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Posted by shanon_heckethorn on 1/31/2019 in #CharityGolf, #Fundraiser, #giveback, #Volunteer

Join us on July 23, 2020 to support Hospitality Homes for the 18th Annual Hospitality Homes Charity Golf Classic. 



11 AM - Registration Begins

Driving Range & Putting Green Open 

Continental Breakfast

NOON Shotgun Start – Nicklaus Course 

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING Awards Presentation & Dinner


2020 Golf Committee Members

Tara O'Donnell 
George Player
Stephen Popper
Greg Quercia 
Deborah Pepper - Staff
Jodi Riseberg- Staff


Posted by shanon_heckethorn on 11/28/2018 in #Brookline, #hosphomes, #Jamaica Plain, #Newton, #TheCervantesFamily, #volunteeryourhome

Noah Cervantes has a complicated set of medical challenges. The special care he needs
can only be found at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). After six months of
coordinating appointments with the Hospital, Danielle, Noah’s mom, was ready to
bring her family to Boston for Noah’s care all the way from Upstate New York.
“A month out from our appointments we realized we didn’t have a place to stay or
housing arranged, so we went into panic mode. We started pricing out hotels in the
area… so that was way too much money for us to afford as a family.”
We just want Judy to know how much we love her and that she is family to us.”
With your support, patients like Noah can have his family by his side while he receives the
best in medical care. Your generosity allows thousands of families each year the
opportunity to stay near their loved ones – regardless of their ability to pay. Every day we are reminded of the remarkable community built with your support. Strangers become family; families heal faster with their support network by their sides.
Meet the Cervantes Family
Posted by shanon_heckethorn on 8/31/2016 in #volunteeryourhome #huffpost #huffingtonpost
Posted by Anonymous on 6/28/2019 in Uncategorized

Boston-based Hospitality Homes, Inc. (HH) seeks a mission-driven Development and Communications Manager (DCM) for a fast-paced, highly regarded, small and innovative nonprofit that provides free medical housing through a network of community volunteers who host families and patients in their own home during the patient’s medical treatment in the Boston area. The DCM will join a small collaborative team of professionals who encourage new, creative ideas in a purposeful environment. This full-time salaried position reports to the Executive Director and serving as an integral member of the executive leadership team, the ideal candidate will be responsible for helping take the organization to the next level of success in fundraising.

About Hospitality Homes

Founded in 1983, HH provides free housing in volunteer host homes, donated apartments and other accommodations such as free Airbnb stays and discounted hotels, to patients and families of all ages, with any diagnosis, who are receiving medical care in the Greater Boston area. By providing these medical stays, HH enables access to the life-saving care patients need, allowing families to stay close during a critical time in their lives. This unique home-away-from-home experience has brought a compassionate response as well as emotional and financial relief to thousands of guests while creating a volunteer experience that is deep and meaningful. Since 1983, HH has provided over 200,000 nights of housing to more than 18,000 families. The first program of its kind in the nation, HH began as a grassroots effort for medical stays for families travelling great distances to access the world-renown Boston area hospitals for treatment. As a result of the success of this medical housing model, HH now has a training program that has helped start programs in five other medical hubs in the U.S.

HH has seen tremendous growth in both demand and with community volunteers over the past five years. This pushed HH to strengthen its programs and infrastructure. While operations have been optimized and finances are stable, a major branding and communications effort is in the process of strategic positioning. HH has strong relationships with hospitals and local corporations; focus is on increasing this engagement. HH has received recognition from the Daily Points of Light Foundation and the NE Patriots Foundation. HH has appeared in major local and national media including The Boston Globe, WBUR, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and Dr. Oz Magazine.

Vision and Values: HH’s vision is to ensure that families traveling to Boston for medical treatment have the housing and local support they need. The values of HH can be characterized as: compassion and trust; dignity and respect; collaboration and teamwork; high level of professionalism, integrity and commitment to excellence in program delivery.


Joining a deeply committed and talented team, the DCM can expect the following opportunities and challenges:

Drive the expansion of Hospitality Homes donor base, building a solid network of engaged donors committed to Hospitality Homes success. The DCM will partner with Hospitality Homes Executive Director and Board of Directors to raise $500,000 thousand annually in 2019 as first priority, with additional goals for subsequent years. The right candidate will play a key role in developing and implementing annual development plans, ensuring alignment with and support of HH’s overall goals. They will employ a broad spectrum of tools and resources to identify and report on high potential investors, including donors’ biographical and financial capacity and inclination, and any linkages to HH’s mission or organization. In addition, the DCM will cultivate relationships with prospective donors and collaborate with HH’s leadership to devise and implement strategies for engagement.

Build standards and oversight to ensure high quality, best practices in resource development and fundraising operations across the organization. The DCM will support the development of systems that ensure quality across the resource development function, including prospect research, cultivation and stewardship, database management, communications and reporting to enhance the capacity of HH to ensure positive donor experiences.

Working closely with HH staff the right candidate will manage the planning and implementation of all fund development initiatives such as direct mail, planned giving, bequests, corporate requests, major gift and donor recognition. They will collaborate with the Executive Director to design effective direct mail and online giving campaigns and play a lead role in planning and executing special events and community fundraising initiatives. This candidate will provide active management support and leadership for the signature Golf Tournament.

Effectively leverage communication and fundraising products and tools to support HH’s development goals.  The DCM will manage the production of high-quality content that engages guests, volunteer hosts, the medical community and donors while building brand recognition. With the support of the Family Services Team, the DCM will lead the creation of informative content, press releases, articles, and media opportunities. The candidate will be responsible for strengthening the organizations web presence while maintaining and updating the website. The Development and Communications Manager will also work with the Executive Director to prepare persuasive grant applications and timely, accurate reports, as well as source new prospects and grant opportunities.


While no one candidate will possess all the qualifications listed below, the successful candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, with brilliant presentation and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated passion for and experience working in a hospital fundraising setting;
  • 3  to 5 years of experience in development and prospect research; consideration will be given to candidates with less experience who bring a demonstrated ability to be relentlessly curious and highly relational;
  • Demonstrated success supporting major gifts and successful proposals; experience with prospect identification and research required;
  • Strong project management and problem-solving experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of major foundations in the areas of medical housing preferred, but will consider candidates with strong transferable skills and a lot of initiative;
  • Great communication skills—persuasive and accurate writing and editing skills;
  • Knowledge of best practices for development infrastructure, including development information systems, planning, and management;
  • Demonstrated capacity to investigate, analyze, and synthesize large quantities of data into a user-friendly and concise format;
  • Proficiency in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) or donor relations software,
  • Excellence in building internal and external relationships across a diverse set of stakeholders;
  • Command of Google Apps in a collaborative environment (G-Suite: Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Hangouts,etc.); Microsoft Office Suite (Word,Excel,PowerPoint); Wordpress; Donor Perfect; and high aptitude for learning new technologies and technology troubleshooting;
  • Experience with processes and tools to manage multiple projects, schedules, and calendars;
  • Experience in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.


  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • 401K
  • Generous paid vacation
  • Significant growth opportunities and professional development


Competitive, commensurate with skills and experience

If interested, please email a cover letter (required) and resume to:  Candidates who choose not to enclose a cover letter will not be considered. Please write DCM Search in the subject line of the email. Position is open until filled.

Our commuter friendly office is located on the C line in Brookline’s St. Mary’s Neighborhood.

Posted by shanon_heckethorn on 3/21/2019 in #host, #PatExpSym, #patientsfirst, #Volunteer
The Patient Experience Symposium is a gathering of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, practitioners, educators, thought leaders, and patients who are transforming the patient experience, and changing the way people experience healthcare.
Distinguished faculty provide insights as to what impact the patient experience has on both quality and economic improvements, what role leadership plays in creating the right culture for patient-centered care, and how to identify, evaluate and prioritize innovations that can quickly touch the lives of patients and practitioners.
And, unlike other conferences on this topic, patients share their personal stories, providing a real-world perspective on patient experience. Our attendees leave invigorated and inspired, with new tools and strategies to make patient experience the best it can be!
To learn more visit
Posted by Anonymous on 2/7/2019 in #giveback, #Lodish, #Volunteer


An excerpt from a BIDMC newsletter article in May 2014:

Jodie Knutson remembers the first time her family arrived at the Brookline home of Pam and Harvey Lodish. Her two young sons, Ben and Josh, tore out of the house with Pam and Harvey's daughter, Stephanie, and ran down the street to the local playground. Strangers until that very moment, the families were instantly connected.











Featured: Harvey and Pam Lodish and Ben and Jodie Knutson during one of their visits.

"It was just like that, they kind of took us in and since then they have always been that second family to us," says Jodie. "My dad's an Iowa farmer and I think he said it best. He said to Pam, 'you're the nicest strangers I've ever met.'" 

"I still remember all those years ago, we took an Angel Flight to Boston and within five minutes, the doctors were able to answer questions about Ben's health that we had had for the first two years of his life," says Jodie. "Boston is where Ben's team is. We trust them. We wouldn't go anywhere else."
Ben was diagnosed with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS), a rare congenital vascular disorder associated with the overgrowth of blood vessels, soft tissue and bones of one limb, most often the leg, though in Ben's case it affected his left arm and torso causing a great deal of pain and reduced movement.
"When you're away from home and your own support system, you're lost, you really don't have any idea what you're doing. You just fly by the seat of your pants and hope you make the right decisions," said Jodie. 
"Pam and Harvey have opened their hearts and their home to us. They've always been there to say, 'how's it going today?' or to help us get our minds thinking about an upcoming appointment, or to offer a ride when it's raining. No matter when, they've said if you need us, give us a call."

Pam said, "Jodie is right, she and her husband Steve, and her sons, Josh and Ben are a part of our family. We have watched their dedication to helping Ben find the best care for his medical situation. And helping families, such as the Knutsons, has helped us teach our children, and now our grandchildren, a valuable life lesson - that reaching out and helping families from afar, is not that big a deal and really doesn't take much work - just a clean room and a house key, plus some basic clues about how to get back and forth to the hospital."

This year's trip to Boston was once again for surgery. After years of doing everything possible to save his left arm, Ben agreed with his medical team that it was time to amputate. "It's something that my doctors have been talking about since I was little," said Ben. "It became clear to me that things would only continue to get worse, so amputation was the right choice." "Ben has been incredibly courageous and patient with this malformation, which has caused excruciating pain. He has endured enough pain and discomfort for several lifetimes," said Upton. "What a kid!"

"It's always hard to put into words what we've gone through," said Jodie. "We've had something that has totally changed everybody's lives in our family, but we're blessed with the people we have come in contact with at this hospital and in this community.
     Featured: Harvey and Pam Lodish and Ben and Jodie Knutson during one of their visits.

After Ben was discharged, he and his mom spent one more night with Pam and Harvey in Brookline before heading back to Iowa. As thankful as he continues to be for Pam and Harvey's gracious hospitality, Ben was more excited to be going home. There was a slow pitch softball competition he was hoping to attend, and he said, he could use a little quiet time away from the city crowds. "Yeah, it's been a long three weeks."
Ben is now 28. Over the past 27 years he and his family have traveled multiple times to receive specialty care at Boston hospitals, starting as a toddler at Boston Children's Hospital and since Ben's teen years, under the care of Dr. Joseph Upton, a plastic surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

In October of last year, Pam Lodish and her daughter Stephanie traveled to Eureka Springs, Arkansas to witness the marriage of Ben Knutson and Kellie Robbins.


Posted by Anonymous on 2/4/2019 in #giveback, #Volunteer

how it works

Now through December 31, we are asking the public to provide gift cards - or donations to get gift cards - for our guests. Gifts of any amount will help and are deeply appreciated, but we do our best to make sure the average gift is $25 per family.


What gift cards should I get?

In denominations of $10 or $25 to Au Bon Pain, Starbucks, Dunkin, Whole Foods, Star Market, Uber and Lyft are all great choices!


How can i help?

1. Bring or mail gift cards to our office:

Hospitality Homes

1018 Beacon Street Suite 201

Brookline, MA 02446


2. Mail a check with “Filled With Love” on the memo line to the address above.


3. Questions? Contact Denise Duclos at or call 888.595.5678 ext. 2

Posted by shanon_heckethorn on 10/24/2018 in #philanthropist, #schuster, #Wingate

Gerald Schuster, founder of Continental Wingate Co. Inc., prominent businessman, philanthropist, and longtime supporter of numerous local and national Democrats on the state and national stage, passed away recently at the age of 89 at his home in Boston, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Schuster, known to all as “Jerry,” led a full life dedicated to his family, his businesses, philanthropy, and political activism across the country. Mr. Schuster’s commitment to giving back to his community is especially visible throughout the Boston area. He and Mrs. Schuster were longstanding supporters of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Mr. Schuster helped establish the Hospitality Homes apartment program and for over 20 years this program has provided free medical housing for thousands of families and their loved ones who are receiving medical care in the Boston area.  
All of us at Hospitality Homes are grateful for the support of Gerald Schuster, his family and the many wonderful people of Wingate who have had a lasting impact.   
A letter from one of our guests says it best:
Dear Mr. Schuster,
“We were 800 miles from home facing two weeks’ recuperation from two surgeries at BWH/DFCI before the final procedure could be performed. Our hearts sank…where could we stay? Through your thoughtful generosity and compassion for those far from home, my husband was able to regain his strength and fortify his determination for the final surgery. We sincerely Thank You for donating this apartment to Hospitality Homes. We consider you, Mr. Schuster, to be part of our healing team of caring human beings that helped us through this medical journey. 
With much gratitude and warmest regards, S&D, Michigan"
Posted by shanon_heckethorn on 2/26/2018 in #Lodging, #Maine Cancer, #Maine Cancer Foundation

Boston, MA  - February 2, 2018. Hospitality Homes announced today they are the recipient of a 2-year grant of $38,000 from the Maine Cancer Foundation.

With the funding, Hospitality Homes will work to increase various housing and transportation services to Maine cancer patients who need to travel to Boston medical centers for cancer care and follow up support.

The focus of the project is to increase the number of Maine cancer patients served. Through this targeted effort, Maine cancer patients will have access to housing and transportation services, provided at little or no cost while in Boston, whether it is for active cancer treatment, follow up appointments/screenings and/ or accessing cancer survivor support. The housing and transportation services are available to both pediatric and adult Maine cancer patients and their support team.

Every year, Maine residents have to travel to seek the best in medical care in Boston. With an average hotel room rate of $257.00 per night, finding an affordable place to stay looms especially large in Boston.


Maine Cancer Foundation’s grant is offered as part of their ongoing Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative, aimed at reducing cancer incidence and mortality by 20 percent by 2020. They have awarded nearly $6 million since 2015 in support of this initiative focused on prevention, early detection and screening, and access to care for all Mainers.  Visit: www.