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Mollys House Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Provides a "home away from home" to families and patients receiving healthcare on the treasure coast.

Programs: Hospital hospitality house that provides temporary housing and services for patients and families in a medical crisis. Programs include caregiver respite, adopt a family and art and healing.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a fairly new volunteer at Molly's House and have been amazed at the amount of people who do utilize a house like this. Before I started here I had no idea. All the volunteers are so warm and helpful. They lend an ear when someone just needs to talk, take phone messages and dispense mail for the guests. It is a very warm and relaxing atmosphere, the rooms are clean and comfortable and the guests can relax on the patio or porch. Guests also don't have to worry about how many days they can or can't stay, as they would at a hotel, because of the cost. It is close to the hospital so there are no transportation worries. I am very impressed with what Molly's House provides for those who are stressed out over a family medical emergency and how everyone there assists in helping the guests to feel comfortable and "at home". The volunteers are all great, but so is Louise Murtaugh, the executive director and Samantha Kayser, public relations. They have all been wonderful in "showing me the ropes" and also assisting the guests.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Molly's House is a place where families of people in a medical crisis can come to stay. It is a home away from home. Molly's House was the dream of a young girl with a terminal disease. Molly Sharkey and her family travelled around the country for treatment for her leukemia. Many times there was no place other than a hotel to stay., adding to the familly's expense and difficulties. In Molly's diary after her death, detailed plans for a home for families in need to stay in Stuart were found . Her family and the townsfolk worked together to create a beautiful, welcoming home which is well used today. It has been my experience as a volunteer that Molly's House has been filled to overflowing this winter season. People express gratitude that they receive a warm and welcoming place to stay.

The suggested charge to families is only $20 per night. If a family can't afford even this, it is alright. Molly's House is run only on the contributions made by others.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Molly's House since I came to Florida in 2005. I consider Molly's House my most favorite volunteer opportunities.

The people staying at Molly's House tell us over and over that they are extremely grateful to be able to experience the hospitality Molly's House provides at a time when they are facing a precarious situation within their families. Also, the fact that very often they have the opportunity to communicate with other people in the house who are going through similar situations.

Another comment that is frequently heard is that Molly's House gives them a feeling of a home away from home with so many amenities that are provided for them during their stay. We recently started to offer breakfast in the morning that is so much appreciated by anyone who is rushing out early to see a loved one and very often has very little time to
take care of their own needs.

Over all, we as volunteers, are very proud of the services Molly's House can provide and are happy to be of service as well.


Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Molly's House provides a home away from home to friends and relatives of a person receiving medical care on the Treasure Coast .Many of the folks cannot afford the $20 per night suggested donation and they are not required to pay. Donations from others help make the stay possible for them..

Molly's house strives to make the stay very comfortable and friendly. Continental breakfast is provided and the folks are able to prepare their own meals in the 2 complete kitchens. The guests can enjoy their private room and bath and the outdoor patio area when not visiting their lovd one.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at Molly's House is very rewarding. We provide a home away from home. Ou facility is very eye appealing, cost very minimal, and if a client cannot pay, we absolve the cost. Our director, Louise Murtaugh, who won the Woman of Distinquish Award for 2010, has done a lot to bring to the attention of the community, MOLLY'S MISSION", helpng people during a medical crisis.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer almost since its inception, I have yet to meet a guest who was not most grateful for having this facility available to them.
Molly's House is a beautiful 'home away from home' with a loving, friendly, comfortable atmosphere.
It is with pleasure that I sing the praises of Molly's House and those who work to continue to keep Molly's dream alive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Molly's House provides exception service to those who need a place to stay during outpatient medical treatment for themselves or loved ones staying at the hospital. It is adds a sence of home to our community and we are fortunate to offer such a service in our town. The need is great and Molly's House services are being well utilized. I am proud to be a part of such a well run non profit orgaization.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Molly's House is not just an edifice! It is a vibrant, successful, working concept designed to help those who are experiencing tough times trying to nurture their loved ones through physical or mental illness. It provides shelter as well as moral support as its residents wrestle with life changing events. Molly's House employeed are dedicated professionals and its volunteers are dedicated helpers and doers. The supporters of Molly's House are some of the nicest and most generous people you could ever want to meet. Molly's House is one of Stuart, Florida's most beautiful ideas ever!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Molly's House is a blessing to all that are in need. To be able to to be near your loved ones at difficult times is comforting to all. One never knows when they will be put in this situation. Everyone in Molly's House are warm and helpful and try to make everyone welcomed. The atmosphere is peaceful and loving.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a volunteer for Molly's House, I feel I can share some first hand experiences about what a wonderful organization Molly's House is. This house is run basically all by volunteers with a couple of paid employees and the Director. I have seen many families, mostly very poor families who are unable to stay in a hotel while their family is in the hospital but they can stay at Mollys House. We also have had fire victims which have lost everything in a fire. We had one woman who not only lost her husband from illness but lost her house in a fire. It is so rewarding to know you have somehow helped people like this in some small way. These times make it very difficult to keep a place like Molly's open so I hope you will consider this letter for the contest. I could go on all day with many stories but most important is Molly's House is a wonderful place for many unfortunate people and they need $5000 to keep doing the wonderful job they are doing for this community. Thank you.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Molly's House is a charming hospitality house offering comfort to all guests in their time of need. It is truly a "home away from home" and welcomes individuals and families into its peaceful surroundings each day. I feel privileged to volunteer there and have met so many kind and caring people. Molly's story and her vision to have this house built
have been an inspiration to us all.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since moving to Stuart six years ago, I have read so many positive comments about Molly's House. they have created such a friendly welcoming home for guests who need lodging while their loved ones are in the hospital.

My neighbor stayed while her dad was on life support. She and her immediate family stayed - they couldn't say enough about the kindness and understanding shown them.

I have started volunteering and so pleased to be part of such a worth while organization.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mollys House is a hospitality house that I volunteer at. I perform small maintenance and repair jobs as neded. All the volunteers are glad to show off Mollys house,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Mollys House for two years. I meet and greet people who need our facility in a time of need. We provide a home away from home for those who need a quiet place to stay. The facility has the greatest rooms, a chapel, a library and many other amenities. The house is warm and has a homey feeling. All our guest know they a welcome and will receive any help we can provede to make their stay as comfortable as possible.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Molly's house for more than 8 yrs. It's a very comfortable home, large enough to house several families yet still has that small home feeling. It is perfectly located within walking distance to the downtown area of Stuart and Martin Memorial Hospital.....

Review from Guidestar

Walter F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The past 3 years have been enlightening and heartwarming as I have come to know the the people who nurtured Molly Sharkey's dream of a temporary home for families of people receiving medical care on Florida's Treasure Coast; many of the people who actively participated in the creation of Molly's House; the financial supporters; the volunteers who keep Molly's House open 24/7/365; the staff that constantly strives to find new ways to increase the value of Molly's House in the community; and most importantly, the many beneficiaries of the services provided.

There is nothing more meaningful than responding to someone in their hour of need. When a loved one requires hospitalization or another form of medical care, most people respond without thought for their own needs. Molly's House fills that void in a warm, sympathetic, supportive environment.

Thousands of people from all over the world will confirm unequivocally that the need is great and rarely considered. The world is a better place thanks to the vision of a terminally ill young lady and loving parents who honored her dream.

Review from Guidestar