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.

United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation received a generous grant of $500,000 from the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation to provide start-up costs for Cascade PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Jackson.   Serving Jackson, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties, Cascade PACE is the first and only center of its kind in this region, and one of only ten PACE centers in the state. A collaboration between UMRC and Region 2 Area Agency on Aging, Cascade PACE provides an innovative alternative to nursing facility care, allowing eligible participants, ages 55 and older, to live safely and with dignity in their homes and communities.

“We were absolutely thrilled and honored to receive this gift from the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation,” says UMRC Foundation President, Wendy Brightman. “This grant helps to ensure that low-income, frail elderly in Jackson, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties get the medical care and support services they need, while maintaining their independence at home and in their communities.”

Expected to open in late 2015, Cascade PACE will provide comprehensive medical, therapeutic and pharmacy needs; nutrition and meals; health education; social and recreational activities; medical specialties; and transportation.

“Rural Michigan is important to the Thome Family which has its roots in Owosso,” explains Brightman. “UMRC and the Thome Foundation share a commitment to providing for the dignified treatment of older adults. We are delighted to partner with the Thome Foundation to make a difference in the lives of local seniors.”