Mount Airy mansion becomes Madi’s new home thanks to donation

CINCINNATI – Brick by figurative brick, Steve and Julie Raleigh built Madi’s house, an organization focused on creating a space for people struggling with addiction and mental health. Now Madi’s House has grown in literal brick terms, moving into a new mansion in Mount Airy with a donation.

Since opening in November 2020, the organization has seen such a response that it needed to find a larger location to continue supporting as many young adults as possible. Bon Secours Mercy Health provided the opportunity, handing over the keys to the 7,000 square foot home on Sunday.

“It’s a big day for Madi’s House as we celebrate the dream my daughter first imagined,” said Julie Raleigh, Founder and Director of Madi’s House. “It was Madi’s idea. It was not ours. It was his.

The house has been the home of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor since 1963, but the Sisters were eager to support the organization’s mission. They are moving to make room for the non-residential community center, and the old House of Peace will become Madi’s house.

Champlain Architecture and Danis Construction will provide charitable support for the renovations that will help transform the home into everything it needs to support Madi’s home.

Steve and Julie founded Madi’s House in 2019 with the vision of providing post-treatment support to people coming out of rehabilitation treatment. It is a place where young adults struggling with mental health and addictions issues can come together, make new friends and find support on the road to recovery.

Madi died by suicide in January 2019 after struggling with similar issues. Her parents said she spoke of the need for a “bridge to health,” a process that the charity that bears her name strives to provide.

“The pandemic is hitting us and this past year of 2020 we have had more overdose deaths than the previous three years,” said John Starcher, President and CEO of Bon Secours Mercy Health.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or addiction, find help using the local and national resources below:

National Hotline for Suicide Prevention 1-800-273-8255 or send “4HOPE” to 741741

Lindner Center of Hope (513) 536-4673

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – Psychiatric Management (513) 636-4124

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services 1-877-275-6364

Hope Line in the Greater Cincinnati area: 513-820-2947

Northern Kentucky Hope Line: 859-429-178

Indiana Addiction Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

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