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John Thorhauer honored with retirement celebration, legacy fund

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Lisa French for the information in this story.)

United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) and Porter Hills honored John Thorhauer’s tenure as president and CEO of the organization at retirement festivities held on Monday, Sept. 16.

These included a party for staff and residents, a VIP event, and the unveiling of the UMRC Heritage Hall Historic Timeline installation at Chelsea Retirement Community.

“John has three decades of experience in the senior housing and healthcare field, including 13 years as UMRC’s president and CEO,” said Steve Fetyko in a press release. He was named as Thorhauer’s successor in April 2019.

“John’s visionary leadership, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his commitment to serving older adults have led to a period of unprecedented growth at UMRC,” Fetyko said, adding, “These have included groundbreaking models such as Thome Rivertown Neighborhood in Detroit, a benchmark for affordable senior living care nationwide; and partnering to launch three PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) centers across the state.”

The UMRC Foundation is also honoring Thorhauer’s achievements through the creation of the John Thorhauer Legacy Fund.

“John’s vision for serving the growing senior population, particularly those who are vulnerable in terms of health and income, is unmatched,” said Wendy Brightman, president of the UMRC Foundation and Porter Hills Foundation.  “With generous donations from friends and colleagues, the UMRC Foundation has launched the John Thorhauer Legacy Fund to recognize John’s compassion and dedication to older adults.”

The intent of the John Thorhauer Legacy Fund is to support projects that serve vulnerable older adults, whether at one of UMRC’s locations or in the communities UMRC serves, said Brightman.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to reflect John’s caring example to improve the lives of older adults for years to come through this fund.  What better way to honor John’s legacy,” she said.

For more information on how to make a gift to the John Thorhauer Legacy Fund, contact Wendy Brightman at 734-433-1000 ext. 7502 or visit to make a secure online donation.

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  1. What a tremendous way to recognize the many contributions that John has made to the Chelsea community and the positive impact he has had on the lives of seniors. Thank you and congratulations!

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