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Volunteer Spotlight: A Sense of Community

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SECU Family House is fortunate to have a number of Front Desk volunteers who not only serve our guests with the highest hospitality standards, but also strive to set a tone of the friendliness and care you'd experience when you enter your own home.    Tammi Lindsey recently j… Read More

Guest Spotlight: A Supportive Network

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Kashunda and Willie Barnes have been staying at SECU Family House since August 21, 2020. The day before, an ambulance had brought their 19-year-old son, Kristian (pictured right), to UNC Health so he could be treated for severe burns at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center… Read More

Welcome to New Staff!

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We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the three newest members of our family of staff! In September 2020, we welcomed Mercedes Lester (pictured left) to our housekeeping team. Living in Chapel Hill for the past 18 years, she comes to us via her home country of El Salvador where s… Read More

In the Words of a Family House Donor

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Despite all the wonders and joy that happen at SECU Family House, our hearts break when we learn the passing of a former guest. The passing of Bill Patterson in 2020, whose medical journey and stay were documented in a Family House Diary a few years ago, was certainly no exception.… Read More

A Fond Farewell to Aubry Gales

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In September 2020, we bid a fond farewell to Aubry Gales, Annual Giving Associate extraordinaire. In June she moved to Houston where her husband, Jordan, will complete a fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute. For the past few mont… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Music Soothes the Soul

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The long-running volunteer entertainment program at Family House has restarted in 2020 after a six-month gap during the COVID-19 outbreak. Performances are held on the Front Porch at 7 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Volunteer musicians are masked and perform at a distance from guests, ensu… Read More

Guest Spotlight: Overcoming Unexpected Twists in Life

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On a recent summer evening, Jenna was traveling home after a visit with friends. All of a sudden she found herself in a bad car accident that left her with severe injuries. Soon after the police arrived at the scene, she was airlifted to UNC Health for critical medical care. The next d… Read More

Family House Expands Our Family!

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While the world is a bit topsy-turvey, we have some happy news to share! Heartfelt congratulations to the two newest members of our growing SECU Family House family. On July 21, 2020 Aimee Jones, Volunteer Services Assistant (pictured right), and her husband Daniel welcomed their s… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Connie Zhang

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Connie (right) with Family House staff member Michele Flynn We're so grateful that despite the ongoing global pandemic, there are still more than 20 dedicated volunteers who have chosen to come in each week to help us handle a myriad of tasks.They fold mounds of laundry. They organize the… Read More

Guest Spotlight: A Shining Light

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Earlier this summer we had the opportunity to have an afternoon chat with guest Rickey Esto. Hailing from Semora, North Carolina in Person County, this charming writer, author, and former chef was staying at Family House for a few days to have some dental procedures done and to meet with his… Read More