Our Impact

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.

Lodging Costs Offset for Patients & Caregivers
Nights Underwritten by our Family Program
Total Number of Guests Served Since 2001
Pounds of Laundry This Year (so far)

In Our Guests’ Words

Don and Lynette relax at Kathy's House.

Don & Lynette Bye

Green Bay resident Don Bye says he won the lottery by getting a rare form of blood cancer that affects only 3,000 people a year. Don’s luck has not run out. After receiving chemo treatments in Green Bay for amyloidosis, he came to Froedtert for a stem cell transplant. He spent the first 3 days at Kathy’s House at the start of treatment, followed by 2 weeks in the hospital in isolation. Then he recuperated in a Kathy’s House suite with his wife Lynette. “The treatment knocks you on your butt. You’re robbed of all your immunity and your strength,”…

Jeff & Mary Dorn

April Fool’s Day was an unfortunate date for Jeff Dorn to be diagnosed with cancer. When he called his brother with the news, he thought it was a prank. As the family soon learned, though, Jeff’s leukemia was all too real. After weeks of symptoms and self-advocacy, his tests showed a need for immediate care. The DePere resident made immediate plans to travel to Milwaukee with his wife Mary. Mary was the first to find a “home away from home” at Kathy’s House, after renting a room about 30 minutes away – a situation she described as “a chaotic mess.”…

Liz & Noah Toth

Liz & Noah Toth

Kathy’s House has thought of everything so we don’t have to…The support community here is incredible. It’s an extension of a family,

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Key Stats

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View Our Impact Reports

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Past Impact Reports

2020 Impact Report 2019 Impact Report 2018 Impact Report 2017 Impact Report