Find new purpose after retirement

Diana Barrett for Grand Rapids Community Foundation Encore
Diana Barrett for Grand Rapids Community Foundation Encore

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Life doesn’t end at retirement! A great program is helping inspire a whole new chapter in the lives of older people.

Encore is a national movement that is all about living a purpose-driven life. Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Encore program aims to inspire people in their 50s and older and use their skills to help improve communities. The foundation brings people together with the causes and non-profits that have opportunities for expertise.

Dave’s Encore

Dave Kagan spent his career helping businesses navigate through marketing, public relations, and communications. Now, as a retiree, he’s using his photography skills to preserve memories for families of loved ones in hospice care.

So far, Dave has photographed more than two dozen families and is involved with children who attend Camp Good Grief, a program at Camp Newaygo for children with grieving issues.


Lori’s Encore

Lori Vorpi is a chiropractor in Rockford who wanted to be forward thinking about her future. She runs the local chapter of the Pets for Vets program. Pets for Vets pairs military veterans with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the dogs and teach them good manners to fit into the veteran’s lifestyle. 

An event September 13 will benefit Pets for Vets West Michigan. Duck Race for Our Troops will be at 2:30 p.m. during the Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival. The race also benefits Talons Out Honor Flight and Blue Star Mothers.