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40 rooms for 40 nights!

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Thank you to all who supported our 40-day giving challenge – we surpassed our goal, raising enough to cover 40 rooms for 40 nights! Gifts from more than 250 generous friends were matched by our challenge donors, dollar for dollar, to raise nearly $140,000. We appreciate all who partic… Read More

Gifts from the heart

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Eight-year-old Larkin, from Jacksonville, North Carolina, recently decided that she wanted to do something special for our guests. With a little help from her mom, Susan, she put together a box full of holiday treat bags and then dropped them off with her family. As we’ve gotten to kn… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Heartwarming Valentines

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The journey that leads many of our guests to Family House is oftentimes a long and unpredictable one.  Life can be going fine at one moment and then be turned completely upside down the next moment.  Seventeen years ago, Martha Valentine was diagnosed with tongue cancer while she … Read More

Gratitude from Our Guests

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In this season of Thanksgiving, we’d like to share thoughts of gratitude from some of our guests. Each morning after the first pots of coffee are consumed and our guests make their way to UNC Hospitals, one thing that lingers is a spirit of gratitude – a spirit that has grown ri… Read More

Raising the Bar

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The response in the first 20 days of our 40-day fundraising challenge has been tremendous! A new group of donors has been inspired to raise the bar $10,000 more, and our goal is now $50,000. These generous friends of SECU Family House will match every dollar you give to our annual fund … Read More

Thanks SECU!

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We are grateful for the on-going support we have received from the State Employees' Credit Union branches, Foundation, and various departments since we opened our doors 8-1/2 years ago. Teams from SECU have provided countless home-cooked meals for our guests, and Cheryl Batchelor and her IT … Read More

Join the $40K in 40 Days Challenge!

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Update: Thanks to generous early support, we have secured an additional $10,000 in matching funds, raising our challenge to $50,000 in 40 days, or $100,000 in total support. Thanks to all who are making a difference with their gifts! During the next 40 days, generous friends of SECU Family … Read More

Report from The 2016 Carolina Ball: Outstanding!

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The Carolina Ball on September 16, 2016 was a beautiful evening of celebration and generosity. We had a record number of attendees (382) and raised more than $220,000 in net proceeds to support the 2,200 families who stay with us each year. These funds will fully cover the cost to operate 7 … Read More

Fund Supports SECU Members, Honors Retiring President

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The State Employees Credit Union (SECU) announced a new fund to support SECU members who stay at SECU Family House in Chapel Hill during treatment at UNC Hospitals. The People Helping People Fund honors Jean and Jim Blaine. Jim is the former President of SECU … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Breaking Bread

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Donna Fehrenbach loves to bake. Born on a farm in rural Wisconsin, she started baking bread when she was ten years old. As the years passed, she and her husband, Paul, who happens to be one of our early volunteers, eventually settled in Fearrington Village in nearby Pittsboro, North Carolina… Read More