Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Message of Encouragement

To our Family House Family,

We want to reach out to first and foremost connect with you to let you know that we are thinking of you and holding all of you in our hearts.  We hope you are safe and taking care of yourselves and your loved ones.  These are unprecedented times we’re living in and we want you to know that we are still here, honoring our mission every day,  to keep families together while their child is fighting a life threatening illness.  As we cope with shuttered businesses, financial uncertainty,  school closures, shelter-in-place-orders,  and this virus, it is completely understandable to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or sad among a wide range of emotions as we navigate this confusing moment in time. During this time, taking care of your mental health is as important as your physical health, now more than ever. Please remember; it is completely normal to feel anxious as the uncertainty of this moment is clear and ever present in the news, on our screens, and in our conversations. It’s also normal to feel lonely; even if we’re all in our homes with our families 24/7! Now is the time to think out of the box, get creative and shelter-in-place guilt free.  Everyone’s days will look different.  Please just remember to be kind to yourselves.  There is no right way to get through this moment. 

Please know that you’re not alone.  We’re all attempting to find ways to connect It is so important now more than ever to reach out to family, friends, and your community for help and connection. Once we settle into a new normal and try to become less frustrated by our altered lives, we can make room for more positive things to come into focus such as deepening our relationships with our family, friends and even ourselves as we are forced  to slow down and reflect and focus on what’s most important.  

For now, be well, as always, take care of each other and know that your Family House family is holding you close and is here for you.

Elan Slavin, MSW
Family House Social Worker

Friday, March 20, 2020

Friends of Family House

*Family House continues to be operational to support the hundreds of people that stay every night. We are here doing our day-to-day job of supporting families in crisis and more than ever we are in need of support as we continue to open our doors and have capacity to house 80 families every night.

*Ways you can help: We are ensuring the safety of our families by cleaning daily and limiting visitors into Family House. This also means that we have suspended all volunteer activities for the immediate future. If you have ever volunteered at Family House you know how vital you are to our mission. You are the magic of Family House. We ask that instead of donating volunteer hours, you donate financially during this period at

As we struggle with the uncertainty that surrounds us, we are reminded of the uncertainty that surrounds a family experiencing serious illness at Family House. Please know that we are here and available for our families and we continue to carry out our mission with your support. We are here for one another. We will provide ongoing updates and are committed to staying connected.

Lots of Love from Family House