Since 1981 AHHH has been aware of the hardships faced by families in medical crises. We were founded by All Saint Episcopal Church in response to a call for action by Emory Midtown hospital (then Crawford Long Hospital). We have provided over 120,000 bed nights to over 25,000 guests. AHHH can accommodate up to 25 guests who live at least 50 miles outside Atlanta. We have served guests from 50 states and 39 foreign countries. If our guests were to stay in a hotel or motel and eat in restaurants, we estimate they would incur $185 per day in expenses. We provide the same services in a far more supportive environment for $10 per guest, per night. In 2010 we provided lodging for patients in clinical trials at Emory University School of Medicine and in 2011 we provided lodging for a 12-year-old kidney transplant patient and her family. We have been approved for housing transplant families and patients by the GA Transplant Foundation. In 2011, 21 hospitals referred over 4,500 guests to the AHHH.
It costs the AHHH $44 per guest, per day to operate. The grant of $25,000 allowed us to serve 568 guest accommodations. The families we serve are financially fragile, hungry and exhausted. This grant would allow us to provide lodging and meals to the 568 guests and directly improve how a family navigates their medical crisis. The grant of $25,000 supports 568 guests or supports one bedroom of the Cottage for one year or helps us serve 9,328 meals. These 568 guests would potentially come from the following hospitals: Emory Healthcare (255 guests or 45%); Marcus Autism Center (125 guests or 17%); Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (65 guests or 12%); Veteran’s Administration (51 guests or 9%); Shepherd Center (40 guests or 7%); other hospitals (34 guests or 6%); Radiotherapy Clinics of GA (11 guests or 2%) and Kindred Hospital (11 guests or 2%)