Volunteers of America Michigan, a social services organization and one of the state’s largest providers of affordable housing to seniors, celebrated one of its resident’s 100th birthday. The nonprofit commemorated Ms. Julia Taylor, Detroit’s newest centenarian, with a community celebration at Oak Village Square Apartments on Tuesday, March 8.
Ms. Taylor, wearing a “birthday queen” sash and purple tiara, sat in front of a 100th birthday backdrop flanked by balloons for her big birthday celebration. The festivities were COVID-friendly with a walking parade down the hallway while neighbors waved and wished Ms. Taylor a happy birthday as she sat inside the complex’s community room.
“Volunteers of America Michigan takes pride in celebrating its senior residents’ milestones, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It reminds us of the isolation seniors often face, but the pandemic really highlighted it as an issue,” said Laura LeBlanc, vice president of development and communications for Volunteers of America Michigan. “Our team creatively planned Ms. Taylor’s 100th birthday, so she and the Oak Village Square residents could celebrate safely.”
Ms. Taylor was treated to a special birthday cake while residents received goodie bags with sweet treats, party favors, and unique buttons featuring a picture of Ms. Taylor.
Ms. Taylor is a retired nurses’ aide having worked at Harper Hospital for over 60 years. Because of her heart condition, she had to find a new place to live that didn’t put a strain on her heart and was safe. Her church family helped her find Oak Village Square apartments, where she was able to live independently.
In recognition of Ms. Taylor’s 100th birthday, state Representative Cynthia Johnson, D-Detroit, issued a legislative tribute that will be signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist later this month.
For more information about Volunteers of America Michigan and its services provided to seniors, please visit www.voami.org.