The Baldwin Society Supporting Older Adults (BSSOA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Birmingham, has announced that Steve Ebben, former president of Legacy Medical Foundation, has been appointed to the board of trustees.
Ebben brings to the Baldwin Society decades of experience in health, elder care, and low-income seniors having created the Legacy Medical Foundation, a 501(c)(3) which has recently merged with the BSSOA.
“I am honored to be invited to work with Baldwin Society’s talented and dedicated staff and board members,” says Ebben. “I think Baldwin Society has a unique ability to facilitate direct care resources that improve lives of vulnerable seniors today and simultaneously demonstrates the wisdom to invest in the geriatric research that leads to a better tomorrow.”
The BSSOA supports under-served older adults in need and invests in research to develop the future with 70 percent of dollars going to outreach and 30 percent going for research.
“We are excited about Steve joining our board, and the opportunity to expand our support to more at-risk older adults living in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park,” says Rob Gillette, chairman of the board and CEO of Baldwin Society.
The BSSOA is unique because it supports seniors in need throughout the tri-county and W. Michigan areas who are not residents in one of their Baldwin House Senior Living communities.
As a result of the merger, the Baldwin Society joins a new initiative designed to assist seniors to return to their homes safely after a hospital stay. Lauren Gillette, a University of Michigan student, and volunteer director of intergenerational affairs for the Society, will be the lead on nonmedical interventions. These interventions include support with daily living and activities, risk prevention home modifications such as installation of necessary grab bars, and repairs of possible hazard areas.
The BSSOA is the philanthropic arm of Baldwin House Senior Living, with seven locations throughout Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties, and two in Kent and Ottawa counties.