The Yawkey Family Inn
The House That Compassion Built
North Parish Quilters is happy to support The Yawkey Family Inn with the donation of quilts and pillowcases for children and families. This is an ongoing project and we welcome any donations of these items whether they be in full or in part thereof.
The Yawkey Family Inn, Brookline, MA
The Patient Family Housing Program
To guarantee the best treatment for their sick children, patient families will travel across the globe to Children’s Hospital Boston. Many of these families arrive in Boston with just the clothes on their backs and no temporary living arrangements. The Yawkey Family Inn (YFI) is just blocks from the hospital and doubles the amount of affordable housing available to Children’s families. With 22 bedrooms, shared bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and common areas, the YFI offers all of the comforts of home to families during their greatest time of need.
This house was made possible, in large part, by the Yawkey Foundations, which awarded a $3 million gift to support the new home. Additionally, the Family Inn Foundation, a long-term partner of the Yawkey Foundations, generously donated its independently operated Family Inn on Sewall Avenue to the hospital. Created 25 years ago with the support of Jean Yawkey, the Family Inn has provided much needed accommodation for out-of-town patient families. To honor the legacy of the Family Inn and its founders, the organizations have been designated named sponsors of the new Yawkey Family Inn at Children’s Hospital Boston.
With leadership from a group of young professionals called the Next Generation Developer’s Task Force and the help of devoted donors, the house opened on June 1, 2009. Companies such as BJ’s Wholesale Club, NSTAR and Bob’s Discount Furniture“outfitted” the house with many necessities.
Families are supported while staying at the accommodations though the Center for Families and the Patient Family Housing Program teams.
- Group program – provide families with a creative outlet and are facilitated by staff or volunteers (arts and crafts, breakfast hour, dessert social, games, knitting, movie night, scrapbooking, trivia night, video game night)
- Meal Program – providing weekly meals or meals for special occasions, holidays and seasonal celebrations
- Volunteers – help with an array of activities such as assisting staff with daily operations and short and long-term projects, performing music, gardening and greenhouse maintenance or hosting holiday-themed events, food drives for house community cabinets
The accommodation enables the families to stay close to their child, either at the hospital or within a short walking distance. It is affordable at a time when having a sick child can have a significant financial impact on families.
Housingfor patient families is critical to helping parents support their kids. You can help these families in any number of ways, including volunteering to cook a meal at the house or helping keep the house stocked with essentials like plates, sheets and even games for the kids.
Check out their site: http://www.yawkeyfamilyinn.org/
If you have any questions about volunteering or assisting in any way or donating pillowcases and/or quilts, feel free to contact RoseMary Koch. Thank you.