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Community Highlights: Meet Danyelle Rosebrough of DAR’s Place Day Center

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danyelle Rosebrough.

Hi Danyelle, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started off over 20 years ago working at Johns Hopkins University assisting with FDA clinical drug trials for several doctors specializing in HIV and Hepatitis C.

I decided that I wanted to be on the other side of the medical field and wanted to help people with disabilities and our seniors in our community. In 2013, I opened a Residential Service Agency (RSA), or what is better known as an in-home health agency, DAR Healthcare Services, LLC.

We help people stay in the community for as long as possible and out of institutions by providing caregivers in the home to help with activities of daily living, (bathing, dressing, cooking, giving medications). Being in the homecare industry, I started noticing our clients didn’t have any outside social life outside of the caregiver and wanted, especially my under 60 clients, to get out and socialize with other people just like them.

This led​ my husband, Van Rosebrough and I in 2018 to start our journey of looking at how we could open a medical adult day center for people 18 and over. We wanted a place where people could come and feel like adults with choices and not like they were being warehoused during the day.

We also noticed that a lot of clients had some behavioral health conditions, that at times wouldn’t allow us to care for them properly. After some research into how Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs ran properly, we added this as an additional benefit to our members.  This allows us to service the whole client, physically and mentally.

In October 2019, we signed our lease, and we started renovations on a commercial space not knowing COVID-19 was getting ready to come upon us. Through COVID 19 and with a lot of prayer and faith, in May 2021 we had the grand opening of our new state-of-the-art space, DAR’s Place Day Center, located in Randallstown, Maryland.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
This has not been a smooth road, but a great learning experience. We received help from Tim Smoot of the Meridian Management Group, Inc to obtain funding from the state’s MSBDFA. This process started in March 2019 and we didn’t get our funding until December 2019. We did not realize it was going to take over 9 months to obtain the funding.

When we were looking for locations, we were met with many obstacles, first because I was an African American woman doing this without a large or well-known name behind me. Second was because many landlords didn’t think I could carry out actually doing the renovations or that I could obtain the state license needed to open up a medical adult daycare.

Doing the renovations through COVID-19 wasn’t easy at all. Some of the permit offices were back up or not open and we had several major delays. During this time, because our business wasn’t officially open, we were not eligible for any COVID funding and were still expected to pay rent and other operating expenses.

Medical adult daycares were closed by the Governor for 2 ½ years due to COVID. Thankfully for us, we were licensed in April 2021 when the Governor lifted the order and Adult daycares could open to a limited group.

As you know, we’re big fans of DAR’s Place Day Center. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We are an Adult Medical Day Center located in Randallstown. We service people 18 and over with disabilities and seniors, who live in the community. We offer catered meals to all members. We have full-time nurses onsite and doctors.

We specialize in making our members feel like they are not alone and that they have a place to belong. As we know everyone loves bingo, but we offer more mind-stimulating and age-appropriate activities for all ages. We offer many program choices throughout the day, such as individualized computer learning, a game room, access to gaming systems, weekly outings, and a warm café style environment for all to enjoy.

At the end of the day, our members are in no rush to go home. We are a state-of-the-art newly renovated center that is different from any other center that you may have seen in the community. Every piece of furniture that was picked out and every program has our members at the center of everything we do.

We are a family-owned and operated company that cares about each person as if they were our very own family members because it takes a village to care for our community.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Our family was featured in the Baltimore Rising documentary because our son is an activist who helped the community and was inspired during the Freddie Gray trials here in Baltimore.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our family helped support seniors and people with disabilities in Baltimore City, by working with the World Central Kitchen organization. This provided meals for thousands during a time that people needed to have a hot meal and feel like someone cared about their well-being.

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