At the end of a long day, there’s nothing like walking through the door into the comfort of home; a restful safe haven where body, mind and spirit can relax and renew.

Since 1984, it’s been the mission of the Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond (HHH), our generous partners, staff and volunteers, to provide this same refuge and respite to patients and families experiencing medical crisis far from home. In those 30 years, over 148,000 guests have come through our doors to receive compassion, hope and support in their time of uncertainty and need. In that time, HHH also has seen healthcare change significantly, and with it, the many needs of its guests.

We paused in 2014 to carefully consider these changes and what we must do to prepare for the next 30 years while preserving the traditions set forth by their founders and loyal supporters.  It starts with changing the name of Hospital Hospitality House.

Now known as The Doorways, our new name is part of our enhanced brand identity adopted in 2014 as a result of the extensive research and strategic planning led by our Board of Directors and the thoughtful input from our stakeholders. The Doorways represents a place between healing and home. It preserves our history as a refuge of compassion and support for those who need to be close to the hospital but not far from the feeling of home. It opens the opportunity to connect with supporters who share our passion for helping others. And it reflects our belief that behind every doorway is a story of hope, help and healing.

Since the MCV Hospital Auxiliary founded the House in 1984, The Doorways has always kept pace with the changing needs of our guests. What started in an eight-room, 19th-century brownstone evolved into the 112-room facility it is today, making it one of the oldest guest homes in the U.S., the third largest in the country and the largest that operates solely on donations.

To continue meeting our guests’ newer, more modern needs, we plan to reshape The Doorways’ future by:

  • Making the invisible, visible – We will bring our house and its dedicated supporters to the forefront of the philanthropy community and expand our reputation for excellent and cost effective services.
  • Communicating our real needs – We will tell our compelling story and create a rally call that engages the community and encourages ongoing financial and volunteer support as well as gifts-in-kind for our guests.
  • Making our house unique, not generic – We will transform our house into a modern, home-like setting that promotes healing.

Thank you! Your continued support allows us to maintain long-term growth and provide an essential service to our area healthcare partners. More importantly, you’re helping us open doors so that those experiencing medical crisis can find comfort and compassion in a place between home and healing.

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Richmond, VA – The Doorways, formerly known as Hospital Hospitality House, has recently been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from The Cabell Foundation. This grant is a 1:1 matching grant, meaning The Doorways will be looking to raise an additional $200,000 to match the award.Cabell

The Challenge Grant will support phase one of renovations to improve accommodations at the Doorways and promote healing for both long-term and short-term patient stays. The Doorways estimates the total costof phase one will be approximately $1.7 million.

“This is great for our house, it’s great for the RVA community, and it’s great for all of our referring hospitals,” said Stacy Brinkley, president/CEO of The Doorways. “We’re thrilled and grateful to have The Cabell Foundation as a supporter and partner as we continue to improve upon our vision of providing an overnight refuge of compassion and support for our guests who need to be close to the hospital but not far from the feeling of home.”

Matching funds for the Cabell challenge grant will be raised one-to-one with new funds pledged after May 21, 2015, and will expire on June 30, 2016.

For more information on The Doorways or The Cabell Foundation Challenge Grant, please contact J.C. Poma at The Doorways, 804-828-6901 ext. 150 or jpoma@thedoorways.org.

See The Doorways’ mention in Richmond BizSense on June 17, 2015: http://www.richmondbizsense.com/2015/06/16/newsbites-noteworthy-tidbits-for-june-16-2015/

Hospital Hospitality House Announces Inaugural Young Professionals Council

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(RICHMOND, Virginia, February, 2015) – Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond (HHH) is excited to introduce its inaugural Young Professionals Council to its Staff, Board of Directors, dedicated supporters and the Richmond community.

“We could not be more excited to have such a dedicated group of Young Professionals representing Hospital Hospitality House in the community”, said J.C. Poma, Community Outreach Manager at HHH. “I have gotten to know each and every one of these individuals over the last six months and their enthusiasm is addicting. It radiates throughout our entire organization”

The HHH Young Professionals Council is a dynamic group of individuals united by a desire to increase the visibility, understanding and community support of Hospital Hospitality House in the RVA community.

The group aims to increase visibility through fundraising and awareness events, including supporting the Gilbane Restaurant Walk, an existing event put on by Gilbane Construction Company in support of HHH. “Our aim is to help drive more attendees and sponsors to an unbelievable event put on by Gilbane and help to raise an additional $10,000”, said Poma. This year’s event will be held August 21, 2015 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM in Shockoe Bottom. All proceeds from Young Professionals Council events will be donated to Hospital Hospitality House to support the cost to house guests during their stay. “44% of HHH guests are unable to make a contribution towards the suggested nightly donation of $15. All proceeds from YPC events will go straight to the fund to help these guests”.

Committee members are also encouraged to act as leaders and ambassadors for HHH by providing volunteer and community outreach support and are integral points of contact for HHH Staff and Board of Directors.

The Young Professionals Council consists of volunteers from the community and the structure includes an Executive Committee and a membership base of over 30 young business leaders:

BOLD = Executive Committee Members

  • Alison              Toepp             Reed Smith
  • Allie                 Cruz                Bowman Consulting
  • Ally                  Synstad         Lane Home & Remodeling
  • Angela             Neiman           White & Associates
  • Britt                Smith             Big River Advertising Agency
  • Courtney         Abell               Bon Secours
  • Evan                Synstad           Gilbane
  • Hillary           Keeton            BB&T Insurance Services
  • Jeff                  Moore             Alpha Media USA
  • Jennifer          Poma              Udig
  • Jon                   Baamonde      Apex Systems
  • Juliana            Comer             Richmond Region Tourism
  • Lara                 D’Antonio       Virginia Community Healthcare Association
  • Lara                Rayborn         BB&T
  • Leah                Truitt                Altria
  • Luke                Buckovich       EMC Mechanical
  • Marcela           Doreste           Capital One
  • Matt                 Riley                 Meadows Urquhart Acree & Cook
  • Meghan           Musgrove        Student at William & Mary
  • Meredith         Sappington      New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Morgan            Buckovich       VCU Health System
  • Naomh             Hudson            Leclair Ryan
  • Pamela             Hutzler            Cliff Weil, Inc.
  • Patrick             Moore             Altria
  • Posi                  Oshinowo        Leclair Ryan
  • Rebecca          Holloway         VCU Health System
  • Rob                  Giorgiani         Bon Secours
  • Rylie                 Power             Student at James Madison University
  • Sharonda         Cousins           Altria
  • Stephen            Locatelli         Capital One
  • Taylor              McKay             Meadows Urquhart Acree & Cook
  • Trevor            Adams             BB&T Scott & Stringfellow

 

For more information, contact J.C. Poma, (804) 828-6901, or visit www.hhhrichmond.org.

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(RICHMOND, Virginia, February, 2015) – Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond (HHH) has received a helping hand from area hospitality organizations as it renovates its 112-room facility at 7th and Marshall Streets.  The renovation reflects a rebranding initiative being undertaken as the organization celebrates its 30th year as the region’s premier provider of affordable accommodations for people who travel to Richmond for treatment at area hospitals.

HHH buildingThe SpringHill Suites Richmond Northwest, Shamin Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown, Richmond Chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) and H.L. Reed Design have embraced Hospital Hospitality House’s goal of modernizing its facility to better promote the healing process for its guests in a caring, emotionally supportive, home-like environment. Through extensive counsel, operational support and numerous gently used donations from the aforementioned partners, HHH is beginning to refresh its facility this month.

“Our entire staff is overwhelmed not only by the support from these businesses but also by their tireless dedication to our mission of providing an updated and modern facility for the 140 guests we serve each night,” said Stacy Brinkley, President/CEO of Hospital Hospitality House. “I express our deep gratitude to each and every one of these fantastic community partners who have given so generously to make this possible.”

While the refreshing process started a few months ago with the counsel of Helen Reed and H.L. Reed Design, an established interior decorating firm in the hospitality industry, Hospital Hospitality House will begin by updating its first floor and exterior spaces prior to the unveiling of its new brand this spring. “Our goal is to have our public spaces refreshed by April 16, when we invite our Board of Directors, dedicated supporters, volunteers and the public down to see the exciting changes we are undergoing,” said Brinkley.

The Richmond Chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America will be at Hospital Hospitality House Feb. 28 with more than 50 professionals to paint the first floor and guest floor hallways. The group is donating both labor and paint in support of HHH. Subsequent renovations of individual guest rooms and long-term preventative maintenance of existing systems will occur over the course of the next two years.

 Just this past week, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott property on Gaskins Road in the West End agreed to donate all of the soft goods from its 103-room property, which is undergoing a renovation this month. “At McKibbon Hotel Management, we have a passion for showing compassion and are glad to help by donating to the Hospital Hospitality House,” said Lori Beggarly, GM at the SpringHill Suites Richmond Northwest.  “Beyond good service, our culture is committed to the practice of hospitality and giving back to the communities we serve.”

Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown has also donated carpet and other soft goods as it prepares for its transition to a full-service Hilton Hotel this fall.

 “It is in our nature as hoteliers and community leaders to help those like our friends and neighbors at the Hospital Hospitality House”, stated John Cario, GM at the Hilton Garden Inn – Richmond Downtown.   “For the past many years we thoroughly have enjoyed giving back; during our Hilton Week of service providing and serving dinner to their guests, a day of painting or cleanup, or throughout the year donating some gently used items that could benefit the Hospitality House and their guests.”

 Hospital Hospitality House can also use the public’s support as it plans renovations beyond the initial first floor and exterior spaces. Gently used furniture, flat screen televisions, artwork and other household essentials can be donated to HHH any day of the week.

For more information, contact J.C. Poma, (804) 828-6901, or visit www.hhhrichmond.org.

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As 2015 begins here at Hospital Hospitality House, we look back on 2014 with gratitude to all of our volunteers who gave their time, talent and treasure to support our mission on a daily basis.

2014 was a year of transition for all of our volunteers as the House hired a new Volunteer Manager, J.C. Poma, who brought with him new opportunities and processes, but most importantly a love and sincere appreciation for everyone who has supported HHH in the past. “I learned the ropes of the House from all of our dedicated volunteers who have often times been here for years upon years. They taught me the true meaning of why we all support HHH – the guests”, said J.C.

Did you know that in 2014 HHH volunteers gave over 14,000 hours of their time? “Our community is full of servants” said Stacy Brinkley, President/CEO of Hospital Hospitality House.

Jeff MooreWith hundreds of volunteers to choose from, narrowed down to a half dozen finalists, the choice for the debut award of Hospital Hospitality House Volunteer of the Year was tough. The 2014 honoree is Jeff Moore, a dedicated volunteer who truly believes our mission is the best kept secret in Richmond and one that needs to be shared with everyone in the  region. As an employee of Alpha Media USA, who owns the radio stations 93.1 Hank FM and 98.9/107.3 The Wolf, Jeff has a thorough knowledge of the Richmond market and is  very well respected in the business world. His tireless efforts with Alpha Media have allowed him to share the good work of the House with the many individuals and  organizations he works with.

In addition to the wealth of contacts Jeff has brought to HHH and the many times he has allowed our staff to go on-air to share our story, he has also been integral in helping the  HHH staff start the Next Generation Committee, debuting with its first full committee meeting on January 13. Prior to serving on the Next Generation Executive Committee, Jeff  was instrumental in helping the SAVOR Auction committee, often times stopping by meetings to share his connections and expertise. Reflecting the efforts of volunteers like Jeff, the SAVOR Committee led by Melissa Ball and the SAVOR Auction Committee led by Kate Van Sumeren, this year’s auction was the best to date in the history of SAVOR.

“We could not do what we do without all of our volunteers”, said Stacy. “Each and every one is an important piece of our daily operations and while this award only recognizes one outstanding volunteer, we are a family here at the House and I cannot thank enough our entire volunteer corps who make the House a place of healing for our guests. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Stop by our Volunteer Week Brunch on April 15th at 11:00 AM to celebrate Jeff and our entire Volunteer staff. “This is a way to meet and thank everyone affiliated with the House and I hope each and every volunteer can make it out to see the renovations and rebranding we are going through in early 2015”, said J.C.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Hospital Hospitality House email J.C. Poma, Volunteer Manager, at Jpoma@hhhrichmond.org.

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In 2014, HHH provided lodging to 7,498 people receiving medical treatment in Richmond.

Your continued support ensures that guests have more than just a place to stay during a medical crisis – they have a warm, comfortable bed, a hot shower, a home cooked meal almost every night of the week, a fully stocked kitchen, and dedicated staff that makes their visit to Richmond a little less intimidating.

This holiday season, please donate to HHH – your tax deductible gift creates a home for families in medical crisis.

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We’re pleased to welcome Tom Enders & Annie Fruhwald to Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond!  Tom is our new Operations Manager and Annie is our Office Manager. Both will be invaluable to our team here at the House.

Tom is a Colorado native, transplanted to the Midwest in 2001, and now to the mid-Atlantic in 2014. He began his professional career in hospital administration where he was Director of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOperations at an Academic Medical Center in Denver, and VP of Operations at a community hospital in southern Indiana.  Altogether, Tom has spent about 16 years in hospital administration followed by another 14 years in facilities planning, design, construction, fit-out in both architectural firms and in private agencies performing government contract work.  The last few years, prior to joining HHH, Tom spent time overseeing, as project manager, construction and fit-out of US Army research labs at Ft. Detrick and Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and a health facility renovation project at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia.

AnnieAnnie is a local Richmonder. She studied hospitality from East Carolina University and is proud to call herself a Pirate! Previously, she served as administrative assistant/special events coordinator for Arena Racing USA. Annie is thrilled to be working as office manager alongside so many compassionate people at Hospital Hospitality House.

Welcome Annie & Tom!

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HHH6-22The history of Hospitality Houses goes back as far as that of our Nation.  For centuries, people have taken into their homes those who found themselves in crisis.  Richmond has a rich history of using private homes as places to recuperate and heal.  We’ve been doing it at Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond since 1984.  And now we celebrate with National Hospital Hospitality House Week.

According to the Healthcare Hospitality Network (HHN), formerly the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses (NAHHH), the need for families and caregivers to have access to affordable accommodations during a medical crisis or medical treatment has increased significantly during the past ten years.  In recognition of this, the HHN has designated the week of July 20-26 as National Hospital Hospitality House Week.  The Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond  is a member of the HHN and is a “home away from home” for an average of 150 people on a daily basis while they or their loved ones undergo medical treatment at a local hospital.

Since its inception in 1984, we have been “a place to call home” for more than 142,000 patients and families in medical crisis.  The House is Richmond’s premier provider of lodging and non-medical support services for these families and is the largest hospitality house in the country that operates on a donations-only basis.  Our guests come to Richmond from across Virginia, the United States and beyond.  They are adults and children, transplant recipients and cancer patients, trauma victims and veterans.  We help them overcome distance, transportation and financial concerns to obtain the specialized medical care they need from the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System-Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (VCUHS MCVH), the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, or six other Richmond area hospitals.  Without the Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond, families would pay an average of $100 a day for hotel and meal expenses.   This would be financially impossible for many families and as a result they would need to decide to delay or forgo the medical treatment their loved one needs.

Click here to volunteer your time at The House.  To help out financially, click here.  Every dollar makes a difference.

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We’re pleased to welcome J.C. Poma to Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond!  He is our new Volunteer Manager, replacing Katie Demaio, who left us recently to explore great new adventures.

J.C. Poma HeadshotJ.C. comes to HHH after working for the local sports start-up Arena Racing USA. As the Sales Manager for Arena Racing, J.C. brings a wealth of contacts to HHH that he hopes will translate to increased involvement in all areas of the organization. One of J.C.’s first goals is to educate new groups (corporations, churches, schools etc.) that want to utilize their time, talent and treasure to support what he believes is one of the best kept secrets in Richmond, the House. His long term goal is to change our mantra from one of the best kept secrets to the most talked about nonprofit in Richmond. He believes there is no better way to do that than inviting an individual or group to volunteer their time and see our mission and interact with guests up close and personal. Speaking of personal, J.C. is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and received his masters from Georgetown University. While at UVa, he met his fiancé and best friend, Jennifer. The two are getting married in September here in Richmond. In his spare time, J.C. enjoys Cross Fit and is an avid Washington Redskins fan, or as they say these days, ‘The Washington Football Team’.

J.C. is already making an impact with our fabulous volunteers. If you’d care to meet him or grab a coffee, he’ll be at JPoma@HHHRichmond.org.

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JC HomaWe’re pleased to welcome J.C. Poma to The Doorways!  He is our new Volunteer Manager, replacing Katie Demaio, who left us recently to explore great new adventures.

J.C. comes to The Doorways after working for the local sports start-up Arena Racing USA. As the Sales Manager for Arena Racing, J.C. brings a wealth of contacts to The Doorways that he hopes will translate to increased involvement in all areas of the organization. One of J.C.’s first goals is to educate new groups (corporations, churches, schools etc.) that want to utilize their time, talent and treasure to support what he believes is one of the best kept secrets in Richmond, The Doorways. His long term goal is to change our mantra from one of the best kept secrets to the most talked about nonprofit in Richmond. He believes there is no better way to do that than inviting an individual or group to volunteer their time and see our mission and interact with guests up close and personal. Speaking of personal, J.C. is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and received his masters from Georgetown University. While at UVa, he met his fiancé and best friend, Jennifer. The two are getting married in September here in Richmond. In his spare time, J.C. enjoys Cross Fit and is an avid Washington Redskins fan, or as they say these days, ‘The Washington Football Team’.

J.C. is already making an impact with our fabulous volunteers. If you’d care to meet him or grab a coffee, he’ll be at JPoma@HHHRichmond.org.

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