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!
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.
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.