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 A staffer paints hearts on windows.

A staffer paints hearts on windows.

Photos provided by Pine Ridge of Garfield; taken by Samantha Bruce and Jackie Magnotte


Clinton Township senior community makes rainbows over Michigan

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published April 20, 2020

 A senior living community resident at Pine Ridge of Garfield shows off an array of rainbow-themed rocks that contain messages of hope.

A senior living community resident at Pine Ridge of Garfield shows off an array of rainbow-themed rocks that contain messages of hope.

Photos provided by Pine Ridge of Garfield; taken by Samantha Bruce and Jackie Magnotte

 A Pine Ridge staffer holds homemade masks that will be given to seniors who ask for them.

A Pine Ridge staffer holds homemade masks that will be given to seniors who ask for them.

Photos provided by Pine Ridge of Garfield; taken by Samantha Bruce and Jackie Magnotte

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In a time of uncertainty, staffers and residents at a local senior living community are offering hope.

Pine Ridge of Garfield, located just south of Moravian Drive, wants the community to know that small acts of kindness go a long way. Recently, that has involved rainbows and a colorful message for others not to give up.

Joy director Samantha Bruce said staffers and residing seniors got involved as part of “Rainbows over Michigan.” A Facebook group was created March 21 to spread the message of art by way of rainbows, created from different mediums such as tempura paint, chalk markers, washable paint, acrylic paint and soap and water, and homemade chalk and paint.

As of April 18, the group had nearly 195,000 members and over 10,000 posts were created for members to show off their specific works.

“We know that after the toughest storms comes the brightest rainbows,” Bruce said.

The community’s staff has painted the building’s front windows with rainbow hearts, while residents have decorated their doors with rainbows. One resident, with the help of her family, distributed rocks throughout the community for all to see.

Also, Pine Ridge is providing any senior with a homemade mask if he or she needs one. They just have to call (586) 723-0000 and a mask will be mailed.

“These beautiful reminders of hope and beauty have really encouraged our staff and residents to keep pushing on during such a challenging time,” Bruce said.