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Kathy’s House is a non-profit Hospital Guest House that provides lodging and a supportive environment to families who are experiencing one of life’s most stressful situations—personal illness or the serious illness of a loved one.

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Kathy’s House is located in a pleasant residential neighborhood, within walking distance of the Milwaukee County Zoo as well as a park with picnic areas and children’s play equipment.

Kathy’s House provides a true “home away from home” for patients and/or their caregivers.

It is a caring place where guests can eat, sleep, and be with others when they want – or be alone when they need time, introspection, and quiet healing. The house provides a place where mutual support thrives, which is one of the great strengths of Kathy’s House.

A vital and an affordable resource in the Milwaukee health care community, Kathy’s House is the only Hospital Guest House in the area that serves patients of all ages and their caregivers who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical care.

Any patient receiving outpatient treatment at a Milwaukee area hospital, along with their caregiver(s), is eligible to become a guest at Kathy’s House. Caregivers of patients in a Milwaukee area hospital are also eligible. Read our Guest Policy to learn more.

The application process for a prospective guest starts with a Referral from a Health Care Professional.

Kathy’s House By the Numbers

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  • $694,000 donated to Kathy’s House in 2017
  • 123,400 lodging nights provided to guests since opening in 2001
  • 10,000 volunteer hours contributed each year
  • 8,000 families have been served over our 15 year history
  • 11,400 lodging nights provided in 2016
  • $85/$35 cost for a night’s lodging versus average donation
  • Over 150 health providers refer patients to Kathy’s House each year
  • 85% of guests are here because of a cancer diagnosis
  • 72% of guests are Wisconsin residents
  • 75% growth of occupancy in the last six years
  • 55% of guests are caretakers for someone who is receiving inpatient care in the Milwaukee area
  • 45% of guests are patients themselves, many of them receiving an outpatient bone marrow transplant
  • 50 miles Almost all of our guests live 50 miles outside of Milwaukee, most from eastern Wisconsin
  • One agency focused on making guests welcome and feel they are home

Where Our Guests Come From

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Of all guests that stay at Kathy’s House:

  • 72%: Wisconsin Residents
  • 13%: Michigan Residents
  • 8%: Other Midwestern State Residents
  • 4%: Illinois Residents
  • 2%: Other United States Residents
  • 1%: Outside the United States

The Top 20 Counties that our guests come from:

  • Brown County
  • Outagamie County
  • Marinette County
  • Winnebago County
  • Waupaca County
  • Menominee (Michigan)
  • Manitowoc County
  • Dickinson (Michigan)
  • Sheboygan County
  • Oconto County
  • Vilas County
  • Shawano County
  • Fond du Lac County
  • Delta (Michigan)
  • Kenosha County
  • Marathon County
  • Calumet County
  • Lake County
  • Oneida County
  • Door County
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