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Boston Children's Hospital has been quietly changing the future of health for every child, here and around the world, since 1869. Named the number one children's hospital for care in the country, we are also the largest research center for pediatric health. We find solutions others can't while caring for the whole child.
To care for a sick child, parents may need to leave their jobs, put their lives on hold, and face overwhelming choices. Your gift supports our family-centered care: from big needs, like temporary housing and financial assistance, to small kindnesses that relieve stress. Families can focus on what's most important, their child. These services, so necessary and compassionate, are not covered by insurance.
Meal + parking vouchers: Over 20,000 meal vouchers sustain families whose savings may be depleted by the expenses of caring for a sick child. Our parking program helps over 1,300 families in need.
Stress relievers: Staying in the hospital around the clock can drain spirits and energy. Yoga classes, Reiki, massages, family coffee groups and other services ease stress and restore energy.
Support sessions, interpreters: Having a sick child can affect the entire family, including siblings. Social workers and support sessions make families feel less alone. We offer over 100 interpreters and 20 languages to help families who don't speak English talk to doctors and caregivers.
Patient family housing: Families travel from all over the world for the medical expertise only Boston Children's can offer. This year families spent 14,678 nights in safe, subsidized housing.
The Patient Family Housing Program provides 42 families who live 50 miles or more away from Boston with a place to sleep, bathe, cook, do laundry and more. The program began in 2004 with 13 rooms in the Devon Nicole House. In 2009, the Yawkey Family Inn was acquired to add 22 rooms for families. In the last three years, seven one-bedroom apartments were added next door at the Longwood Galleria. Record-keeping officially began in 2010 and since then 16,000 families and 20,000 reservations have been recorded. While some families stay for only one night, others stay for over a year.
With nightly costs from $30-$70, the program provides an inexpensive alternative to high-priced accommodations in Boston, peace of mind, as well as a 'home away from home'. There are several free and low cost amenities including volunteer meals, arts and crafts activities, laundry, shuttle service to and from the hospital, and tickets to various museums and activities around Boston. All offerings are intended to make families feel comfortable and stay connected during a difficult time.
Your gift to the Every Child Fund does so much more than help our families catch a break. You allow parents to be fully present with their child—and to receive an extraordinary level of support, one we otherwise could not make possible.
Yawkey Family Inn