Community Connection Newsletter | July 2020 | News & Announcements
Lots of Fun for Everyone
We had a lot of fun this June and into the early part of July, and we do not see the fun stopping.

We were fortunate enough to have a Pet Parade that was planned by Kindred Home Health Care and Hospice and West Michigan Humane Society. It was a fun event on a very pleasant Friday afternoon. Many different pets joined us, and were able to parade in front of all three buildings. We had dogs, cats, and even a pig come visit us. Thank you to all of them for brightening our day.
Our Summer Kick off Picnic for our Cottage residents didn’t look the same this year, but we were still able to put it together so the residents were able to enjoy a good meal for them to enjoy on the safety of their patios. We were also fortunate enough to offer a drive thru for our friends who wanted to visit and see our cottages. Thank you to all the staff for helping make this happen.

The Academy had two classes in June, and with great attendance! Thank you all from far and wide for joining us. We even had a few people from Europe join us for Pilates class. WOW! This is the benefit of doing our Academy classes virtually. Everyone is welcome, and the more the merrier. Look for upcoming events in August, and into the future, that everyone can join in on.
Our residents were able to enjoy July Fourth, even though it looked different for all of us, we wanted it to be a fun festive time. On the Fourth we played a movie, and offered popcorn, soda, and snacks to beat the heat inside. On July 7, we had the fortunate opportunity to have the 126 th Army Band come play for our residents at a safe social distance. It was fantastic, and a true joy for everyone to watch and listen. Thank you to them for coming out, and making our day.

With the situation we are dealing with we appreciate all the love and support from the many organizations who provide events and activities for residents in this difficult time. Looking forward to many more.

Upcoming August Academy Events
We are excited to announce our August Academy Classes! We are offering two and would love for you to sign up and join us via Zoom. Here is the link to sign up: We look forward to you joining us! “See” you soon!
"Let's Talk While We Can" - Food
Preservation Class
August 11 at 3 p.m. via Zoom
We are being joined by the Canning Diva , who will teach us so much about food preservation.

For many people, canning conjures memories of cozy kitchens filled with fresh flavors. Whether you’re picking up this time-honored tradition again, or just starting out, Diane Devereaux, The Canning Diva®, is your guide. Join us virtually August 11th at 3 p.m. EST to learn the basics about water bath and pressure canning food in jars as well as other food preservation techniques like freezing and dehydrating so you may store food convenient to your lifestyle.

"Rolling With It" - Essential Oils Class
August 27 at 3 p.m. via Zoom
We will have Marsha Veenstra, a representative for Young Living Essential Oils to teach us about Thieves, an essential oil, and the many health benefits. Sign up to join us! We will be asking for your address, because we want this class to be an interactive class where you can do something along with Marsha to keep at home.
Pain Management CEU Class
September 10 at 4 p.m. via Zoom
More information coming soon!
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 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 . Visit to learn more about specific items needed for various age groups. 
See what else is going on at Samaritas this month!
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.
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: , then click on “Tax Saving Option to Give”
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.

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