OUR HISTORY

125 Years of Care and Commitment

Holland Home was founded in 1892 by Reverend Adrian Kriekard of the Third Reformed Church and a small group of faithful individuals wanting to provide comfort and shelter for elderly members of their congregations. Located on the corner of Michigan Street and College Avenue, the facility opened its doors to eight men and women, and many more soon followed. By 1912, Fulton Manor opened its doors. By 1922, Holland Home had committed to providing continuous care for its residents.

As the first registered Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in the state, Holland Home has grown into three welcoming campuses—Breton Woods, Raybrook and Fulton Manor—as well as dedicated rehabilitation and memory care facilities. Holland Home has also expanded its family of services, which today includes Faith Hospice and Atrio Home Care.

Today, Holland Home is one of Michigan’s largest nonprofit providers of senior services. Continuing its dedication to its community, Holland Home employs over 1,100 people and cares for more than 2,500 souls daily, each day, living our mission to fulfill God’s calling to serve others.

When you think back, 1892, going from taking care of eight people to serving over 4,000 a day, and think of all the trials and tribulations they went through, the multiple wars, the Great Depression, and yet they flourished. And Holland Home is what it is today based on their sacrifice.

—Mina Breuker, CEO

OUR TIMELINE

Explore the major events in our history.


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Holland Union Benevolent Association


Holland Union Benevolent Association is formed. The Barnard Estate is purchased for first facility. First residents take occupancy at “Het Eerste Huis,” or “the Holland Home.”

1892
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First Expansion


The first facility expands, allowing for a total of 48 residents.

 

1894
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Fulton Manor Opens


Fulton Manor opens at 1450 East Fulton Street.

1912
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Second Expansion


Fulton Manor expands to accommodate 83 residents.

1917
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Commit to Life Care


Holland Home commits to “life care” for its residents.

1922
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Organization Incorporated


The name “Holland Home” is officially adopted and the organization is incorporated.

1941
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St. Thomas Exchange


Holland Home exchanges property with neighboring St. Thomas Church.

1950
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250+ Resident Landmark


Fulton Manor adds 75 resident rooms and lounge. Holland Home is now home to 253 people.

1951
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Start of Occupational Therapy Program


Fulton Manor gets an addition that includes four floors, a new dining room and a 74-bed nursing unit. Holland Home begins an occupational therapy program.

1961
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Third Expansion


Fulton Manor expands to provide 150 new resident rooms, lounges and recreation rooms.

1966
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First Chaplain


The first chaplain joins the Holland Home staff.

1969
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Fulton Manor Building Project


Phase IV of the Fulton Manor building project provides 65 resident rooms, a chapel, offices and an elevator.

1971
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Plans for Raybrook Manor


Holland Home begins plans for its new facility, Raybrook Manor.

1973
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Raybrook Manor Dedication


Raybrook Manor is dedicated.

1975
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Brown Home Acquisition


Brown Home is acquired and becomes an assisted living facility.

1982
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Holland Home Foundation Established.


The Holland Home Foundation is established. Construction begins on Raybrook Estates I. The Volunteer Services department is established.

 

1985
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Raybrook Estates I Expansion


Raybrook Estates I adds 75 independent living apartments. Home Health Care Agency of Holland Home (HomeCare of Holland Home) is founded. The first Holland Home Foundation Golf Outing is held.

1987
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Home Care Services


Holland Home expanded its services into the greater Grand Rapids community by establishing Home Care of Holland Home.

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Raybrook Estates II


The Christian Nursing Center is purchased and renamed Breton Manor, offering skilled nursing, residential hospice care and a residential rehabilitation center. Raybrook Estates II opens with 108 apartments, activity areas, an exercise room, a health center and a library

1990
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100th Anniversary


Holland Home celebrates its 100th anniversary. Governor John Engler signs a “Certificate of Special Tribute” for Holland Home. Mayor John H. Logie declares the week of March 29, 1992, “Holland Home Week.” Holland Home introduces its new logo. A generous donation by Jay and Lois Mol funds the construction of the Verblaauw Alzheimer’s Center at Fulton Manor opens.

1992
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Mental Health Program


HomeCare of Holland Home expands to include a mental health program.

1993
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Hospice Founded


Hospice of Holland Home is founded.

1995
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Raybrook Estates II Expansion


Wing E of Raybrook Estates II adds 25 new apartments. Breton Manor begins offering residential hospice care.

1996
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Rehab Dimensions


Rehab Dimensions is established to offer outpatient services to residents and community members.

1997
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Raybrook Homes Opens


Raybrook Homes opens, offering a new level of independent living in triplex and fourplex homes with attached garages. A donation by the Van Andel family funds the Van Andel Pavilion to help patients with Alzheimer’s. Through a donation from the Mol family, the Lendick Center is constructed at Fulton Manor to accommodate memory care patients in an assisted living setting. Rehab Dimensions moves to Breton Manor and is incorporated as a subsidiary of Holland Home.

1998
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Breton Terrace Started


Work begins on Breton Terrace, the new apartment-living campus. Construction begins on Breton Homes. VanDyke Center is established at Fulton Manor to provide living for memory care patients. 

1999
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Rehabilitation Program


HomeCare of Holland Home adds a rehabilitation program. Holland Home corporate offices relocate to 2100 Raybrook Street.

2000
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23-Bed Grace Center


Four apartments are added to Raybrook Estates II following the move of the corporate office. Brown Manor is sold. The Peter C. and Pat Cook Hospice Center, previously at Breton Manor, is founded. Breton Manor is renovated, allowing for the care of a total of 73 residents. The 23-bed Grace Center is opened at Fulton Manor for midstage memory care patients.

2001
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Mission Statement


Holland Home’s new mission statement is revealed:

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.

Phase I of Breton Terrace, composed of 81 apartment homes and a community center, is completed. Construction begins on the south wing of Breton Terrace.

 

2002
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Evening Star


Holland Home partners with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services to create Evening Star, a worship ministry model for memory care patients in a long-term care setting. Construction begins on a four-story addition to Raybrook Manor.

2003
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Breton Terrace Expansion


Breton Terrace breaks ground on its north and east wings.

2004
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Trillium Woods


Trillium Woods, new hospice residence center, breaks ground. New Cook Center addition opens on the Raybrook campus. Raybrook Estates III opens across from the Raybrook campus, adding 40 independent living apartments. Raybrook Chapel is renovated. Residents move into Breton Terrace’s north and east wings. Hospice of Holland Home is renamed Faith Hospice. The new 20-bed Faith Hospice residence center, Trillium Woods, is dedicated.

2005
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PACE Program


The PACE program (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), known as Care Resources, opens at Fulton Manor. Breton Ridge, Breton Woods’ new congregate living building, breaks ground.

2006
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HHS Alliance


Holland Home finalizes strategic alliance with HHS Health Options, a Grand Rapids based nonprofit that focuses on linking seniors with services delivered in a community setting.

2007
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First Residents at Breton Ridge


The Center for Advanced Symptom Management is launched to provide palliative care to patients with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Breton Ridge’s first residents move into its 75 apartments.

2008
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Second Wing at Breton Ridge


Masterpiece Living, a cutting-edge wellness initiative developed by the Mayo Clinic, the University of Michigan and other experts on aging, is launched at Breton Woods. The program has been designed to help residents “live better longer.” Holland Home adopts its current logo and launches a new website. Breton Ridge opens a second wing with 48 additional independent living apartments. Holland Home opens In-Home Helpers, which is subsequently renamed Helpers of Holland Home.

2009
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Community Services Expanded


HomeCare of Holland Home adds lymphedema and decongestive therapy to its services. Faith Hospice receives approval for 12 Medicaid beds.

2010
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Telehealth Monitoring


HomeCare of Holland Home institutes Telehealth Monitoring, which monitors blood pressure, heart rate, weight, pulse/oxygen levels and blood sugar, then transmits the data via a telephone line to a nurse manager. Masterpiece Living launches on the Raybrook Campus. 

2011
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Raybrook 25th Anniversary


Fulton Manor celebrates 100 years at its location. The time capsule buried in the cornerstone is opened. Raybrook Estates I celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2012
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REAL Launch


REAL (Raybrook Enrichment Academy for Living) launches on the Raybrook Campus.

2014
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Breton Extended Care


Breton Manor becomes Breton Rehab & Living Centre. The ribbon is cut on the addition of a new therapy gym and Breton Extended Care. 

2015
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Vibrant Living Program


Breton Homes North breaks ground—duplex, triplex and standalone townhomes on the Breton Woods campus. REAL (Resident Enrichment Academy for Living) launches on the Breton Woods campus. Thr Vibrant Living program launches on the Raybrook and Breton Woods campuses.

2016
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125th Anniversary


Holland Home celebrates 125 years of service. Breton Homes North first triplex completed. HomeCare of Holland Home and Helpers of Holland Home join with Clark Home Health and Resthaven to form Atrio Home Care. 

2017