UMRC Foundation

The United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation mission is to promote the wellness, dignity, and independence of seniors by supporting the residents, staff, and communities UMRC serves.

The UMRC Foundation hosted a VIP Groundbreaking Event at UMRC’s Chelsea Retirement Community campus on November 28, 2017. This landmark event launched UMRC’s largest construction project in its 110-year history and marked the kick-off of UMRC Foundation’s Growing to Serve Campaign. The announcement of an anonymous $1.5 million matching gift capped off the evening’s festivities.

UMRC Foundation’s $26 million comprehensive campaign will support UMRC’s three priority initiatives:

Capital projects, including:
Expansion and Renovation of Kresge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, creating private rooms and bathrooms for all residents, regardless of income level;
McMullen Wellness Center, featuring an indoor pool, walking track, and other fitness initiatives for residents;
Resident Services and Life Enrichment Activities for residents at Chelsea Retirement Community and Rivertown Assisted Living in Detroit; and
Benevolent Care Fund, the cornerstone of the UMRC Foundation which ensures that older adults have a safe, loving home at UMRC, even if they outlive their savings.

UMRC Foundation President Wendy Brightman announced an anonymous gift of $1.5 million at the Groundbreaking Event that will match dollar for dollar any gifts specifically for these capital projects. “On behalf of the UMRC Foundation, I am honored to receive this gift that will transform care for the older adults we serve and help us reach our fundraising goal.”

Speakers for the evening included Campaign Co-Chair Lisa Herrick; Cynthia Kresge, member of The Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees and granddaughter of Dorothy McVittie Kresge for whom UMRC’s Kresge Center is named; Howdy Holmes, President/CEO of Chelsea Milling Company; and Kresge Center resident Marilyn Campbell. Marilyn shared her gratitude to those at the event for supporting this project. “Thank you so much for building my new Kresge Center home!”