Local Nonprofits Partner to House UVA Children’s Hospital Families - NBC 29




CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Five Charlottesville-area nonprofits are teaming up to make it easier for families and patients receiving care at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital to find a place to stay.


UVA Children's Hospital has worked with the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) for years to provide low-cost housing for pediatric patients and their families.


With only 19 rooms and high demand, four other organizations - LilyPads Housing, Open Arms, Yellow Door Foundation, and the Alyssa House - will also help out now.

Now, the hospital can refer families to an RMH coordinator who works to ensure families find a cheaper housing solution that best suits their needs.


"We are not offering these options independently. These options are available because of the community and being able to work together to meet the family's needs is really, I think, what's beautiful about this collaborative," said Karin Skeen, associate chief for UVA Children's Hospital.


Skeen says it took six months to finalize the collaboration, but families have already told her how happy they are with it.


The UVA Children’s Hospital is also working with a few other nonprofits to bring in meals for families and to enhance the atmosphere of the hospital with new art and sculptures.