“It’s an honor to bring the healing power of horses to the doorsteps of sick children in Genesee County” stated Jocelyn Hagerman, CEO of The Hagerman Foundation. “As a horsewoman myself, I understand the therapeutic effects of horses so when I learned that Camp Casey needed assistance bringing this magical program to children in our community, it was easy for me to wrap my heart around this cause.”
Camp Casey’s Horsey House Call program surprises children that are living with cancer and rare blood disorders with a knock on the door and a horse on their doorstep. Their team spends the afternoon providing a day of riding, grooming, treats, arts and crafts, pizza and more! Camp Casey has been helping kids conquer cancer for twelve years and their programs are free to families.
Camp Casey participant Svea was truly surprised and had a fabulous time. “WHAT an incredible day!!!! Queen Bee, the horse, was so agreeable and all the volunteers were lovely—I didn’t want them to go home! It was just like being with old friends,” Svea said. “I can’t thank you enough for setting all this up. I’m grateful to you, the volunteers and the Camp Casey organization for giving us a day we will never forget!”
“I cannot say enough good things about the day! I think my favorite moment was the expression of complete joy on my daughter’s face when she realized she was going to get to ride a horse—at our house yet,” said Annette Swanson, Svea’s mother. “She had so much fun—I told someone that afternoon that I honestly think she could forget she has cancer, even for a little while.”
Below is the link to the new story by ABC 12 about Camp Casey Horsey House Calls.
We are grateful to the Hagerman Foundation for supporting our efforts to provide a year-round learning experience for local youth. By keeping students engaged through field trips, leadership opportunities and community engagement, YouthQuest helps prepare them for success in both the present and future.
As a coalition, we recognize that no single person or organization, alone, can solve our communities' most significant challenges. We have, therefore, committed to cross-sector collaboration, community-wide mobilization, and ongoing alignment as strategies to improve literacy across Genesee County. Support from The Hagerman Foundation provided much-needed additional capacity for the coalition's partners through the hire of a Community Impact Coordinator, responsible for ensuring a disciplined results-driven framework for partner collaboration. In addition to their financial support, The Hagerman Foundation's consistent commitment to and advocacy for families as their children's most important teachers is contributing to the culture of Family Literacy throughout Genesee County. We are fortunate to have The Hagerman Foundation as a partner in our collective stride toward Literacy for Life!
Thank you so much for your scholarship and this wonderful opportunity to achieve my goals. Not only will it assist me in affording school costs, but it will assist me in realizing my goals of being a pharmacist, a valuable member of a community, and someone who can make a difference in others’ lives.
Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman’s gift is a testament to their recognition of the importance of higher education and of the transformative impact that entrepreneurship can have on the city and the region.
With the generous support of The Hagerman Foundation, the YWCA was able to relocate to a comfortable, beautiful new space and help ensure valuable resources will continue to be available for one of our most vulnerable populations, survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
We firmly believe our ministry will now have a greater impact on the lives of our teenagers, reaching more youth through our urban ministry outreach, yet also have a tremendous impact on the community as a whole. As our youth transform under the grace and love of God, so does our community -- our youth lead the way to our future. To say we are grateful seems like an understatement for the magnitude of this financial gift. This gift is going to change lives
When we receive funding from organizations like The Hagerman Foundation, it ensures that we can continue to make a difference in our community, one child at a time.
As a person working in the judicial system, I often see only the negative and the bad. This program allows me to see the good. It allows me to see that these kids are not lost causes, that they have hope and resiliency. It allows me to see the amazing abilities they have. It gives me hope and hope is not a ready commodity. Through The Hagerman Foundation's generous support of the Share Art Project, "hope" can be now be felt within the walls of GVRC and the hearts of the youth inside.
The support from The Hagerman Foundation was timely and helpful as we continue to expand our work. The generosity of Phil and Jocelyn, along with the enthusiasm of the staff makes it a pleasure to work with them to move Flint Forward. Our goal is to create vibrant, healthy communities and partners like The Hagerman Foundation help us to change the lives of those we serve
The number of teens Young Life is impacting in Flint’s inner city has grown consistently with more attending our weekly Club meetings as well as Campaigner bible studies - even in the summer. All teens are hungry for people to believe in them and love them unconditionally, regardless of life circumstances. They all are just teenagers - some have greater burdens. It is an honor to help them carry them in Flint, MI. Thanks to The Hagerman Foundation, we can now reach more teens who otherwise are overlooked or feared due to the impoverished surroundings.
In furthering our mission of beautifying alleyways and public spaces, our next step was to move forward to Brush Alley. Our “Light up Brush Alley” Project received another generous donation from The Hagerman Foundation. The alley lights will create a safer environment and an increased sense of security for visitors, businesses, residents, and students as well as strengthen the core of downtown as we move Flint forward
This leadership grant for the restoration of the Capitol Theatre by The Hagerman Foundation is critical to moving this important project forward, and illustrates, once again, the tremendous support and commitment the Hagerman’s have shown to our city. We are proud to be recipients of this contribution, and prouder still to be able, through this gift, to plan and provide our community with the highest quality live performing arts experiences in what will be a fantastically renovated, state-of-the-art venue.
One of the most important parts of the story of how the project was essentially revived by the Flint River Corridor Alliance and the Flint River Watershed Coalition in 2015 was when they were awarded the grant from The Hagerman Foundation to initiate the preliminary engineering and design for the project.
Thanks to our summer program grant from The Hagerman Foundation we were able to re-open our early bird program. A staple of the BGCGF Summer Program, the early bird program was always an option to accommodate those families that need all-day access to high-quality, adult supervised programming. Many of the families we serve are unable to afford childcare during the day. If children are left home alone they are susceptible to many potential risks and dangers. Thanks to this grant we were able to reinstitute this portion of our summer program.
Safe Places is a year-round summer and after-school program that serves youth kindergarten through 12th grades. The concept of Safe Places is to ensure each child has access to healthy out-of-school time all year long. With the generous grant from The Hagerman Foundation we can impact more youth in our community through: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Thank you, Hagerman Foundation, for being a difference-maker.
"Without the gift from The Hagerman Foundation, we would not have been able to achieve such an aggressive schedule. Our launch was accelerated by at least one calendar year with the help of this grant.”