Trillium House Welcomes Resident Applications, Announces New Executive Director

As many prepare to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday weekend, Trillium House in Marquette has another reason to celebrate. After several months of closure, Trillium House has begun to welcome resident applications and a new executive director.

Trillium House temporarily closed in late November following the malfunction of its sprinkler system, which flooded the facility. Over the last seven months, the nonprofit organization has worked closely with area contractors and other businesses to make necessary repairs.

Along with accepting applications, Trillium House is pleased to welcome to its staff Rick Sanville as its new executive director. A respected nonprofit leader, Sanville brings to the organization extensive experience working with individuals and families (including vulnerable populations) to address various guardianship and care needs. Rick is the co-founder and former CEO of Upper Peninsula Family Solutions (UPFS). Prior to founding UPFS, he served in various leadership roles with Michigan Works! and Child and Family Services of the U.P. Rick is also board president of the Marquette Alger Resolution Services and a graduate of NMU.

“After founding UPFS, I’m excited to take on this role with Trillium House to serve the community in a new way,” said new Trillium Executive Director Rick Sanville. “Trillium has been known for its commitment to quality care. I want to do whatever I can to work in partnership with the staff and leadership to continue to support the community and honor the work of those before me.”

As interim executive director, Alicia Burgess helped ensure quality care during the closure and provide vital support towards reopening the building. Following the start of the new executive director, she will continue on with Trillium overseeing operations and clinical onsite support services.

“We want to thank everyone that has supported us over the past year,” said Interim Executive Director Alicia Burgess. “We couldn’t have done this without all of these amazing people and organizations. I am truly looking forward to getting back to helping our residents and families make the most of their time and receive the best care.”

Located in Marquette, Michigan, Trillium House is a care facility supporting individuals receiving hospice care through hospice agencies and those in need of short-term guest care (respite). Since 2018, Trillium has served individuals and families throughout the U.P.

“The community support we’ve received has been truly outstanding,” said Trillium Board Vice President Roger Bentlage. “As we continue our mission in the year ahead, we welcome continued donations and volunteer support. Every bit helps to ensure that we are able to fulfill our mission and support the community, including those with financial challenges.”

To inquire about care options or to request an application for care, please contact or call (906) 264-5026. Those interested in volunteering or making a financial or material donation are encouraged to visit

Trillium House Seeks Donations and Volunteers to Support Reopening Following Flooding

Trillium House, the care facility supporting individuals in hospice and those in need of shorter-term, respite guest care, is seeking donations and volunteers to support its reopening later this summer. Trillium House has been closed since the day before Thanksgiving when its building experienced a facility-wide flooding due to the malfunction of its sprinkler system. The facility is expected to reopen around late June.

 “We could really use help replacing items that were damaged or lost due to the flood such as linens and paper products,” said Interim Executive Director Alicia Burgess. “While we were able to get in and salvage some of these items, we still need several items not covered by insurance to ensure everyone is comfortable and supported at the level Trillium is known for by residents, guests, and families.”

According to Burgess, the organization has outlined a number of wish list items.  Among the new, unused items are blankets, paper towels, sanitation wipes, and coffee items among other products. A list of items needed is available at:  Items can be shipped directly to Trillium House from the wish list or delivery can be scheduled by contacting the organization directly through the email below.  Trillium House hopes to secure all of the needed items by May 31, 2022.

In addition to seeking donations of items, Trillium House is also looking to recruit new volunteers as well as welcome back its long-standing volunteers. Volunteers are needed to provide Care Support, Welcome & Office Support, Grounds Support, and Special Project Support such as maintenance. Individuals interested in volunteering or looking for more information are encouraged to visit the VolunteerSignup link:   Trillium House staff will be contacting potential volunteers to discuss the volunteer opportunities.  

To learn more about Trillium House, please visit

Trillium House Temporary Closing

Due to flooding inside the facility and the unexpected passing of its Executive Director, Trillium House will be closed for the next two months to make necessary repairs and allow staff to refocus. Trillium will
reopen again providing residents the high level of care we are known for.

Individuals in need of hospice support are encouraged to contact Alicia Burgess at (906) 869-3530.

Trillium House Unexpected Loss Of Executive Director

(Marquette, Michigan) – The leadership and staff of Trillium House, an eight-room hospice house in Marquette, Michigan, are working together to respond to flooding at the facility and the unexpected passing of their Executive Director Pat Bray.

Five residents along with staff and caregivers were at the facility when flooding occurred the day before Thanksgiving. The flooding was the result of a facility-wide malfunction of its sprinkler system. Staff immediately responded and were able to safely evacuate and transport all residents to alternative living arrangements while providing the continued support of Trillium care staff.

Following the Thanksgiving weekend, Executive Director Pat Bray passed away unexpectedly at his home on November 30th. Bray had served as Executive Director for 3 years, since Trillium’s opening.

“Our hearts are heavy following the loss of our beloved Executive Director Pat Bray adding to the challenges faced by our residents, families, and staff due to the flooding at the facility,” said Alicia Burgess, House Manager and Interim Executive Director. “We are grateful to all who stepped up to help us care for our residents and provide support to our staff during this difficult time.”

“Pat played a vital role in helping to make Trillium House possible and will be dearly missed. Our condolences go out to all of his family, friends and colleagues.”

Opening in 2018, the Trillium House is the first and only dedicated hospice facility to serve the Central Upper Peninsula. Crews have completed clean-up and demolition in preparation for repair of the water damage. No permanent damage has been identified at this time although needed repairs will be extensive throughout the facility.

Out of respect for staff, to allow for the orderly completion of repairs, and to ensure that Trillium House will again be able to provide the same excellence of care, the facility will be closed for approximately two months. Individuals in need of hospice support are encouraged to contact Alicia Burgess at (906) 869-3530.

Trillium House will continue to provide additional updates on its Facebook Page regarding its re-opening as information is available. Arrangements for Pat Bray are being coordinated by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Trillium House Care Fund Concert | Mike Grossman & Liz Grugin

Dr. Mike GrossmanWe prevailed on Dr. Mike Grossman, our Board President, to perform a song he recently wrote at the Care Fund Concert this year. It’s called “Last Questions” and draws on the many times hospice patients and their loved ones looked for help in understanding their journey. Mike agreed only after recruiting the multi-talented Elizabeth “Liz” Grugin to sing with him. “Final Questions” looks into the heart of hospice care from the prospective of both the patient and care givers.Elizabeth “Liz” Grugin

Please join us on Saturday, Nov. 13th at Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and available by calling 906-273-1653 and via Eventbrite.

Care Fund Concert Trillium House Joshua Davis & May Erlewine

Joshua DavisAn evening with Joshua Davis and May Erlewine, Saturday, November 13 and 7 PM. This is at the Kaufman Auditorium, Marquette. Tickets are $25 at and Trillium House. More Information Here.

Trillium House welcomes Marquette’s own Joshua Davis for a night of music, storytelling and entertainment. An upbringing that occupied the urban landscapes of Detroit while spending summers in the wilderness on the Southern shore of Lake Superior brings into view the backdrop of Davis’ works.

For over 15 years Joshua has made his living sharing his songs, stories and knowledge across the US and Canada. His music is steeped in ragtime blues, sweet jazz and real country but Davis’s broad schooling in the cultural, political and musical roots of American Tradition has resulted in more that a simple retelling of universal themes.

Dubbed, “The Michigan version of the Great American Songscape”, his catalog is a seamless snapshot of America past and present.

May ErlewineMay Erlewine’s gift for writing empathetic and engaging songs that feel at once fresh and soulfully familiar has earned her a broad, devoted fan base well beyond her deep-set Michigan roots. Her sons show a very real connection and concern with everyday folk. Erlewine uses here music as a platform for positive change. We look forward to having May in Marquette and listening to her music.

Raised in a home full or art and music, Erlewine began writing songs at a very young age. As a teenager she hitchhiked across country, ho9ning her skills as a performer and absorbing the kind of stories and landscapes that would inform her music.

With a long list of full length albums, two Eps and numerous collaborations, Erlewine’s catalog is proof of her creative power. For more information, visit her website at or

To support efforts to stop the spread, attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination and to wear face masks while in Kaufman Auditorium. Thank you for your support.

Community Bike Night 2021 At The Up North Lodge

Thank you Up North Lodge for all you do for the community.

Bike Night at The Up North Lodge is always a great event. Ours on August 1 was the best so far! Special thanks to Lori and Anna Aldridge for knocking the 50/50 drawing out of the park! As always a big thanks to Jackie and Dave Martin for the Window Store’s sponsorship.

Thanks to Lori and Anna pitching in on this too! Appreciation to Board President Mike Grossman and Helen for sharing our appreciation to all the supporters who came out for this community event. And, a very special thank you to Sally and all the folks at UP North Lodge for doing this fun event for so many organizations for so long!

If you’ve never gone to a Bike Night, do yourself a favor and hit one soon.


Trillium House Bike Night 2020 At The Up North Lodge

There are events we look forward to each year and Bike Night at the Up North Lodge is certainly high on the list.   Sally and the folks out there pulled of this fund raiser again in a covid-safe evening generating a $1,100 donation!

Special thanks to them and to our sponsors, The Window Store and the Barrier Free Store.   See you next year!

Newly Refurbished Beds Donated

Our thanks to the West End Health Foundation for its recent grant to purchase another refurbished new model hospital bed. These beds are a great for Residents and a huge help to our care staff compared to the older metal frame hospital beds. They provide enhanced comfort to Residents and make caring for Resident far safer for our staff. UP Health System Marquette donated two of these beds and the Superior Health Foundation has provided a grant for the purchase of two more. With this latest grant, we’re confident of having these wonderful additions in all Resident rooms by the end of the year!

Pat Bray offers his face for Pie Smash!

Dave Aro of U.P. Home Health and Hospice Pies Trillium Houses Executive Director, Pat Bray

March 13. 2020 – Executive Director, Pat Bray was kind enough to offer is face to benefit Spread Goodness Day and Superior Alliance for Independent Living at The Pie Smash at Iron Bay Restaurant.  It was a lot of fun and a great success.  Way to go Pat Bray! and Thank you Anna Marie Dravland for all your hard work on this special day.