Henry Ford Village was honored with a prestigious 2018 Pinnacle Award.

NuStep, an Ann Arbor-based recumbent cross trainer manufacturer, awards the Pinnacle Award to senior living communities that have the best whole-person wellness-lifestyle programs and culture.

On the award’s 20th anniversary, the exceptional culture and quantity, and quality of programming enjoyed by Henry Ford Village residents made a lasting impression on NuStep’s Pinnacle Award judges. Commenting on the extraordinary level of empowerment the residents of Henry Ford Village enjoy creating and leading their 150 different programs, “You’re truly fortunate to live here and be involved the way you are in your community every single day,” NuStep Vice President of Sales and Marketing Linda Wojciechowicz, said. “From an industry perspective this is not just a nice award, it’s a substantial recognition of Henry Ford Village’s extraordinary and vast programs that have resulted from empowered residents creating and leading many of our 150 regular activities and classes,” said Henry Ford Village Executive Director Bruce Blalock.

Since the Henry Ford Village welcomed its first residents in 1993, the 35-acre campus has become home to nearly 1,000 residents whose unique passions, hobbies, and lifestyles work in conjunction with The Village’s resources to create an incredibly well-rounded set of programming. What makes The Village’s programming unique is the fact that the residents do not simply participate in the numerous events, outings, activities, and classes offered, but they develop and run much of the programming themselves. “Leadership quantity and the quality of resident initiated and led programming is what distinguishes Henry Ford Village from others,” said Blalock. “It’s truly the empowerment of residents exemplified in many ways, including resident leadership, activities, and a wide array of programs they share with each other.”

Whether it is strength training, Tai Chi, photography, travel around the world, lecture series, cultural excursions, fitness trips, spiritual programs, jewelry making, art classes, chorus, jazz club excursions, language classes, reading clubs, television production, volunteer endeavors or so much more, the Village is rich with resident activity, both inside and out. Outside, gardens maintained by residents sprout an array of flowers, fruits, and vegetables, some of which are even served in the Village’s dining rooms. Monarch butterflies are a common sight in the warmer months due to an official Monarch Waystation located in the onsite Henry Ford Birthplace Park.

The Pinnacle Award Application, which was primarily authored by resident Christine Panyard, opens with The Village’s mission statement, “To create a community where we value one another, share our gifts and celebrate life.” After reviewing the application and interacting with the community, the NuStep team agreed that The Village had succeeded in their mission. Wojciechowicz told the crowd, “each and every one of you needs to be recognized and congratulated,” during the awards ceremony.