Hospitality Homes Seeks Local Boston-Area Volunteer Hosts

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Boston-area’s non-profit organization, Hospitality Homes, seeks the support of the caring Brookline, Newton, Boston, Somerville and Cambridge community to provide temporary housing in volunteer host homes.

The ongoing medical treatment for patients continues to exist and so does affordable patient living, says Shanon Heckethorn, Director of Development and Communications, Hospitality Homes.

Boston-area’s premier provider of temporary housing in volunteer host homes, Hospitality Homes, announces “Your Spare Room Can Change Someone’s Life” campaign, in recent efforts to recruit Boston volunteers as Hospitality Hosts. Hospitality Homes is seeking the support of the caring Brookline, Newton, Boston, Somerville and Cambridge community.

Thousands of patients travel to Boston each year to receive medical treatment, accompanied by supportive family and friends. As a result of an acute medical crisis, many arrive in an unfamiliar city with no place to stay or obtain a lack of financial resources for lengthy hotel accommodations. In 2009, the organization saved guests over $462,000 in estimated equivalent hotel fees.

Hospitality Homes is the only housing opportunity that provides services to patients and their families in need, but to be successful, needs to have volunteer homes available to guests. With the increased need for extended stay housing, the organization receives calls daily from family and friends requesting housing after visiting the Boston-area hospitals for lengthy hospital stays.

“The ongoing medical treatment for patients continues to exist and so does affordable patient living, says Shanon Heckethorn, Director of Development and Communications, Hospitality Homes. “Last year alone, we provided 632 guests in host homes. Requests are up 139% from where we were at the same time last year. With the rise in extended and repeat visits to Boston’s area hospitals, the need to gain support of the community is at an all time high.”

Hospitality Homes reaches out to the community and graciously asks them to open their doors and their hearts to people who are coming to Boston at a critical time in their lives for medical treatment. Families interested in participating in the program are asked to provide a spare room and access to a bathroom. Proceeding interest, all volunteer hosts attend a training session and have a Hospitality Homes staff member visits with the host at their home. Many hosts offer limited kitchen use, excluding meals and transportation. Many hosts do live within walking distance to public transportation (subway or buses). The housing provided is based on a short-term basis and Hospitality Homes charges no fees. Instead, guests are encouraged to make donations to the organization to sustain the program.

To receive additional information, review frequently asked questions and/or benefits of becoming a Hospitality Homes Host, please visit http://www.hosp.org.

About Hospitality Homes
Hospitality Homes is a non-profit organization that provides no-cost housing through volunteer host homes for family and friends of patients receiving medical treatment in the Boston area, regardless of income, nationality, or the patient’s age, diagnosis, or treatment facility. Since the establishment in 1983, Hospitality Homes’ unique, home-away-from-home lodging option has provided a caring response as well as relief from emotional and financial challenges for these individuals and families. Hospitality Homes’ current host home network includes 82 volunteers throughout the Boston area. In its 27 years of operation, the program has provided over 150,000 nights of guest housing to more than 12,000 families.

For more information, visit http://www.hosp.org and http://www.facebook.com/hospitalityhomesboston.

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