Michigan Veteran Homes (MVH) and the Michigan Veterans Facility Authority (MVFA) unveiled the newly built MVH location in Grand Rapids.
The ceremony was held Thursday, Sept. 2, at the new Grand Rapids campus, at 2950 Monroe Ave. NE.
The event included remarks by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Anne Zerbe, executive director of MVH; Dave Henry, chairman of the board for the MVFA; and Robert Troost, a veteran and resident member at the home.
The ceremony also included a posting of the colors led by the MVH at Grand Rapids member color guard and music by the Belmont Armory 126th Army Band.
Construction on the new facility began in April 2019. Funding for the project came from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs State Home Construction Grant Program, which contributed $40.9 million, and the state of Michigan, which covered the remaining $22 million for a total project cost of $62.9 million.
The state-of-the-art facility occupies 20 acres and totals 152,784 square feet. The home consists of four distinct neighborhood buildings and a community center.
The neighborhood buildings will house 128 residents in need of skilled nursing care, with private rooms, en suite baths and shared living and dining spaces. The adjacent community center is the centerpiece of the home and features therapeutic facilities for behavioral, occupational, physical and group therapy; an exam room; chapel; barbershop and salon; café bistro; and gift shop. Residents also will have access to an adjacent outdoor courtyard and memorial garden to observe the natural surroundings of the campus.
Michigan Veteran Homes
Michigan Veteran Homes is the entity that provides day-to-day operational oversight of the state’s veteran homes on behalf of the Michigan Veterans Facility Authority and is a branch of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
MVH strives to ensure quality long-term care is provided to veterans and their eligible family members that live within the homes.
The MVH operates the Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids, the Michigan Veteran Homes D.J. Jacobetti in Marquette and the new Michigan Veteran Homes at Chesterfield Township.