History of Hannan

In 1925, after the death of her husband William, Luella Hannan founded the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation to serve aged persons in Detroit. Today, celebrating 90 years of service to seniors, the Foundation’s reach extends into the city’s tri-county area.

During its first five decades, the Foundation provided comprehensive lifetime assistance to hundreds of low-income seniors living in their own homes. Then in 1971, the Foundation built Hannan House, a four-story licensed home for the aged to provide an affordable living environment that promoted independence. In that same year, The John Scudder Foundation for Old People merged with the Hannan Foundation. Founded in 1925 from a bequest by John Scudder, its purpose was also to aid seniors. Since its 1931 incorporation, it has operated with the same board of trustees and staff as the Hannan Foundation.

In 1993, the Hannan Foundation conducted a comprehensive study of Detroit seniors living in the central city. The results indicated that the single-room housing provided at Hannan House was no longer in emand. Instead, the study showed that access to services was a major problem for seniors. In response, and after consultation with senior service experts, the Foundation converted the Hannan House into a centralized location for seniors to access services to meet their medical, social, financial and housing needs. Today, the Foundation continues to initiate, operate and support a number of programs and services  in areas including advocacy, creative aging and  service coordination and case management in both senior housing and the community.

- Mission - 

The mission of the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation is to preserve the dignity and enhance the quality of life of seniors in Michigan.

- Vision -

The vision of the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation is that seniors are respected, valued and empowered to reach their potential and connected to a community of their choice.

- Values -

Commitment to Healthy Aging - The Hannan Foundation is committed to enriching the lives of seniors, enabling them to find fulfillment and meaning in their lives, and helping them to reach their potential.

Empowerment - The Hannan Foundation empowers and enables seniors to make informed choices, advocate for themselves and advance the interests they most value.

Respect - The Hannan Foundation values the life experiences and recognize the inherent dignity in each person the foundation serves.

Innovation - The Hannan Foundation is a leader that pursues novel and creative approaches to enrich the lives of people as they age.


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