“I just want to thank The Alyssa House for allowing my family to be together for such a scary time in our lives, for loving on us, and making sure all our needs were met. You took a huge weight off our shoulders.
“We came to UVA Children’s Hospital for an emergency dialysis surgery. We came fighting. We couldn’t see the end. Thank you to UVA doctors, nurses, and all staff for caring for my baby girl. You loved on us all and always encouraged us. You got my baby feeling so much better and I will always be grateful for that.
“I can’t thank you all enough for what you’ve done for our family. Hearing the news that my daughter Layla would need a second heart transplant was terrifying.
“When we decided to come to the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, it was very stressful trying to figure out where we would live and how we would get by being so far away from our family in Pennsylvania.
“You took away all that stress and worry by giving us a place to call home for four months. It has truly meant the world to us.
“Thank you for all your generosity and love. We were welcomed with open arms and I think that has made a huge impact on Layla’s recovery.
“Layla was born on March 30, 2007 with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. She had her first open heart surgery at 3 days old, her second at 6 months old, and then her first heart transplant a month after her 1st birthday.
“She battled countless complications in the years after her transplant. She had feeding issues, rejection, PTLD, absorption problems in her intestines, infections, and tumors. We thought she was finally in the clear in 2016. However, in April of 2017, she went into severe heart failure. The University of Virginia Children’s Hospital was willing to list her for a second risky heart transplant.
“In July, Layla was transferred and on September 21st, she received her second gift of life. She was discharged and we went to live at The Alyssa House.
“We will be forever grateful for the help and care we’ve been given. Thank you to the Divers Family, the volunteers, and the sponsors who have made The Alyssa House possible. You have made a big difference in our lives.”
The Alyssa House is proud to have joined several other Charlottesville nonprofits to meet the ever growing demand for lodging for families of patients at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.
Learn more about our work in the Housing Collaborative in the local press coverage from The Daily Progress and NBC29.
We love our community! The wonderful people at the local confectionery Sugar & Salt raised almost $500 for The Alyssa House at their St. Patrick’s Day”Sugar-Pa-Looza” event!
We’re looking forward to another chance to work with this small local business!
Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to support us! You help make The Alyssa House possible.
If your business or organization is interested in partnering with The Alyssa House for a fundraiser, please feel free to contact us at TheAlyssaHouse@gmail.com!
“I can only TRY to express how thankful we are to the Alyssa House family for allowing us to have stayed here during the most difficult time of our lives. This house became home to me and my kids for three months. It was exactly what we needed to help us get through this time.” – Nikki
As we quickly approach the holiday season, the gratitude expressed above by the mother of our second family is identical to how I am feeling about our amazing community of supporters. It’s hard to believe that today marks one year since our open house to introduce the public to The Alyssa House and begin the final push toward becoming operational. At the time, it was a small but momentous step as the spark of an idea blossomed into reality. But that was just a hint at what was to come, with the start of 2017 welcoming our first family!
Since that time, we have had five families call The Alyssa House home, with their stays ranging from two weeks to three months. Each has been able to use the house in a manner that best suits their family’s needs, but all have been able to relay on clean, free, and safe housing because of you.
Whether assisting with a house reset, helping to beautify the grounds, baking a casserole, washing laundry, supporting ongoing house operations through donated supplies, coordinating an independent fundraising event, attending one of our various fundraising events, or sending your thoughts and prayers to our families, you have stepped up in innumerable ways.
Because of you, we’ve had more than 10 successful community events to raise awareness and funds.
Because of you, we’ve had more than 40 volunteers contribute their time and talents to our efforts.
Because of you, we’ve had more than 50 donors make financial contributions to support our operations.
And most importantly, because of you we’ve ensured that five families have had an oasis during times of acute crisis and despair. What our families and their children have endured breaks my heart. But I do find a measure of comfort in knowing that collectively we are honoring Alyssa’s legacy by ensuring that family and love is the root of all we do.
Our mission is to provide housing and holistic care to families of children in medical crisis while they are away from their local community. At a deeper level, we strive to surround each family that stays with us in grace, compassion and comfort, allowing them to be together and fully focused on, and present with, one another during even these most traumatic of times.
While we surely need your continued support through advocacy, prayers, and volunteerism, the stark reality is that we can only continue to do all of this at no cost to our families with your financial support. I hope that during this holiday season you will consider making a financial contribution, within your means, to help ensure that we enter 2018 well-positioned to continue supporting families.
On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, I thank each of you for your continued support of The Alyssa House. May you and yours have a safe and joyous holiday season and please know that all of us are deeply grateful for your compassion and resilience in taking this journey by our side.
Chair of The Alyssa House Board of Directors
The Alyssa House was blessed to receive its largest donation to date from the UVA Lab workers during their charity week. Over 1000 non-profits are located in the Charlottesville area – so being selected by their vote was our first big gift…. then they topped it off with actual money to help us meet our goals! Lexie, Jeff and Lynn attended the presentation ceremony.
You can read more about it Here! We are so grateful to the UVA Lab Workers – for their care for their patients (Alyssa was one of them years ago) and for their continued care of these families in need!
Thank you so very much – from the bottom of my Momma’s heart!