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Welcome to the

Dolphin House

We are a Nationally Accredited Child Advocacy Center that serves the six counties of the 7th Judicial District. The House is a child-friendly facility whose main purpose is to provide children a safe place for telling their difficult experience during the necessary investigation of child abuse. The Dolphin House is fully Donor and Grant funded, so if you want to become a contributor and help us fight against child abuse, you can Donate Here.


M – F: 9am – 5pm


735 S 1st St
Montrose, CO 81401

The more you know

About the Dolphin House

The Dolphin House serves the 7th Judicial District in western Colorado. Counties include: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel.

The Dolphin House is a child-friendly facility whose purpose is to provide child victims a safe, non-threatening place to tell what happened to them during necessary investigations of child abuse. Dolphin House staff offer crisis intervention and ongoing supportive services that help child victims and non-offending family members begin their healing process.

Children and families in the 7th Judicial District benefit greatly by having access to a Child Advocacy Center. They receive:

  • More immediate follow-up to child abuse reports.
  • More efficient medical and mental health services or referrals.
  • A reduction in the number of child victim interviews.
  • Increased successful prosecution.
  • Consistent ongoing support for child victims and the supportive adults in their lives.

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Get involved

Join One of Our Community Events

As a way to raise funds and awareness of child abuse, the Dolphin House hosts regular community events including our Awareness Events, Golf Tournament, Concert on the Lawn,  Virtual 5k, and Barn Dance. You do not have to be local to participate, all are welcome. All proceeds go to the upkeep and management of our facility.

Our Mission

How We Help

  • Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, Mental Health Professionals, Advocates, Medical Professionals and the Dolphin House Victim Service Coordinator work as a team to deliver quality, comprehensive services to abused children.
  • Child abuse victims experience a process of investigation, intervention, prosecution and stabilization that is more efficient and effective.
  • Non-offending family members or caregivers of the abused children are also provided ongoing services needed to attain stabilization and healing for each child and family.

To learn more about the Child Advocacy Center and the Multidisciplinary Team process, we invite you to come and take a tour of our facilities. We are located at 735 South 1st Street in Montrose, Colorado. Please call 970-240-8655 prior to coming as the confidentiality of our clients is a priority and we are unable to provide tours of the House when families are present.

Report Abuse

If you know of an ongoing child abuse situation, it’s your duty to report it. If you don’t know how or have concerns about circumstances, please call the Colorado Abuse and Neglect Hotline ASAP.

Schedule a Tour

We operate out of a donated historic home in downtown Montrose, Colorado in order to provide a safe feeling of home to the victims we serve. Come check us out, your curiosity is welcome.


The Dolphin House is fully funded by Grants and contributions from our community members. Anything you can give will help us in the fight to end Child Abuse.


Check Out What’s Coming Soon!

September 15th, 2023

Barn Dance 

Join us September 15th, 2023 for the Dolphin House Dance! Enjoy music from The Anders Brothers, delicious food from Rib City and a silent auction filled with local treasures. Doors open at 5:30 and Dinner is served at 6:30!  

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Dolphin House 5k logo

December 5th, 2023

Colorado Gives Day

Each December, Coloradans come together with the common goal to strengthen the community by helping to power nonprofits. Colorado Gives Foundation and FirstBank partner to make this day rewarding for givers, nonprofits and the community as a whole. 

Winter 2023

End of Year Giving

Our mission is to provide help, hope, and healing to victims of child abuse throughout the 7th Judicial District; your generosity makes that possible. As you celebrate the holidays and contemplate your end of year giving, we ask you to keep the Dolphin House children in your hearts.

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A Few Words

“Too often children are subjected to physical abuse, sexual abuse, or witness the most horrific situations their family goes through. The abuse not only effects the child immediately, but there are long lasting effects the child will sustain if not properly addressed and managed. The Dolphin House is a part of and plays a vital role in the multi-disciplinary team to help begin this process of healing and stabilization from beginning to end with these children. The high level of competence, resources, and care the members of the Dolphin House have enables better quality and comprehensive services received by the child and their family. Without the Dolphin House, we could not effectively and efficiently investigate, intervene, and prosecute these very fragile and complex cases. The Dolphin House is the glue that holds everything together and can also arguably be the heart of a case.”

Montrose Police Department Detective Mark Trimble

Michelle Gottlieb

Executive Director

“My passion is to help the youth of this community. I have a great deal of respect for the mission of the Dolphin House and look forward to working with the staff and our community partners to provide comprehensive services and support to victims of abuse”.

Brenda Hernandez

Board President

The Dolphin House is a vital part of our community with a child friendly facility that is warm and welcoming to our child victims and their families.  The services provided help the child and family navigate a difficult situation to reduce the trauma and to help them heal.  I am excited to be a part of such an amazing organization and work with such a great group of people.


News & Events

Check back for monthly blogs from The Dolphin House!

Back to School Blog Post

Back to School Blog Post

Back to School Hello friends of The Dolphin House, August is quickly approaching, and with it is the excitement of a new school year. For many families, this time of year can also be stressful and financially draining. Unfortunately, our community does not have a...

13th Annual Owen Daniel Reak Golf Tournament

13th Annual Owen Daniel Reak Golf Tournament

The Dolphin House Golf Tournament is one of the primary fundraising events for the Dolphin House since 2011; in 2013, after a wonderful little boy was taken by the harsh reality of child abuse, the tournament was re-named. Owen Daniel Reak, son of Jared Reak, Grandson...

In Memory of Jerome Waler

In Memory of Jerome Waler

What does it mean to be a Friend of the Dolphin House? In the literal sense, a Friend of the Dolphin House is an individual who commits to making monthly contributions to the organization; these donors are hugely important to the continuing operations of the House....

Summer Activities and Programs

Summer Activities and Programs

Summer is quickly approaching! If you need some fresh ideas on camps, programs and activities for your child, look no further. At The Dolphin House we try to keep an active pulse on the goings on in our communities. Below is a list (sorted by county) of opportunities...

Conversations About Body Safety

Conversations About Body Safety

As Victim Services Coordinator for The Dolphin House, I meet with families of all varieties including: traditional, divorced, blended, single parents, non-biological caregivers, etc. While these families tend to differ in structure and lifestyles, one general theme...

National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

It’s almost April, friends! That means that springtime is right around the corner, as is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child...