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Guest Spotlight: The Allreds

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It was summer 2019. Deb Allred, a retired textile worker, visited an oral surgeon in her hometown of Rockingham, North Carolina because some teeth were falling out. After a biopsy revealed advanced mouth cancer, Deb was referred to UNC Hospitals where she had surgery to remove… Read More

Kids Give Back: MLK Day of Service 2020

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So many kids in our community love SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals. We're amazed at the number of requests we receive from young people and parents about ways they can give back. We are excited to offer opportunities for young people of all ages to contribute to our mission in their own s… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Delta Sigma Theta

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On a recent fall evening, a group of ladies from the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. gathered in our kitchen to prepare a savory and nutritious meal for our guests. Baked chicken, potato salad, green beans, succotash, deviled eggs, rolls, tea, and dessert wer… Read More

Guest Spotlight: 100% Focus on Healing

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While the majority of guests who stay at Family House have cancer, our other guests include patients being treated at UNC Hospitals for a variety of diagnoses including post-partum depression, lung disease, severe burns, eating disorders, and organ transplants. In 2019&n… Read More

Bring Joy to Kids Through Toys for Tots!

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Toys for Tots is an amazing program run by the US Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Family House is running our own toy drive this year! If you’re interested, you can donate unwrapped new toys to the Fa… Read More

Guest Spotlight: The Maddux Family

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Tens of thousands of our guests have traveled great distances to receive first-class medical care at UNC Hospitals here in Chapel Hill, NC. A public hospital that turns no one away, this world-class facility is truly a blessing to have in our own backyard. Such is the case with recent guest… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Sweet Sounds of Respite

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On a recent fall afternoon we were treated to a performance by Flauto Dolce, a local recorder ensemble led by Betty Lindholm. Playing four different types of recorders, this cheerful group of musicians has performed together for more than a decade at art shows, holiday candlelights, Raleigh-… Read More

Advancing Healthcare Hospitality Service with HHN

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You may not already know that Jan Ross, a Family House staff member much beloved by our guests, stays busy balancing her Director of House Operations role with her ongoing volunteer efforts for the Healthcare Hospitality Network (HHN). She serves as an HHN Board Member, helping advanc… Read More

#GivingTuesday 2019 Coming Up on December 3!

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Mark your calendars! December 3, 2019 is Giving Tuesday. Often stylized as #GivingTuesday, this annual event occurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It's a movement to create an international day of charitable giving following the commercialism of Black Friday and … Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Helping Hands & Multiple Hats

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We love our volunteers! Thanks to them, Family House runs smoothly every day of the year. Volunteers are truly the heart of our home, assuming a wide range of tasks with enthusiasm and talent.  Two of our wonderful volunteers, Debbie Miller and Angie Hinchcliff, currentl… Read More