Opportunities for Giving
- Named Funds
For those who wish to leave a legacy while advancing Porter Hills’ mission, Endowed Funds may be established for Benevolence, the Wellness Center, or other programs of the donor’s choice, and may be named for an individual, family, group or business.
- Traditional Benevolent Funds
No one has ever been asked to leave Porter Hills Village, Cook Valley Estates, or Meadowlark Retirement Village because they outlive their resources. Over $7.0 million has been allocated for financial assistance for those who can no longer afford the full cost of their care. As long term care costs increase quickly, more and more residents are in need of Benevolence Care. It is crucial that these funds continue to grow.
- Service Support Funds
Qualified residents of our Affordable Housing Communities who are in need of in-home care may receive these services from Porter Hills Home Care free of charge, if all available community resources are researched first, if other agencies cannot provide help, and if funds are available.
- David B. Douma Tribute Fund
Established in 2006, this fund helps qualified individuals gain access to financial assistance at the beginning of their residency. The fund honors David Douma’s thirty-seven year tenure at Porter Hills.
- Martindill Wellness Center Fund
The Wellness Center offers the latest in exercise, equipment, and programming for senior wellness. The Endowment was established to cover operating and staffing costs, and to fulfill a promise that the Center will be available to all Porter Hills residents at no additional fee.
- Harmony Hall Music Therapy Program
This Fund was established to enhance the quality of life for our Harmony Hall (Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care) residents, and to serve as a model for similar programs in different levels in our continuum of care.
- THE GREEN HOUSE ® Model of Care
The Green House concept is an innovative approach to higher levels of care and an appealing new alternative to traditional nursing homes. Two of these new residences for frail seniors will be built on the Cook Valley Estates campus. Each house will be home to ten elders in a social and resident-empowered setting. The primary purpose of the Green House home is to serve as a place where elders can receive assistance and support with activities of daily living and clinical care, without the assistance and care becoming the focus of their existence.
A Porter Hills PACE Partnership - Porter Hills Retirement Communities & Services has been approved by the State of Michigan to establish a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program for Muskegon and Ottawa Counties. The program, LifeCircles, will be a collaboration of three providers: Porter Hills, Mercy General Health Partners, and Senior Resources (Area Agency on Aging).
PACE programs have four unique characteristics: 1) flexibility based on individual needs rather than a set pattern of intervention; 2) all-inclusive care, providing preventive, primary, acute and long term care, as well as clinical services, therapies, transportation and social interaction; 3) interdisciplinary teams which convene regularly around the needs of each individual; and 4) a capitated payment arrangement that allows participants to avoid costly and often preventable nursing home and hospital stays.
- Wish Lists
From time to time, a need for non-budgeted items for residents arises. Wish Lists were created to try to meet some of these needs. They contain a variety of items, such as artwork, books, healthcare equipment, and carports. Please ask about our Wish Lists -- there may be something of interest there for you!
- Wetlands Education and Programming
Porter Hills restored 6.8 acres of wetlands on its Cook Valley Estates property. School groups visit the wetlands, led by senior tour guides who lend educational and inter-generational expertise. Self-guided tours for the general public are also available. Dollars to continue educational programming and monitoring of the wetlands are needed.