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Home Away Boston Helps Families with Critically Ill Children

Home Away Boston is celebrating two years of helping families that travel to Boston for lifesaving pediatric medical treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to providing comfortable housing near the hospital, the organization provides a caring community of volunteers and other services, free of charge, to families with critically ill children.

“Our mission is to keep families close by when their child needs healing,” says Director of Operations Kimberly Sheridan. “Home Away Boston is the only patient-housing facility in Boston that provides free, fully furnished, private onebedroom apartments to these families.”

Sheridan says that families coming to Boston for a child’s medical care face enormous hurdles such as coping with the complexities of the healthcare system, meeting extraordinary costs and dealing with emotional and physical stress. “Our objective is to remove some of the stress of daily living and enable them to focus on their child’s health and healing,” says Sheridan.

Since October 2012, Home Away Boston has welcomed 41 families from the United States and abroad into apartments located in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Generous donors help to cover all costs associated with the apartments, which come fully equipped with linens, housewares, toys, books, and household essentials and groceries.

For more information and to make a donation, call 978-760-1224 or visit HomeAwayBoston.org.