Media Release: CARE House building campaign receives anonymous challenge grant

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Donor will match donations dollar for dollar up to $250,000

CARE House building campaign receives anonymous challenge grant

09-18-2012 (Dayton, OH) -

An anonymous donor has stepped forward, making the dream of a new CARE House, Montgomery County’s child advocacy center, more of a reality. The donation comes in the form of a challenge grant, which will match all new donations or pledges dollar for dollar—up to $250,000. The campaign hopes to reach its $2.1 million goal by December 31, 2012, with plans for breaking ground on the new building by the end of this year.

The campaign committee, chaired by Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mathias H. Heck, Jr., is thrilled with the challenge grant. “We are so excited to have this generous donor step forward. The challenge grant will bring us one step closer towards meeting our goal of building a new center for abused children in Montgomery County,” says Heck.  

With $1.4 million already raised, the campaign is well on its way to meeting its goal, but still needs the help of the Dayton community to make the December deadline.

To donate to the CARE House campaign and participate in the challenge, donors may visit the 'donate now' section of the Dayton Children’s website. Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a donor recognition plaque. Naming opportunities are also available. Please contact Dayton Children’s development department at 937-641-3405 with any questions about the campaign.

A map of the Dayton Children's campus and the location of the new CARE House building

Learn more about CARE house and the building campaign

Established in 1999, CARE House, Montgomery County’s child advocacy center, serves child abuse victims through a centralized, child-focused approach that brings together law enforcement, child protection services, prosecution, mental health experts, medical professionals and victim advocates to help reduce the trauma victims experience after abuse has been reported.  CARE House is currently located in a more than 100-year-old Victorian-period home across the street from Dayton Children’s and services more than 600 children a year, often the worst of the nearly 5,000 cases of abuse reported in Montgomery County each year.  CARE House involves a partnership between Dayton Children’s, Montgomery County Prosecutors’s Office, Dayton Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s office and Montgomery County Job and Family Services.

The current CARE House facility is no longer able to efficiently accommodate the growing number of children and families requiring advocacy services.  The new center, to be located on Dayton Children’s campus, will double its current size.

The new facility is expected to include:

  • A child-friendly reception area where kids feel safe
  • Two sound-proof, child-friendly interview and observation rooms for forensic interviews
  • State-of-the-art recording equipment to capture a child’s story
  • A case review room for partner agencies to discuss every case and ensure that no child falls through the cracks
  • Expanded space for mental health treatment
  • A multipurpose room for group therapy, support groups and prevention training
  • And much more! Download the campaign brochure  on the Dayton Children’s website to find out what else the new facility will include!

“I see firsthand the many benefits of CARE House, our nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center, through better investigations, more prosecutions, and reduced trauma to victims,” says Heck. “National studies have shown that centers such as CARE House, are very cost effective, saving their communities on average 36 percent of the cost of traditional investigations. I invite all to join me in this important opportunity to better serve those children in our community who need it the most by contributing to this campaign to build a new home for CARE House. ”

To learn more about CARE House please visit or 'like' CARE House on Facebook!

For more information, contact:
Grace Rodney
Marketing Communications Specialist
Phone: 937-641-3666


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