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A Dream Is Realized at Pickford

The Opening of Pennington Home Is Culmination of a Gift, and a Community Effort


Mary Jane Pennington is all smiles after cutting the ribbon to open Pennington Home adult foster care in Pickford Friday, January 19. She did so on behalf of her late brother, Charlie. In his name, Ms. Pennington made an initial donation of $250,000 from his estate to provide the impetus for building the home. Beside her, holding the ribbon, is Tracey Holt, president of Superior Health Support Systems, which operates the home, and behind Ms. Holt is manager Lauren Bosbous. They are surrounded by many Pickford residents and Superior Health Support Systems board members who came out to celebrate the opening. (Photograph provided by Tracey Holt) Mary Jane Pennington is all smiles after cutting the ribbon to open Pennington Home adult foster care in Pickford Friday, January 19. She did so on behalf of her late brother, Charlie. In his name, Ms. Pennington made an initial donation of $250,000 from his estate to provide the impetus for building the home. Beside her, holding the ribbon, is Tracey Holt, president of Superior Health Support Systems, which operates the home, and behind Ms. Holt is manager Lauren Bosbous. They are surrounded by many Pickford residents and Superior Health Support Systems board members who came out to celebrate the opening. (Photograph provided by Tracey Holt) Members of the Pickford community were able to tour the newly opened Pennington Home in Pickford Friday, January 19, during an open house for the adult foster care home. The home, at 665 South Pleasant Street, is now taking in clients.

“We had a great turnout for the open house and it was wonderful to have Mary Jane Pennington cut the ribbon on behalf of her late brother, Charlie,” said Tracey Holt, president of Superior Health Support Systems, which operates the home. Ms. Pennington made an initial donation of $250,000 from her brother’s estate in fall 2016, providing the impetus for construction of the home.

As Ms. Pennington said when making the donation, “This is something Charlie would have wanted. It’s something he would have liked other people in the community to be able to use.”

The six-bedroom facility is similar to the Superior Health Support Systems Merlin Home, an adult foster care home in Sault Ste. Marie with a focus on helping those with memory loss. Pennington Home is available to assist with residents suffering from a variety of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia, including a room for hospice patients that is available free of charge. Ms. Holt said the facility will provide a home-like atmosphere, and its size will allow more one-on-one care, as opposed to a larger, group-type setting.

Community members and local businesses have donated a variety of household supplies and food for residents of the home, including a freezer full of locally raised meat. Others interested in helping may contact manager Lauren Bosbous at (906) 322-2899 to learn about current needs. Ms. Bosbous can also provide information on residency.

With the opening of Pennington Home, the nonprofit Superior Health Support Systems now operates three Eastern Upper Peninsula facilities, including Hearthside Assisted Living in Sault Ste. Marie.

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