The first time I stayed at RMHC was in 2012. My son Isaiah needed open heart surgery as soon as possible.
As soon as I got to the House Within the Hospital, I was immediately welcomed and helped to feel as comfortable as possible after just giving birth a week before. It was nice to have access to a pump so I did not have to go far and I was able to be ready for when he could nurse.
Even after moving to the Westmoreland House off campus, everyone was still very caring and attentive. It was also nice to have transportation to and from hospital since I was there by myself.
The second time we stayed at RMHC was in 2013, when there was a death in my family back home. All the volunteers were so helpful during this time. They also were very understanding when I had to go home for a day.
The home-like feeling of the houses made it so much easier to be so far away from home with no family with me. I am so thankful for the warm dinners that meant there could be something besides hospital food and vending-machine snacks.
Today Isaiah is a happy 4-year-old who loves his preschool!