About Us

Our CROFT values are more than just words on a page.  Our values are the framework we use to make decisions for our residents, team members and the organization.  CROFT values are a personal choice each of our team members make each day.  At Great Lakes, you will feel the difference in our culture because we choose to live these values.  We feel it and hope you do too.

United by values. Motivated by people.  


Creativity – Pursuing solutions using imaginative ideas and diverse voices.

Respect ­– Treating everyone with kindness, grace, patience, integrity, and love.

Openness ­– Seeking to understand others by listening to and embracing different viewpoints.

Fairness – Offering thoughtful consideration when making decisions for the benefit of others.

Teamwork – Working and communicating together for the common good.


Great Lakes Christian Homes is an organization that exists for the purpose of meeting the physical, social, financial, and spiritual needs of the elderly population. The operation, through the assistance of Christian directors, administrator, and staff will promote the best interest of each person residing within the facility regardless of race, religion or creed or the financial ability to pay for the service.

Our History


Conversations between Rolland Uncapher, Howard Schaffer, and Robert Palmer (first chaplain) spurred a vision for a facility.


Board of Directors formed with area central Michigan church members.


Golden Years expanded beyond Fort Wayne area; joined Michigan churches to develop Great Lakes Christian Homes, Holt, Michigan.


October 22, a 40-acre tract was purchased in Holt, Michigan.


July 1, Great Lakes Christian Homes opened with 100 units, library, gift shop, dining room, and chapel. 


Construction of the Villas Independent Living duplexes began; 16 buildings total after all phases.


Great Lakes Christian Homes and Golden Years Homestead affiliated with Greencroft Communities to create the retirement community system we are today. 


Core building renovation.