Like most small towns in the 1950s, Midland did not have many housing options for the elderly. Eda Gerstacker was convinced that adequate, cheerful housing for the elderly was and would continue to be a critical need for the community. As a result, the Gerstacker Foundation funded its first major project and in 1958 the Alden B. Dow designed Midland King’s Daughters Home was built at 2410 Rodd Street.
In 2008 a substantial addition and renovation project was completed at the Home. Thanks to the first pledge of $1,000,000 by the Gerstacker Foundation, additional living space, activity rooms, dining areas, staff offices, a new beauty shop and 2nd courtyard now enhance the Home. Midland King’s Daughters Home is a unique private pay residence with reasonable fees. Licensed by the State of Michigan, it provides both nursing and assisted living care, laundry, housekeeping and meal services. Its 60 residents enjoy a warm, personal and homelike atmosphere in a beautifully decorated setting. And the tradition of a well-trained, caring staff and excellent cuisine make this a special place to live.