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Read about the good that comes from your support for older adults.
Max and Sue Supica – Five Decades of Faith and Philanthropy
Max and Sue Supica recently celebrated 50 years of membership at West Side United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor and, with it, a 50-year relationship with United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC).
The Supicas moved to Ann Arbor 52 years ago when Max accepted a position with Ford Motor Company at their new plastics facility in Saline, Michigan. They began attending West Side United Methodist Church and eventually joined the church in 1970. There, they became close friends with several other couples who supported UMRC, including Dick and Norma Sarns. “We ‘grew up’ watching them,” says Max and Sue. “They set a good example of philanthropy for us.”
They learned more about the faith-based mission of UMRC when some of their pastors and, later, some of their friends retired and moved to Chelsea Retirement Community. The couple began making gifts to support the Benevolent Care Fund in their honor or memory, including Tree of Life ornaments at the holidays.
In 2010, Dick and Norma invited Max and Sue to join them at the UMRC Foundation’s first annual Garden Party, hosted at the home of Board member Jan Lyons, where they became more aware of the Foundation’s work in caring for older adults. Today, the Supicas are members of the UMRC Legacy Society by including the UMRC Foundation in their estate plan.
For the Supicas, who now make their home at UMRC’s The Cedars of Dexter, their support of the UMRC Foundation has been an extension of their faith. “We think the world of UMRC,” says Sue.
The Schuberts Give Back Through Service and Planned Giving
Caring for others has always been a passion for Paul and Connie Schubert. Paul was a Lutheran pastor – serving as far away as the Virgin Islands – before earning his Ph.D. in psychology and starting his own counseling practice. Connie worked with children as a psychiatric clinical nurse. In 2012, the Schuberts combined their love of travel and desire to serve by participating in a mission trip to Kenya with the Dexter United Methodist Church.
Paul and Connie are “charter members” at The Cedars of Dexter where they have lived since 2010. Connie enjoys the exercise classes, while Paul loves to write in the Cedar Chips group he helped launch with residents and members of the Dexter community. “It is exactly what we had hoped for when we moved here,” says Paul.
They are also members of the UMRC Legacy Society through a gift in their estate plan. “We have a firm belief in giving back,” says the couple. “We have been given a lot and want to share with others.”
Meet Our Donors – Colleen Dolan-Greene and Trey Greene
In 1972, University of Texas graduate student Colleen Dolan-Greene accepted a summer internship at Oakland University. Her assignments: help write the university’s affirmative action plan and participate on its bargaining team. This internship was the beginning of her career in human resources and labor relations; meeting her husband, Trey, a third generation Detroiter; and falling in love with the city she now calls home. She and Trey married in 1976 and bought a house in the historic Boston-Edison neighborhood.
Trey is a second generation Detroit Rotarian, and Colleen joined a dozen years ago. Rotary is how Colleen learned about UMRC and its partnership to develop Rivertown, providing Detroit’s first and only affordable assisted living options for low-income older adults. The couple experienced first-hand the challenges of senior care in Detroit when Trey’s mother was diagnosed with dementia. “She was very unhappy she couldn’t stay in the city where she had lived since she was 11,” says Colleen. Because of Colleen’s expertise and passion for Detroit, fellow Rotarian and UMRC Board member, Russ Ives, invited her to join the UMRC Board in 2012 and help make the Rivertown concept a reality. Colleen says “UMRC’s great range of services for older adults” convinced her to accept.
As Rotarians, Colleen and Trey got in the habit of making monthly gifts, and it’s a habit they embrace with their giving to the UMRC Foundation. “It’s a painless way to give,” says Colleen, “and your giving accumulates while you’re not thinking about it. We find that we can make a much more significant gift that way.”