Who Can Stay?
HOSTS for HOSPITALS host-home lodging is available for all patient-families without restriction to age, race, religion, family size, type of illness, length of stay, geographic origins or medical institution provided the guests
* have a permanent home to which to return
* can take care of themselves at the host-home
* are coming from out-of-town in association with someone receiving medical care in the Greater Philadelphia area
* are unlikely to put the hosts at any risk in any manner.
A patient-family may include any individual who comes to town in support of the patient. Patients may be guests if they are independent, whether by themselves or the help of a support person.
Who Are Our Hosts?
Our hosts are typical people from all walks of life.
At the same time they are extraordinary in that they are unpaid volunteers who welcome sharing their home with patient-families in need!
Before being accepted into the program, HOSTS for HOSPITALS screens each host and conducts an on-site inspection of the host’s home. Hosts are trained to be sensitive to guests’ feelings of stress and concern for their loved ones. Hosts know to respect the privacy of their guests and thus do not expect to socialize with their guests unless hosts and guests mutually wish to do so.
Hosts find helping patient-families in this manner to be an incredibly rewarding experience. Indeed, time after time hosts express “We get as much from hosting as do our guests!”
How Can You Help?
Do you make gifts each year to your favorite charities? Arrange for an annual gift to be made to HOSTS for HOSPITALS.
Does your workplace have a giving program? Have HOSTS for HOSPITALS listed as one of the agencies to which your co-workers may give.
Does your place of worship or other community group support programs making an immediate difference in the lives of others? Contact HOSTS for HOSPITALS to discuss a community gift.
There are ways to help
Philadelphia is truly ‘The City of Brotherly Love’! How do we know?
In May 2015 we made an appeal to have at least 50 more host-homes for patient-families by when Pope Francis would be in town in September… and we added over 60 homes to our host network!
We seek to add another 60 homes by this Fall!
Do you go on Facebook? Are you part of a community list-serve? Does your place of worship have a weekly bulletin? Is there a community involvement program at your company?
These are the ways in which people learn about the opportunity to host patient-families. Currently our program lodges 15-20 patient-families each night. We could be helping many more patient-families if only we had a more host-families.
If you help recruit just one host, and that host lodges three patient-families a year for five years, you will helped 15 patient-families!!
Create a personal pledge page and invite your friends to join you in making either a Giving Tuesday or end-of-year gift as a caring way to help patients and families in need.