A Letter from the Founder on the 10th Anniversary

A special message from our President and CEO, Howard Nathan, about our 10th Anniversary.

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Dear Family House community,

It’s hard to believe that over 10 years ago, Gift of Life Family House officially opened its doors to welcome home transplant families. 

Nancy and Thomas Greenholt of McSherrytown, PA were among the first to check in. “For months we’ve had to get up in the middle of the night to start our long drive to the hospital. We would then have to complete the return drive home later in the day,” they explained 10 years ago. “What a blessing to have the House available to spend the night and then be able to go directly to the clinic within 15 minutes. The stress of driving has at least been cut in half. We were thrilled to finally have a wonderful place to stay.”

Since then, we have provided comfort and hope to thousands of families like the Greenholts along their transplant journeys. And while no family’s experience is identical – there is comfort in sharing the experience with others who understand.

To mark this special milestone, we are thrilled to have kicked off a year-long 10th anniversary celebration and fundraising effort. We’re calling it our Journey to Hope Campaign in honor of the courageous families we serve every day.  Check out our special campaign video here!

I’m extremely proud of all that we have accomplished together over the past decade.

In our 10-year history, we have provided over 72,000 nights of lodging and care as well as 250,000 meals plus household supplies, transportation and counseling to over 2,800 transplant families.

We have steadfastly maintained our $40 nightly room fee — though our actual costs are now as much as $175 per night — and have never turned away a family who couldn’t pay. All told, we have provided over $10 million in subsidized care to transplant families since we opened.

All of this is made possible by the generosity of individuals, companies, organizations, foundations, and friends like you who believe in our mission and know that we are good stewards of their generous contributions. I am so very grateful!

Our Journey to Hope needs YOU!

You can support our journey ahead and help us to continue offering affordable care to transplant families by supporting our campaign.

There are many ways to give to the Family House and be recognized, including room and other sponsorship opportunities for individuals, groups and companies.

Please join us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and the journey to hope that we share.

Warm regards,

Howard M. Nathan
Founder, President & CEO

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