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MI (January 15, 2015)—The Grand Rapids-based Frey Foundation recently awarded a $75,000 grant in support of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM) Foundation to benefit The Village of Hillside/Friendship Center Renewal Campaign in Harbor Springs. The project is an effort to rebuild and modernize the oldest buildings of the senior housing complex and the Friendship Center, located on Main Street at Traverse Street, just west of the downtown area.

Linda Rhodes-Pauly of Cross Village, co-chair of the campaign fundraising steering committee, stated, "We truly appreciate the Frey Foundation's support. It reflect an importatn recognition of the value this renewal project will bring to the senior residents who rely on this housing and these community services."

The renewal project will replace 24 non-handicapped accessible apartments with 32 barrier-free and energy efficient apartments. The project will also expand the Friendship Center of Harbor Springs from 672 square feet to 2,000 square feet with ample parking, allowing them to serve more local seniors. The purpose of this project is to better serve our senior citizens who need affordable housing and services so they can remain living in their community.

To date, more than half of the $1.5 million fundraising goal has been raised. For more details or to donate, please contact Linda Rhodes-Pauly at (231) 526-9725.

Frey Foundation, based in Grand Rapids, is one of Michigan's larger family foundation. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, primarily in West and Northern Michigan, for projects to enhance child development, protect natural resources, promote the arts, and build community. For more information, visit freyfdn.org.

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM) is a faith-based, non-profit, multi-site system that has served seniors of all faiths since 1945. PVM serves more than 4,300 seniors and currently has 25 senior living communities including continuing care retirement communities (apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing all on one campus), subsidized senior housing and market rate senior housing. The PVM Foundation advances the PVM mission by providing philanthropic support for resident emergency needs, innovative services and wellness programs for residents and seniors throughout the state. For more information on Presbyterian Villages of Michigan or Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation, please visit pvm.org.