Suppose that your cancer doctor just gave you the news that your treatment of six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy would need to be at Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is 350 miles away. You and your wife are of limited means. What are your options?
Your doctor states that there is an angel waiting to help your family. The doctor tells you about the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Family House in Winston-Salem, where local Malta volunteers sometimes serve.
The Family House is a 45-room facility providing services to those of limited means for $15 a night versus the normal charge of $35. The home has a third floor with four washers and two dryers for the use of the guests. The residents come from 85 of the 100 counties in North Carolina and from 36 states. Running at an 83% occupancy rate, the Family House has served over 14,000 families and caregivers since 2011.
Guests are provided with meals served by a group of 75 volunteers and groups per monthly. Volunteers also come in daily and perform maintenance and housekeeping.
On November 10 Greensboro region Members, with spouses and friends, provided one of these special evening meals of home-cooked hams, turkeys, salads, sweet potato casseroles, regular potatoes and gravy, bread, vegetables and fruit. After serving the meal, the Greensboro group joined the guests at table and asked about their day and when they might be able to return to their homes and families.
Members in the Greensboro region will return to The Family House three times during a calendar year. The region also carries out a similar work providing Christmas and Easter dinners to Dolan Manor, a government -assistant living home for 60 senior citizens in Greensboro.