Travel & Places United States

Houses of Help

All of these non-profit support centers provide affordable support and a sense of community during times of tremendous challenge and stress that arise because of illness. Dependable volunteers are an important part of each operation; donations of money or your time are appreciated.

1. Restoring Hope Transplant House

7457 Terrace Ave., Middleton

At least three-fourths of all transplants at the University of Wisconsin Hospital involve patients who live outside of the Madison area. Open since late 2012 is a haven for these people who receive organ or bone marrow transplants, and their immediate caregivers.

The 16-bedroom house is not a medical facility but does provide a place for patients to recuperate from transplant surgery. Kitchen and lounging areas are shared by guests. No comparable facility for transplant patients existed before the opening of Restoring Hope.More »

2. Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin

7907 UW Health Court, Middleton

The clubhouse formerly known as Gilda's Club Madison was renamed in early 2013 to lessen confusion about the organization's mission and goals. This nonprofit supports cancer patients and the people who love them. When the first was established in New York City in 1995, the name was a tribute to Gilda Radner, a popular comedienne who died of ovarian cancer.

Children to older adults benefit from the workshops, socializing, activities and other support that the Cancer Support Community offers without charge. People with any type of cancer are welcome. Although the structure is a homey setting, it does not contain overnight accommodations.More »

3. Ronald McDonald House

2716 Marshall Court

Less than one-half mile from American Family Children's Hospital is peaceful refuge for families of children hospitalized in Madison for a serious injury or illness. A stay requires a referral from an approved and local health care facility; the house is staffed 24/7 and opened in 1993.

Reservations are not taken but a waiting list is maintained daily. That means families call on the date of their expected arrival; if the house is at capacity, local hotels provide lodging at a nominal rate until a room at the Ronald McDonald House opens.More »

4. Agrace HospiceCare

5395 E. Cheryl Parkway

This non-profit since 1978 has provided end-of-life care to terminally ill people and their families. In more recent years, the work has grown to include a 50-bed inpatient and residential unit that offers physical, emotional and spiritual support in a home-like environment.

People with a life expectancy of six months or less are eligible for HospiceCare services, which make comfort care a priority. In the facility are family rooms for patients and guests to prepare favorite meals and gather privately. HospiceCare staff also tend to patient needs in their home, and some inpatient rooms are used for short-term respite, to relieve caregivers.More »

5. Teresa McGovern Center

300 Femrite Dr.

The flagship residential program of Tellurian, a nonprofit agency that offers at least 20 types of program to fight chemical dependency, is named after the daughter of the late U.S. Sen. George McGovern. Terry McGovern battled mental illness and addiction issues during much of her life and died in December 1994 after prolonged exposure to bitterly cold weather.

The intensive residential program specializes in dual-diagnosis patients and is situated in a confidential, serene, wooded setting. Tellurian's goal is to nurture recovery work from outpatient and detoxification to housing services and early intervention, regardless of the patient's ability to pay.More »

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