The Evanosky Foundation's House of Hope apartments are a home away from home for families going through the transplant process at Duke Children's Hospital. The transplant process typically requires a family to travel out of state and stay in North Carolina for five to ten months, creating a significant financial and emotional burden. The House of Hope apartments address these issues by offering luxury accommodations to families while their children are in North Carolina.
First opened in September 2008, the Houses of Hope are professionally decorated and feature conveniences such as a high-efficiency washer and dryer, computer with wireless high-speed Internet access, flat screen televisions, DVD players, and a video gaming system. Special amenities that enable a cleaner environment and reduce dust accumulation, such as laminate floors, ceiling fans and wood blinds, were also installed. Additionally, Flexsteel Industries provided furniture covered in a specially patented material that is both comfortable and can be easily disinfected, while Uttermost supplied the well-appointed lamps, clocks, and wall decor that help give the Houses of Hope their welcoming atmosphere. To read a story about the House of Hope that appeared in Home Furnishings Business magazine, please click here.
Having gone through the transplant process with their youngest son at Duke University in early 2005, the Evanosky family knows first-hand the difficulty of trying to maintain two households while going through an extremely stressful day-to-day medical routine following a life-and-death procedure. Often, one spouse must continue his or her daily routine at home, going to work, paying bills and caring for the family's healthy children, while the other spouse is alone, far from home in an unfamiliar city, caring for the sick child. Recognizing that this is a stressful time and funding, locating and furnishing housing in an unfamiliar community can be challenging, The Evanosky Foundation developed the House of Hope program.