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Older Adults Moving Back to Detroit, thanks to Hartford Village and You! 

The first community of its kind in the city is providing safe, beautiful housing for moderate-and middle-income older adults.

Why is Hartford Village so important?

The people! Residents are settling into this community within walking distance of schools and a thriving neighborhood activity center. Many of these residents are returning to the city after years away. Hartford Village has given them safe, affordable housing and the option to return to the city they love so much. 

Older adults are vital to a healthy community. Americans ages 50+ account for 70% of spending power in the country! Now, thanks to philanthropy, Hartford Village Residents will add strength to the surrounding neighborhood and community.

Read more in this article from The Kresge Foundation*.
*Correction to Kresge Article: Esther Gordy Edwards St. is named for Esther Gordy Edwards, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church.

View photos of Hartford Village's Grand Opening Picnic on June 8th & The Ribbon Cutting on March 16th!

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Brenda Clayvon CropIn order to stay in Detroit after knee surgery, Brenda Clayvon had to find a housing option that met her needs. She found that at Hartford Village. Thanks to you. "I'm SO HAPPY" - Brenda Clayvon

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Before finding Hartford Village, Paul and Barbara Watson lived in the same house for 42 years. When Paul started having knee trouble, the stairs in their home became a dangerous barrier. The Watsons had to seek another option. Hartford Village was just what they needed. Thanks to you and to philanthropy, Paul and Barbara were able to stay in their neighborhood and move into a comfortable cottage at Hartford. "It's beautiful. Every day here is like a vacation." - Paul and Barbara Watson 

Rosetta Warren

Rosetta Warren is a brand new resident at Hartford Village. Rose had been wanting to move back to Detroit for years, but she wouldn't make the move until she found something better than her previous home in Harper Woods. Hartford Village was exactly what she'd been waiting for. "God answered my prayer." - Rosetta Warren


 Philanthropy made this project happenover $470,000 was raised in partnership with Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. Its importance hasn’t gone unnoticed. On March 16, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson joined PVM and Hartford Memorial Baptist Church along with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, City Council Member George Cushingberry, Jr. and other local dignitaries for a ribbon cutting.

Thank you to the donors who made it all possible! 

The Kresge Foundation
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Chemical Bank
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
Flagstar Bank
Fifth Third Bank
McGregor Fund
Michigan State University Foundation
Mayor and Mrs. Dave Bing
Mrs. Natalie E. Brothers
Brian and Beth Carnaghi
Ms. Gena Edwards
Mr.Harry G. Franklin
Ms. Wilma J. Glenn
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Goldsberry
Mr.  Jethro Joseph
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Little
Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Miller
Mr. George B. Millush, Jr.
Mrs. Mary Ann Millush
Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Myers
Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Myrick
Mr. & Mrs. Ron Spears
Mr. Phillip D. Williams, Sr.

Thank you for making this moment possible for Mr. Messina!
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Now, Mr. Messina (center) and other elders at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Green Houses® can get the 24-hour care they need in a place that's safe, welcoming and surrounded by LOVE!

Mr. Messina was the first elder to move in. "I am so happy," he said as he got out of the truck. He was so overcome with emotion, he began to cry.
As they entered the home the first thing he and his family noticed was the great smell of his favorite food (hamburgers!).  They took the time to look around the home and went into his bedroom where his welcome basket with a hand-written note and a book about Harley-Davidson motorcycles were placed on his bed. 

After looking around and getting familiar with his new home, everyone sat at the dining room table for a dinner that consisted of great food and great conversation. 

It was a great evening for Mr. Messina and his family.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Green Houses®are located in Detroit in The Thome Rivertown Neighborhood. Thanks to you, elders now have an alternative to depressing and lonely institutional nursing homes. The only one of its kind in Detroit! 

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Join the $50K Challenge...and change the life of a senior like David!


7 in 10 older adults—like David—will need long-term services and support in their lives.

Because of donors like you, David is living life to the fullest.

A safe place to call home, after mounting health bills left him bankrupt and homeless.

Access to healthcare, after undergoing a life-saving heart transplant.

A renewed passion for living, now that he can live a normal, healthy life.

David, and other seniors like him, need YOU.


How $100,000 can help PVM residents and seniors:

  Transport 1,000 residents on 4 special outings a year to local attractions like Belle Isle.

 • Give 240 residents 1 year of exercise classes to stay fit and healthy.

 • Support the emergency needs of over 300 residents in 1 year (up to $300 each).

 • Send over 400 residents to compete in PVM's Village Victory Cup, a senior Olympics-style competition, each year for the next 5 years!

Give HERE and change a senior's life!


$50K Challenge Ends December 31, 2016


For Colleen Froats the "Spirit of Giving" is custom aprons, appreciation and giving what you can.

Colleen Only with awardColleen Froats a resident assistant at Perry Farm Village answered, “Why do you give to PVM?”  for the Spirit of Giving contest, open to all employees who donate to the PVM Foundation. The winner gets $500 donated to their village in their name.

Colleen gives in many ways, from financial gifts to sewing aprons for residents. “The ladies had to wear a bib at meals,” said Colleen. “I thought, ‘they need something more. They don’t need to feel like ‘an old person’ who has to wear a bib. So me and a few staff members got together to make aprons.” Now the residents each have one and they love them,” she said fondly, “They are not shared property!”

 Not only did Colleen dream up, and then make the bibs, she taught some of her fellow staff members how to sew in the process!

Read Colleen’s award-winning entry below, and then tell us why you give! We’d love to hear why you support PVM. Please email Paige Vanzo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Colleen Froats with Bobie Clement

Colleen Froats, Why Do I Give to PVM?

Write my story?
What a thought provoking request. I've lived my story for 58 years. I do not believe I've ever really thought about it as a story anyone would ask for.

What motivates me to give to PVM?

I knew the first time I visited Perry Farm Village it was a Special place,  One I would want to be part of. I consider it a privilege to be an employee of PVM, an Honor to be blessed with the opportunity to care for and give of myself to the wonderful residents of Perry Farm.

I've always believed the more you  give the more you have. Being part of this  family  means I have so much more than many! Each day I enter the parking lot I know as I enter the doors I am going to receive Smiles, waves, comments of " there's our girl" . There is so much love, appreciation, caring inside these walls. To be entrusted with the care of a family's loved one is such a huge endorsement. I have no purpose other than to give what I can, where I see need, in anyway possible. Finding a way to stretch the budget to include a bit for the Friends and Family fund, mending a piece of clothing, making special aprons for our ladies to protect their clothes, just being there to hold a hand, give a hug or spend a special 20 minutes to watch jeopardy with someone who's family lives far away means everything!

Two quotes that I strive to live by daily that I feel sums me up are:

"Work for a Cause
Not for Applause
Live life to Express
Not to impress"


Learn to Love without Condition.
Talk without bad Intension.
Give without any Reason.
And, most of all,
Care for people without any Expectation.

My motivation is selfish—the love, appreciation and happiness I receive from our residents every day makes every day's work worth all I can give. 

Colleen Froats
Perry Farm Village employee

2019 Board Meeting Schedule
Held Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

January 22, 2019 – PVM Home Office

June 11, 2019 – Thome Rivertown Sr. Apts., 260 McDougall, Detroit, MI 48207

October 8, 2019 – The Village of East Harbor, 33875 Kiely Drive, Chesterfield, MI 48047

December 3, 2019 – PVM Home Office, 26200 Lahser Road, Suite 300, Southfield, MI 48033

  • 12.3.2019 PVMF Board Agenda
  • 12.3.2019 Agenda & Supplemental Information
  • 12.3.2019 Approved PVMF Board Meeting Minutes - coming in February 2020


2018 Board Meetings
Held Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

February 6, 2018 – PVM Home Office

June 12, 2018 – Lakeshore Senior Living, 28801 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
**Meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. A Board reception with light refreshments will follow from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

October 9, 2018 – The Park at Trowbridge, 24111 Civic Center Dr., Southfield, MI 48033

December 4, 2018 – PVM Home Office, 26200 Lahser Road, Suite 300, Southfield, MI 48033