In fulfilling God’s calling to serve others, we will:
- Serve with love and compassion.
- Commit to excellence.
- Follow Christ’s teachings and example in all we do.
Holland Home is called by God to be of service to others, and, in our efforts, we will constantly seek God’s guidance.
We will provide services with love, compassion, and excellence, and, through our efforts, our residents and clients will feel love, comfort, and peace of mind.
We will provide a broad and flexible range of services and housing options that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals both within our facilities and in the community.
Managing our resources carefully allows us to fulfill our commitment to Christian benevolence. And, we will always remember that we serve in Christ’s name.
Holland Home was formed in 1892 by Reverend Adrian Kriekard of the Third Reformed Church and a small group of men and women seeking to provide shelter for the elderly members of their congregations. The first Holland Home, located on the corner of Michigan Street and College Avenue, was home to eight people.
As the need grew, so did Holland Home. Fulton Manor opened in 1912 and over subsequent decades, was enlarged several times. By 1922, Holland Home had committed to life care for its residents.
In 1973, construction began on Raybrook Manor, and the Raybrook campus expanded to include Raybrook Estates I in 1987, Raybrook Estates II in 1992, Raybrook Homes in 1998 and Raybrook Estates III in 2005.
Holland Home added a third campus in 1990 with the purchase of Breton Manor (now called Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre). In 1997, Breton Manor began offering residential hospice care along with rehabilitation and skilled nursing. The campus expanded in 1999 with the construction of duplex, triplex and fourplex homes and the addition of Breton Terrace, a large, congregate living building, in 2002. Breton Ridge, another independent living building, opened on the campus in October of 2008.
Holland Home expanded its services into the community with the establishment of HomeCare of Holland Home in 1987 and the creation of Hospice of Holland Home in 1995. Hospice of Holland Home was renamed Faith Hospice in 2006, and Trillium Woods, the Faith Hospice residence, opened in Byron Center.
Holland Home is now Michigan’s largest non-profit provider of senior services and was the first registered Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the state. Holland Home employs over 1,100 people and serves more than 2,500 daily.
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Michael has been with Holland Home since May 2011.
He is a community trustee and 2015 graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids, a program of the Grand Rapids Chamber.
He is the immediate past-president of Friends of the Opera, and is a Trustee of Opera Grand Rapids.
A passionate student of architecture, Michael is a long-time docent with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Meyer May House in Grand Rapids.
A native of Central Ohio, Michael is a graduate of The Ohio State University.
A West Michigan native, Gerilyn May fell in love with nonprofits while working for a local philanthropist, and has worked in the nonprofit community for over 15 years.
Prior to working at Holland Home Foundation, Gerilyn served Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Van Andel Institute, and Ele’s Place.
Gerilyn’s faith-driven life journey has led her to Holland Home. She developed a strong sense of devotion for Holland Home as a child of a Holland Home resident. This experience has given her a deep appreciation of the commitment Holland Home makes to its residents and the community.
“The wonderful people of Holland Home have walked side-by-side us on our journey of making critical decisions concerning the best care for our aging Mother who is battling Alzheimer’s. Our family has peace of mind knowing that Mom is being cared for in such a loving community, which is priceless.”
Witnessing the compassionate care of Holland Home inspires Gerilyn to further the mission of fulfilling God’s calling to serve others.
Gerilyn holds a B.S. in Business Management from Davenport University.