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Michigan Elks Association Donation to Benefit Physical Therapy and Memory Care at MVHDJJ

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Veteran Homes D.J. Jacobetti (MVHDJJ) is honored to be accepting an $11,420 donation which will be presented to the Home in the chapel at 12:45 p.m. on March 22, 2022, at 425 Fisher St., Marquette. The Michigan Elks Association are behind the generous donation, which will directly benefit and support the resident members at the Home. 
 
Bob Wellman, the Michigan Elks Association veterans administration voluntary services (VAVS) representative for MVHDJJ and a member of Marquette Elks Lodge 405, worked with the MVHDJJ staff to determine high priority needs that would directly benefit the veterans who call MVHDJJ home. The donation will allow the Home to purchase a NuStep exercise machine, which will expand physical therapy services, and install new interactive stations for the memory care unit, which will enhance therapy through productive engagement.
 
The check presentation will include attendance by Bob Wellman; David Sladek, first vice president of the Michigan Elks Association and a member of Copper Country Lodge 404; Robert Anttila, upper peninsula district state trustee for the Michigan Elks Association and a member of Ishpeming Lodge 447; Ron Oja, administrator of MVHDJJ; Cary Lincoln, director of nursing for MVHDJJ and Sarah Johnson, volunteer coordinator for MVHDJJ. 
 
“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Michigan Elks Association as these funds will lead to enhanced therapeutic services and improve the quality of life for our members,” said Sarah Johnson, volunteer coordinator for MVHDJJ.
 
The event is open to the public and all visitors are required to follow COVID-19 protocols on-site which include answering a brief questionnaire and submitting to a temperature check. Media should plan to be in place at the chapel no later than 12:30 p.m. and to RSVP to Michael Kroll at 517-285-9734 or krollm2@michigan.gov.
 
Those who wish to make contributions to benefit members to include life enrichment or therapeutic programs may visit Michigan Veteran Homes - Support.