; Lynn Handrich, Community Caring board member; David Gehm of LHM; Randy Harris, Community Caring’s board chairman; Diana McGregor, Community Caring board member; Maureen McGee of LHM; Patrick McQuone, associate director, health care and facilities services; and Al Kaul of LHM.

LHM Fills New Position As part of Lutheran Homes of Michigan’s continued growth, Todd Seibt of Flushing has joined LHM’s corporate team as Director of Communications.   The new position has been part of LHM’s strategic growth plan for some time, but Todd is the first to fill it.   “I’m excited to be part of the growing LHM family,” Seibt said. “The mission and ministries of Lutheran Homes of Michigan dovetail nicely with my own personal beliefs and values, and that makes this job a joy and a privilege.”   A lifelong Lutheran born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Todd has been an awardwinning reporter and editor for the past 25 years, working at three Michigan newspapers. His last position was as assistant business editor of The Flint Journal, where he covered the UAW,

Todd Seibt

GM and Delphi Corp., among many other duties. Todd is active in his home congregation, St. Paul Lutheran Church & School in Flint, where his wife, Sandy, is the school secretary. They have two sons, Nathan, 18, and Luke, 16. Nathan is a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. Luke is a junior at Flushing High School.   If you have ideas for a future issue of Highlights, or thoughts on how to improve LHM’s overall communications, please contact Todd at, or 989.652.3470, ext. 5211.

Monroe Receives Award MONROE — The Lutheran Home has won a national “Excellence in Action” award from My InnerView, an independent research firm based in Wausau, Wisc. Lutheran Home Monroe is one of 299 facilities across the nation that received the 2007 award announced June 11, My InnerView officials said. “This award is an honor for us, and it highlights the dedication, skill and warmth our staff and volunteers bring to their jobs every day,” said Brenda Lawrence, administrator of the Lutheran Home in Monroe. “We know the most meaningful recommendations are the ones we get from the people we serve and their families.” Brenda Lawrence

The award is based on family and resident satisfaction surveys, and the Lutheran Home scored in the top 10 percent of qualifying facilities. “This year’s award recipients demonstrate their dedication to excellence in quality,” said Brad Shiverick, Chief Quality Officer, My InnerView. “The facilities receiving the Excellence in Action award have achieved high levels of excellence in overall facility quality. This is a substantial accomplishment and these facilities deserved to be recognized.”



With Growth Comes Change Change and growth require leadership, and Lutheran Homes of Michigan is paving the way for training tomorrow’s leaders — by looking inside the organization first. The LHM Leadership Institute will provide current members of the LHM care team with opportunities for personal growth, intentional leadership training, and expanded experiences. The institute is intended to be rigorous, elective and selective, requiring real dedication and commitment. “Lutheran Homes of Michigan is growing, and we need to grow our own leadership team, even as we sometimes reach outside the organization,” said David Gehm, president and CEO of Lutheran Homes. “We have extremely talented and hardworking people inside our homes and ministries; the institute will help identify them, hone their skills, and keep them ready for future growth and opportunities.” The institute’s aim at improving LHM employees helped convince LHM Board Member Weldon Schwiebert, of Westland, to contribute to the effort financially. “Both of my wife’s folks were at the Lutheran Home of Livonia,” Schwiebert explained. “Her dad was a pastor. We met many of the workers at the Lutheran Home, and you become part of a family.” “This was an opportunity to help those workers advance themselves. It just made sense to me, and my wife, to try



and do something to help. That’s kind of it in a nutshell — just the desire to help our people in the trenches, to give our employees an opportunity to better themselves,” Schwiebert said. As a Thrivent employee, Schwiebert was able to leverage his gift with a generous match from Thrivent, and that encouraged him to give more than he originally planned, he said. As the institute program unfolds, it will open to all full-time employees of LHM across all ministries and sites. Requirements for admission are fairly rigorous: • Employed by LHM or a subsidiary for two years. • Full-time, with the expectation to remain full-time into the future. • Employed in good standing. • Letters of reference. • Write and submit an essay, and complete an application packet. Enrollees also have to meet ongoing standards to remain enrolled. As a pilot, the inaugural class of the LHM Leadership Institute will be comprised of current, department-head level supervisors. Applications and deadlines will be detailed in the future.

“This was an opportunity to help those workers advance themselves. It just made sense to me, and my wife, to try and do something to help. That’s kind of it in a nutshell — just the desire to help our people in the trenches, to give our employees an opportunity to better themselves,” - Weldon Schweibert

Frankenmuth Campus Project Our ambitious Frankenmuth campus project — senior living, residential care and many other amenities on 50 acres at the southwestern edge of Frankenmuth — continues to pass important mileposts. Groundbreaking is slated for the summer of 2009, with residential care buildings coming first. The Saginaw News recently updated its readers on the project in its Sunday Business section. “We’re on track,” David Gehm, president and CEO of Lutheran Homes of Michigan told The News. “We’ve had very positive conversations with (township and city) officials. We’re finalizing the master planning and site planning, moving later this summer or fall to the pre-construction phase.” The initial phase of the project is estimated at about $20 million. The overall project will eventually include affordable apartments, condos, retail space, room for educational facilities, and space for corporate offices. The new campus will replace the current Lutheran Home Frankenmuth at 725 W. Genesee. The land under the current home was part of a land swap deal with Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance.



Growth Takes Technology.

The best technology,

properly applied, can make life better and less complicated. This summer, Lutheran Homes of Michigan is starting an important new program, in conjunction with Senior Safe at Home. Essentially, LHM will begin offering a special network of integrated sensors. This system will help seniors remain in their homes, apartments or condos, and live safer, happier lives. It will also be used inside our nursing and assisted living homes to improve safety and quality of life. The system will help caregivers provide better care, with less stress or doubt about the condition and safety of their loved ones. “This is part of a Lutheran Homes of Michigan initiative to use technology to improve the quality of life for seniors connected to the LHM family,” said David Gehm, president and CEO of LHM. “We are rolling this out at our various ministries and facilities across the state, and expect it to grow and expand very rapidly.” The use of the technology is entirely up to seniors and their families. Different levels of discreet monitoring are available, at different costs, to best fit the needs of seniors, their families, and caregivers. The cost for the program is far below the usual expense of specialized senior care facilities. The technology is not intrusive, protects a senior’s privacy, and is almost invisible inside a normal home, apartment, or room. An important aspect of the program is that it keeps choices, options and information firmly in the hands of seniors and their caregivers. That is a big consideration for the looming wave of Baby Boomers caring for loved ones, or approaching retirement themselves. It also connects directly with a LHM core value: Empowerment. “This is a huge step in senior health care and quality-of-life issues,” Gehm added. “Working together with seniors, their families, and their care giving networks, we can and will help seniors lead more independent, healthier, wealthier lives — wherever they call home.”



Growth requires talent.

Members of our LHM family

have exactly that — talent! For LHM’s annual banquet, May 3rd, we solicited our different ministry sites for artwork and crafts produced by our residents and clients. The response was incredible. From intricate and painstakingly produced doll houses to folk art to quilts to beautiful paintings, our residents are excited about sharing their artistic talents. Just a few of the pieces are displayed on this page. A small traveling exhibit of the pieces will be moving from facility to facility later this summer. If you get a chance, don’t miss this exhibit!

Ernie Ruff 1907-2005 Lutheran Home Frankenmuth

Ashley Muehlenbeck 1991-2004 Lutheran Home Care Agency Hospice of Hope

Ann Stueber McBrite Manor Born: 1924

Marjorie Ruppert Born 1918 Lutheran Home Frankenmuth

Mary Price Born: 1920 McBrite Manor



Tee Time Was a Great Time! The 10th Annual LHM golf outing was a hot and breezy success June 9, and even massive power outages in and around The Majestic golf course and Waldenwoods banquet hall didn’t slow down the 102 golfers participating. Our generous sponsors and participants helped raise in excess of $30,000, to be used for needy seniors in our care. Lutheran Homes of Michigan would especially like to thank the following sponsors: Church Extension Fund • Specialized Pharmacy Thrivent Financial, and many of its chapters: Frankenmuth • Livingston • East Macomb • West Macomb North Macomb • Monroe • Novi • Southeast Oakland West Oakland • Central Wayne • Eastern Wayne Western Wayne • West Saginaw

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9710 Junction Road P.O. Box 329 Frankenmuth, MI 48734 989.652.3470 The Lutheran Home Monroe 1236 S. Monroe Street Monroe, MI 48161 734.241.9533

Alpena Village 109 N. Second Avenue, Suite 105 Aplena, MI 49707 866.757.0011

The Lutheran Home Livonia 28910 Plymouth Road Livonia, MI 48150 734.425.4814

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The Lutheran Home Frankenmuth 725 W. Genesee Street Frankenmuth, MI 48734 989.652.9951 Lutheran Home Care Agency & Hospice of Hope 9710 Junction Road Frankenmuth, MI 48734 989.652.4663 The Manors McBrite Manor • Meadow View Shattuck Manor 5935 Shattuck Road Saginaw, MI 48603 989.792.7979

Lexington Pointe at Longmeadow 103 Lexington Pointe Drive Niles, MI 49120 269.615.0631 Gibraltar Manor 14486 Middle Gibraltar Road Gibraltar, MI 48173 734.676.4818 Our Saviour’s Manor 29495 Annapolis Westland, MI 48186 734.595.4663 Creekside Village 1450 S. Monroe Street Monroe, MI 48161 734.241.3906

2008 Summer Highlights  

Lutheran Homes of Michigan 2008 Summer Highlights magazine.