Ann Arbor Weather:
Saturday June 23, 2018
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Gift House

 

continued

Vander Kaay was active in Kiwanis and Motor Meals but says he felt "a little bit remiss about how much I had donated to charity." So Vander Kaay, who now lives at Glacier Hills Manor senior housing, decided to give his large ranch house just west of Eberwhite Woods to the Salvation Army.

"I couldn't think of any place better to give it," he says simply. He still fondly remembers a trip to a free Salvation Army summer camp near Cleveland when he was a child. "I saw pollywogs and things I had never seen anywhere before," he recalls.

Charities often receive donated stock, but homes are a rare gift. The U-M might get one a year from alumni or supporters, and this year the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation received two, both part of a woman's estate. "Often it's because there are no children," explains AAACF CEO Cheryl Elliott, who expects to see more home donations in coming years with the generational transfer of wealth.

The Salvation Army has received a handful of homes before, says major John Williams. But Williams, who was stationed in the Flint area before coming to Ann Arbor this fall, calls Vander Kaay's home "the finest house that I've had donated in Michigan."

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

If I Forget
Facets of Jewish identity
Megan Inbody
Social Services and Support Groups
Alex Young's New Chapter
From the Roadhouse to the Standard
Sabine Bickford
Groups for Seniors
To Infiniti and Beyond
Fox adds its fourth local dealership
Sabine Bickford
Inexpensive Hotels
Nightspots: Club Above
Hobbies in Saline
Photo: Lassie, Get Help!
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
redefining condominium living nine 99 Ann Arbor
Delux Drapery offers window treatments in Ann Arbor, Michigan like draperies, curtains, shutters & H
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor