Helping Families During Trying Times
In 2021, Kathy’s House opened a new facility with the capacity to serve more guests and the intentional design to serve them better than ever.
The vision for the national model in hospital guest housing was the basis for the creation of our newly constructed, 38-room home, footsteps from Froedtert Hospital on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center Campus.
As we continue to grow in our new facility, the data on this page is a testament to the impact we are having on families who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical treatment.
The Family Program for Patients & Caregivers
The Family Program for Patients and Caregivers ensures that every family facing a medical crisis, including those in financial hardship, can access needed healthcare and stay together during medical treatments.
The actual cost of a one-night stay at Kathy’s House is $90. We ask our guests to contribute a minimum of $50 per night toward the cost of their stays (and only $30 per night after 30 days). It is our goal, however, not to turn anyone away due to the inability to pay. Only through donations to our Family Program for Patients and Caregivers is this outcome possible as 75% of the families we serve cannot pay the actual cost of their stays. In fact, 10% of families cannot contribute anything toward the cost of their stays at Kathy’s House.
Our Impact in Real Time
This section is updated regularly and measures our impact in real time.
In Our Guests’ Words
Carol & Tom Titzkowski
Tom Titzkowski has coined a new term for our community of care: “a cascading encouragement process. People who have been here encourage new people who come,” Tom explains, and paying it forward is a key part of recovery. “Everyone is like a friend right away because you are all in the same situation,” Tom’s wife Carol adds. The couple praise our infection control measures, convenient location, friendly staff, atmosphere, and “light, bright, and welcoming” architecture, all of which helped them to feel comfortable quickly. “After a week, it was home,” Carol recalls. Carol not only found a home at Kathy’s…
Penny Morgan & Larry Campbell
Before arriving at Kathy’s House, Penny Morgan wondered whether she and her husband could adjust to community living. “It’s been just the two of us for a really long time,” she says of her husband of 48 years, Larry Campbell, who is facing a diagnosis of acute leukemia. The retired school counselor, whose warm, funny, and engaging demeanor belies her self-description as a “persnickety” and a “recluse” says that, of late, her social interaction lately has been limited. She spends more time “talking to the birds, chipmunks, and rabbits” who visit her flower garden than the teenagers who used to…
Ray & Linda Ward
Six degrees of separation brought us to Milwaukee,” says Linda Ward, who is caring for her husband Ray during his cancer treatments. Although Ray was first treated in the couple’s home state of Florida, Linda says her “guardian angel (a.k.a new friend, Patti Younce) kept pushing” her to call Dr. Evans at Froedtert Hospital. Staying in Milwaukee seemed daunting – until she received a referral to Kathy’s House. “I made one phone call, and I spoke to Robin, who was so caring, on a Monday. By Wednesday, we were in,” Linda recalls. Linda says that staying at Kathy’s House has…
View Our Impact Reports
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