MassMutual MidMichigan Celebrates 125th Anniversary by Offering Free Life Insurance to Area Families on June 1 MassMutual MidMichigan has been helping individuals and families in Michigan plan for the unexpected for 125 years, making it their mission to help people plan for the unexpected through life insurance and other financial planning tools. For many parents, life insurance is a must-have, a safety net that provides peace of mind in knowing that a dependent child will have enough money to live on, particularly for his or her education. Yet today, some 30 percent of American households have no life insurance, according to the industry research firm LIMRA. For many working families, life insurance can seem financially out of reach, taking a back seat to everyday expenses such as utility bills, rent or mortgage, clothing, and transportation. To help safeguard the educational future of children in lower-income families, in 2002, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) created the LifeBridge Free Life Insurance program, which provides free $50,000 term life insurance policies to an eligible parent. The $50,000 death benefit can only be used to pay for the education of eligible children if their insured parent or legal guardian dies during the ten-year term of the policy. MassMutual pays all insurance premiums on the policies and there is no cost to the family. “LifeBridge helps bridge the gap between the financial realities facing hard-working parents today and their desire to make a better life for their children,” said General Manager Mark Keating at MassMutual MidMichigan, a general agency of MassMutual. “MassMutual wants children to have the means to pay for their education, in the unfortunate event that a parent or guardian dies.” In celebration of the 125th anniversary of serving clients in Michigan, MassMutual MidMichigan is holding a free LifeBridge event in Grand Rapids on June 1, 2015 at the Steil Boys and Girls Club from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. MassMutual MidMichigan is working in conjunction with several local organizations in the area to sign up families to participate in this great event. Participating agencies include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, Easter Seals Grand Rapids, and the Women’s Resource Center. “For 125 years, we’ve been helping people in Michigan financially plan […]
100th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Consolata Missionary Sisters
Great minds think alike Recently a group of 24 people from the Rockford/Belmont area made a 14-day pilgrimage to Italy to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Foundation of the Consolata Missionary Sisters. The Consolata Missionary Sisters have a mission to participate in the mission of Christ and share the Good news with all people and all creation. While in Italy the group visited Rome and the Vatican, shrines and churches in Assisi, and the Mother and Father House of their Order in Torino. Locally the Consolata Missionary Sisters serve at Assumption B.V.M. School and Parish in Belmont, Michigan. About to pose for a group picture in front of the Mother House of the Consolata Sisters in Turin/Torino, Italy they doubled in laughter when three of the group, each unbeknownst to the other, had brought along a recent copy of The Rockford Squire. Notice that each had brought a different issue of their favorite hometown weekly newspaper. Of note, second from left in the front row of the picture is Belmont Consolata Missionary Sister Zelia M. Cordeiro MC. Holding the Squire newspapers left to right are: Mary Ellen Burnett, Arlene Obetts, and Kathy & Tom Healy.