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Make Michigan the best place to age!

Dear Donors,

In 2017, your gifts large and small added up to $2.7 million to make Michigan the best place to age! Thank you for caring enough to give!


You Made it Possible! This trip was possible because Jessie moved into The Village of Our Saviour’s Manor. AND because you ensure that resident activities are possible at PVM Villages! “Now I have the travel bug! I’m visiting my son in Florida next year—he’s been down there for nine years. Now I’ll get to see him.” Jessie Clark was on oxygen full-time when she moved in, but as she settled into her new home, she didn’t need it as much. “I didn’t have to cut grass or shovel snow. I didn’t have to worry and my stress level went down,” said Jessie. Because she had less to worry about, for the first time in her life, she was free to finally take a trip—all the way to Niagara Falls with her fellow residents! Jessie’s respite is well-deserved. For almost two years, she was the sole caregiver to her husband. Last year, he went into nursing care after his dementia became too much for Jessie to care for alone. Sadly, Mr. Clark passed away last December. “I am so thankful for the support of the other residents and the staff,” said Jessie. “I’m so happy I have this place. I have no worries here.”

She had less to worry about, so for the first time in her life, Jessie was free to take a trip—all the way to Niagara Falls!




How Volunteer & Donor Jo-Ann Hale


IS MAKING MICHIGAN THE BEST PLACE TO AGE “…if my grandmother, aunt, or mother were alive, I’d want someone to help them without hesitation; with compassion, empathy, a fair amount of patience and love.” When I offered to help with a newsletter at my daughter’s school I never thought it would begin a life of service! Then, years after leaving a corporate job, I slowly realized I’d filled my calendar with volunteering seven days a week. I volunteer, and I give to PVM because one day I could be one of the same seniors I’m helping. I could need assistance and not have a clue where to go or the energy to get there. I always think if my grandmother, aunt, or mother were alive, I’d want someone to help them without hesitation; with compassion, empathy, a fair amount of patience and love. Volunteering keeps me active beyond any dream I ever had. I think of it like I think of maintenance for my car. If you don’t do regular upkeep, one day it will stop working, right? Volunteering is regular maintenance for my body, mind and spirit!

Jo-Ann Hale (Left) and another volunteer, Sharon White, at PVM’s fundraising breakfast in Grosse Pointe.

As time passes, I am blessed to become an older adult. We should all recognize and be grateful that PVM is working for US and that WE have a better quality of life because PVM fights for our cause. For me, it’s a continuous cycle of paying it forward and PVM will always be worthy of my support as a donor and a volunteer!



Is a publication of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation. For more information, questions or story ideas, please contact: Paige Vanzo, editor, at 248.281.2043 or email



Considering the new tax legislation, here are a few ways you can be charitable this year! DONATE APPRECIATED STOCK: With the stock market at all-time highs, give your appreciated stocks to a nonprofit organization like PVM and eliminate capital gains tax.

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NAME PVM AS A BENEFICIARY OF RETIREMENT PLAN ASSETS: These assets remain taxable when distributed to a loved one, but tax-free when given to a nonprofit.

GIVE FROM YOUR IRA (IF YOU ARE 70½ OR OLDER): Regardless of whether you itemize your taxes, this gift helps you fulfill your required minimum distribution and is not considered taxable income.

Your Around the State: R eg io n YOU’RE MAKING MICHIGAN THE BEST PLACE TO AGE! Please continue to give and stay involved! VISTA GRANDE VILLA – PVM has taken on the management of Jackson’s beautiful Vista Grande Villa, the area’s only comprehensive Life Plan Community. This undertaking is PVM’s second location in Jackson – just down the road from The Village of Spring Meadows!


Harbor Springs:

BAY CONNECT – Finding, signing up, then getting to programs and services is tough for older adults—especially those in rural areas! Bay Connect is here to connect the dots. Emmet County is a better place to age thanks to you!


To make a donation, please call 248.281.2040 or visit

THE THOME RIVERTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD, WEINBERG GREEN HOUSES: You’re saving lives in Detroit! Older adults in the city are dying earlier than those in the suburbs—but you’re changing that! With this state-of-the-art alternative to nursing homes you are making Detroit a better place to age!



A NEW HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER AT THE VILLAGE OF EAST HARBOR is within reach! Pat got the help she needed after a fall—now you can help even more older adults! Your gift of $100 can help purchase equipment and complete the project!


You sent 20+ PVM residents who couldn’t have gone to the PVM Gala! Because of you, residents attended a great party and had a care-free evening they couldn’t afford otherwise. Residents were not only guests; they were the stars of the show! Special treats included a parade of residents, the invocation by resident Anita Hartsfield, and a video featuring eight residents from The Village of Redford!

“I’ve never been to a party like this. I had a great time!” said Erselean Buckanes, resident at The Village of Redford.

PVM resident Caroline Parker from The Village of Spring Meadows in Jackson said, “I THOROUGHLY enjoyed myself and am so glad I was able to come!”

Have you remembered PVM in your will? Without obligation, the PVM Foundation would like to answer any questions you may have. PLEASE CALL PAUL MILLER 248.281.2045


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You are making Michigan the best placeto live at any age!



With every gift, you are transforming lives.

Enjoy this love note to you, dear donor—it’s well-deserved!

A resident from The Village of Hillside was able to afford hearing aids—because of you!


PVM Foundation Giving Matters Winter2018  
PVM Foundation Giving Matters Winter2018