Guest Spotlight: Not Alone at Family House

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"Sometimes I feel so alone, but when I stay at Family House, all that goes away." Loretta McAllister, a recent Family House guest, shared this with us one early afternoon as she returned from radiation treatments at UNC Hospitals. Diagnosed with squamous cell skin carcinoma in February, this Fayetteville, North Carolina native has been staying at our hospitality house for several weeks, usually returning home on weekends to be with her family.

Loretta feels that while she's here, it's important to her to express her appreciation. She makes a point of regularly thanking the volunteers, staff, and meal providers for all that they do. If we don't catch her in the kitchen, then she usually stops by our executive offices just to give us an update on how she's doing.

Considering Loretta’s share of ups and downs in life, the treatments for her cancer have been overwhelming at times. Yet this soft-spoken retired teacher's assistant remains ever grateful that, each night at Family House, she has a hot and nutritious meal to share with newfound friends and a safe place to sleep. 

"This place is awesome," says Loretta. "It really is. You need to tell people that. You come here. You try and help the other guests. No words can describe this place."

We wish Loretta all the best, as she will no doubt beat this cancer.


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