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Causes: Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

Mission: The mission of David's House is to provide a home-away-from-home and support for families of children receiving treatment through Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hithcock Medical Center.

Results: 2011 marks our 25th anniversary, and this year we served our 11,000th family.

Target demographics: Although most of the families who stay with us reside in New Hampshire and Vermont, we have had families from a total of 42 states and 23 countries visit at least once.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Close to 100 unique families utilize the house every year.

Programs: Since it opened in 1986, David's House has been a home-away-from-home for over 11,000 families with children being treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. About 67% are from New Hampshire, about 20% from Vermont, and the rest are from 36 states and 15 countries. David's House has served families from as far away as Russia, Bolivia, and Indonesia. The average length of stay is four nights. The children whose families stay here are treated for everything from premature birth and cancer to cystic fibrosis and sports injuries. David's House helps these families stay close to their children during a critical time of need.

David's House is fully handicapped accesible. It has 15 comfortable bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a good supply of books and toys, and plenty of indoor and outdoor play space.

Two country kitchens enable guests to store and prepare their own food. Breakfast foods are provided, and community groups cook family-style suppers for guests several nights each month.

David's House has four five-time and two part-time staff, two resident managers and over 200 volunteers who help by being house assistants, serving on committees, and working on special events and other projects.

David's House has a close working relationship with Children's Hospital at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, but it is independently funded. The suggested nightly donation is $20 per family per night, but no family is turned away due to inability to pay. Room revenues cover only about 10% of expenses. Gifts from individuals, businesses, and foundations make up the rest. Through this generous support we are able to continue to keep David's dream alive by bring his friends in treatement at the hospital, home to his house.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I received the wonderful news that we were going to be having twins at 9 weeks. But this came with some concern. Our twins were a very rare type of twin. They were in the same sac, and therefore very high risk for survival, and would need to be delivered no later than 34 weeks. Thank God, our boys made it to 32 weeks, but this meant a stay in the ICN (intensive care nursery) at Dartmouth. We lived a little over an hour from the hospital, and I had no clue how I was going to be able to afford to stay near my boys. Then a friend told me about David's house. What an amazing place! It is a home away from home. The staff always had a smile on their face. The community had volunteers making dinners for the weary parents that spent countless hours with their child/children. A comfortable place to sleep, a hot shower helped us to ready for the long days at the hospital. We are very thankful for David's house. If it weren't for David's house, I don't even want to imagine how the experience would have been. To top it off, we made friends that will last a lifetime. This organization founded by a little boy with a selfless dream, has helped so many people and has touched many lives. Thank you David's house!


Client Served

Rating: 5

My twins were born 10 weeks early and had to stay at the ICN for 9 weeks (one of them was in for 11 weeks). I stayed at David's House during the 9 weeks that my son was in the ICN. Though it was extremely difficult being away from my husband and older daughter for this time, David's House was definitely a home away from home for me. My husband and daughter came up on weekends to stay with me and the staff was always accomodating to provide me with the needed cot for my daughter. This organization helps so many people and provides a warm inviting place to decompress after a long day at the hospital.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was born 2 months early. During the 5 months he stayed in the NICU (ICN) we stayed at Davids House. We live 2 hours north and Davids House saved us, time, money and wear & tear on us. Minutes from the Hospital was a God send- it allowed us to be able to help to care for our son and our other kids could come and visit/stay with us. It was a safe haven for them while their brother took most of our time and attention. The staff and volunteers were caring and understanding.Gabriel returned monthly for stays to see his doctors the next day in clinc. We and all his medical equipment( vent, oxygen, suction machine etc) have been welcomed with open arms and never ever any stares or unkind words.. We also stayed there exactly 8 mos after checking out of Davids House from the NICU for another 4 mos - during my sons Leukemia stay. He was diagnosed at one year old with AML m-7. During that stay he almost lost his his battle and the staff/volunteers were so kind. We to this day need to call and ask for a room and we truely feel apart of a family. Thankyou to all who support this home away from home.