Rose Hill lights up over the holidays
For founders of Rose Hill Center, the spirit of the season lasts all year long.
The rolling hills and snow-covered wooden fences along scenic Rose Hill Boulevard in Holly Township look as picture-perfect as a holiday greeting card. Drive into Rose Hill Center – which the street was named after – and the view becomes even more stunning.
Holiday décor welcomes guests at the entrance of the grounds, where more than 400 acres are home to the earth-toned, landscaped residential buildings that dot the property. Llamas take wintry strolls near a greenhouse that, during December, is packed with holiday greenery. Inside, Rose Hill’s residents make wreaths that are sold locally during the season. See a wreath on a door in north Holly and it’s possible that it came from Rose Hill Center.
Every detail at Rose Hill Center is designed with one goal – to aid people in achieving and maintaining renewed mental health. It’s a year-round gift, so to speak, to the community from Dan and Rosemary Kelly of Bloomfield Hills.
Rose Hill Center is a residential psychiatric rehabilitation facility for adults with serious mental illness. The Kellys, who this year celebrated the center’s 25th anniversary, founded Rose Hill because of their experiences with their son John, who lives with schizophrenia.
“More than 25 years ago, we searched for a place near us where our son could thrive, be the best he could be and live independently,” Dan Kelly said. “We did not want to send him to an institution, as some doctors suggested. Instead, we wanted a place where our son could live and work and would have the support to manage his illness in the same manner as one would manage other medical problems. When we couldn’t find such a place, we decided to take matters into our own hands and build one — for him and for others like him.”
Fast forward more than 25 years and Rose Hill’s campus can accommodate up to 79 people in two homes, three residential buildings (including the Daniel J. and Rosemary Kelly Community Center) and seven town homes. There are two greenhouses, a barn, and a 10,000-square-foot activities building with a full-size gym, fitness room, computer room and classrooms. Rose Hill’s clinical services include various individual and group therapies, case management services, individualized treatment plans and on-site psychiatrists.
An important component of the program is the therapeutic work program, in which residents participate in horticulture, animal care, housekeeping or food preparation activities. The therapeutic work helps residents cope with daily tasks, form a routine and have a purpose. During the holiday season, Rose Hill Center sparkles as friends from throughout southeast Michigan come to help decorate. Some have family members who live at Rose Hill, while others simply want to support the mission.
For the Kellys, seeing the community come together during the holidays is not only a time to introduce more people to the center, but to also make more friends.
“When we began to plan for this center, we called upon the community for help — and they responded,” Dan Kelly said. “When guests come here during the holidays, it elevates the cheer of the residents. Many of these people return year round. While some people only realize the holiday spirit of giving in December, we have been lucky in that, at Rose Hill Center, we see holiday generosity all year long.”
Rose Hill’s comprehensive program is based on the belief that recovery can take place when people receive professional psychiatric care, the appropriate medications and the opportunity to participate in meaningful daily activity in a consistent, compassionate and dignified environment. From the daily therapeutic skills teams to the recreational leisure activities, each resident has the opportunity to achieve an improved level of mental and physical health and pursue full and productive lives.
“Over 1,800 individuals have come to Rose Hill Center to live, share meals, work, relax and heal in the past 25 years,” Dan Kelly said. “The positive changes in our residents’ lives and in the lives of their families have been dramatic. For a parent who truly understands that mental illness can wreak havoc in the individual who suffers and also the family, we know this center is the biggest gift we can give to the community.”