Volunteers of America Michigansocial services organization and one of the state’s largest providers of affordable housing for the elderly, celebrated one of the 100th anniversaries of its residentsth birthday. On Tuesday, March 8, the nonprofit honored the memory of Mrs. Julia Taylor, Detroit’s last centenary, a public holiday at Oak Village Square Apartments.
Mrs. Taylor, dressed in a “birthday queen” belt and a purple tiara, sat in front of 100th birthday background with balloons for her big birthday celebration. The festivities were COVID-friendly: a parade took place in the corridor, and neighbors waved and wished Mrs. Taylor Happy Birthday when she was sitting in the public room of the complex.
“American Volunteers Michigan is proud to celebrate the milestones of seniors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It reminds us of the isolation that older people often face, but the pandemic really singled it out as a problem, “said Laura LeBlanc, vice president of volunteer development and communications in Michigan.” Our team creatively planned 100 Ms. Taylorth birthday so that she and the residents of Dubova village could celebrate in peace. “
Ms. Taylor was treated to a special birthday cake, and residents received bags of sweet treats, party sweets and unique buttons with the image of Ms. Taylor.
Ms. Taylor is a retired assistant nurse who has worked at Harper Hospital for more than 60 years. Due to heart disease she had to find a new home that would not strain her heart and would be safe. The church family helped her find an apartment in Oak Village Square where she was able to live on her own.
In recognition of 100 Mrs. Taylorth Birthday, Cynthia Johnson State of Detroit has released a legislative tribute that will be signed later this month by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.
For more information on Michigan America volunteers and services for seniors, visit www.voami.org.