October has been a significant month for Baruch Senior Ministries: October 2nd marked 20 years of serving the seniors of Michigan. In 1997, the nonprofit was founded by Tom Noble out of a need for affordable assisted living and the assurance of a lasting home for residents.

(To see the full history of Baruch, follow the link to Baruch’s Timeline).

In recognition of these 20 years, on October 3rd Baruch presented 48 sheet cakes to the 26 assisted living communities across Michigan, including our two newly acquired communities in Tecumseh and Blissfield. The corporate staff, based in Grand Rapids, drove across Michigan hand-delivering these cakes to all of the communities from St. Joseph to Cedarville. The cakes were delivered safely delivered to each location by noon and received with joy. At Bishop Hills Assisted Living in Rockford, the residents were practicing singing ‘Happy Birthday’ as Baruch’s Executive Assistant, Barbara, walked in with their cake. It was a wonderful way to connect the Baruch family through celebration across Michigan.

The celebration continued on October 26th: Baruch hosted an open house for our business partners, board members, and other friends of Baruch. It was a delightful evening of socializing with hors d’oeuvres and desserts (there was even milk and cookies!) We were blessed to have many of the people there who have supported and worked alongside Baruch to make our ministry possible.

Thank you to all our staff, residents, partners, and friends for joining us in the celebration of 20 years of carrying out our mission to honor God by serving people as they age.