For 15 years, Melissa’s House has renewed facilities and homes across Central Ohio, directly benefiting thousands of individuals struggling with mental illness, and thousands more indirectly by providing the greater community with a renewed sense of hope.
Thanks to the support of community members like you, Melissa’s House has grown bigger than our vision could have ever imagined. It is now time to return to our original mission – establishing a residence to honor Melissa Goldberg. It’s both a realization of a dream, and an ending of our work.
We have chosen the Ohio chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to receive our largest and most significant gift. We are donating $500,000, our remaining funds, to the Terry Russell Housing Initiative. NAMI Ohio is embarking on a new, multi-year initiative to expand and develop new homes to offer a quality, supported living environment for those with severe mental illness. Our funds will be used to build a home or facility that will bear the name Melissa’s House.
This brings our mission full circle. In 2006 the plan was to own and operate a home in Melissa’s name: Melissa’s House. We shifted our strategy to improving homes because so many more lives could be touched. So, this final donation makes our mission come full circle.
We are so grateful for your support over the years. Thanks to your generosity, the spirit of Melissa and so many before her, will endure.
A message from our founders Elaine Goldberg, Melissa’s mother, and Billy Goldberg, Melissa’s brother: