Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation
GENEVIEVE AND HER FAMILY NEEDED HELP Because of you, she is getting the care that she DESERVES!
H O L I D AY EDITION
DIGNITY & PURPOSE
Virgina’s favorite part about living in a Green House® is her ability to pitch in and help out — giving her purpose every day.
THANKS TO DONORS, ELDERS HAVE OPTIONS.
Genevieve was living alone before the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Green Houses® (a nursing home alternative). She spent years slowly losing her mobility, first using a walker, then a wheelchair. When her apartment became infested with bedbugs, she was helpless to fight them. Her nieces and nephews took turns coming over to help, but they needed help themselves. They knew Genevieve would be miserable at a nursing home, but they couldn’t give her the care she needed.
Without donors, Genevieve’s only option would be an institutional nursing home. Your donations mean Genevieve, her neighbor Virginia and other elders in grave financial need are getting health services, home repair, transportation, and more to keep them living a life of dignity and purpose—free from fear and isolation.
Luckily, they found this home-like alternative in Detroit. When I first moved I’d say “It’s nice, but it’s not home,” says Genevieve. “Now I say, ‘this is my home and it’s nice!’ I tell my family ‘Thank you for bringing me home!’”
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DIGNITY & PURPOSE
“I tell my family ‘Thank you for bringing me home!’” – GENEVIEVE You can help older adults stay active and spend the holidays at home!
$10 per month
can help pay for resident activities that reduce loneliness and isolation!
Genevieve is getting life-changing care; it’s a blessing for her family. Thank you donors! The Green Houses® are also a blessing for Genevieve’s neighbor, Virginia. They give her purpose each day!
$25 per month
can send an older adult on an outing with their village.
“I just really love to help out,” she says. She helps with laundry, cooking and caring for the plants. Virginia’s favorite thing about living at the Green Houses® is that she gets to help others! It’s the reason she gets up every day!
$50 per month
helps with emergency financial needs such as eyeglasses, a new mattress or utility assistance
Virginia and Genevieve live in a home like setting where they feel needed and appreciated! Thank you!
To donate, Visit GiveToPVMF.org or use the reply envelope enclosed with this newsletter.
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DONORS SAVE THANKSGIVING Because of caring donors, The Village of Rosebush Manor can do Thanksgiving right! The dinner got so large, they needed more space.
Thanksgiving = Family, football and food, a lot of food! – For most people…but for an older adult, it can mean being alone.
Donors stepped up! In 2017 the village opened an expanded/remodeled dining room – all made possible because of YOU, the donor! Thank you!
The Village of Rosebush Manor (just North of Mt. Pleasant), realized a lot of their residents are alone for the holidays, so they opened up their dining room to host a Thanksgiving dinner celebration! Family members & friends came, and a new tradition was born!
Happy Thanksgiving – from The Village of Rosebush Manor!!
BY GIVING TO PVM VILLAGES YOU’RE PROVIDING:
3 Resident activities
Opportunities to socialize and avoid loneliness.
3 Technology upgrades Tools to stay connected and creative.
3 Transportation A way to get to the doctor or the grocery store.
…And so much more!
Your donations do important work that can’t be done by the Villages or PVM alone; it can’t be done without you. THANK YOU. You’re fantastic. Please keep up the great work! Make your gift at GiveToPVMF.org today.
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Why you’re needed…
THE HOLIDAYS AREN’T HAPPY FOR EVERYONE. Loneliness Kills. Donors save lives.
Tim’s holidays used to be filled with shopping trips, family outings and more, but time has created a void—especially around the holidays. Each year Tim and his wife, Mary would spend the evenings before Christmas shopping together and enjoying meals out while looking for the perfect gifts for their family. Since Mary’s death, Tim spends most of his time alone. His children are grown and living miles away.
Studies suggest it’s even deadlier than smoking.*
Without the help of donors, Tim would be very lonely. Thankfully – he lives at a PVM Village where he can participate in holiday parties, social outings, shopping trips and more—all of which are made possible by caring donors.
Here’s why: • Around 30% increased risk of heart disease & stroke • 64% increase in developing dementia • 26% increased likelihood of death
You’re needed to keep older adults like Tim from extreme loneliness!
*SOURCE: Data from IBM Institute for Business Value
MY GIFT TO SAVE LIVES AND FIGHT LONELINESS! want to help provide compassionate, comprehensive YES! Icare at Presbyterian Villages of Michigan.
❍ Here is my gift of: $___________________ To donate: Visit GiveToPVMF.org or use the reply envelope enclosed with this newsletter.
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SHIRLEY & RON’S LEGACY
Shirley and Ron’s bequest will ensure a future with faith-based senior living!
SHIRLEY AND RON ARE REMEMBERING OLDER ADULTS LIKE SHIRLEY’S MOTHER. “Ron and I feel PVM is deserving of some of our savings. We want to ensure that faith-based senior housing is available to seniors like my mother.” “My mother lived in a senior residence in Canada where she helped in the kitchen. It gave her a feeling of self-worth and contribution, even as she suffered from Alzheimer’s,” Shirley said. “That’s why PVM means so much to me. Seeing the residents of the Green Houses,® an alternative to nursing care, move into their new homes and help the staff with daily tasks was incredibly moving. It was a proud moment to know I was a part of that,” Said Shirley. RON AND SHIRLEY
Shirley’s aunt was on the Board of Directors at The Village of Redford, where Shirley also later served. Shirley was on the board when the Village’s Green Houses® were developed.
Anyone can leave a bequest.
Shirley & Ron’s legacy will ensure that faith-based senior living communities are available today and for years to come!
You have the power to answer future prayers today!
Your bequest – of any size – can do the same!
Contact us at 248-281-2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more, or visit mylegacy.pvmf.org. 6 Your GIVING matters
DID YOU KNOW? Michigan is the 27th WORST state to grow old in?!* We have the 18th largest population of older adults and the 16th lowest older adult life expectancy. In other words there is still a lot of work to be done! The bright sideâ€Ś(other than the fact that Michigan outranks Ohio ) is that the older adults living at a PVM Village have caring donors like you on their side. Imagine where this state would be without you. Your kindness touches 5,500+ older adults in Michigan and helps keep seniors healthy and in their homes longer. I believe together we can do more to help climb the ladder and make Michigan the BEST place to age.
PAUL MILLER, PVM FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
Paul J. Miller, CFRE
from the PVM Foundation
P.S.: How will you make Michigan the best place to age? Love to hear your thoughts! Call me anytime at 248-281-2045 or email@example.com! *Source: MSN.com & 24/7 Wall Street
A publication of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation. For more information, questions or story ideas, please contact Bobie Clement, editor, at 248-281-7252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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CONSTANCE CHARLES, RESIDENT AT THE VILLAGE OF ST. MARTHA’S IN DETROIT
YOU’RE MAKING MICHIGAN THE BEST PLACE TO AGE WITH EVERY GIFT.
Your gifts helped residents see – Joyce has new glasses!
Here are three things you helped do!
Donors – 25 of them brand new! Raised $40K to renovate the dining room at The Village of Rosebush. Donors saved Thanksgiving! Residents were able to attend the Village Victory Cup, an Olympics-style wellness competition.
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