Category Archives: Providence Profiles

A lot of special people live in our communities. When we get the chance to hear their stories, we like to share them with the Providence family. Subscribe to have these delivered right to your email inbox.

Ageless Love

On Valentine’s Day 2012 Providence Life Services received news that four of our residents have been included in a special collection of love stories. Double the Love Larry and Lorraine Bultema lived at Holland Home in 2010, which is when their story was originally submitted. Their story, “Double the Love,” appears on page 10 of the book. It’s the story of two brothers who married twin sisters in a double wedding. Larry and Lorraine enjoyed more than 60 years of wedded bliss. That day in 2010, Larry smiled at his bride and said, “We don’t know how long we’ll still be around. We’re not as healthy as we used to be. But if we’re both around, I’m sure we’ll be together.” Love Rekindled Henry and Christine VandeKerk lived at Emerald Meadows. Their story, “Love Rekindled,” appears on page 21 of the book. It is a story of friendship, faithfulness, and coming full circle. After a lifetime apart, Henry and Christine were reunited in 1991. In December of that year, at the age of 78, they were married. When it came time to receive additional care, they chose Emerald Meadows, the Providence community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both stories are tender, sweet, and […]

Christmas 2011 – Providence Style!

The holiday season has a way of bringing people together, and it’s a time for Providence people to shine. In the Christmas video below, you’ll hear about some of the special activities going on at various Providence communities. Most important, you’ll get a sense of the genuine joy Providence people have in serving others. Music, food, friends, family, health, safety, joy, and Jesus — these Christmas blessings and more are mentioned by staff and residents alike. As you watch and listen, please know that our Christmas prayer is that throughout the year you will remember the song of the angels: “…a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” If you are interested in the life-enhancing services from the Providence Life Services communities featured in the Christmas video above, you can use the links below to learn more: Providence of Palos Heights, Palos Heights, Illinois, (708) 597-1000 Village Woods Retirement & Assisted Living, Crete, Illinois, (708) 672-6111 Royal Atrium Inn Assisted Living and Royal Park Place Retirement Living, Zeeland, Michigan, (616) 772-2224 Saratoga Grove Retirement & Assisted Living, Downers Grove, Illinois, (630) 971-1995 If you are interested in life-enhancing services from Providence communities not featured in the video, […]

How to Let Your Parents Make Their Own Retirement Decisions

At 90 years old, Fred Bolhouse decided he was ready to begin considering a move to a retirement community. His wife had died 10 years earlier, and when failing eyesight finally forced him to give up driving, Fred grew tired of being home alone. He visited one or two retirement communities, and Holland Home in South Holland, Illinois, emerged as his favorite. So Fred moved in. That was six years ago, and today, at 96, Fred is “as active as I want to be,” he says. He serves on the Hospitality Ministry, which welcomes new residents and helps them acclimate to the community. He is also a member of the Food Committee, which serves as a bridge between residents and Dining Services, working to keep everyone happy and healthy. And most mornings he can be found holding court in the Holland Home Café, where, he says, “A bunch of us men sit together and talk about the women, and the women all sit together and talk about us men!” Fred and his son Ray have worked together through these life transitions, and both are pleased with the decisions that have been made. “Dad has really blossomed here,” says Ray. “He […]