Pictured (left to right): John and Kelley Hamann with daughter Adrianna Covert; Matthias Schueth, Executive Vice President of Rogers Foundation; Janet Barber, Chief Operations Officer at Trustmark
As a part of its commitment to community service, Trustmark Foundation recently awarded a $13,000 grant to Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation. It was the passion of Kelley Hamann, employee of Trustmark Companies and mother of Adrianna, that helped make this grant a reality.
Hamann’s connection with Rogers Memorial Hospital began in the summer of 2014, when she began to notice her daughter having violent outbursts and behaving in a way that was a threat to herself and others. She was then diagnosed with several mental health disorders. Instead of attending her senior year in high school, Adrianna went through months of inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment at Rogers’ Brown Deer and West Allis locations.
“It was during her two weeks of hospitalization that John and I witnessed dedicated workers treating patients with dignity and demonstrating their deep care,” Hamann reflects, “But we also noticed that the games and books on the unit were worn due to heavy use, and the staff would bring in art supplies from home for the kids to use. That’s when we knew there was a need, and we wanted to do whatever we could as a family to help meet that need.”
The grant from Trustmark will go to the Foundation’s Angel Fund, which will be used for purchasing those much-needed personal supplies, as well as critical coping skills items for the children to take home. In addition to submitting the proposal for the grant, Kelley and her family have been busy shopping sales and clipping coupons in order to make their own donation of board games, art supplies, composition journals, books, and more.
Familiar with the Spiritual Care program, funded by Rogers Foundation, Kelley says that they also felt called to support this ministry. After approaching their church’s compassion fund director, two cases of bibles were ordered for the adolescents to keep, if they desired.
Through medication, as well as the wonderful treatment, education and support provided by the outstanding medical professionals at Rogers, my daughter is now stabilized and is being taught how to cope with her many challenges.
“Our personal experiences have changed us in ways we’d never expected. I advocate that mental illness is just that, an illness, not a choice. Yet it often carries with it great shame and stigma. Today, I work to minimize stigma by bringing awareness to mental health issues through advocacy. Only by being open and honest and sharing our experience, can others begin to understand.”
Read more about Kelley’s journey from grief to advocacy:
Stepping Out of Stigma’s Shadow: Sharing Our Story