Giving Thanks for Hospitality Homes

HospitalityHomesThanksgiving is traditionally a time to give thanks and reflect with gratitude on the many blessings in our lives. We gather with family and friends in celebration as we share a bountiful feast. Here at Boston Foundation for Sight we are thankful for partner organizations that help us fulfill our mission of restoring sight and transforming lives by treating complex corneal disease. This Thanksgiving we highlight the work of Hospitality Homes and are grateful for their host volunteers who make it possible for many of our out-of-town patients to receive BostonSight™ PROSE treatment at BFS.

For 30 years, Hospitality Homes has been providing free short-term housing for patients and their families who require medical treatment at Boston-area health-care facilities. Housing is provided in private homes of volunteer hosts or in donated apartments. This home-away-from-home model of service is a welcome respite for out-of-town patients who would otherwise be unable to afford essential medical treatment due to the cost of accommodations. Hospitality Homes carefully matches potential guests with trained hosts who provide a comfortable place to sleep and access to a bathroom. Meals and transportation are not provided by hosts but most locations provide easy access to public transportation.

Clifton Cox is one of our many BFS patients who have benefited from the services of Hospitality Homes. A resident of Maryland, Clifton sought treatment at Boston Foundation for Sight for a corneal disorder that resulted from his diagnosis of cancer. Not only did Hospitality Homes make possible his treatment at BFS, but opened the door to a lasting friendship with his hosts whom he now calls his “Boston family.” He is grateful for their generosity and continues to keep in touch with them.

If you or a friend or family member needs to travel to the Boston area for necessary medical treatment and are facing financial obstacles, consider Hospitality Homes for assistance. The application process begins with filling out an application and providing references in advance of your anticipated stay in the area. Staff at Hospitality Homes will verify references, re-confirm your need for housing, and begin work on finding a placement for you. For further information, please consult the Hospitality Homes frequently asked questions page or contact them directly.

In 2012, Hospitality Homes provided 7,898 nights of accommodation for guests from 41 U.S. states/territories and 18 countries. This service was made possible through the generosity of both volunteer hosts and donors. Are you a Boston-area resident looking for a rewarding way to give back? Consider hosting a guest through the Hospitality Homes program or supporting their work through a donation.

Has Hospitality Homes helped you arrange housing while receiving treatment at Boston Foundation for Sight? Please share your experience here with our Connected Visions community.