Sunset Blog

May 24,2019 | Sheila Carney

Donajean’s Wish

Every one of our Sunset residents, no matter where they’re from or where they live now, has a unique story. Like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two residents are alike. What makes our residents special is their individuality and the life experience they bring with them to our communities. While we feel blessed to be a…

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May 18,2019 | Sheila Carney

Providing Connections to Residents

When a resident named Marie showed up at the office of Steve Zuiderveen, the President and CEO of Sunset Retirement Communities, he did not know that he was about to establish a genuine connection. After several minutes of conversation, Marie left only to return not even five minutes later to have the exact conversation they…

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May 15,2019 | Steve Zuiderveen

Hope for the Journey

Last week our son Cody and his family had to evacuate out of Haiti due to the civil unrest that had gone on for several days. During that time of uncertainty, I often found myself searching for hope. I hoped the protesters stayed away from their home. I hoped that they had enough food. I…

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May 14,2019 | Betty Epperly

Powerful Connections Lead to Lasting Bonds

After Dave Holkeboer retired, he bought a book in a second hand store called Furniture Making From the Inside Out, which described the inner structures of furniture that hold it together. “It’s the glue, not the nails and screws, that make strong joints,” he explains. “A glue joint is stronger than the wood; if made…

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May 13,2019 | Rod Cotts

And the Winner is… Sunset

At Sunset, we are blessed with amazing staff and facilities to care for your loved ones. Beyond the care of our residents, Sunset cares about our neighbors, the impact our facilities have on the environment and being good stewards of financial resources. On April 25, at the fifth annual Michigan Energy Summit in Grand Rapids,…

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May 10,2019 | Dr. Dan Gowdy

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Giving is cyclical. At Sunset, our staff gives their hearts and souls to care for our residents every day. Acts of good will are put out and eventually come back around in new and inspiring ways. Manor and Villages’ new outdoor patio for employees is the product of a circle of giving. One resident’s gift…

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May 08,2019 | Sheila Carney

Everybody Has a Story

When Sue Hamm, the Executive Director at Sunset Manor & Villages, first moved into her office near the assisted living area, she was warned by the rest of the staff about an older woman who tended to be displeased and moody. “I went to visit her, and they were correct that she is not a…

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May 07,2019 | Betty Epperly

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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Apr 30,2019 | Sheila Carney

Life’s Real Heroes

The real heroes in life are not the people we see in the last superhero movies, but our veterans according to Vice President and CFO Steve Bossenbroek. This past Memorial Day, one of the companies that supports Sunset’s Benevolence Fund came to Sunset Retirement Communitiesto perform a hymn with all of the resident veterans. The…

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Apr 09,2019 | Betty Epperly

In God’s Hands

  Carl De Vries first stained glass project was far from simple. It was a depiction of the northern lights, approximately 2’ by 4’, that featured multi-colored bands of lights cascading from the sky. He likes to ask, “Why start small?” Carl recalls, “I drew a pattern, cut it out, and traced it onto the…

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