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As we anticipate the completion of our kitchen and dining room renovation, we are reminded that these spaces, particularly the kitchen, are the heart of our home.  It’s a place where great conversations take place.  It’s a place where people gather throughout the day for home-cooked meals. It’s a place to have some down time away from the hospital. 

Former guest Tonya Williams is no stranger to our Guest Kitchen. In 2008 she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Charlotte, North Carolina. When those treatments failed, Tonya was referred to UNC Health and received a stem cell transplant. She spent a month in their care before staying at SECU Family House for six months more.

Fast forward a decade to Tonya's 10-year anniversary of being cancer free. She tells us that there were a lot of things she could have done to celebrate this major milestone but she wanted to be around people who are on the same journey that she was on ten years ago. So Tonya and two of her three adult children, Justin and Ashley, prepared a celebratory dinner for Family House guests that included broccoli fettucine, baked ziti, green beans, garlic bread, tossed salad, lemonade, and of course, cookies and cake. It was quite the festive meal for everyone and a celebration that we were so moved to be a part of!

Tonya shares that you have to enjoy every day and to not let life overwhelm you. Even when she was going through months of grueling cancer treatments while staying here, she describes Family House as a place where she could “feel safe and welcome because she was surrounded by a lot of people going through the same thing while being away from home. This place will always be important to me.”

We wish Tonya all the very best and many more cancer free anniversaries as we all look forward to having family meals again in our soon-to-be-completly-renovated kitchen–the heart of every home.

Photographed here (L to R): Justin, Tonya, and Ashley

Volunteer Spotlight: Helping Hands

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Rising high school seniors Sydney Simpson-Vos and Lindsay Kivel wanted to give back to the community. So they started a club at nearby Jordan High School and called it “SECU Helping Hands.” After some back-and-forth discussions with Aimee Jones, our Volunteer Services Assistant, … Read More

Guest Spotlight: A Major Milestone Celebration

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Former guest Tonya Williams is no stranger to our Guest Kitchen. In 2008 she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Charlotte, North Carolina. When those treatments failed, Tonya was referred to UNC Health and received a stem cell transplant. She spent a month in their care befor… Read More

Bridging The Gap: 2019-2020 Annual Campaign Results

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Announcing Our Board of Directors for FY2020-21

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HNN Grants Family House CHH Status

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We're honored to announce that in June 2020 the Healthcare Hospitality Network (HHN) has awarded SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals with Certified Hospitality House (CHH) status. Since 1981, HHN has been representing the important work of hospitality houses as they serve patients and famili… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: The Heart of Family House

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Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle once said, “There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” Viewed by historians as a major morale leader for soldiers in the United States because of his heart for volunteering and taking up causes for the betterment of others, his words r… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Paying It Forward

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Family House Reopens on June 1, 2020

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** A SPECIAL NOTE FROM JANICE McADAMS, FAMILY HOUSE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ON MAY 28, 2020 ** It's great news that UNC Health has begun seeing a broad spectrum of patients again. Many of these patients are ones we often serve: cancer, bone marrow, and solid organ transplant patients. In coordi… Read More

FAQ: Reopening of the House on June 1, 2020

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** last updated June 24, 2020 ** IS SECU FAMILY HOUSE AT UNC HOSPITALS OPEN? Family House reopened with limited capacity and high precaution on Monday, June 1, 2020. We are intentionally filling guest rooms slowly in order to ensure that the new practices we have put in place will kee… Read More

Keeping the Construction Site Clean & Safe

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While Family House has been temporarily closed to guests due to prevent a potential outbreak of COVID-19, there has been a bustle of activity at the House. Significant progress is being made on the building expansion that will add 35 guest rooms. The kitchen/dining room renovation started ea… Read More