McGruff House – National Program

Amber Meadows participates in the National McGruff House Program. Many homes in the neighborhood have passed and completed the screening process in order to display the McGruff House Sign in their window.

To become a McGruff House contact Bentwood Elementary, (913) 780-7320, and ask for the coordinator of the program.

Who are the Amber Meadow McGruff Houses?

Thanks to all the volunteers who help make Amber Meadows a great place to live.

  • Brian and Toni Adams, 12855 Barton
  • Greg and Nancy Besa, 12808 Garnett
  • Todd and Julie Bickel, 11319 W 128th Terrace
  • Matt and Michelle Bixler, 12819 Lucille St
  • Mike and Kathy Coates, 11306 W 129th St
  • Bob and Chris Compton, 12805 Cody
  • Chris and Debbie Douglas, 12757 Cody
  • Mark and Susan Drake, 11805 W 128th St
  • Mike and Nancy Fangman, 12749 Bond St
  • Ken and Ellen Martin, 12807 Lucille St
  • Russ and Jan McLandsborough, 12801 Garnett
  • Tom and Jennifer Mura, 12851 Flint St
  • Steve and Lori O’Neal, 12814 Barton
  • Adam and Marji Rini, 12813 Bond
  • Alan and Diane Smith, 12758 Bond
  • Dan and Dena Steen, 12878 Bond
  • John and Lexia Torrey, 12844 Flint
  • Jon and Jane Tucker, 12844 Flint
  • Jon and Laura White, 12825 Barton

What is a McGruff House? A McGruff house is a temporary haven for children who find themselves in emergency or frightening situations such as being bullied, followed or hurt while walking in a neighborhood. A McGruff house provides a sense of security and a source of emergency aid. It is not an escort service or a guarantee of safety but rather a place for appropriate short term help by an adult for a child. An effective McGruff house demonstrates that the community accepts a shared responsibility to watch out and help out on behalf of all it’s children.

What does a McGruff house participant do? An individual who volunteers as a participant agrees to provide the following types of emergency assistance for children as they go to and from school and are at play in the area:

  1. Telephone appropriate authorities for help.
  2. Reassure and aid children who are frightened or lost.
  3. Assist children who have medical emergencies by obtaining appropriate attention.
  4. Assist those who are in immediate fear of becoming victims of a personal crime or thefts, child abuse, gangs, or bullies.
  5. Report crimes and suspicious activities to law enforcement officials and provide descriptions of vehicles and suspects when possible.

The McGruff House Participant Does NOT:

  1. Personally provide first aid or administer medications, except in extreme emergency situation and then only if qualified.
  2. Acts as an escort service.
  3. Assume the role of a neighborhood supervisor.
  4. Enforce laws.
  5. Provide toilet facilities.
  6. Provide a place to warm up or cool down.
  7. Provide food or beverages.
  8. Guarantee safety.

What makes a McGruff house different from other block parent programs?

  1. McGruff, the crime dog. The house displays a symbol – McGruff, the trench coated spokes-dog for crime prevention – recognized by 99% of America’s children because they have seen him on TV, in print, or because he has visited their school. One in five US families moves yearly; using a symbol recognized nationally makes sense.
  2. McGruff house program is designed to help children. Recognizing that it is impossible in any program to protect against all contingencies, reasonable precautions have been designed into the McGruff house program to determine the integrity of those volunteers who participate. Adults who volunteer their home agree to law enforcement records checks. The distribution of McGruff house signs is strictly controlled. Each numbered sign is released only after all screening procedures are completed and the applicant approved.
  3. McGruff House is a locally operated program. It is a service provided by the community for the well being of children and represents a cooperative effort. Partners must include local law enforcement, a school or school system, and a community organization (such PTA/PTO, Neighborhood Watch). It can and should be tailored to local needs and conditions within the basic frame work. In a number of states, local efforts are strengthened by the operation of a state McGruff house office.
  4. McGruff house is a nationwide program that represents a partnership among local communities, state governments, and a national organization. This partnership enables communities to benefit from the credibility and visibility of the national effort and to join with other communities in implementing a program with consistent standards, guidelines, and safeguards.
  5. If you would like to participate in the McGruff house program, email the HOA Secretary for information.