Displaced Seniors Find Home at Owner's House

By: Tony Tagliavia
By: Tony Tagliavia

Senior care homes are supposed to feel like, well, home.

But probably not this much like home, because this -- is literally Sue Craft's home. She's one of the owners of the Craft Care Center adult foster care home in Holt. And when a fire displaced the seniors living there, Craft brought four residents into her house.

"There's 15 residents, no place to go. So, open up your homes," Craft said.

Most of those seniors are temporarily with family. Other residents displaced by the Saturday afternoon fire are living at the other Craft Care Home in Mason.

The homes are part of a decades-old family business founded by Sue Craft's mother-in-law, Vera Craft.

The four in Sue Craft's Vevay Township home are living in spare bedrooms.

Shet says an upstairs room leaves plenty of extra space for extra twin beds in case the seniors home has to stay closed a while longer.

"There's a possibilty that even more will come here when family members need to go to work on Monday," Craft said.

The Crafts say have no idea when they might be able to re-open their 20-bed Holt facility. They say other seniors homes in Holt, Mason, Lansing and Jackson are stepping in to help out. While the Crafts say the fire and the move were tough on the residents, the situation ended up -- as well as it could have.

"We've got enough family ... and everybody's been willing to just put them where we need to. It's like a puzzle just filling into place," co-owner Serena Craft, Sue Craft's sister-in-law, said.

No one was injured in the blaze. And at least one resident came away with his sense of humor fully in-tact.

"It's very nice. I mean, It's better than living in a hut by the river," Craft Care resident Donald Wiley joked.

The Crafts say fire investigators haven't told them about any possible causes for Saturday's blaze.

-- in Vevay Township, Tony Tagliavia, News 10.


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