Pulte family buys The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, plans upgrades

Kirk Pinho | Crain’s Detroit Business

  • William Pulte was among Catholic business leaders who spearheaded development of property
  • Site includes hotel, conference center, golf course
  • Upgrades to property planned; additional details undisclosed
Pulte Family Management SJ LLC, a wholly owned for-profit entity of the William J. Pulte Trust, and the Archdiocese of Detroit closed last week on the sale of The Inn at St. John’s complex in Plymouth.

An affiliate of the William J. Pulte Trust has purchased The Inn at St. John’s complex in Plymouth Township for an undisclosed price from the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The deal, which was announced Monday afternoon, includes the 118-room hotel at 44045 Five Mile Road plus a 27-hole golf course and conference center. Upgrades are expected as part of the deal, which closed July 30.

The property is the former St. John’s Provincial Seminary campus between Sheldon and Northville roads north of M-14. It opened in 1948 and closed in 1988. The conference center opened in 2000, while the hotel and 5ive Steakhouse opened in early 2006. The golf course started with nine holes and was expanded over the years.

Pulte was among the group of Catholic business leaders who, along with Cardinal Adam Maida, spearheaded the development of the property, according to a press release.

Questions about the plans and sale were not answered.

“The Inn at St. John’s was near and dear to my father’s heart,” Mark Pulte, William Pulte’s son, said in the release. “He was honored to work with Cardinal Maida on the transformation of this beautiful property and to have played a role in its success. When the Archdiocese expressed interest in selling the property, my father’s estate was a natural choice. They knew that it would be in good hands.”

Archbishop Allen Vigneron said in the release that the sale was prompted by “the considerable challenges of a Catholic organization operating a hotel conference center — especially during the pandemic — so we are grateful that Pulte Family Management SJ LLC has stepped forward to purchase the property and operate it going forward, ensuring its continued legacy and value in the local community.”

The site is about 197 acres.

William Pulte died in March 2018 at age 85.

He founded PulteGroup Inc., a homebuilding giant that had its headquarters in Bloomfield Hills before moving to Atlanta in 2014, four years after Pulte retired from the company. He started it in 1956 in Detroit, building his first home across from what was then the Detroit City Airport.

Original article: https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/pulte-family-buys-inn-st-johns-plymouth-plans-upgrades

Selfless Love Foundation 2021 Dream Tank

The Pulte Family Foundation is proud to support Selfless Love Foundation and One Voice IMPAACT (OVI).

Selfless Love Foundation enriches and transforms the lives of current and former foster youth through raising awareness, strategic partnerships, and advocacy. OVI is Selfless Love Foundation’s youth voice initiative. This statewide collaborative effort focuses on amplifying youth voice by giving them a safe space to advocate for their needs, offering them a platform to drive changes, and providing leadership training to propel them forward.

The Pulte Family Foundation sponsored Selfless Love Foundation’s Dream Tank Competition on May 1. Five finalists got the chance to present their dreams – ranging from becoming a legislative leader or savvy investor to fostering foster youth – to a panel of judges. Pulte Family Foundation Vice-President Mark Pulte served as a judge at the competition.

Check out the five Dream Tank finalists below. Former foster youth Pitbull surprised the youth and guests by coming to the stage to announce the winner: A’Miracle Smith.






For a full recap of the Dream Tank click here.

Pulte Institute to host Mandela Washington Fellowship with new format

The Pulte Institute for Global Development, part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected as an institute partner for the 2021 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning June 21, the University of Notre Dame will virtually engage 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging business leaders for a six-week leadership institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and local community engagement. YALI was created in 2010 and supports young Africans as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance and enhance peace and security across the African continent. Since 2014, the U.S. Department of State has supported nearly 4,400 young leaders from across 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to develop their leadership skills and foster connections and collaboration with U.S. professionals through the fellowship. The cohort of fellows hosted by the University of Notre Dame will be part of a group of 700 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted by 26 educational institutions across the U.S.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the health, safety and well-being of fellows and partners as the highest priority, the U.S. Department of State is planning a virtual fellowship for 2021. While remaining in their home countries, fellows will participate in virtual leadership institutes, which will include leadership training, networking, mentoring and professional development.

The University of Notre Dame’s Leadership in Business Institute will connect with the 2021 cohort in new ways this year to provide an engaging and professionally enriching program. Fellows will work with South Bend entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations to connect in small online groups to network, discuss pressing business issues and serve the local community, all virtually. The fellows will also learn from leadership in business sessions and connect as a cohort through virtual cultural activities that have been scheduled, including a family night cooking challenge.

After their leadership institutes, fellows will participate in a virtual summit. Up to 70 competitively selected fellows will also participate in six weeks of virtual professional development with U.S. nongovernmental organizations, private companies and government agencies.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by IREX, leadership institutes will offer programs that engage, motivate and empower young leaders from Africa to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

For additional information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship leadership institute implemented by the University of Notre Dame, contact Jennifer Krauser or visit the Pulte Institute website.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit mandelawashingtonfellowship.org and join the conversation at #YALI2021.

Originally published by Jennifer Krauser at pulte.nd.edu on May 5.

Pulte Family Charitable Foundation commits $3 million to support expansion of Florida mental health campus and extend its reach in Broward County

Fort Lauderdale, FL. March 17, 2021 – At a time when both the need and demand for quality mental healthcare has never been greater, the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation has committed $3,000,000 to Florida-based Henderson Behavioral Health to support the organization’s Growing Strong Campaign. The gift has been directed specifically to support the development of a new state-of-the-art Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) and a Centralized Receiving Facility (CRF) on the Henderson Behavioral Health Central Broward Campus. The announcement was made by Pulte Family Foundation board member and Pulte Homes Founder William J. Pulte’s daughter, Nancy Pulte Rickard.

“Our family, like so many other families, has been impacted by mental illness,” said Rickard. “My father would have been extremely proud of the decision that was made by the Pulte Family Foundation Board to make this gift.”

William Pulte, who passed away in March of 2018 at the age of 85, was a quiet giver. Except for the many Pulte Group (PHM-NYSE) buildings that bear his name across the country today, it wasn’t until the last two years of his life that he allowed his parish to name its multi-purpose center the Pulte Family Life Center. He always preferred to be a silent donor.

“After much discussion, our Pulte Family Foundation Board, which is made up entirely of family members, made the unanimous decision to lend the Pulte Family name to the Henderson Behavioral Health Campus for several reasons,” said Rickard. “Our father created tremendous goodwill through the business he founded and grew into a Fortune 500 company. His name means something to so many. We hope that through the Pulte name, the Foundation can be a catalyst to, through and for others, who want to help break the stigma of mental illness by shining a light on the topic. The Foundation is committed to giving back nationwide to communities that have supported Pulte Homes over the last sixty-plus years. We are supporting Bill’s legacy. And, we are honoring all who are suffering, or have suffered, from mental illness.

The Pulte gift is supporting the $14 million expansion of Henderson Behavioral Health on the Pulte Family Foundation Campus (The name is still being finalized). It is helping to fund the cost of the relocation of the former CSU to the new state-of-the-art facility that has a higher capacity and will offer an evidence-based therapeutic environment that is much more accessible to the community. The number of beds has increased from 23 to 48 and the facility can be licensed to serve both adults and children.

Since 2000, Henderson Behavioral Health has provided short-term, intensive treatment and stabilization in an inpatient setting-24 hours a day-7 days a week and has offered more than 50 behavioral health programs in every age group, from infants to older adults. It is imperative that Henderson Behavioral Health continues to expand resources to meet South Florida’s fast-growing demand for its services.

The expansion project has been completed.


About Pulte Family Foundation
Guided by the belief in the inherent dignity of all persons, the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation works to meet the basic human needs of the most marginalized members of the human family, including socioeconomically disadvantaged youth; the aged; persons with physical, emotional, and mental disabilities; and those with the fewest material resources. In addition to the above, the Foundation seeks to serve religious communities and correlative organizations of Judea-Christian beliefs. To this end, the Foundation strives to enact through its grantees the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked; care for captives; shelter the homeless; visit the sick, and assist the mourning. For information about the Pulte Family Foundation, please contact Mark Winter at 248-568-8334 or mwinter@identitypr.com

About Henderson Behavioral Health
Established in 1953, Henderson Behavioral Health provides healthcare, housing, and hope for over 30,000 persons of all ages with behavioral health conditions in Florida each year. Through care, supported employment, advocacy, and housing, Henderson Behavioral Health assists and inspires people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders to reclaim their lives. Henderson is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful providers of recovery services for persons with co-occurring disorders in Florida. We utilize state of the art research and evidence-based practices, combined with a wide range of supports to treat the whole person, rather than just the illness. Individuals served by Henderson Behavioral Health are all unique; they come from vastly different backgrounds and arrive with different needs, talents, and hopes. As such, a variety of services are at their full disposal, be it access to medical care and psychiatric treatment, job readiness and work placement, educational opportunities, or a safe and stable place to live. Henderson Behavioral Health believes everyone contributes to society and should have the opportunity to live a life of value, self-respect, compassion, and dignity. For information about Henderson Behavioral Health, please contact Suzanne Higgins at 954-777-1624 or shiggins@hendersonbh.org


Pulte Family Charitable Foundation Publishes 2020 Annual Report

COVID-19 made 2020 a challenging year for everyone. The Foundation was continually amazed by our grantees’ example of “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13, 14, 16) during these unprecedented times. Please check out our 2020 Annual Report to learn more about The Foundation and our extraordinary grantees.

Notre Dame receives $40 million federal award to improve global education outcomes

By Heather Asiala

This article originally appeared in Notre Dame News.

The University of Notre Dame’s Pulte Institute for Global Development — together with the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) and its Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child — has won a $40 million cooperative agreement to lead a five-year program to advance U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) learning priorities in the global education sector. This USAID E3/Education Officeaward is one of the largest federal grants Notre Dame has ever received.

The Higher Education for Leadership, Innovation and Exchange — Supporting Holistic and Actionable Research in Education program, funded by USAID, will strengthen research capacity and knowledge translation to fill critical gaps in the education sector.

“The Pulte Institute and IEI act as an important mechanism in carrying out Notre Dame’s distinctive mission to serve those in need, and this award will be monumental in helping propel the University forward in that role,” said Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research and professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering.

While progress has been made in recent years to conduct research that strengthens education systems in developing countries, more targeted research is required to create systemic and sustainable change. This program, called HELIX SHARE, will bring local scholars and higher education institutions together to address these challenges and opportunities in a number of low- and middle-income countries, with a view to developing a replicable model to guide decision-makers.

“This program embraces Notre Dame’s vision of development as accompaniment, where a deep appreciation of local capacity and ownership is viewed as the cornerstone of effective development practice,” said Ray Offenheiser, the William J. Pulte Director of the Pulte Institute and professor of the practice within the Keough School of Global Affairs. “By gathering, translating and using research more effectively, we hope to meaningfully impact global education policy and practice.”

The Notre Dame team will mentor an impressive coalition of partners in higher education across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia to implement the program. The first year will convene critical country-level and regional stakeholders to identify pathways to address learning agenda questions around education in crises and conflict, foundational learning skills, youth and workforce development and higher education. Additionally, the program will offer a series of capacity-strengthening actions — including trainings, workshops, mentorship and close accompaniment — to ensure that individuals and institutions engaged in research generation, translation and utilization ecology are equipped to work together to advance education interests.

“Everything about the award is exciting, not least the success in building a remarkable global coalition of experts in overcoming the significant obstacles to delivering quality education to underprivileged populations,” said Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School. “The bottom line, however, is the opportunity a generation of children, youth and young adults in low- and middle-income countries will now have to gain knowledge and develop skills enabling them to contribute to the private-sector workforce, civil society and government. This program is what we mean by development that is responsive to the demands of human dignity.”

The Pulte Institute, which is part of the Keough School of Global Affairs, will lead management, oversight and administration of the program. The program team will be led by Tom Purekal, director of the Pulte Institute’s Innovation and Practice division, alongside four full-time team members: Jerry Wright, program director; Megan Gavin, technical director; Estela Rivero, monitoring evaluation learning and knowledge management director; and Nancy Ryberg, research specialist. The program will also invoke the contributions of many other individuals across the Pulte Institute, the Keough School, IEI and the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child.

“This award represents a major milestone for the University of Notre Dame in its continued growth as a leader in international educational development research and practice,” said Neil Boothby, founding director of the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child within IEI. “It brings a substantial influx of resources at a propitious time to bolster our mission to improve the education of all youth, particularly the disadvantaged.”

HELIX SHARE is expected to launch in September 2020. For more information, contact Tom Purekal at tpureka1@nd.edu.