Fighting for the Greatest Generation and Beyond
Hazel's Army advocates for policy and practice reforms to address societal challenges, while promoting youth-focused education and inspiration.
Our goal is to elevate the status of vulnerable populations including aging senior citizens, at-risk youth, individuals suffering from mental illness, and many more.
Hazel's Army was founded in response to the death of Hazel Mensching due to negligence and neglect at an assisted living facility in 2013. As a community-based advocacy group, Hazel's Army's original mission was to give voice to those who had lost loved ones as the result of poor or improper care at such facilities.
Only months after its founding, Hazel's Army helped lead a coalition of stakeholders and elected officials to pass the most comprehensive assisted living reform effort in California's history -- the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) Reform Act of 2014.
In 2015, Hazel's Army launched GreatGen 2.0, a community education program that has inspired more than 5,000 high school students to connect with seniors in their families and communities through intergenerational education.
In 2019, Hazel's Army broadened its focus to address ongoing and emerging community needs including:
Expanding access to behavioral health services for those in need
Empowering at-risk youth and other disadvantaged individuals to escape poverty through healthy and positive life choices
In order to have a profound, lasting, positive impact, we believe that leaders must:
- Go to the front lines and speak with people in the trenches to understand their wants and needs
- Create a vision for meeting those needs
- Surround themselves with good, talented people who are bought in to that vision, and
- Let them do their job without micromanagement
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work."