UMRC Foundation Receives $10,000 Grant from the Chelsea Community Foundation to Support iPad Classes for Seniors

United Methodist Retirement Communities Foundation (UMRC Foundation) is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $10,000 from the Chelsea Community Foundation, an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. This one-year award will support the creation of an iPad library and classes for residents of Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC).

“We are delighted to receive this grant from the Chelsea Community Foundation which allows our residents to take advantage of all that this modern technology has to offer,” explains Wendy Brightman, UMRC Foundation President. “Helping our residents embrace and master the use of iPad technology will help them stay connected with family and friends, provide ways to better manage their health, and even lower their risk of cognitive decline.”

Weekly iPad classes will be led by CRC Life Enrichment staff and supplemented with assistance from local students and other volunteers to help residents with any questions they may have about using the iPad. To learn more about opportunities to volunteer with this project, contact Hazel Mead, Independent Living and Events Coordinator at Chelsea Retirement Community, at 734-433-1000 ext. 7433 or by e-mail at

The UMRC Foundation is the charitable arm for United Methodist Retirement Communities, with headquarters in Chelsea, Michigan. Since its inception in 1998, the UMRC Foundation has provided over $14,000,000 through its Benevolent Care Fund to help UMRC residents remain in their homes when they outlive their resources. The mission of the UMRC Foundation is to promote the wellness, dignity, and independence of seniors by supporting UMRC residents, staff, and the communities UMRC serves. For more information, visit or call 734.433.1000.

The Chelsea Community Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment fund that provides an ongoing source of revenue for qualified and needed programs and activities in the Chelsea community. Founded in December 1995, the Chelsea Community Foundation has a permanent charitable endowment of more than $2 million and has awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in Chelsea and surrounding communities. The Chelsea Community Foundation is an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan. The Foundation works to improve the region’s quality of life by connecting those who care with causes that matter. The Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed nearly $670 million through more than 50,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit