The Children's Inn at NIH

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 7 West Dr Bethesda MD 20814 USA

Mission: The Inn's mission is to provide a home to keep families together during their children's treatments, reduce stress, and facilitate healing through the mutual support of other families facing similar situations.
Results: Since The Inn opened in 1990, more than 10,000 children and their families have benefited from our programs. Recent Accomplishments include: Education Program: For children whose lives have been disrupted by chronic or life-threatening illness, staying on track with their schoolwork becomes problematic, especially when treatment involves extended and repeated school absences. In order to address this, The Inn recently implemented an Education Program, which offers customized academic programs and services to meet physical and/or learning challenges. The Woodmont House: In June 2010, The Inn opened a transitional home for families and their children who have surpassed the maximum length of stay at The Inn. The Woodmont House can accommodate five families whose children are no longer in the acute phase of their illnesses, yet still require treatment at the NIH Clinical Center.
Target demographics: Children staying at The Inn range in age from newborn to 25 years old. They have come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries and are receiving treatment at the NIH for catastrophic diseases such as heart, lung, blood, bone, and growth disorders, mental illness, rare genetic conditions, and many forms of cancer.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, more than 1,500 families visited The Inn.
Geographic areas served: The Children’s Inn operates only in Bethesda, MD on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. However, we serve children and families from all 50 states and 82 countries.
Programs: There are three components of The Inn’s current services and activities. All services are provided free of charge. Housing: The Children’s Inn provides a residence for pediatric patients (newborn to age 25) and their families who are receiving treatments at the National Institutes of Health for serious and life-threatening illnesses like heart, lung, blood, bone, and growth disorders, rare genetic conditions, and many forms of cancer. The Inn can provide housing and family support services for up to 59 families daily. The length of stay for families depends on the research study. Some families come for a day or two, others for weeks; some may return periodically throughout the year and for several years. The Inn is open and operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Resident Services: The Children’s Inn is a caring “place like home” where children can play, relax with their families, and experience a sense of normalcy during a difficult time. To help reduce stress and facilitate mutual support among families, The Children’s Inn provides the following to all families free of charge: ➢ Community kitchens and dining facilities ➢ Comfortable living, gathering, and activity areas ➢ Reflection Space ➢ Playrooms for children of varying ages ➢ Learning Center ➢ Business Center for caregivers ➢ Computer Room for children ➢ Exercise Room ➢ Therapeutic Garden ➢ Playground and Sport Court Family Support Services: The overriding philosophy at The Children’s Inn is that families play a pivotal role in the lives of their sick children. To treat a child effectively, The Inn’s team must treat the child and family as one. Family Support Services at The Inn offer opportunities for fun, education and adventure, while also supporting the day-to-day needs of families. Favorite family activities include Tuesday Night Bingo, trips to local restaurants, and tours around the Washington, D.C. area. Parents appreciate the regularly scheduled trips to grocery stores and weekly trips to shopping malls provided by shuttle service. We currently offer more than 600 Family Support Programs each year, at no cost to families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My two boys aged 9 and 5 have been patients of the National Institute of Health and we have stayed at The Childrens Inn every month for almost 5 years. I cannot begin to convey our gratitude to all of those who work and volunteer at the Children's Inn. My boys are always so excited to go to the hospital each month - even though they know that part of the visit includes needles, treatments, surgery and more unpleasantness than you would ever wish on your worst eneny. But because of the kind people at the Inn and the activities The Inn offers they have something to look forward to such as the awesome playground, arts and crafts room, playroom, meditation room (although no meditating is going on Shhh...). My boys love to play basketball on the sports court and look for the deer family that lives in the woods behind the Inn. To see such continuing fear and pain on your child's face is too much to bear. I would like to extend my everlasting thanks and gratitude to The Children's Inn for helping to ease my childrens fear and help them to live as happily and normally as possible. You do a wonderful job!!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My granddaughter suffers from a rare genetic autoimmune disease and is enrolled in a research study at NIH. She makes frequent trips to NIH and stays at the Children's Inn. I am her grandmother and have had the privledge of staying with her at the Inn. The Inn is a magical place. When you enter its doors after a long day at the clinic all the pressures/worries of the day fly off your shoulders. It is so relaxing there. My granddaughter, Avery just loves to be at the Inn. She doesn't care what happens to her at the clinic as long as at the end of the day she heads back to the Inn. She is so happy there which makes our whole family happy. All the staff & volunteers make you feel special and you know they really care about the children and families staying there. The in is called a place like home, Avery calls it a place BETTER than home.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Our daughter is a patient at the NIH and she looks forward to our visits to DC because of the Inn! The staff go out of their way to make this a "home away from home" for these special children that go through far more than a child should have to endure. The Inn takes a situation that may be stressful for a family and helps alleviate some of the burden that chronic illness brings to a family. Even our other daughter looks forward to going to the NIH! As anyone with one healthy child and one chronically ill child knows, most often the siblings end up having to sit through appointment after appointment and get tired of it, but the Inn to our other daughter is a place where she feels special too! The staff goes out of their way to make sure each child feels like royalty. ;) The Inn is a tender place to fall when the days are long and stressful and will always have a special in our hearts.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son Cory was diagnosed with DIPG a terminal brain tumor Jan 31st 2011 after going through clinical trials at Boston Children's Hospital we decided on a trail at NIH. Our first trip to the Children's Inn at NIH was in Dec of 2011 and we continued to stay there on several occasions until March of 2012. We sometime only stayed a couple of nights at the Inn and then sometimes for 2 weeks at a time. We always called it our home away from home. Everyone at the Inn were so kind and caring and so very personal, like we were family. Our other 2 children also came with us on a couple of the trips and they too were treated so nicely. I tell people about the Inn and our experiences there all the time. The dinners that were cooked by volunteers, the outings we were able to go on. The day before my son's big 12+ hr brain surgery CED clinical trial I ended up being taken from the Inn via ambulance to Suburban Hospital for kidney stones and my husband and son were at NIH ... One of your staff was kind enough to drive my husband & son to the hospital to visit me as I ended up being there for a couple of days. One of your staff also picked me up when I was discharged. We can't say enough about the Children's Inn and the experiences we had there. My son Cory Gaudet lost his 19 month battle with DIPG on Aug. 19, 2012 just 4 days after his 18th bday.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has incurable cancer and is in treatment at the NIH clinic in bethesda. The children's inn gives us a safe place to stay that we don't have to pay for. they feed us, have a class for my daughter and have tons of fun things to take our mind off things. and they pay for our groceries too! and take us there! honestly these guys are a lifesaver. i donno what i would do without them. it's because they're there that my daughter is able to get her treatments as easily as she does. i'd hate to think what it would be like without them.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered at the Children's Inn for a year and had an absolutely amazing experience. The Inn is such a warm and welcoming place, and the people who work and volunteer there genuinely care about the children and their families. Everyone has a smile on his/her face, and people go out of their way to make sure that guests feel as "at home" as possible. Families were thankful for having a place like the Inn to stay at while they and their children are going through such a tough time. I remember vividly how grateful families were to have things - that we normally might not make much of - like hand lotion, a crossword puzzle book, or something to munch on when they were at the Clinical Center at 7:30 pm. The Children's Inn truly is a great non-profit.

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my experience as a volunteer.

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I can't think of anything that I would change.

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Thank you for your kind words. The Inn relies on the unwavering dedication of more than 200 regularly scheduled volunteers - our volunteers contribute an equivalent of 9.5 full-time positions annually. Thanks for volunteering, Nidhi! - The Children's Inn

Rating: 5 stars  

There are many fun things to do at The Children's Inn.
Every other Tuesday we have BINGO. There are many people at BINGO. At BINGO if you win, you can have a prize. We have Family Dinners about four times a week. Every Family Dinner has different food like hot dogs, pasta, salad and tacos. Sometimes we have music during dinner. We also go on field trips. We have gone to the zoo, the airport for Fantasy Flight, the Cherry Blossoms and the museums. The gameroom has many video games. There's a pool table in the game room. They also have air hockey. The game room is a fun room! We have Teen Night every other Monday. At Teen Night, we play some games. At Teen Night, there are many teenagers. The teenagers can talk to each other. We have food at Teen Night. There are other fun things to do at The Inn, but these are my favorite. I like The Children's Inn!

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Bingo is one of our most popular programs! Glad you had fun. :) - The Children's Inn

Rating: 5 stars  

I came to NIH some years ago with my son who had a life-threatening disease and I didn't know what to expect or where we were going to stay while under treatment. Well, we were welcomed to stay at The Children's Inn at NIH and I just couldn't believe how great that place is, how much support you get from other families going through the same situation and how incredible the staff and all the people who work there are...they really make you feel at home, a home away from home! To us The Children's Inn was and continues to be a blessing and the work they do to and for the families is great. Thank you Children's Inn!!!!

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Having a place to live while a son is sick is such a blessing and relieves you from some of the stress you go through in such a situation...but it is not only a place to live, the way it is set really makes you feel at home. God bless The Inn!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it a bigger place, I guess so more families around the world could stay there too while their children are treated at NIH.

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We love to hear positive feedback from our families. Thank you for the nice review. Hope you are doing well! - The Children's Inn