Melissa’s House Grant to Benefit YWCA Columbus’ Historic Renovation

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Grant funds will be used to renovate a residential lounge.

We are so pleased to be partnering with the YWCA Columbus. Many of the women who live there are recovering from mental illnesses. Creating a space that is warm and comfortable will enhance their environment and have a positive influence on their recovery.

Melissa’s House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create comfortable, nurturing environments for adults living with mental illness, has joined forces with the YWCA Columbus to announce a significant grant agreement. Melissa’s House has pledged $100,000 to help transform the Griswold Building, the YWCA Columbus’ downtown home at 65 S. 4th Street. The Melissa’s House grant will be used to renovate a third-floor residential lounge, which will have a major impact on the lives and families of more than 90 women living in the building’s residences.                        

“We are so pleased to be partnering with the YWCA Columbus, “ said Jeff Knupp, Melissa’s House Chairman of the Board. “Many of the women who live there are recovering from mental illnesses. Creating a space that is warm and comfortable will enhance their environment and have a positive influence on their recovery.”

Since 1986, the YWCA Columbus has provided affordable housing for women in transition. Last March, work began on the YWCA’s $20 million renovation plan to update the Griswold Building and create efficiency and one-bedroom apartments.

“Melissa’s House has restored hope for so many women in this community who struggle with mental illness,” said Elfi Di Bella, President and CEO of the YWCA Columbus. “We’re honored that the organization is bringing its healing environment to our women residents, and we look forward to the positive impact this will have on them.”

The Melissa’s House Residential Lounge is expected to be completed by July 2016.

In the meantime, Melissa’s House is wrapping up its work at the Briggsdale Residence in southwest Columbus. Here, enhancements are focused on the kitchen, dining area, lounge, and outdoor gathering space, as well as the construction of a new fitness center. Laurel & Wolf, the leading online destination for professional interior design services, generously donated its services to this project.

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About Melissa’s House
Melissa’s House is committed to creating loving and welcoming living spaces for adults living with mental illness. We collaborate with organizations to renew existing residences with enhancements that positively impact the well being of those who live and work there. Creating comfortable, nurturing environments advances healing and recovery while restoring hope. Please visit http://www.melissashouse.org.

About YWCA Columbus
For more than 128 years, YWCA Columbus has served our community – from advocating for child labor laws to advancing civil rights and women’s rights. This historic Griswold Building in downtown Columbus has become a hub of advocacy since opening in 1929 – serving as a place for thousands of women who have found opportunities to grow and make an impact in the Columbus community. Please visit http://www.ywcacolumbus.org or more information.

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