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FALL 2017

matters GIVING

Your donations in motion! The Village of Westland has a brand new bus thanks to you!

You were key to PVM’s award from Crain’s Detroit Business in 2016. YOU, donors are the (not-so) secret key to the success of this organization!

Your gifts to The Village of Rosebush’s rainy-day fund mean residents like Alec will be able to thrive—no matter what!

You made it possible for almost 300 residents to compete at PVM’s Village Victory Cup wellness competition!

DEAR DONOR, THANK YOU! PVM’s Mission to “serve seniors of all faiths and create new possibilities for quality living,” and Vision, “To positively transform senior living and services and enhance the communities we serve,” are made possible because you care enough to donate.

Resident activities at PVM Villages all over Michigan are possible because YOU care enough to give!

Until no senior needs us, we need you!

Every single day you make it possible for residents to thrive! Spooky good times! Check out these costumes from the Halloween party at Battle Creek’s The Village of Mill Creek.

These lovely ladies, the Harbor Lights Sirens, sing every week at Chesterfield Twp.’s The Village of East Harbor in the Kleemann Chapel—built by donors!

Thank you! Donors, you made it possible for this gentleman to have a bed. $227 literally change this resident’s life—imagine what a gift of $1000, or $2000 could do!






This story is about my mother, Sybil Raeside. She was living alone, independent and active, drove everywhere, was alert, and did pretty much everything on her own. Even though the house was getting to be too much for her, she was bound and determined to stay in her own home. Though she advocated for older adults for years, she always thought moving was for someone else. It took a tragedy to change her mind. On that day, my family was over at my house playing cards. I phoned to invite my mom; the line picked-up and then went dead.

“PVM was there when we needed them. And they’re here for so many others. That’s why I choose to give and to help make their work possible.”



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I walked to her house—only three doors down—to see what was going on. Horror mother, Sybil, moved to the doesn’t begin to explain what Reva’s Village of Redford after tragedy struck I saw. I found my 89 year-old mother lying on the floor, badly beaten, tied-up in her phone cord and non-responsive. All of this happened, and I was less than a block away…how? I thought to myself “That’s it. She can no longer live in this house alone.” She and I made the decision that she would move to The Village of Redford. My mother lived a happy two years there before passing away at age 93. I tear-up just thinking about how badly this situation could have turned out, but because of PVM, it didn’t. Because of those who make the work of PVM possible, our decision was easier. I’m now thinking about my independence more and more. It’s been interesting in these past few years to gain new insight into how my mother must have felt to have to leave her home—especially now that I’m leaving my home to move closer to my son. PVM was there when we needed them. And they’re here for so many others. That’s why I choose to give and to help make their work possible.

Paige Vanzo, editor, at 248.281.2043 or email pvanzo@pvm.org


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OOPS! We made a mistake! In the last issue we said this photo was from The Village of Warren Glen—those smiling faces were from The Village of Peace Manor in Clinton Twp.!


What if…


Good news with donors like you this will not happen. Because you’re giving

to PVM, the mission of transforming lives and embracing new possibilities is alive and thriving—ALL thanks to caring donors like you.

But for the sake of conversation: what if PVM went away tomorrow? What would happen? This question was posed to Roger Myers, PVM CEO/President. Here are a few things he cited: � Increase in homelessness � Increase in older adults living in substandard housing � More older adults living in nursing homes � Reduced quality of life for older adults � Reduced programs and services for older adults � Reduced community and neighborhood revitalization � Reduced innovation and transformational initiatives � Reduced advocacy for older adults � Reduced employment opportunities � Reduced state-wide economic impact

These terrible consequences would hit all communities: rural, suburban, and inner-city. So many families would be negatively impacted.

This nightmare does not exist because of donors like you, who care enough to give faithfully to the PVM Mission. PVM will NOT disappear tomorrow or anytime soon—too much good work to do! Sept. 11th PVM turned 72! Please share in the celebration of all you continue to do for older adults!!


To make a donation, please call 248.281.2040 or visit GiveToPVMF.org

YOUR DONATIONS ARE ADDING UP! Keep up the good work! $500K left to raise!!!—The new state-of-the-art Health & Wellness

Center at The Village of East Harbor in Chesterfield Twp. is around 75% paid for!

Older adults are getting so close to having a larger space to make them stronger and healthier, and to help them recover from an injury or surgery! The excellent care, equipment and services the residents need are within reach—but in order to get there, they need you! Your donation to The Village of East Harbor for the Health & Wellness Center means more seniors will be served. It means your impact will reach hundreds of older adults.

The good news is we have enough money to build a new Health & Wellness Center.

The bad news is…

it’s still in your pockets!

Please consider one of these actions!

�Make a small monthly gift!

A gift of $25 a month could become equipment for the center’s wellness classroom and more!

� Donate $1000 or more to be listed on the MAKE A GIFT online today at GiveToPVMF.org

Village’s donor wall! -That’s less than $100 per month!

� Make a gift of $5000, which can purchase a piece of large fitness equipment!



THE SWEETEST PARTY IN MICHIGAN! Join PVM November 17th to have fun and do some good!

Candy flavored cocktails, fabulous food and decadent sweets—as you stroll to the deliciously fun sounds of Larry Lee & the Back in the Day Band AND surprises you won’t see at any other gala! Attend this benefit for the 5000+ older adults served by PVM, and you’ll help make Michigan better the best place to live at any age! The gala is co-chaired by Bob & Sally Bessert and Elmer Dixon. Bob is a retired commercial real estate property manager and has been Board Chair of McFarlan Villages, PVM’s newest Village, for 15 years. Sally, a retired elementary school teacher, volunteers in the Flint community and has served on the boards and committees of several Flint nonprofit organizations.

Bob & Sally Bessert 2017 Co-Chairs Elmer Dixon 2017 Co-Chair

Send a Resident to the party! You can sponsor a resident to attend the gala with your small gift of $250! Elmer Dixon, a PVM Foundation Board Member since 2014, is the owner of Dixon Masonry in Detroit, the principle brick contractor for the new Little Caesars Arena. Dixon has been involved with many Detroit masonry projects, including Detroit Public Schools where he served as a mentor.

“We are so happy to co-chair the gala. We have learned a lot together during this short time. It is a joy to help raise funds for the benefit of seniors in Michigan. We look forward to a long and lasting “I’ve truly enjoyed my time with the PVM relationship,” said the Besserts. Foundation. It’s a great organization and they’re doing a lot for the city of the Detroit, and for Michigan. I’m honored to serve as a co-chair this year.” Both McFarlan Villages & Dixon Masonry will join the gala as Village Partner Sponsors! Thank you! in stage with the band Residents sang on 17 have in store? 2016—what does 20

The Trawicks from The Village of St. Martha’s represented the Village as Resident Ambassadors!

It’s all happening at the beautiful Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation on

t e e w S e L if

Friday, November 17th at 7 p.m.

2017 GA LA



Visit PVMF.org/Gala2017 or call Paige at 248-281-2043 for your tickets today!

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WILL YOU CHANGE A LIFE? Give today and be the hero for an older adult like Carol Weeks after innocently stubbing her toe, Carol found out she had gangrene. After two successful operations to remove five toes, she thought she’d never walk again. Because of donors like you, Carol is living life to the fullest. Your donations allowed Carol to keep living a normal life. To thrive! Your gift before the end of this year will help an older adult like Carol to stay safe, connected, active and independent—for as long as possible. Carol learned to walk again through PVM’s wellness classes and using the exercise equipment to regain her strength and balance. She’s now a fierce competitor at PVM’s Village Victory Cup senior games!

Give today at GiveToPVMF.org and change a life! MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR

What happens at your journey’s end? JOURNEY’S END? WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR

Will your legacy travel on? Please consider remembering older adults in your Will. VISIT MYLEGACY.PVMF.ORG OR CALL 248-281-2045.

PUT YOUR MONEY TO WORK FOR YOU! With a Charitable Gift Annuity from PVM! Key Features • A sizable part of each gift annuity is also tax-free. • You’ll receive a guaranteed income for as long as you live and your rate will never change – you will get the same payment for life! • You make a special and enduring gift to strengthen the Mission of PVM.


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Without obligation, PVM Foundation would like to answer any questions you may have. Please call Paul Miller 248.281.2045 MyLegacy.PVMF.org


Celebrate this day of generosity and giving back by supporting seniors!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 MAKE A GIFT on #GivingTuesday online at GiveToPVMF.org

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PVM Foundation Giving Matters Fall 2017  

PVM Foundation Giving Matters Fall 2017