Sunset Blog

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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Dec 13,2019 | Sheila Carney

Deck the halls with silver bells…and Silver Buckets!

The holiday season is a time for silver bells to ring and Silver Bucket wishes to come true. Before his time with Sunset, Rose Garden resident, Art Ostrander worked for 30 years at Kent Hills Elementary school in Grand Rapids. As the custodian, Art worked every day with a smile on his face to keep…

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Nov 22,2019 | Betty Epperly

Generous Giving, Abundant Living

According to an article in Psychology Today, the benefits of volunteering include: Making a difference Finding purpose Connecting to community Using your skills in a productive way Developing relationships Getting out of the house Strengthening your resumé Bob Hill, a super volunteer at Brookcrest, could check all of these boxes but the last one. On…

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Nov 19,2019 | Sheila Carney

Say Hello to Lou, Our Favorite Four-legged Volunteer

Our very special honorary Sunset resident gets around on four legs. Meet Lou! Since he was eight weeks old, this Havanese puppy has brought joy and smiles to our Waterford residents throughout the week. Visitors are always welcome, and furry ones are even better. Our residents look forward to seeing his furry face in our…

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Nov 01,2019 | Sheila Carney

Retirement community announces results of fundraising campaign for memory care

Following their Capital Campaign, Waterford Place Memory Care hosted an event to reveal the final results of the total amount raised. At their Praise the Lord Celebration and Open House, Waterford Place leaders, residents, staff, friends, and family gathered to hear the campaign raised a total of $500,000. The Waterford Place Capital Campaign ran from…

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Oct 16,2019 | Sheila Carney

Celebrating Inspiration at the Fall Gala

“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 At Sunset, we are blessed every day with the gifts to serve others, especially those in need. This year’s Fall Gala supported our Resident Benevolence Fund, which enables residents, who through no fault of…

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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 13,2019 | Betty Epperly

The Magic of Murphy

“I am sure some Brookcrest residents feel that Murphy is their dog, and I just happen to be taking care of him,” says Suzanne Williams. Suzanne, a true nurturer, has spent much of her life surrounded by people. She was a teacher at Jenison’s Bursley Elementary School for 35 years and counts some Brookcrest staff…

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