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Remembering Clyde and Colette Gilette

Heritage Community Foundation

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo is pleased to announce a special gift that will strengthen the resident-centered care the staff provides.

The Clyde and Colette Gillette family has made a gift to Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Foundation. This gift will provide staff education opportunities for direct care staff at Heritage Community of Kalamazoo.

This gift is being made in memory of Clyde Gillette and in honor of Colette Gillette from Dave and Gloria Badiner, Kirk and Ronda Ralston, and the Gillette family.

Clyde and Colette moved into Wyndham West in 2009 and eventually each lived for a while at the Upjohn Care and Rehabilitation Center. Clyde passed away in 2013. Colette is currently residing at UCRC.

Colette worked most of her working life as a nursing assistant herself, which meant she spent most days caring for others. When it was time for them to receive more care, Heritage Community provided a place that they thought of as their home. Their lives were enriched by the many activities, friends, care and safe surroundings.

"Their safety, comfort and wellbeing speak directly to the quality of the personnel involved with their care." Ronda Ralston, Colette's daughter, commented, "It would be our parents wish to provide the next step for those with the hands on care to gain enrichment through a certification process."

This gift provides the funding for 12 care assistants at Heritage Community of Kalamazoo to pursue their certification for certified nursing assistants (CNA). Over a 12 month period, we will award scholarships, on an average of one per month, to employees who have been working at Heritage for at least six months and who have completed a brief application with their supervisor.

Currently, there are 10 open CNA positions throughout our organization and 95 entry level care assistants. The CNA program is a 3-week course offered in the Kalamazoo area, and costs on average $850 per student.

"We are truly honored to receive this gift," said President & CEO Jay Prince. "This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance the skills and knowledge of our employees through educational opportunities."

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