Chats with the Executive Director
Karen Messick will be holding her monthly chat on July 23 from 5:30-6 pm in the Lindstrom Dining Room. These informal gatherings are intended to provide an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other better so we can continue to improve the lives of those we love here at Pilgrim Manor. Everyone is welcome to join.
As a reminder, upcoming chats will take place on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6 pm in the Lindstrom Dining Room.
Help Us Build Homes!
Are you interested in helping to build a home for local families in need? Pilgrim Manor is assembling a volunteer team to build with Habitat for Humanity on August 14th and September 19th from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to volunteer for this great cause, even if you do not have building experience! Lunch will be provided.
Questions? Please call or email Liz Sapp at (616) 940-5556 to sign up for this great cause.
All American BBQ – Meet Your Neighbors!
Kick off your summer fun with Pilgrim Manor and the Northeast Citizens Action Association. Come meet your neighbors and enjoy an All American BBQ from 2-4pm on May 29th. Celebrate our neighborhood with some great summer food. Every veteran in attendance will receive a token of our appreciation.
Thursday, May 29th | 2-4pm
2000 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
RSVP to Ken Robbins at (616) 940-5559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Electronics Recycling Event!
Do you have an old computer, cell phone, or other electronics collecting dust somewhere? We are recognizing Earth Week by offering a community electronics recycling event.
- Free recycling of your old computers, cell phones, electronics, and audio/visual equipment.
- Comprenew Electronics collection boxes will be on site in the lower level parking lot and main entrance from 9:00am – 5:00pm
- NO big box appliances, air conditioners, or refrigerators.
- Basic data wipe of computer hard drives will be provided. Most anything with a battery or cord is acceptable.
2000 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
For more information , contact Pilgrim Manor at 616-940-5558
Annual Meeting & Celebration
Please join us for our Annual Meeting & Celebration on Monday, May 12th from 6-8pm here at Pilgrim Manor. This is an important opportunity to enrich the relationship with our shareholder churches, vendors, and other key stakeholders. Celebrate with Pilgrim Manor as we affirm our direction for the future of serving seniors in our community. In recognition of National Nursing Home Week, the celebration will have a Hawaiian theme featuring tropical treats, drinks, and hula dancers!
Monday, May 12th | 6-8pm
2000 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
RSVP by May 5th to (616) 940-5556 or by email to email@example.com.
Hawaiian Luau at Pilgrim Manor
ALOHA! Please join our residents for a tropical celebration in honor of National Nursing Home Week! Great tunes, entertainment, and treats will be provided. Bring your best beach gear on Wednesday, May 14th from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Highlights of the event include:
- Hawaiian appetizers
- Tropical desserts
- Hula dancers
- Tiki bar
RSVP by May 9th to (616) 940-5556 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundation’s First Annual Table Hosted Luncheon
The Pilgrim Manor Foundation is holding a Table Hosted Luncheon on Thursday, April 24th from 12:00pm- 1:00pm at the Kroc Center (2500 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids).
This complimentary luncheon provides a great opportunity to learn more about the services Pilgrim Manor and its Foundation provide to our community. While there is no charge for guests to attend, after learning about Pilgrim Manor and Compassionate Care, we hope folks will feel compelled to financially support our mission.
How does a table hosted luncheon work?
Guests are invited by table hosts. We are asking table hosts to fill a table of 9 (this includes the host) with folks that may be inclined to support the Foundation’s mission.
Sound difficult? It’s not! The Foundation has tools to help you identify folks in the community to invite.
Please consider serving as a table host and share your passion for compassionate care with others. If you are interested in attending or would like to serve as a table host please contact Jessica Scalabrino at 616-940-5479 or email@example.com.
Questions About Long Term Care?
Do you have questions on long term care? Pilgrim Manor will be hosting various coffee chats in the community focused on senior issues. This is a great opportunity to help understand options for aging successfully and get your questions answered. Interested in attending or holding a chat in your community?
Please contact Ken Robbins at (616) 940-5559 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Healthy Aging Educational Series!
Join Pilgrim Manor Residents for a FREE Healthy Aging Educational Series that will be held every other Friday from 10:30-11:30am, beginning October 4th, 2013. We are inviting anyone interested in discussion and tools related to healthy aging in their home and community to remain living independently.
Contact Carol Parsaca at 616-940-5558 for more information.
2/14/2014 Anxiety & Stress management
2/28/2014 Sleep management
4/11/2014 Grief & Loss
4/25/2014 Relationships & Social Skills
5/9/2014 Community Resources in Kent county
5/23/2014 Coping with Change & Transitions
6/6/2014 Transportation & Driving
6/20/2014 Adaptive Equipment
7/11/2014 Living with Low Vision
7/25/2014 Home & Community Safety
8/8/2014 Making the most of Dr. Visits
Upcoming Topics – Click here for the schedule of topics.
Pilgrim Manor Educational Series for Seniors – Click on the flier for details.
Join Us for Mass With Bishop Walkowiak!
Pilgrim Manor will be having a Catholic Mass celebrated by Bishop Walkowiak on Wednesday, February 5th at 10:00 am. All are invited to share in this special Mass with our residents. As Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids he is the moderator of the ministry of the word for all 81 Catholic Churches in West Michigan.
Pilgrim Manor is located at 2000 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
Questions? Please call our chaplain Rachel Schwab at (616) 940-5521 for more information.
Holiday Bake Sale at Pilgrim Manor
Take a break from the holiday rush and share in the Christmas spirit.
DATE: Friday, December 13, 2013
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Pilgrim Manor front lobby
2000 Leonard St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
We are in need of volunteers to provide baked goods for our Holiday Bake Sale.
All money raised will go towards gifts for Pilgrim Manor residents to open on Christmas morning.
Please have your baked goods delivered to Pilgrim Manor on Thursday, December 12, 2013 between 8:00 am – 5:00.
For questions, please call (616) 458-1133.
Photos With Santa!
We just heard from Santa that he will be making a special stop at Pilgrim Manor this week! Santa will be available for photos during our Resident Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 11th from 4-7pm.
Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community
2000 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Trick or Treat at Pilgrim Manor
Join Pilgrim Manor Residents on October 31st for a safe and fun indoor Trick or Treating before you go out for Halloween. Residents will be handing out candy from 4:30 to 5:45pm. Cider, Coffee & Doughnuts will also be available. This is a free community event! Contact Jennifer Raymond at 616-940-5411 for more information.
2013 Above and Beyond Recipient for Care Award
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Sept. 17, 2013) – Holding their Above and Beyond Award (center) is Pilgrim Manor Director of Marketing Ken Robbins, (left to right) Great Lakes Caring Hospice Patient Care Coordinator Amy LaPointe, Pilgrim Manor Director of Facilities Management Dan Correll, Director of Home for the Aged and Sustainability Carol Parsaca, Director of Social Work Loraine Tarchinski, Great Lakes Caring Hospice Social Worker Cathy Risley, Pilgrim Manor Director of Human Resources Lori Korreck, Administrator Kim Kimbrough-Wozniak, Great Lakes Caring Hospice Music Therapist Rebecca Findley, and Pilgrim Manor Transitional Care Coordinator Ami Moy. Pilgrim Manor was acknowledged by partner Great Lakes Caring Hospice and Home Health for providing quality care to their residents, as noted by Medicare.gov. From 1,091 skilled nursing facilities in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, 40 Great Lakes Caring partner facilities received the highest five-star overall rating from Medicare.gov. These ratings were based upon 2012 health inspections, staffing, and quality measures collected through Nursing Home Compare. A star rating is provided for each of these three sources, then combined to calculate an overall rating.
Join us for our 50th Anniversary Picnic!
Join Pilgrim Manor on Tuesday, August 27 from 12:00–3:00p for our 50th anniversary picnic! Admission is FREE and there will be food by That Polish Girl Catering, music by the Toppermost Beatles Tribute Band, muscle cars by GRACC, and much more! See our PDF flyer for full details.
Pilgrim Manor Celebrates 50 Years
(Originally published by The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries.)
In 1955 Charlie Day and four church leaders began to dream of a community that would serve older adults in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Members of the Association of Congregational Churches in West Michigan, the leaders wanted to provide a continuum of care in an atmosphere of “gracious living.” After eight years of planning, Pilgrim Manor opened its doors in 1963.
Fifty years later, dozens of community members joined Day on May 20 to celebrate Pilgrim Manor’s history of service.
A retired attorney, Day is the last living founder of Pilgrim Manor, which today offers award-winning care through its 110-bed assisted living program, 55-bed skilled care community, rehabilitation therapy, catered living and respite, home and memory support services.
Pilgrim Manor stayed true to its mission over the past 50 years by going above and beyond the minimum requirements, Day says.
“We’ve always represented quality throughout the years,” he says. “We took pride in that we provided a top-of-the-line environment for people of modest means.”
In fact, early on the community won several awards for its forward-thinking design and innovative approach to care.
Anne Marks-Gaertner, who served on the Pilgrim Manor board from 1992 to 1999, agrees that the organization has never lost sight of the importance of quality care.
“As a small, stand-alone operation, the path hasn’t always been easy,” Marks-Gaertner says. “But through the years, leadership has consistently sought opportunities to partner, expand, reinvent and explore how Pilgrim Manor could do and be better.”
CHHSM Vice President Michael Readinger welcomed people to the May 20 celebration, which drew partners, staff and residents to mark the milestone.
“Health care is a tough world right now, and it would be easy to give in and let go,” says Marks-Gaertner. “I applaud them for standing firm and doing what they do best — provide exceptional care in a personal and compassionate environment.”
Pilgrim Manor Executive Director Karen Messick says the community has long honored its mission to meet the needs of older adults while affirming their dignity by practicing a tradition of radical hospitality.
“We honor all faiths and are very diverse,” she says. “It doesn’t matter where you are in your journey, you are welcome here.”
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Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pilgrim Manor.
For 50 years, Pilgrim Manor has placed quality health care and caring for seniors at the top of its mission and ministry in Grand Rapids. Ministering to people and wanting to do things above the minimum requirements was an essential part of what Pilgrim Manor’s founders hoped to accomplish 50 years ago. And it remains our goal today: Pilgrim Manor recently received a 5-star rating from the National Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, one of only two organizations within a 100 mile radius to earn a perfect rating.
Through the decades, Pilgrim Manor has maintained a high level of resident care because nursing staff, administrators, and volunteer leadership have demanded it.
As you can see, we’ve launched a new website to celebrate our 50th anniversary, and we hope you’ll join us tonight at 6:00p for our anniversary celebration.