TRICK-OR-TREAT at Pilgrim Manor

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Looking for an indoor Trick-or-Treat this year? We are holding our Annual Trick-or-Treat on October 31st, from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. Stop by to load up your child’s candy bag and snack on some donuts & cider from Robinette’s before going door to door. We are expecting 15+ residents to be handing out candy again this year!

October 31, 4:30-5:45pm

2000 Leonard St NE
(Across the street from the Yankee Clipper Library)

Call Jennifer at 616-940-5411 with questions.

2nd Annual All-American BBQ

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We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual All American BBQ will be held on June 23, from 2-4pm here at Pilgrim Manor. Last year, over 250 staff, residents, family, and neighbors celebrated the summer with us. Once again we will be offering games, raffle prizes, food, and honoring our veterans at this free community event. More information will be sent out prior to the event so keep your eyes open! Please RSVP to Ken Robbins at 616-940-5559 or by email at

2nd Annual Recycled Art Contest

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We are excited to announce the return of Pilgrim Manor’s 2nd Annual Recycled Art Contest! All residents, family, guests & staff are welcome to participate in this contest. Entries are due by Friday, April 17th and voting will take place during Earth Week on April 20th to 24th. Prizes will be awarded to the top selections on Friday, April 24th, we look forward to seeing how creative you are!

For more information, please contact Patti Jones at 616-940-5524.


Adopt-A-Church Program

We are looking to adopt a church each month to strengthen current relationships and cultivate new ones by offering helpful resources and services such as:

    • Worshiping together
    • Retreats
    • Online presence (website, email newsletter, and social media set up)
    • Youth group opportunities
    • Adult education classes & more!

If this is something your congregation might be interested in, please contact Beth Rodenhouse at 616-940-5521

Pet Therapy

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Our residents love getting visits from our furry friends! Keep on the lookout for the upcoming Spring edition of the Pilgrim Manor Foundation‘s Giving newsletter for an article that focuses on pet therapy in our community.

Get Your Popcorn!


Stop by and visit every Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. in the coffee shop for some fresh popped popcorn and coffee. If you are unsure of where to go, just follow the smell as it wafts down the hallways! Check out some of the photos on our Facebook Page.

Check Out Our Beauty Salon!


There is nothing better than getting pampered and looking your best! If you have a loved one living at Pilgrim Manor that would like to make an appointment with our amazing stylist Mickey, please call the front desk for more information at 616-458-1133. The salon is open all week except for Tuesdays and Sundays. Residents can pay for their appointment if they have a trust set up with the front desk.

Bingo Fun with Ada Congregational Supporting Compassionate Care


On Saturday, February 21, Pilgrim Manor had the pleasure of attending Ada Congregational’s Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night. There was a great turnout for the dinner with over 100 in attendance. Proceeds from the event benefited the Pilgrim Manor Foundation’s Compassionate Care Fund. During the dinner, Karen Messick, Pilgrim Manor Executive Director, shared some updates on the happenings at Pilgrim Manor and the importance of its mission. The evening was a great night of family fun supporting a worthy cause. Thank you to all the folks that came out!
Check out some of the photos on our Facebook Page.

Our New Artwork

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If you have been to Pilgrim Manor recently you might have noticed the new artwork on the walls. Our residents have really enjoyed the vibrant new pieces. The art is from Ann Teliczan, an artist with a unique style that combines traditional paintings with digital captures. Please stop in to see the new pieces, they are a sight to behold! You can view more photos on our Facebook album.

Giving Tree – Family Promise of Grand Rapids

Family Promise

Thank you to everyone who donated to our giving tree this year. We had such a great turnout and all of these items were donated to Family Promise of Grand Rapids, an organization that helps local families who are going through a period of temporary homelessness. The staff were thrilled to see all of the great items we brought in, thank you so much for your donations! To learn more about this organization you can visit their website at

Tea & Devotions at Pilgrim Manor

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Our residents always look forward to their monthly Tea & Devotions in the chapel with Chaplain Beth and her volunteers. This provides them with an opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please contact Chaplain Beth at (616) 940-5521. The next Tea & Devotions is scheduled for January 15 from 3 to 4 pm.

Annual Holiday Open House – December 4


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Please join us for our Annual Holiday Open House on December 4th from 6 to 7:30 pm. Highlights include festive music, appetizers, desserts, cookie decorating, and Santa photos! To RSVP, please call Liz at 616-940-5556 or by email at

2014 Gala


Our Annual Gala on October 16 was a huge success! Not only was the room filled with fun and fellowship, but we raised more than $73,000 for Compassionate Care, a $10,000 increase from last year.

This accomplishment was made possible through the support of sponsors, silent auction item donors, and guest donations during the event. The Compassionate Care Fund provides peace of mind to all of our residents that they can remain in their Pilgrim Manor homes even if they outlive their own personal resources. Thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful event! Click here to view the photos.

Happy Veterans Day




Thank you to all of those who have served our country. We celebrated with veterans who live and work at Pilgrim Manor.

TRICK-OR-TREAT at Pilgrim Manor

Trick or Treat Poster 2

Looking for an indoor Trick-or-Treat this year? We are holding our Annual Trick-or-Treat on October 31st, from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. Stop by to load up your child’s candy bag and snack on some donuts & cider from Robinette’s before going door to door. We are expecting 15+ residents to be handing out candy again this year!

October 31, 4:30-5:45pm

2000 Leonard St NE
(Across the street from the Yankee Clipper Library)

Call Jennifer at 616-940-5411 with questions.

MSU vs. MICHIGAN Tailgate


Tailgate Invite FINAL


Do you love football? Do you bleed green or blue? Do you like free food, games, and door prizes? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then join us on Friday, October 24th from 2-4pm for our MSU vs MICHIGAN tailgate before the big game. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please RSVP to Ken at 616-940-5559.

Pilgrim Manor Summer Fair

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Join Pilgrim Manor on August 26th from 12 to 3:30 pm for some fun at our summer fair! Residents and staff are encouraged to bring their families to celebrate!

Highlights of the event include:

  • Balloon animals
  • Face painting
  • Carnival games
  • Green screen photographer
  • Pie sale & contest
  • County fair food
  • Tractors & animals

RSVP to (616) 458-1133 by August 19th.

Residents Go to the Zoo

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On July 23, Pilgrim Manor residents had a second opportunity to visit the exotic animals at the Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park. Our new chaplain, Beth Rodenhouse, was on hand to experience all of the lovely animals with the residents. Highlights included viewing the birds in the aviary, petting the goats, and feeding the giraffe with its 18 inch long tongue!

Chats with the Executive Director

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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!

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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.

Find Us on Social Media!

To keep up with all of our ongoing events, photos, and job openings be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on Linkedin by clicking the links below.

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All American BBQ – Meet Your Neighbors!

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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
Pilgrim Manor
2000 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
RSVP to Ken Robbins at (616) 940-5559 or

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Electronics Recycling Event!

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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.

Pilgrim Manor
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
Pilgrim Manor
2000 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

RSVP by May 5th to (616) 940-5556  or by email to

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

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

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

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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.

Date              Topic
2/14/2014    Anxiety & Stress management
2/28/2014    Sleep management
3/14/2014    Nutrition
3/28/2014    Depression
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
8/22/2014    Graduation

Upcoming Topics – Click here for the schedule of topics.

Pilgrim Manor Educational Series for Seniors – Click on the flier for details.

Bishop Walkowiak Celebrates With Residents

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On February 5, Bishop Walkowiak and Father Eugene Golas celebrated Mass with our Catholic residents. Over 20 residents attended the special Mass. It was a great opportunity for those involved and we thank the Bishop for sharing this moment with us.

Join Us for Mass With Bishop Walkowiak!

Pilgrim Manor Bishop

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

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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!

Santa Pilgrim Manor

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


Giving NewletterThe latest edition of Giving, the Pilgrim Manor newsletter, is available here:

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

Pilgrim Manor Great Lakes Caring Excellence 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  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  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.)

Charlie Day (seated) attends the celebration with Pilgrim Manor Executive Director Karen Messick and Phil Balkema, board chair.

Charlie Day (seated) attends the celebration with Pilgrim Manor Executive Director Karen Messick and Phil Balkema, board chair.

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.

CHHSM Vice President Michael Readinger welcomes guests.

CHHSM Vice President Michael Readinger welcomes guests.

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.”

Pilgrim Manor Executive Director Karen Messick addresses the crowd at the 50th anniversary celebration.

Pilgrim Manor Executive Director Karen Messick addresses the crowd at the 50th anniversary celebration.

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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