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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support, Pediatrics, Specialty Hospitals

Mission: We will provide a safe and nurturing haven for medically fragile children while giving family members periods of relief from the demands of full-time caregiving.

Results: The O’Hana Heritage Foundation has built A Rosie Place, the first specialty care hospital in Indiana for medically fragile children. Just finishing our 6th year of supportive service to families, we continue to grow, reaching into the community we serve.

Target demographics: Medically fragile children (require skilled care), age birth to 21.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 80 FAMILIES CARING FOR MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILDREN, PROVIDED 100 RESPITE STAYS, HOSTED QUARTERLY FAMILY EVENTS

Geographic areas served: Northern Indiana

Programs: Weekend stays for medically fragile children to provide respite for caregivers and families; supportive services, quarterly family events, education & training, collaboration with area nursing programs providing clinical observation/experience for future pediatric nurses.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Christa C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with A Rosie Place for many years. We are very grateful to have this wonderful resource in our community. Our 2 medically fragile daughters have been able to stay for respite weekends which has allowed my husband and I to have a break and even take a short trip to NYC, something we could not have done without help from A Rosie Place. And the girls enjoy tons of love and attention from the nurses and volunteers during their stay. They always come home with an amazing art project after their stay. We feel comfortable knowing the staff listens to our tips and special requests for their care. We can call anytime during the weekend and get updates, which is very reassuring. Aside from the weekend respite, A Rosie Place has been doing a great job of identifying resources in the community for families with medically fragile children. We have gotten to take our girls to some playgroups, learned about different organizations we can join, and get advice from experts and other parents. Today we get to take our girls to a Halloween party for kids with chronic medical issues at Notre Dame. We learned about this activity at A Rosie Place. We enjoy being able to involve our kids in activities, in spite of their limitations due to their medical issues, and A Rosie Place supports us in this mission!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 2 daughters who are medically fragile and physically handicapped have been able to spend a night in this lovely home with trained nurses and caring staff. It is a safe environment and a place where they can go to have fun. They require constant care and it is difficult to spend more than a few hours away from them. The O'hana Heritage Foundation's "A Rosie Place" is one place that the girls can go and we can a little freedom to enjoy a night out or relax a bit. They have a very dedicated staff and have put in much time and effort to do something new for families with medically fragile kids.

2 jdopey

Client Served

Rating: 5

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A Rosie Place is a great resource for parents like me raising a child with severe medical issues. The things I like the best are the family events and playgroup. My son gets to play with kids just like him. He gets to see other kids with tracheotomy's, kids eating using a feeding tube, and kids rolling around in wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment just like him. I get to talk to other parents just as exhausted and stressed as me caring for their medical fragile child 24 hours a day. They truly understand what it's like to celebrate the small accomplishments their child makes that most people take for granted. I can talk to someone that really knows what it's like to worry that you're back won't give out, so we can continue to transfer our growing children. They understand a simple trip to the store involves packing all emergency equipment, suction machines, transferring the child from wheelchair to car seat, and not to mention lifting the wheelchair in and out of the vehicle because most of us can't afford wheelchair accessible vehicles. A Rosie place is a great organization to help medically fragile kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Rosie Place is a great organization that helps families with severely handicapped children. At A Rosie Place we can make connections with other families dealing with the same medical issues and know we are not alone. They have resource information and support to aid us in this difficult journey we are in. Most of us are to busy caring for our handicapped child we just don't have the time or energy to seek out the information and support A Rosie Place has developed for us. The minute you walk in the door they accept and treat your child as the great gift you have been given. This is a gift in itself because most people look at our children's awkward movements, noises, feeding tubes, wheelchairs, they can not see past the physical issues to see the true normal happy child within. They are creating a great community to support the children that are blessed to be alive due to modern technologies and advances in the medical field. Thank you A Rosie Place for everything you do. Janelle Reese

1 Mary477

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no that could explain how wonderful A Rosie Place is. It is the one place I know that if my grand daughter is at she is having fun and is Safe. Everyone there has been so very nice and professional . I never have to worry at all when she stays there. And the time away is a godsend for both her and me..

2 Jamie104

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been face painting here for a few years. It is the most amazing place the kids are so loved and well cared for here. I have meet so many amazing families and care givers. They make I feel like your a part of a huge family. I would definitely recommend to take your children here. And if your looking for a great place to donate some money to they are very deserving of anything you could give.

2 Beth184

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A Rosie Place does everything with their whole heart! From the respite weekends to the HAVEN events and everything in between, every attempt is made to consider each detail from start to finish! Every staff member is present because they truly love "their" kids! God bless this amazing organization and all the families/staff/volunteers involved! :)

1 Dorothy21

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working at A Rosie Place has been one of the best experiences in my nursing career. The staff are amazing, not only are they professional, they truly exemplify their passion and commitment to serve. The organization is supportive of the families they serve and their staff. I enjoy going to work and being able to care for our children. The organization offers staff a variety of pediatric experiences including caring for patients with rare disorders and high tech equipment yet allows them to participate in fun activities with the kids.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A Rosie Place is a community of inspiring kids, their supportive families, and wonderful caregivers. It is a home away from home for all who have the privilege to share in all it has to offer: friendship, education, compassion, care, and most importantly fun. The kids are at the center of everything at A Rosie Place, and it is evident upon seeing the dedication of those who make it all possible.

3 KYoder21

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just started working at A Rosie Place recently and don't know how I got so lucky. It's an outstanding place where the workers truly love the children as their own. The staff is wonderful and they love to teach and also learn themselves and with kids as amazing as these, we are ALWAYS learning. What an amazing organization for families and children and what a blessing the families are to the staff that work there.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every hour spent volunteering at A Rosie Place is a unique and humbling experience. They provide amazing services for kids and are committed to creating a welcoming environment. Everybody at Rosie loves to be there.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a home away from home for my daughter,the only place that I feel comfortable letting her spend a night cause I no she will be very well cared for .Thank you Rosie place for giving us parents a break and taking good care of our children!!

2 Janet144

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I wanted to attend a Down syndrome conference in Indianapolis but needed care for my 3 year old son with Down syndrome, who is also tube fed. I had heard some great things about A Rosie Place. I gave them a call and they moved quickly @ getting a proper order from his doctor and sending me the "All About Me" paperwork to be filled out. After filling the paperwork out, I went to their location to go over my son's care so that a protocol could be written up. They were very thorough! I felt relief knowing that all was in place for my husband and my weekend away. When we dropped my son off on Friday evening for our weekend away, I felt very at ease and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. All care was very organized. Thanks again!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has not only changed my life but so many families in and around our community with the different resources they provide! I wish everyone could see what an amazing place this is and how it is benefiting our community.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was hired by A Rosie Place in June of this year, in the role of support staff, while I finish nursing school. I looked forward to gaining experience, but have been completely humbled by the experience. The kids and staff are incredible. It's an honor to be trusted to care for these children while the families are able to enjoy respite.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been delivering babies in our community for over 30 years. Unfortunately, some have been premature or have congenital birth defects. A Rosie Place was createde to provide respite care for these children and their families. To my knowledge it is the only location in the state of Indiana that offers such services. I joined the board 3 1/2 years ago to lend my time, voice, and money to this most amazing endeavor.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am one of the founders of this non-profit organization which started as a round table conversation between many representatives of our community in an attempt to meet a huge need.
The families of medically fragile in our community needed support to maintain the integrity of their households and respite from 24-hour care for their loved ones.
We educated friends and families around us and raised the funds to build a home that serves the needs of this vulnerable population and continue to support the mission with fund raised dollars, even as we recruit highly trained nurses to care for these special fragile children.
The growth has been remarkable and the impact on families has been huge while the need for funding continues to grow each year. The small, but wonderful staff who have volunteered countless hours and work harder than we could ever pay for remain the reason why A Rosie Place has become a gem in our community.
Medically fragile children and families deserve this support, but it is expensive, labor-intensive care and with more support and funding we will get better each year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been volunteering with this organization for the last two years and it is an amazing program! Every time that I go, I can see how much the staff cares about each and every patient. It helps me see why I decided to be a doctor in the first place!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great resource for our son, who has cerebral palsy. He loves the play groups hosted there.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son, Chaz, has autism, a seizure disorder and bronchopulmonary disease, so he needs constant supervision. The staff and volunteers at A Rosie Place are wonderful with him and always find ways to keep him engaged and happy. He comes home happy, talks about it for days, and can't wait to go again - "I wanna go A Rosie Place!" Is a common refrain at our house. I can give no higher recommendation than that we take him back without reservation every time he's able to go.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer at a Rosie Place, and I absolutely love it! All the staff are so friendly, and the kids and families are so appreciative for everything that this organization does. The environment resonates care and compassion.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered a few times at a Rosie Place and can't express enough how much the staff appreciated what I did. It is such an awesome organization and the community is truly lucky to have this available for the kids. It is an amazing place filled with love.