Imagine walking into the back parking lot of Elsa’s in Kettering to find yourself surrounded by gigantic inflatable bounce houses, carnival style games and attractions, clowns, and even our city’s lovable minor league mascot, Heater from the Dayton Dragons.  On Sunday, August 24, 2014 I had the pleasure of attending Michael’s House 7th annual Family Fun Day & Cookout. 

Dedicated in December 2008, Michael’s House is named in honor of Michael Mercurio, who passed away unexpectedly on July 4th, 2007, at the age of 37.  Mike was an amazing man with a huge heart who believed in the safety and well-being of all children.

Michael’s House, located in Fairborn, Ohio provides a warm and welcoming environment for children who are suffering from all forms of abuse.  It provides a single place for multidisciplinary, multijurisdictional investigations to occur.  The center is comfortable, private and most of all, child friendly. 

As a national model for child advocacy, it is designed, furnished and staffed to promote healing.  Michael's house features specially equipped rooms for child forensic interviews, a playroom that safely accommodates a variety of age groups and reflects the cultural diversity of our community, a mock courtroom to help children feel more comfortable in upcoming trials, as well as offices for mental health treatment and a medical examination room.

The multidisciplinary team includes representation from law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, mental health, medical victim advocacy and children’s advocacy center staff.

The success of Michael’s House is only possible through the joint efforts of numerous partner agencies and organizations as well as countless volunteers and donors. This regional resource is especially grateful for its partnerships with, and support from Greene County Children Services, Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Greene County Commissioners and local law enforcement agencies.

For more information on supporting and learning more about Michael’s House, click the link below.