Cretsinger Care Homes, Ltd. owns and operates licensed adult foster care homes in Battle Creek, MI. Founded by Bob and Nita Cretsinger and now owned by their daughter Renee Kelly and husband Patrick, Cretsinger Care Homes has had a strong positive presence in the community for more than 30 years, operating our business on the principles of honesty and integrity.


Our locations and services have varied over the years, changing with the times. We currently have locations to provide care for developmentally disabled, mentally ill and/or medically fragile individuals. Please contact us for specifics about each home as our census is always changing.

Our goal is to help each individual be happy, healthy, and safe for as long as they may need us. 

What people are saying about us:

"I have to tell you that another person and myself were at the Pennfield location yesterday...I continue to say that Cretsingers are the best. It was far better staffed than most homes you go into and every one of the staff was participating in care in some fashion. You are a model!" 

Pat Fosdick 

Scene Magazine & 

Former Guardian

Who We Are

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Renee Kelly

Owner, Licensee and CEO

After earning a degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College, Renee became the full time Administrator for CCH in 1997. In 2020, Renee became the corporate Licensee and CEO. Her roles are many and varied, including policy creation, HR, IT, corporate compliance, and marketing. She is a Health and Safety Instructor for the American Red Cross and Certified Instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute.  Renee is also our placement coordinator.

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Patrick Kelly

Owner and Chief Financial Officer

Pat began his career in Building Construction Management with a degree from MSU. As Cretsinger Care Homes grew, he joined the family business in 1999. Pat missed his calling to be an accountant and is responsible for all financial aspects of Cretsinger Care Homes including billing, payroll, and employee benefit management. Pat also coordinates the management of the physical properties, assists with staff management and fills in whatever duties need completion.

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Each of our homes provide:

  • all meals and snacks with accommodation for special diets

  • medical care coordination

  • cash funds storage and management

  • laundry

  • complete medication administration, including ordering/refilling prescriptions

  • transportation to and attendance at medical appointments

  • organization of, transportation to and supervision at local recreation

  • 24 hour staffing

  • Red Cross Certified staff


Tracy Frey

Administrator and

Chief Operating Officer

Tracy began her career with Cretsinger Care Homes as a caregiver in 2004. She has always worked well under pressure and therefore been willing to take on extra duties. Tracy has managed Cretsinger East, Cretsinger Country Place and Pennfield Premier Living. She has developed a rapport with our many coordinating agencies, physicians, guardians and licensing entities. In April 2020, Tracy shifted roles to become a full time part of our executive team. She is actively involved with all of our homes and offers leadership support and compliance oversight. Tracy has extensive knowledge of all of our residents, policies, and operational processes. Tracy is the "mama" to our residents and a mentor to our staff. She is tremendously valued by everyone in our organization. 

Kyria Southern

Executive Director


Kyria has been with Cretsinger Care Homes since 2015. She began as a direct care provider and soon moved into an Assistant Manager position. Kyria is energetic, compassionate and responsive to the needs of those around her. As an Assistant Manager she was always willing to take on new responsibilities and learn new things. Kyria filled the Medication Manager position for over 2 1/2 years, developing a strong working relationship with the pharmacies and setting up our electronic medical records. Ever eager to learn new skills, Kyria changed positions again in 2020 to become the Executive Director for Cretsinger Care Homes and managed all of Pennfield Premier Living for a year and a half before moving into a newly created position. Although her title stays the same, Kyria is learning the many areas of compliance and is our lead trainer for CPI aand CPR. She is also a resource for other aspects of our business. Kyria is a great asset to our management team and we are proud to have her representing us. 

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Bob & Nita Cretsinger


Bob and Nita began Cretsinger Care Homes in February 1984 with the opening of two 20 bed facilities. Over the years, they worked hard to develop close working relationships with many local agencies, guardians, families, and hospitals earning a reputation as compassionate and honest business owners. After retiring in 2020, they now enjoy traveling, riding motorcycles, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.