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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

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.

2

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.

3

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.

2

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.