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Mission: The mission of Home Away Boston is to provide comfortable housing close to the hospital, a caring community of volunteers, and other services free of charge to families with critically ill children. Families coming from afar for their children’s medical care face enormous hurdles coping with the complexities of the health care system, extraordinary costs, and emotional and physical stress. Our objective is to remove some of the stress of daily living and so enable them to focus on their child’s health and healing.

Results: Between October 2012 and October 2014, Home Away Boston welcomed 42 families into their apartments for a total of 1,736 nights. Hotels in Boston cost an average of $256/ night. This amounts to a cumulative savings of $444,416 or approximately $10,581 per family.

Target demographics: Families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition who travel to Boston for medical care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each apartment hosts, on average, 8 families each year.

Geographic areas served: Families who travel to Boston from the U.S. and around the world.

Programs: We cover the cost of rent and utilities in comfortable, family-friendly apartments. We also provide activities and emotional support to families during their stay.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We will be always very grateful with Home Away Boston, the generosity of its donors and the warm and permanent hospitality of its staff. Our son needed Proton Radiation treatment that took about 8 weeks. We were much stressed for all that we were going through with our son but also for leaving our country in South America and having to spend two month away from home and far away from our other kids, family and friends . We do not have enough words to thank Home Away Boston for their help to us in this difficult moment, which not only alleviated a lot the economic stress but also gave us a warm and homey place to live. The apartment was beautiful and very well equipped, the building and the neighborhood is really nice. We actually really liked being in Charlestown, walking around we found a very nice Catholic Church (ST Mary´s Church) and we enjoyed going to the mass there. We also enjoyed the Harbor walk a lot. Our son was feeling very comfortable in the apartment. Also being able to receive our other kids and cousins was very important to us. Thanks so much Home Away Boston, Sara and Kim for being so generous and nice with us!!!

1 Lisa602

Client Served

Rating: 5

Home Away Boston saved us when our daughter had to have surgery and was going to be in the hospital over a week. The thought of her going through all of this was bad enough, but to have to worry about missing work and paying to stay in Boston was overwhelming. We were able to stay in Charlestown in a beautiful apartment that felt like a second home. The support that the staff and donors offered was incredibly unexpected and made everything so much easier that we could function and be 100% for our daughter. I can't imagine what we would've done if we hadn't been fortunate enough to find them. There isn't enough I can say to express just how much we appreciate all they did for us.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After our two year old son experienced a stroke, we found ourselves in Boston at Spaulding Rehab Hospital with the stress of needing to find living arrangements during his stay. My application for HAB was answered almost immediately and I was able to stay in one of their beautiful apartments until our son was discharged. I can't express how grateful I was to be given the opportunity to stay so close to Spaulding (my wife was able to spend each night with our son). The staff is professional and extremely helpful and the apartment was amazing. To have such a stress-free living arrangement allowed my wife and I to focus on the care our son required as his recovery progressed. We will forever be grateful to the HAB organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We can't say enough good things about our experience. Our son needed Proton Radiation treatment that took about 7 weeks. The apartment was exactly what we needed and came with all the amenities of home. The building is beautiful. We actually really liked being in Charlestown...a little away from the madness of the hospital. The shuttle was perfect to get us to and from treatment. We met some other really wonderful families there and it made us feel not so alone. Spaulding Rehabilitation Center's playground is right next-door and amazing. We played there almost every day. They have a really nice cafeteria too that's open late with some nice outside seating. There is a super hip restaurant nearby (Brewer's Fork) where we went for brunch every Sunday, especially when we had people visiting. The water taxi is fun for kids and gets you downtown quick and easy. When our son was feeling well it felt like we were on vacation. It's a great place and we'll be grateful for the rest of our lives that we got to stay there.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Home Away Boston was really a godsend for our family. We are from TX and and our daughter suffered an injury at Logan Airport just before we went home. After CPR and two weeks in the ICU at Mass General, she was transferred to Spaulding rehab hospital in Jamestown for rehab. While there was no apartment open for the first six weeks of our unplanned stay, one freed up for our last two weeks. It was wonderful in relieving part of the financial burden after staying in hotels for six weeks, and the apartment was much nicer than the rather stark YMCA hotel and just across the street from Spaulding hospital.

We just can't say enough good things about it. The apartment allowed us to more easily simulate being at home and there was even space in the garage for our rental car.

Thank you Home Away Boston and keep up the great work helping families in need!!

3 Bethany18

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for HAB! Both Kim and Cailin were such a blessing and so helpful during our stay. We were here from Michigan for 8 weeks as our daughter underwent proton radiation for a recurrent brain tumor. By staying here, we were able to focus on our daughter and not have to worry about financials. The apartment was clean and had everything you could think of! We can't speak more highly about this place - certainly wonderful! We are so grateful that God directed us here.

2 kmkfw

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were truly Blessed to find HAB! We stayed at HAB for 7 weeks while our 12 year old daughter received proton radiation and chemotherapy. It took a huge financial strain off our family and allowed us to focus on our daughters treatment for 2 brain tumors. Kim and Cailin were kind and so helpful. The apartment was clean, comfortable, quiet and really did feel like our home away from home. Can't say enough good things about this place! A+, top, notch! Grateful that MGH directed us to HAB.

2 Amber85

Client Served

Rating: 5

We weren't sure where we were going to stay during our son's proton treatment for brain tumors/cancer. Home Away Boston not only blessed us with a place to stay, but allowed us to live as normally as possible! The staff are the most amazing people! Thank you HAB!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Home Away Boston gave us a home away from home while our eleven-year-old daughter received proton radiation at MGH. Leah was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2012. After two rounds of chemotherapy, proton radiation was the next step. We live in Ohio, but we knew that the very best location for Leah's radiation was in Boston. We first made an impromptu visit to Home Away Boston during a short trip to Boston to prepare for Leah's radiation. We had no idea where we were going to stay, until Cailin invited us to see the apartment. It was clean, in a safe area, and had nearby transportation to and from MGH. It was more than we could have hoped for. The plan was for my husband to remain in Ohio with our older daughter, while I took an unpaid leave of absence from work to stay in Boston during Leah's treatment. This meant Leah and I were on our own in Boston. After meeting Cailin and seeing the apartment, we knew things would be okay even though our family would be apart. And really, Leah and I weren't alone. Kim and Cailin were incredibly kind and helpful. It was so reassuring to know they were just down the hall or a phone call away. Home Away Boston provided more than just a place to stay. They helped us celebrate the holidays away from home with craft nights, Thanksgiving dinner and tickets to the Nutcracker. We also received tickets to the Aquarium, which was one of our favorite days. Home Away Boston was a blessing for our family during a very difficult part of our childhood cancer journey. We are forever grateful.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We needed to travel from North Carolina to Boston for our ten year old daughter to receive proton treatment at MGH. The hospital gave us information about Home Away Boston and it was an extremely easy process to get set up with an apartment through this organization. We didn't have to do anything but give them basic information and show up at the apartment for our schedule treatment. The apartment was stocked with basic foods as well as equipped with linens and towels. The apartment is very clean and in a wonderful quiet neighborhood in Charlestown.

There is a hospital shuttle that runs every 15 minutes 1 block from the apartment that is a great option for transportation. We were also given a parking spot in the underground garage which was wonderful.

Cailin and Kimberly helped us with everything from advice about the city, apartment needs, and tickets for kids activities around the city. They sent out weekly newsletters that informed us to what was going on around the city and in the community center. We especially enjoyed family nights at the apartment where they provided activities and all of the families at Home Away were able to come together.

We are very thankful for our experience here at Home Away Boston. Having the opportunity to stay here took a tremendous financial burden off of our family. We were able to focus on our daughter during this difficult time instead of worrying about the financial impact this trip would take on us.

THANK YOU HOME AWAY BOSTON!!