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give hope a home

We are proud to announce: Our community has raised $9.6M to expand Family House to 75 rooms!

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Our Hope

At our safe, affordable home, patients and families who travel great distances for health care share normalcy in the midst of upheaval, and reassurance amid uncertainty.

As UNC Hospitals and its system of care throughout the state continue to grow, Family House is a critical link in alleviating barriers to accessing the highest-quality health care. Our 40 rooms are in constant use, and we turn away two of every three guests who are referred by a patient's medical care team.

With your support, we will add more space and a larger support network, and impact the health of more patients and families in North Carolina and beyond. We invite you to join our Share the House expansion campaign and help give hope a home for more families.


Our Momentum

You can put a "Finishing Touch" on the campaign by sponsoring an item or making a donation in any amount. Naming opportunities are still available, too! 

Goal: $9.6 Million marker-right
SECU Foundation
Challenge Grant
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Amount Pledged
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Donor Spotlight

Fundraising is Complete! We anticipate opening to more guests in Fall 2020. 

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Groundbreaking! We celebrated this milestone on September 12, 2018 

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$2M Grant from the SECU Foundation. Together, we serve the State of North Carolina

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina awards $250,000 grant.

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Serving All 100 North Carolina Counties

31,000+ Guests served since 2008

Union Anson Richmond Scotland Brunswick Polk Henderson Clay Mitchell Rutherford Avery Columbus Ashe Surry Stokes Currituck Camden Sampson Catawba Forsyth Swain Warren Wake Gaston Watauga Gates Montgomery Greene Macon Madison Alamance Martin Iredell Edgecombe Jackson Johnston Transylvania Randolph Robeson Cherokee Rowan Davie Davidson New Hanover Graham Haywood Rockingham Northhampton Chatham Harnett Cleveland Alleghany Alexander Lee Mecklenburg Lenior Pitt Beaufort Tyrrell Washington Pasquotank Chowan Bertie Halifax Wayne Durham Yadkin Wilkes Caldwell Yancey Wilson McDowell Burke Lincoln Cabarrus Hertford Guilford Stanly Perquimans Moore Hoke Buncombe Nash Cumberland Bladen Jones Duplin Craven Pamlico Vance Pender Onslow Hyde Granville Franklin Person Caswell Orange Carteret Dare
Total Number of Guests by County Since 2008
1,000+ Guests


More than     people from this county were served by SECU Family House in Chapel Hill since 2008.

Top Reasons People Stay in our last completed fiscal year

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    Expanding to serve more families”

    - September 12, 2018 Groundbreaking


    Our Plans

    We will add a new wing to the existing house, nearly doubling our total number of rooms from 40 to 75. We will increase capacity with more family suites and by designing the new standard rooms for two queen beds. The new wing will include a common area, laundry facilities and a maintenance area. In the existing house, we will expand the kitchen and front desk reception area.

    Outside the house, we are adding new walking trails for exercise, meditation and respite. The University of North Carolina is generously extending our lease and providing an additional three acres on the west side of the property. The paths through this wooded tract of land will help guests improve their own health without having to leave our property.


    Our Campaign

    Click on the timeline to review our exciting campaign milestones.

    Unanimous Board of Directors approval to expand (Nov 2015)

    Volunteers Bob and Becky Woodruff and Board member Maureen O'Connor chair the campaign

    Design approval processes (2016-2017)

    Underway with with Town of Chapel Hill and UNC

    SECU Foundation $2M Challenge Grant kickoff (Feb 2017)

    We must break ground to start receiving the grant!

    Statewide outreach (Spring and Summer 2017)

    Campaign committees are planning events and outreach - please get involved!

    Announcing: public launch of campaign (September 2017)

    We have reached 75% of campaign goal and need your help to finish strong!

    Statewide outreach (Fall 2017)

    Small groups are gathering to learn more - please get involved!

    Over $7M raised (January 2018)

    We are getting close to goal!

    Groundbreaking (Fall 2018)

    At Family House on September 12, 2018!

    Construction begins! (Jan 2019)

    In early 2019, we started construction!

    Fundraising Complete!

    The vision is reality!


    Our Story

    We help families heal through the power of home. What makes your house a home? Add your story#sharethehouse

    Family House Diaries
    "You'll be safe here."
    The "Finishing Touch" Challenge


    The House

    With your support, we can add rooms and respite for more guests, build a larger support network, and impact the health of more patients and families in North Carolina and beyond. 

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    Sign up to receive the latest updates from the Share the House Campaign and learn more about how you can contribute to the expansion of SECU Family House.

    You'll hear from our Campaign Chairs Bob and Becky Woodruff, Maureen O'Connor and Matt Ewend, learn about upcoming events, and stay informed as we achieve project milestones. Thank you!  

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    Give a Gift

    Please consider making a gift or a pledge! Pledges can be paid over 3 years. Naming opportunities are available for rooms and suites, and for many other areas. To learn more about how you can give, please contact:

    Martha Aldridge
    Director of Development