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Senior living community 'integrates' with national faith-based nonprofit

July 1, 2016
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Pilgrim Manor is a senior living community on 10 acres in northeast Grand Rapids. Photo via fb.com

A senior living community in town is “integrating” with a national faith-based senior living nonprofit.

The nonprofit Pilgrim Manor in Grand Rapids , which was conceived in 1955 by 12 area Congregational churches and opened in 1963, said yesterday that its 19 shareholder churches have voted to integrate into Marion, Ohio-based United Church Homes, or UCH.

UCH’s board has also approved the move, and the integration process is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.

Both nonprofits are members of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the American Health Care Association.

“Pilgrim Manor, and especially our residents, will benefit from being affiliated with a larger organization that shares our values and will support us as we grow our programs and significantly improve our facilities,” said Micki Benz, board chair, Pilgrim Manor.

Pilgrim Manor operates 55 Medicare/Medicaid nursing beds and offers 110 assisted living units on a 10-acre campus, located at2000 Leonard St. NE.

Pilgrim Manor will become part of United Church Homes’ senior residential and health care facilities system.

All of Pilgrim Manor’s roughly 170-member staff will be retained following the integration, and all major leadership and decision making will remain local.

“This new relationship enables Pilgrim Manor to partner with a closely aligned organization with the depth of expertise and innovative practices that will bring us even more value and the opportunity for growth in Grand Rapids,” said Karen Messick, executive director, Pilgrim Manor.

United Church Homes, founded in 1916, has about 1,300 employees and serves more than 4,000 residents at 69 senior housing and health care communities.

With Pilgrim Manor on board, United Church Homes will increase its service area to 14 states, as well as two Native American reservations.

“Both organizations benefit from their shared missions, values and affiliation with the United Church of Christ,” said Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO, United Church Homes.  

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