HELP A PATIENT BY HOSTING THEIR FAMILY
Volunteer hosting is an opportunity to help people in need – and it’s easy and flexible. You don’t have to leave your home, host only when it is convenient for you, and you can tailor your hosting experience to fit your lifestyle. Hospitality Homes volunteer hosts provide guests with a clean, comfortable place to sleep and access to a bathroom in their private homes. Any other amenities are provided at the host’s discretion.
The host network includes over 60 homes throughout the Boston area. Though they are as diverse as our guests – single men and women, young couples, families, empty nesters, retirees – every host holds our same core values: compassion, generosity, trust and a focus on human connections. Some of our hosts live within walking distance of the major Boston-area hospitals; most are close to public transportation (subway or buses). Our staff visits the home of each prospective host, to ease concerns, answer any questions and explain the host manual.
Since 1983, Hospitality Homes has provided free short-term housing in volunteer host homes to families and friends of patients seeking care at Boston-area medical organizations. Our unique home-away-from home experience means a compassionate response – as well as emotional and financial relief – to guests in need.
To learn more about our easy volunteer opportunity with big impact email Denise Duclos at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888.595.4678 ext 1.
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.
All prospective hosts must complete a volunteer application. After you submit your application, Hospitality Homes staff will contact you to set up an interview at your residence. Prospective hosts must also be able to pass a criminal background check (CORI).
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, if necessary make other arrangements for the guest.
I don't allow smoking in my home. Is this a problem?
Not at all. You set the ground rules for guests, including smoking restrictions. Other conditions you control 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 issues you feel are 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 you wish. There is no stigma attached to saying “no” when hosting is not convenient for you.
What about liability?
All guests are required to submit 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 they are volunteering with Hospitality Homes.
P.O. Box 15265
Boston, MA 02215
Call: (888) 595-4678
Fax: (617) 582-7980
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