Heidelberg Project resident Irma Hollingsworth Celebrates her 104th birthday!

Irma Hollingsworth

Join us as we celebrate The Heidelberg Project’s oldest community resident, Mrs. Irma Hollingsworth who is turning 104! The Heidelberg Project is hosting a special birthday celebration for Mrs. Hollingsworth (affectionately known as Mrs. Erma) and her son Moses Reynolds who is turning 76 and happens to share the same birthday.

The event will take place at the Heidelberg Project with family and friends on Saturday, June 11th from 3 – 6 p.m.  There will be music, memories and fun.  Although the affair is mostly private, the Heidelberg Project is also welcoming other Detroit residents over the age of 90 to come out and celebrate with us.

“I’ve known Mrs. Hollingsworth my entire life,” says Tyree Guyton, “she loves crossword puzzles and still does them today.  She also loves to dance and always stressed the importance of getting an education.  She wanted me to succeed and now we want to do something special for her.”

Mrs. Erma says that she feels good, and is excited to turn 104. Her birthday wish is to meet president Barack Obama at the White House in Washington D.C. before his term is over.  She would also love to meet Oprah Winfrey. What is her secret to staying so youthful? According to Ms. Hollingsworth, “If it were up to me I’d be gone. I didn’t think I’d make it along so far! It must be God. God said to love thy neighbor, love thyself. Treat everybody like you want to be treated. Love everybody -- be kind. I think I have been kind to myself and to others.” Erma adds that her advice to young people is to “Go to school, learn what you can. Be kind to yourself and to others.”

Erma Hollingsworth was born in Swainsboro, Georgia on June 12th 1912. She then lived in Jacksonville, Florida and New York City before coming to Detroit. Ms. Hollingsworth moved to Heidelberg street in 1953 and has lived in the same house ever since.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Heidelberg Project and we’re celebrating the things and people that matter most.  “On June 11, we are honoring our seniors and remembering that without them, we would not be here,” says HP Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield.