Manor & Villages Blog

Mar 12,2020 | Chris Matzke

Sunset’s Message About COVID-19

May 21, 2020 Dear Family and Friends of Sunset Senior Communities, In my last letter, I talked about our formation of a task group to discuss how we will release restrictions from our COVID 19 response when the State’s Executive Orders allow us. I hope that you remember our plans will look different from the…

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New Waterford Place Expansion Phase 3

Dec 20,2019 | Chris Matzke

Sunset Retirement Communities to Build New Senior Living Facilities

The construction project will include independent living apartments and lakeside villas  Sunset Retirement Communities and Services will break ground in the fall of 2020 to begin construction on expansion of Waterford Place in Georgetown Township. Currently at over 228,000 square feet, the expansion will add 168,000 square footage to the campus and will include 62…

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Sep 19,2019 | Betty Epperly


When St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Monroe, Michigan was built in1812, leaders placed significant items in its hollowed-out cornerstone, including a hand-written sermon, a hymn book, a list of church members, and church leaders’ writings about congregational life. At the church’s 200thanniversary in 2012,this time capsule was opened. Among those present were former members…

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Sep 16,2019 | Betty Epperly

Precious Freedom

Dirk and Elisabeth Gootjes and their family lived in Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands during World War II. Every night they drew the blackout curtains; then they waited. If they heard a certain pattern of taps on a window, they opened the door for Dutch Resistance workers. They listened to updates about the war from England on…

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Sep 05,2019 | Betty Epperly

A Cord of Three Strands

As Marv and Joy (Carrick) Poelman can attest, sometimes God places special people in our lives just when we need them. Although their upbringings were different, they noticed qualities in one another that drew them together, and their steadfast love has spanned almost seven decades. Joy’s mother died of cancer the day before Christmas in…

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Aug 22,2019 | Sheila Carney

Celebrating Centenarians

Be good to others. Do everything in moderation. Be honest. Get an education. Give back to community. Invest part of every paycheck. Be active and develop interests. Work hard. See the world. Invest in relationships. Love the Lord. It turns out our parents were right after all. In June, Sunset threw a special party for…

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May 07,2019 | Sheila Carney

Family Reunion

Martin and Beana Faber had six children in seven years. The first five were born a year apart, all in April. Two of them even share the same birthday. Today, the five oldest Faber siblings are together again under the same roof of Sunset. The Fabers grew up in McBain, Michigan, a rural area about…

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Feb 20,2019 | Betty Epperly

God’s Tools

As a Calvinist Cadet counselor for 20 years, Arie Verkaik sang the Cadet theme song, “Living For Jesus,” often, and it is still his favorite song: Living for Jesus, a life that is true, Striving to please Him in all that I do; Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free, This is the pathway of blessing for…

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Feb 18,2019 | Sheila Carney

Praying for each other

When Vice President and COO Chris Matzke’s husband was diagnosed with a devastating disease, volunteers, residents, staff, and families came together to pray for them. “They had in their lobby, for the whole fourteen hours he was in surgery, a prayer center set up. And so, each time somebody came up, they would say a…

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Aug 14,2018 | Betty Epperly

God’s Faithfulness Through Generations

Years before Hazel Coy moved to Sunset Village, her granddaughter Taylor Nysse was a faithful Sunset volunteer. After Taylor graduated from Jenison High School in 1999, she participated in Community-Based Instruction (CBI) and received job training at various locations including a greenhouse, a preschool, and Sunset Manor & Villages. Taylor knew right away that Sunset…

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