Be A Hospitality Homes Host
Hosting is a wonderful way to help people in need—and it's easy and flexible. You don't have to leave your home, you host only when it is convenient to do so, and you can tailor your hosting experience to fit your lifestyle.
Hospitality Homes hosts provide guests with a clean and comfortable place to sleep and access to a bathroom in their private homes. Volunteer hosts are not required to provide meals or transportation.
Some of our hosts live within walking distance of the major hospitals, but most live in areas with access to public transportation (subway or buses). All hosts attend a training session and our staff visits each host home with a current host before the new host becomes available. .
The Rewards of Hosting
Hosting allows you to contribute something other than money, something far more personal—your home and your kindness—and it allows you to help someone directly.
Hosting helps patients as well as guests. Patients are reassured in knowing that their loved ones are staying nearby in a comfortable home setting.
Hosting: Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to do to be a Hospitality Homes host?
To be a host in our program, you need to provide two things: a clean, comfortable place to sleep and access to a bathroom.
Where do hosts live?
Hospitality Homes hosts live throughout the Greater Boston area. We are always in need of hosts in Brookline, Newton, Boston, and Cambridge, particularly in areas that are convenient to the Longwood Medical Area and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Do hosts ever complain about problems with guests?
This rarely happens because of our guest screening process. However, if a host has any difficulties or concerns, he/she should contact the Hospitality Homes office and we will immediately address the issue and make other arrangements for the guest if necessary.
I don't allow smoking in my house. Is this a problem?
Not at all. You set the ground rules for guests, including smoking restrictions. Other conditions you are in control of include whether or not to accept children and/or patients as guests, how many guests you prefer at one time, how many nights guests can stay, and any other issue you feel is important. Hosting can be tailored to meet your lifestyle.
In making placements, we also use other information about your home, such as availability of parking, flights of stairs, and pets.
My schedule changes. Can I specify when I can and cannot accept guests?
Yes. You can accept guests as your schedule allows and take time off when needed. There is no stigma attached to saying “no” when hosting is not convenient for you.
What about liability?
All guests must sign a liability release before arriving at the host home. We recommend that hosts check their homeowners or renters liability insurance coverage and inform their insurance carriers that you are volunteering with Hospitality Homes. No guest has ever made a claim against Hospitality Homes or a host; however, it is always prudent to be cautious.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact our office at 1.888.595.4678 or by email to ask any questions regarding this very rewarding volunteer opportunity.
LINKS TO WHAT'S IMPORTANT
P.O. Box 15265
Boston, MA 02215
Call: (888) 595-4678
Fax: (617) 582-7980
United Way Number - 103393