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Ready to Comfort The Sick?

Volunteer Hosting

DURATION

4 or more hours

WHERE

Home

WHEN

All year round

WHO NEEDS TO HELP

Family (ideally structured for family engagement)

HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

For every family we help, we know there are countless others who shoulder debt-inducing hotel bills or delay treatment decisions due to a lack of appropriate housing. In 2014, we received over 600 applications requesting over 7,000 nights of housing. About 18% of those families had no place to stay because we did not have an appropriate host to match their needs. Adult and junior hosts form life-long relationships with their guests, and the help they provide is priceless.

DESCRIPTION

Inviting people, who live far away, to stay with you so they can visit the hospital to keep a sick relative or friend company during their treatment. Hosting is very flexible; it is only done when a family wants to do it. A family can specify types of guest, lengths of stay, etc.


ITEMS NEEDED

A home with a clean and comfortable place to sleep, access to a clean bathroom, and the desire to make someone feel welcome.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Host families need to live in close proximity to Boston's major medical centers, as transportation can be an issue for visiting families. The entire family should feel comfortable participating as volunteer hosts.


NEXT STEPS

Families potentially interested in serving as hosts should complete an online application at http://hosp.org/host-volunteer-application. For questions about the program, contact Denise Duclos at dduclos@hosp.org or call (888) 595-4678 ext. 1. Host families need to live in close proximity to Boston's major medical centers, as transportation can be an issue for visiting families.


CONTACT INFO

(888) 595-4678 ext. 1

Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.

1. A family completes an online application at www.hosp.org.

2. Hospitality Homes staff contacts you via email and sets up a time to meet with you at your home to conduct an orientation and to make sure the family home is a good place for hosting.

3. CORI (background) checks are done on the adults in the home.

4. A family completes a guest preference survey and mails it to the Hospitality Homes office.

5. Once Hospitality Homes receives the preference documents and the CORI check is clear, the family starts receiving emails with guest requests needing a place to stay. Families are matched based on preferences and guests' needs.

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