Honoring Aging Veterans with Time, Companionship

November 05, 2023

It was the perfect way to spend an afternoon honoring our nation’s veterans.

For more than two hours Saturday afternoon (Nov. 4), volunteers from A Time to Help spent precious time with nearly 40 residents at the Michigan Veteran Homes Chesterfield Township (MVHCT).

They played BINGO. They made poppies. They shuttled veterans back and forth from their rooms, and listen to them talk about their service and families.

“There are projects where we do things, and there are project where we help people directly to make their lives better,’’ said Ken Brown, co-host of SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom’s radio show and longtime ATTH supporter. “Projects like this one are a pleasure and an honor.’’

The MVHCT provides veterans and their eligible family members extraordinary skilled nursing care in a homelike setting. The MVHCT is the first state veterans home in southeast Michigan. It opened in 2021 and currently has more than 120 residents.

“We can’t do anything without donations or volunteers,’’ said Diane Sylvia MVHCT activities therapy aide. “We enrich the lives of veterans of every age, from their 50s to their 90s.’’

ATTH’s next project in December will be announced soon.