Daniel Schmitt, Executive Director of the Freeport Community Foundation, and Dick and Marianne Drogosz, founders of the John M. Drogosz Memorial Fund at the Foundation, visited the Rosecrance Marlowe House on August 17 to provide Rosecrance with a generous $4,000 grant and meet with clients. The grant will help update fitness equipment in the existing fitness rooms at the Marlowe recovery home for adolescent girls and the Hillman recovery home for adolescent boys.
During the clients’ stay at the recovery home, they use the fitness room once weekly as part of a structured group fitness period, and it’s also available during their free time, too. The grant funds will be put towards a new treadmill and stationary bike, both of which will continue to promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle among young Rosecrance clients in recovery.
“We are so grateful for the Drogosz family’s continued generosity and support for youth in recovery”,” says Anne Boccignone, Rosecrance Vice President of Communications and Development. “During their visit, one young client explained how he lost over 30 pounds since being at Rosecrance, because he’s finally taking care of himself in a healthy way.”
She added, “The new fitness equipment will help clients like this young man continue to focus on getting healthy and solidifying good habits in recovery.”
The John M. Drogosz Memorial Fund was established nearly six years ago by Dick and Marianne Drogosz in memory of their son.The fund, which is administered through the Freeport Community Foundation, aims to help non-profit organizations with educational, prevention and/or treatment programs designed for youth dealing with substance use disorders.
Rosecrance has been a recipient every year and the grant has supported a variety of projects and programs, including Experiential Therapies, a new basketball court at the Hillman House, supplies for a Sensory Room and technology for the school at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson teen campus.