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Celebrating our Volunteers

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On April 9th, a breakfast was held at the Chapel Hill Country Club to honor and celebrate the many contributions volunteers make to SECU Family House. A special Service Before Self Award was made to Wivi Sternbach, one of our early volunteers who passed away in November, in recognition of h… Read More

Gifts Volunteers Share

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We rely on the gifts, skills, and experiences of many wonderful volunteers to keep the House running, clean, and organized. Oftentimes, the front desk volunteers are the first people our guests meet before they check in. As time passes, our guests know to turn to them for just about any… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight – Compassion from experience

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Rick Brewer feels he was meant to volunteer here. He first became part of our growing family as a patient at UNC Hospitals: After Dr. Matthew Nielsen performed a radical prostatectomy to robotically remove a cancerous growth in his prostate, Rick spent a week at SECU Family House recovering.… Read More

Snowstorm is no match for intrepid guests!

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Family House guests often tell us the strength in our community helps them face adversity. During the recent six-inch snowfall in Chapel Hill, our guests’ strength as a community helped the House overcome difficulty. The House lost power for several hours and most of the staff and vol… Read More

Guest Spotlight: The Kavetski’s caring community

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It is every parent’s worse nightmare to get a call that your child is being medevaced to the hospital.  Susan and Bob Kavetski got this call: their healthy, 19- year-old son Sam, who had just finished his first semester at North Carolina State University, was being airlifted to UN… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Comfort Far From Home

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Last fall, Migdalia got a call that her beloved grandson, Jean Ramos, was in a terrible car accident while driving thought Fayetteville, North Carolina.  He sustained a severe brain injury and was in a coma for the first 20 days after the accident. Right after the accident, Migdalia hop… Read More

Volunteer of the Year Nominations are Open!

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The nomination period for the fourth annual Butch and Tammy Davis Volunteer of the Year award ends February 20, 2015. Nominations are accepted from volunteers and staff, and are kept in confidence. We are fortunate to have many wonderful volunteers. This award honors a person or group who d… Read More

Welcome New Board Members

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Our 2015 Board of Directors held its first meeting under the leadership of new president Matt Ewend this month. We welcome three new Board members: Willy Hoos, Jay Patel and Peggy Richmond; the full list of Board members is on our website. We look forward to working with this accom… Read More

Volunteer of the Year Nominations

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Nominations for the 2014 Volunteer of the Year will be accepted from February 2 through 20, 2015. Please let us know of a person or group who exhibits outstanding commitment to the SECU Family House community, as demonstrated through their commitment of time and willingness to give extra eff… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Grace and resilience

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As Lynn tells it, she’s not given up yet. She has a whole lot of life left to live as far as she’s concerned. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis soon after birth, this attractive and petite 47 year old received a double lung transplant in 2002. In 2012 she had a sarcoma removed by UN… Read More