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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

Guest Spotlight: No Strangers Here

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Joe West and his wife of 37 years were enjoying retirement in Wilmington, NC, when he noticed some swelling in his neck area. The diagnosis: squamous cell carcinoma, one of the major forms of skin cancer. Having recently retired to the NC coast from Richmond, Virginia, Joe and his wife Kay … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Summer volunteers

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Each summer brings a different vibe of sorts to Family House. Many of our regular volunteers change their schedules, and with school-aged kids out for the summer, many of those students choose to devote some of their time off to volunteering at Family House.  In recent weeks, Leo Gaf… Read More