Glacier Hills Foundation Calls for Annual Grant Proposal

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Proposals Due:  April 23, 2021 by 4:30 PM

Do you have an outstanding idea for a program, project, or item that will greatly enhance and enrich our campus? If so, please submit an application with your idea to the Glacier Hills Foundation to be considered for funding.

Annual Grant awards are funded through the Foundation’s General Endowment with awards typically ranging from $500 – $25,000. Last year’s grant awards ranged from $1,500 – $23,000 for a total of $40,350.

All colleagues and residents are eligible to apply and may submit more than one Grant Proposal. The process includes:

  1.  Discuss your great idea with your resident manager, director, or staff supervisor. They will be a great resource in helping you turn your idea into a Foundation Grant Proposal.
  2. Fill out the Grant Application, which is available in hard copy from the Foundation office or online (for staff members) in the Group Share W drive, GL, GH Common, Foundation Grants folder. If you need any further assistance, please contact the Foundation Office at 734.929.6759 or by email at
  3.  Submit your completed application, with supporting documents, to the Glacier Hills Foundation by April 23, 2021, at 4:30 PM.
  4. Award announcements will be made in June, funding begins July 1, 2021.

List of Annual Grant Awards – FY21

Glacier Hills Senior Living Community Celebrates Black History Month through Virtual Motown Concert

Friday, February 05, 2021

ANN ARBOR, MI On February 19, 2021, from 3-4 p.m., Glacier Hills Senior Living Community will host a virtual Motown concert in celebration of Black History Month.

Headlining the concert is KGB, a multi-instrumentalist Motown tribute band. The band name represents each member: Keith Dotson, Glenn McFarland and Bruce Sims. They’re well-loved in metro-Detroit, having played at large venues like MGM Grand Detroit Casino and events like Motown Winter Blast.

Motown is a notable contribution made to the music industry. It was created and popularized by the first Black-owned and Detroit-based record label, Motown Records. Classic artists such as The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross were produced there.

 “We are excited to virtually bring KGB into our community to celebrate Black History Month,” said Craig Courts, President of Glacier Hills. “Motown music is something people from all over the world can enjoy, but it’s just a little more special to us here in Michigan. It’s also something people of any age can enjoy, although our current and future residents may feel a little more nostalgic about it.”

The Facebook Live concert can be streamed by anyone with or without a Facebook account and is free. Interested attendees can let Glacier Hills know they plan to attend by emailing or calling 734-913-0730. They can also learn more about Glacier Hills’ future events by liking and following their Facebook page at

For more information, please contact:

Krishaun Burns, marketing coordinator



About Glacier Hills Senior Living Community

Glacier Hills Senior Living Community years has served southeast Michigan as a non-profit, senior living and care provider for over 47 years.  Their mission is to serve older adults with a continuum of lifestyle, care and support alternatives embracing enrichment of the whole person. Glacier Hills’ beautiful 34-acre campus is located in the cultural and cosmopolitan heart of southeast Michigan. Glacier Hills is one of more than 45 senior communities across the country operated by Trinity Health Senior Communities (THSC). Offering independent and assisted living, long-term assisted living, memory care, long-term care and short-term rehabilitation; THSC serves thousands of seniors and their families across multiple regions. Headquartered in Livonia, MI, THSC is a National Health Ministry of Trinity Health, the second-largest Catholic health system in the country. For more information on the programs and services offered by Glacier Hills, please contact the Marketing Department at 734.913.0730 or

Read our Winter/Spring 2020 Edition of Happenings Newsletter

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A Glacier Hills volunteer and supporter named 2020 Citizen of the Year by United Way, a letter from Glacier Hills President, Craig Courts, and more in our Winter/Spring 2020 Edition of HappeningsClick here to view the full Happenings Newsletter

Update on COVID-19 Protocol: Visitations and Minimizing Risk

Thursday, March 26, 2020

We continue to follow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updates and restrictions to visitation of Residents in our communities. It remains current practice that visits from family members; friends and non-essential health care personnel are not permitted. Please click here to read full policy.

Glacier Hills Visitation Update: Visits Prohibited for Family Members, Friends and Non-Essential Health Care Personnel

Monday, March 16, 2020

Over the past couple of days, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have imposed more severe restrictions on visitations. Effective immediately, visits from family members, friends and non-essential health care personnel are no longer permitted. Exceptions will be made only in compassionate care situations such as end-of-life care (and in those cases, restricted to the resident’s room only). Please click here to read full policy.

Glacier Hills Implements Limited Visitation Policy in Effort to Limit COVID-19 Exposure

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

At Glacier Hills, we are doing everything we can to keep our residents and staff safe and healthy.  As set forth in a March 11 letter to residents and family members, one of the steps we are taking is to restrict visitors to our facility effective immediately. To review our new visitation policy, click here.


Marvin Brandwin Featured as Insights speaker

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Marvin Brandwin was our featured Insights speaker for January 2020.  Click here to view the video.

Beth Caldwell Featured as Insights speaker

Monday, February 03, 2020

Beth Caldwell was our featured Insights speaker for the month of February.  Click here to view the video.

Molly Dobson, Woman of the Year

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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It is with great pleasure that we share that Molly Dobson (Glacier Hills resident) has been selected as the United Way of Washtenaw County 2020 Woman of the Year!

Media Contact: Pam Smith
President/CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County

United Way of Washtenaw County Announces Molly Dobson 2020 Woman of the Year

Leading Community Philanthropist to be honored at “Power of the Purse” event March 3,2020

December 11, 2019 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – Leading community philanthropist, Molly Dobson, with more a lifetime of giving back to community, has been selected by the United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC) Women United group as the 2020 Woman of the Year. Mrs. Dobson will be honored at the UWWC’s Power of the Purse event on March 3, 2020 at the Kensington Hotel.

“Molly Dobson exemplifies what the Power of the Purse initiative is about: women taking action to address community issues,” said Pam Smith, President of the United Way of Washtenaw County, and member of the Power of the Purse committee. “We are thrilled to honor her achievements and leadership at our event.”

Mrs. Dobson was chosen by the Power of the Purse committee for her exemplary leadership role in the community and her accomplishments in community leadership, philanthropy and innovation.

“I am so humbled to have been chosen to receive this honor. Being honored by UWWC as the “Citizen of the Year” fills me with pride. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. shared Mrs. Dobson. “It also triggers considerable nostalgia. As a donor, fund raiser and member of the Budget Priorities Committee and later, the Board of Directors of Washtenaw United Way, my WUW roots date back more than half a century. Since then, UWWC has come a long, long way!”.

One program Mrs. Dobson invested her time, energy, and philanthropy into was helping the University of Michigan develop the, D-SIP internship program, which provides undergraduates a unique, paid opportunity to prepare for a rewarding future in philanthropy. As a result, since its inception, 313 undergraduate students have completed the national award-winning internship program, with Molly personally funding 35 interns across 27 community organizations since 2009.

United is a United Way national network of some 55,000 members in 137 U.S. communities, and the most successful philanthropic effort of its kind. Locally the UWWC Women’s Leadership Initiative has granted over $225,000 through the Power of the Purse event for programs that promote women’s success and self-sufficiency.

The UWWC established the Woman of the Year honor in 2009. Previous recipients include Dr. Lori Pierce, Cecilia Fileti, Cynthia Wilbanks, Verna McDaniel, Beth Fitzsimmons, Martha Darling, Pat Warner, Denise Rabidoux and Lucy Ann Lance. The 2019 Event Chair is Stacy Fuqua.

About United Way of Washtenaw County

United Way of Washtenaw County connects people, organizations and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. The Community Impact model focuses on health, education and financial stability issues to create opportunities for families and strengthen Washtenaw County.   Over its 95-year history it has invested more than 250 million dollars to support over 60 successful local human services agencies in a comprehensive, integrated way that created positive lasting change in Washtenaw County.


Glacier Hills and Trinity Health Senior Communities to Welcome Craig Courts as new President of Glacier Hills

Friday, January 17, 2020

Steve Kastner, President & CEO of Trinity Health Senior Communities, and Dale Berry, Chair of the Glacier Hills Board, have announced the appointment of Craig Courts as the new President for Glacier Hills. Craig will join the organization on Monday, February 10, 2020.

Craig comes to Glacier Hills from Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, where he has served since 2014 as Chief Financial and Operating Officer. He led an initiative that increased employee retention and was instrumental in the development, construction and presales of new independent living apartments on their campus.

Prior to working in senior living, Craig held progressive management positions in marketing, finance and operations across the manufacturing and product distribution sectors. He is a C.P.A., and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a MBA from Western Michigan University.

“I am pleased to be turning over the leadership of Glacier Hills to Craig’s very capable hands and I look forward to working with him as Board Chair” noted Dale Berry, Interim President of Glacier Hills and Chair of the Board of Directors.

Insights with Ralph Kauffman

Friday, November 29, 2019

Ralph Kauffman was our November speaker for Insights.     Click here to view his talk.

Insights with Tom Collier

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

 Tom Collier was our October speaker for Insights.  He shared his military and teaching career with employees and residents.  Click here to view his talk.

Insights with Burt Voss

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Burt Voss spoke to Glacier Hills employees on September 16th Insights presentation, and to residents on October 1, about his early days growing up in Iowa and his decades-long career as an educator.  Click here to watch the video.

Insights – A New Program at Glacier Hills – Kicks Off with John Brueger

Monday, August 26, 2019

A new program has begun at Glacier Hills, hosted by the Glacier Hills Foundation.  The program entitled “Insights” is a monthly luncheon for employees, and a bi-monthly evening presentation for residents, by residents at Glacier Hills.  The speaker shares insights about their career, family, education, and other life happenings with the audience.  John Brueger, Glacier Hills resident, was our first speaker.  Click here to view his presentation about his career working in the Apollo program, including the Apollo 11 launch and landing on the moon in 1969!

Insights – Judith Laikin Elkin shares her story

Monday, August 26, 2019

Judith Laikin Elkin, spoke to employee and resident audiences in July and August about her early career as a US Foreign Service Officer. Click here to view the video.

Glacier Hills Senior Living Report 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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Progress Report 2018

Volunteer Group Recognized with Statewide Award

Friday, June 22, 2018

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Reed Vanderslik, Jerry Miller, and Gabby VanderMolen

 At an evening gala this June, LeadingAge Michigan presented Project Outreach with the “Group Volunteer of the Year Award.”   Each year, the award goes to a group who has provided distinguished service to a LeadingAge Michigan Member.

Since 1968, LeadingAge Michigan has been proudly representing mission-based providers who serve frail seniors and adults with disability through the full array of post-acute and long-term services and support. The 320 member organization is the only statewide association in Michigan that represents the entire continuum of post-acute and long-term services.

The University of Michigan’s Project Outreach program has impacted Glacier Hills Senior Living Community for over 13 years. Project Outreach is a course, offered at the University of Michigan. The course combines classroom learning with practical experience in a healthcare setting. Each student invests 40 hours per semester with our residents. Approximately 60 students are assigned to Glacier Hills each semester. Over the years, Project Outreach has become an integral part of Glacier Hills’ volunteer program.

Project Outreach students volunteer all over campus. They visit one-on-one with residents, help with games, discussion groups and crafts. They accompany residents to concerts, religious services and programs. Project Outreach has expanded over the past three years to include a music section. Now musicians come and perform right in the households five days per week.

Activities staff say that it is rewarding to watch the “light come on” as new volunteers begin to understand how to best connect with our residents. We can depend on Project Outreach volunteers to support professional activities staff so that the day goes smoothly. Their helping hand makes such a difference. Their friendly, patient interaction with residents is a calming influence especially in memory care households. This team of volunteers increases our ability to provide that important one-to-one attention.

We are especially grateful to the leadership of Dr. Jerry Miller, the Faculty Coordinator for Project Outreach. Jerry says “Students often comment that Project Outreach is the most memorable course of their academic experience.” The commitment the University of Michigan Project Outreach program has made to our community helps Glacier Hills continue to provide extraordinary service to our seniors.

Glacier Hills Affiliates with Trinity Senior Living Communities

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Board of Directors of Glacier Hills has finalized an agreement to become a subsidiary of Trinity Senior Living Communities (TSLC) of Livonia, Mich., effective July 1, 2016.

Glacier Hills, a full-service senior campus in Ann Arbor, includes a continuum of short-term and long-term rehabilitation and wellness services as well as senior living options. It will maintain its governance by a community board of directors.

TSLC, a non-profit senior housing and nursing care organization, currently owns and manages more than 45 communities offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, long term care and rehabilitation services for seniors. TSLC is a member of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health system in the country.  St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital is also a member of Trinity Health.

Ray Rabidoux, President and CEO of Glacier Hills, described the decision to join TSLC as an extension of Glacier Hills’ vision to help meet the needs of aging persons in the Ann Arbor area.

“Aligning with TSLC will preserve our mission into the future,” he explained. “It enhances the continuum of care in the region for seniors and aligns Glacier Hills to meet the needs of healthcare reform, deepens the existing relationships with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and enables us to continue providing quality care and service to our residents and their families. It also assures our continuing relationship with the University of Michigan Health System.”

TSLC’s goal of creating a sustainable regional model with other Trinity Health Regional Health Ministries made Glacier Hills an attractive community to seek out a relationship with, and eventually, align. This structure will bring together the focus of both organizations people-centered care, providing streamlined communication for residents, guests and families as
they navigate through a health care event.

“We are proud to finalize this agreement with an organization dedicated to outstanding high quality care, employee satisfaction and excellence,” noted Ken Robbins, President & CEO of TSLC, in the acceptance of the agreement which was signed by TSLC and Glacier Hills on June 21, 2016. “We are invested in and committed to the people of Ann Arbor, and know this opportunity will enhance care delivery across our system for those we serve.”

Rabidoux and Robbins also announce that Glacier Hills and TSLC will establish The Glacier Hills Legacy Fund, in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, to focus on supporting the future needs of seniors in Washtenaw County.  The Glacier Hills Legacy Fund program development and funding process will be completed in 2017.

TSLC owns and operates Sanctuary at St. Joseph’s Village, an independent and assisted living community, and Huron Woods, a memory care community, on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. In addition to enhancing the care continuum within the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Glacier Hills will continue working with patients and families from the University of Michigan Health System.

“It’s an exciting time to be in care delivery for seniors,” said David Brooks, President & CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals. “We are looking forward to enhancing our relationships through a common ministry providing people-centered care together in Ann Arbor.”

“We are ecstatic for what this means for Southeastern Michigan,” added Rob Casalou, Regional President & CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. “As we come together to deliver senior care and services within Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, we eagerly welcome Glacier Hills as an important part of our regional health ministry.”


About Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community for 42 years has served southeast Michigan as a non-profit, non-sectarian senior living and care provider. Our mission is to serve older adults with a continuum of lifestyle, care and support alternatives embracing enrichment of the whole person. Glacier Hills’ beautiful 34-acre campus is located in the cultural and cosmopolitan heart of southeast Michigan. Glacier Hills’ has both pioneered and continually renewed its commitment to a premier senior lifestyle through transformative change.

About Trinity Senior Living Communities
Trinity Senior Living Communities is a non-profit senior living organization headquartered in Livonia, Mich. Offering Independent Living apartments, Assisted Living apartments, Memory Care, Long-Term Care and Short-Term Rehabilitation TSLC serves thousands of seniors and their families each year in more than 45 communities across the country. Trinity Senior Living Communities is a National Health Ministry of Trinity Health, the second largest Catholic health system in the country.