Community Connection Newsletter | June 2020 | News & Announcements
Destiny Jackson Joins the Samaritas Team
Meet our new certified activity director
Destiny Jackson is a certified activity director through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals. She is passionate about engaging the hearts and minds of the seniors she serves.

Her journey to purpose began at Marycrest Campus; a senior living community in Livonia, MI where she created, planned, and implemented life enriching activities and events. Destiny is also a student at Madonna University studying Gerontology and is very excited about graduating in May of 2021!

Destiny’s career goal is to create an organization specifically for the elderly population to be an advocate, to encourage, and to make a difference in their lives. In her free time, Destiny enjoys spending time with her 11 month-old Havanese puppy named Shylo, binge watching a TV show on Netflix, or spending time with friends and family. Destiny is very excited to be a part of the Samaritas team and is looking forward to making each day a celebration for the residents we serve.

We are also happy to share that Chelsea will now be our Sales Coordinator. Give her a call if you have any friends interested in becoming a neighbor.
Learn More About Our New Move-in Special
If you, or someone you know is thinking about letting go of home maintenance in favor of being with like-minded mature adults -- you're in luck.

Starting this month, those who to move into the Senior Living of Bloomfield Hills will get one month's free rent.

We're also offering more spacious assisted and independent living apartments than ever before. We offer more apartment style living spaces than most of our competitors.

Check out a virtual tour of our Erie Model. This one bedroom, one bathroom apartment is a safe cozy place to call home. Includes a washer/dryer, refrigerator, oven/stove, garbage disposal and many wonderful amenities.
Call Chelsea at (248) 385-0464 to schedule a safe, private tour today!

Samaritas Backpack Drive for Kids
This drive will help needy students get the school supplies they need for the new year.
Samaritas is launching the Annual Backpack Drive for Kids to collect school supplies for the students in its care.
 
Starting Wed., July 15 through Sat., Aug 15, Samaritas is asking the public to donate 1,400 backpacks and the school supplies to fill them. 
 
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, in-person donations will not be allowed this year. Instead, the backpacks and school supplies may be purchased from this Amazon Wish List available at samaritas.co/BackpackDrive and shipped to the Samaritas Detroit Office located at 8131 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit 48214. Monetary donations to help purchase school supplies can also be made online at samaritas.org/Backpack-Drive . Visit samaritas.org/Backpack-Drive to learn more about specific items needed for various age groups. 
It is not a secret, but not everyone is taking advantage – Are you?
Are you like Dan and Barbara? They worked and saved carefully throughout their lives. Each year they made annual contributions to their IRA’s (Individual Retirement Accounts), knowing their funds would grow over time and help provide additional income when they retired.  
 
If you have an IRA, you know IRS regulations require you to start taking Required Minimum Distributions from your IRA starting at age 70-1/2 (unless you have a ROTH IRA).  
 
Here is the important IRA option not everyone has discovered.
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A few years ago, Dan and Barbara’s financial advisor clued them in on an opportunity to make a Charitable IRA Rollover to help support the programs and services that are important to them. 
 
Dan says, “We absolutely LOVE this option. Yes, it is good to be wise stewards of what we have, but it is not just about saving on our taxes. It is more about maximizing the use of those funds at their FULL VALUE. We have been blessed, and giving back brings us a true sense of satisfaction and JOY!”
 
If you want to join Dan and Barbara, there are a couple of important things to know:

  • No. 1 – Talk with your financial advisor to decide what works best for you and your situation.
  • No. 2 – If you decide that this is a good option for you, your IRA Plan Administrator can provide a short form to ensure the funds you give go DIRECTLY to the charity/ties of your choice. This bypasses the income tax you would otherwise pay on that distribution. 

You may be aware that there is a 2020 exemption to IRS Required Minimum Distribution rule due to the COVID 19 crisis. Many, like Dan and Barbara, have already decided to continue to use their distributions the same way again this year - knowing they can continue to provide help and hope for those who are most in need.  
 
If you have questions or would like more information, please connect with us to learn more.
 
Samaritas Resources include:
 
DeeDee McVety, Director – Major & Planned Gifts
 
Visit our website:  https://www.samaritas.org/About-Samaritas/Empower-Others/Donate , then click on “Tax Saving Option to Give”
See what else is going on at Samaritas this month!
Check out the list.
Samaritas offers retirement living for seniors with five communities throughout Michigan. Whether you want independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support or rehabilitation therapy, you’ll find a home that feels right.

 Contact us at seniors@samaritas.org to s chedule a tour, learn about promotions and more.