By age 7, she’d seen two parents taken off to prison. The experience was psychologically, emotionally and physically devastating — and put her face-to-face with trauma and a culture of indifference, both ready to swallow her.
They didn’t. Sherelle Hogan made it to college and the corporate world. Six years ago she pivoted to establish Pure Heart Foundation — based in Detroit — to provide immediate intervention and longer term support to children of imprisoned parents, and work to break cycles of generational incarceration.
PHF focuses on academic enrichment, mental and physical wellness, and family reunification — and pandemic-related emergency needs — within a community of support, healing, and achievement. Since its founding, PHF has helped about 2,500 young people, and to date, NONE of Pure Heart Foundation’s “scholars” have entered the criminal justice system.
Our funds help cover administrative expenses and emergency grocery gift cards for PHF community members.