Melissa Goldberg was a loving daughter and sister. She was an outstanding student at the Columbus School for Girls, a fierce competitor on the tennis court, vibrant and fun loving. Despite Melissa’s personality and love for life, the seeds of her mental illness were always there. Melissa struggled with anorexia in her pre-teen years and was eventually diagnosed with schizoid affective disorder at the age of 24.
After her diagnosis, Melissa spent many years in and out of mental health facilities. As Melissa tried to cope with the effects of her illness, the Goldberg family worked hard to find a treatment residence for her. They wanted a place that was safe, comfortable, welcoming and supportive. They never found what they were looking for. Melissa died at the age 36 of a brain aneurysm. At the time of her death she was in the psychiatric ward at The OSU Medical Center.
The Goldberg’s experience is not unique. While numerous studies indicate ones environment can positively influence recovery, finding warm, nurturing, comfortable residences for adults living with mental illness is still difficult. The need far outweighs the supply. Melissa’s House is determined to change that. Partnering with mental health housing organizations, Melissa’s House updates and renews existing group residences with aesthetic changes that positively impact the well being of those who live and work there. Our goal is to impact as many people as possible by providing improvements and enhancements to such residences, thereby promoting healing, recovery and restoring hope.