A Parent's Legacy
The saying goes that invention is born out of necessity, and this certainly rings true when it comes to our story.
In the late 1980s, founders Dan and Rosemary Kelly were confronted with a reality that many of our families at Rose Hill face every day: their adult son, John, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After an exhausting search for a program that offered the right combination of comprehensive treatment and compassionate follow-up care, they embarked on a journey to provide for their family and others a solution that would change the landscape of specialized care for adults with a serious mental illness.
Harnessing the power of two determined parents, coupled with dogged determination, the Kellys secured the support of countless individuals across a spectrum from family to corporations. Through this support, they were able to raise the funds needed to purchase a serene 372-acre property in Holly, Michigan. That rustic, undeveloped land with woods, fields and wetlands would become the home of a state-of-the-art residential mental health treatment community that officially welcomed its first residents in May 1992.
Dan inaugurated Rose Hill as Chairman of the Board, with Rosemary by his side as Vice Chairman, until she lost her long battle with cancer in March of 2021. Her strong spirit lives on and remains as Rose Hill’s inspiration and purpose. Dan continues to advocate and raise funds for the Rose Hill Foundation.
What started as a personal mission to assist their son has grown into a bastion of hope for families in similar situations. Rose Hill has become a positive, nurturing environment where struggling individuals can overcome mental health disorders.