Sunset Blog

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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Sep 09,2019 | Sheila Carney

A Waterford Wedding

On November 22, 2015, Morrie and Marilyn Gabrielse were married in the Waterford Place lobby, a first in its history. “I never dreamed I’d get married again,” says Morrie. “It never entered my mind.” Marilyn felt the same way. She and Morrie had both been recently widowed, each after 53 years of marriage. Neither of…

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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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Sep 02,2019 | Betty Epperly

Comfort Food

Throughout her 91 years, Marie (Timmer) DeVries has been nurturing bodies and souls. God placed loving people in her life during her formative years, and she has been paying it forward ever since. Marie’s parents emigrated from the Netherlands for a better life. They bought a farm in Dorr, and although they worked from dawn…

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