Mental health facility Rose Hill Center in Holly wins Detroit News Cheer for Charity


Holly’s Rose Hill Center, a long-term mental health facility, won the $ 20,000 prize in The Detroit News Holiday Cheer for Charity competition after raising nearly $ 43,000 in donations.

The nonprofit, which claims to be the nation’s leader in adult psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation services, will use the money to help cover costs related to protection from COVID-19 and to develop social programs that are an integral part of the community Residents are recovering.

“We feel absolutely wonderful, and tickled, that our donors and supporters have made such great strides to help us,” said Dennis Howie, Rose Hill development director. “This has been a difficult year for all nonprofits in light of COVID.”

Rose Hill was the early leader of five local charities in the two-week competition that counted dollars as votes. Rose Hill raised $ 42,990 plus the $ 20,000 prize. Howell Nature Center came in second for $ 19,635. A total of $ 78,240 was raised through the campaign, including for the Detroit-based Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center, Detroit Goodfellows, and Maybury Farm in Northville.

Located on 400 acres, Rose Hill provides residential mental health services, including group therapy. In addition, it has work programs on its farm, in its greenhouse or butterfly house for the residents.

“It is a tremendous honor for us at The News to support such a cause, especially given the difficulty this year has for so many,” said Kevin Hardy, Managing Editor of Detroit News. “All those involved were worthy and deserve to draw attention to their necessary work.”

The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for organizations like Rose Hill to hold major events and fundraisers. At the beginning of this year, government orders restricted the admission of new patients. Rose Hill currently has around 50 residents compared to a typical 80.

Often around $ 1 million is raised annually, but in 2020 that total was closer to $ 800,000, Howie said. The December donations are of great help and have attracted first-time supporters, he said.

At the same time, the pandemic has made it more difficult for residents to have the opportunity to be with their families and others. Previous volunteer trips to Holly and Grand Blanc have dried up.

The center has taken steps to remedy this: it has installed transparent barriers in the cafeteria to care for the patients there instead of just in their rooms. The money will help cover additional costs like personal protective equipment and hand sanitizing stations.

The center is also working on new socially distant programs, from karaoke nights to a Christmas tea.

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel extra stress in anything we’ve been through,” Howie said. “The residents of the Rose Hill Center are just as vulnerable and already struggling with a number of problems. The donations make a difference.”

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