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Renewing friendships at Fox Run

Michigan couple runs into former neighbors, classmates

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March 9th, 2016
Gail Perrin
Gail Perrin

Gail Perrin used to visit Fox Run when her friend Sally Jacobs hosted their bridge group. Gail so enjoyed her visits that she and her husband Ken decided to move to the Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich., about a year and a half ago.

“Sally would invite us to different programs, and I would come and then go home and tell my husband, ‘Boy is that ever a nice place!’” Gail says. “He decided to join me for one lecture, and he thought it was nice, too, so we took a tour, and it looked like a place where we would like to live.”

The Perrins chose an apartment home at Fox Run with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a balcony. In addition to their own home, they also now have access to a range of amenities—including 24-hour security, an on-site medical center, a fitness center, a bank and convenience store, as well as a full lineup of leisure activities—all of which give retirees and their families peace of mind.

“We have three children, and we brought them here. They were all able to get a little tour, and they told us, ‘Now we don’t have to worry about you,’” Gail says. “It was comforting for them and for us. We’re really pleased that we moved.”

Familiar faces

When Gail moved to Fox Run, she knew her friend Sally lived there, but what came as a surprise was the many other friends she discovered were also living at the community. 

Right on the Perrins’ own floor are three people who had been their neighbors when they lived in Farmington Hills, Mich. Gail was also delighted to bump into Dolores Doskoch, who had been her roommate at Michigan State University. One night during dinner at one of Fox Run’s on-site restaurants, Gail started talking to a man, and the two discovered they went to elementary school together. 

“He says I look just like I did in eighth grade,” Gail says. “You just run into people from your past like that.”

Committed to community

Gail and Ken lived in Farmington Hills for most of their married life but were living in Highland for 18 years before moving to Fox Run. In both towns where she lived, Gail was always an active member of her community. She was on the library board in Highland, and in Farmington Hills, she helped to start the community center and served on the board of the YMCA. 

When Gail moved to Fox Run, she wanted to continue being engaged in the community. She decided to run for the Resident Advisory Council (RAC), an important committee that serves as a liaison between management and residents. Gail was recently elected to RAC by her neighbors and currently serves as secretary. 

“I have always been very involved in my community, so it seemed like a natural step for me,” she says. “I like the people I am working with. The president and vice president, they are two sharp gals, so it has been great.”

In addition to her commitments with RAC, Gail enjoys attending lectures through Fox Run’s lifelong learning program. She also attends on-site showings of thought-provoking films dubbed “Movies That Make You Think.” 

Gail is active outside of Fox Run, too. She’s on a bowling league in Farmington Hills, and she and Ken belong to a church in Milford. 

They have seven grandchildren, whom Gail affectionately describes as “above average.” 

Gail had her 80th birthday in September, and shortly after, her family gathered to celebrate their mother and grandmother.

“The children came and had a great dinner party for us at a restaurant in Milford,” she says. “It was very nice.”