The Need

Numerous studies indicate ones environment can positively influence recovery. The 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs New Mental Health Design Guide states “Patient care areas that incorporate access to exterior environments, color, art, pleasant furnishings and other components of a warm environment have been shown to advance health and recovery.”

In Central Ohio there are well more than 1700 residences for adults living with mental illness. Often the funding is not available to create the type of environment that can help promote recovery, thereby improving the well-being of the residents. That’s where Melissa’s House steps in.