Concurrently, Art Van Furniture is holding a virtual competition, encouraging the public to vote online for two weeks beginning September 15 for their favorite participating nonprofits. The top three organizations receiving the most votes will win an additional $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 respectively. To vote for Rose Hill Center, visit http://artvancharitychallenge.com/
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Art Van Furniture and its support of charitable organizations in Michigan,” said Ben Robinson, president of Rose Hill Center. “This is a wonderful opportunity, and we feel very confident we can meet the challenge goal. Rose Hill Center exists with the support of dedicated and committed donors. Through the years, our donors have responded generously to our requests, and they have been particularly generous when a matching gift is offered.”
Effects of mental illness include decreased energy, lack of motivation, isolation, and limited interest in socializing with others. Side effects of psychotropic medications frequently include increased weight gain, increased appetite and a sedating effect that discourages individuals from exercising. Thus, individuals with mental illness often have poor health, characterized by being overweight with high blood pressure and diabetes.
To encourage patients to embrace and maintain a healthy lifestyle, help reduce stress, anxiety and depression, Rose Hill Center’s 800 square foot fitness room provides patients access to treadmills, stair steppers and elliptical machines, along with other fitness activities. Still, a large number of patients are unable to use this equipment due to their physical conditions, abilities, or on-going effects of their mental illnesses. It can be a challenge to get on/off the equipment safely and/or they may be not be stable enough on their feet to balance on a treadmill or stair stepper.
A grant from Art Van Furniture, along with matching funds from donors, will enable Rose Hill Center to purchase recumbent cross trainers designed by exercise physiologists to provide a safe, comfortable, and effective workout for these patients. By utilizing an ergonomically-
About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is a family-owned company that started with one small, 4,000 square-foot store in 1959. Today, Art Van Furniture operates 34 stores in 33 cities throughout Michigan and employs approximately 2,500 associates. We have received many accolades from various organizations, recognizing our commitment to quality and the community. The National Home Furnishings Association named Art Van Elslander, chairman, the 1998 Retailer of the Year, while the Michigan Retailer's Association named the company 2000 Retailer of the Year. In 2001, Van Elslander was inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame, and Detroit News readers have voted Art Van Furniture Michigan's Best Home Furnishings Store since 2003.
About Rose Hill Center
Rose Hill Center, located on 372 acres in northern Oakland County, is a Joint Commission accredited residential psychiatric rehabilitation facility for adults with a primary diagnosis of serious mental illness. Its comprehensive and effective program is based on the belief that recovery can take place when people receive professional psychiatric care and participate in meaningful activity in a consistent, compassionate and dignified environment. Rose Hill provides individuals with the insights, life skills, attitudes and medications needed to manage their illness in the same manner as other medical problems. By combining medication management with an intense rehabilitation program, Rose Hill helps individuals from all over the country achieve and maintain psychiatric stability and their highest level of independence. www.rosehillcenter.org.
For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.rosehillcenter.org.