What our guests say:
For some families, one visit to Family House is not enough. When Ashleigh Bennett had her first heart surgery, she was only nine days old. She has returned for other life-saving procedures over the years,
most recently to treat a rare intestinal disorder. Each time, mom, dad, grandma and others stayed at Family House.
Theres no way we could have driven back and forth each day, says Jennifer Bennett, Ashleighs mom. And we simply could not have afforded a hotel for four weeks. Family House and the hospital shuttle
were such a blessing. It meant that we could always be there to give each other a break. We never left Ashleighs side. Robert & Jennifer Bennett, Ottawa, Ill.
I am really passionate about how important Family House is to these families
and the medical community. I always ask them where they plan to stay, and theres
such relief to find they wont have to spend $100 a night on a hotel room.
Its close and affordable, especially for very young families who dont have
an extra dime. Gail Eaton, RN, Executive Director Childrens Heart Institute
Oh, how can I tell you how wonderful its been to come home to Family House
at the end of the day? All the staff have been so helpful. When Ive had a
bad day and the tears are on edge, theyre always there, like a wonderful family.
Doris Courchene, Dwight, Ill.
The Family House is a haven for broken hearts. I really believe angels live
here. I was amazed in the beauty of the whole house, but your staff exceeds all expectations.
Their love, warmth and caring surrounded us. M.N. & V.B.
This place was a life saver for our family. A motel would have been so much more
stressful. Here we were able to be together in a family setting. Thank you so much for being
here for us all. J.C.
What a wonderful house & staff you all are. Everything from the low-cost, the
warm sympathetic staff, and the home-like atmosphere were more than anyone could expect under
such trying circumstances. J.J.
Sisters Joanna, 21, and Jennifer, 26, were enjoying some sister time when they
were injured in an auto accident. Their parents and brother traveled from Florida and Georgia to be
with them while recovering from serious injuries.
We are so thankful to be blessed by the accommodations at Family House. Everything has been
great: the people, the shuttle, the laundry facilities and its wonderful to have coffee
every morning! Riggens Family
Some of our families stories:
Doris loves to cook. Its the way she relaxes
the way she shares. The
first floor kitchen at Family House became the Los Angeles mothers refuge. When Doris son needed
a heart transplant, Family House gave her a sense of normalcy
and the chance to cook up her
famous fried green tomatoes!
Arthur stayed at Family House for nearly a year when his wife of 44 years was hospitalized.
In that time he made new friends as other guests arrived. Coming back at night was really fun during the
Bulls play-off games; thered always be a crowd gathered around the TV. Its so nice to have
Family House to come home to.
Little Molly and here parents were guests while waiting for newborn brother to be well enough
to come home. There are three other families with premature infants staying here, says Dad.
Its community of trust in the truest sense people to laugh and cry with you.