January 2, 2019
Happy New Year from The Yellow Door Foundation!
This week, we thought we’d recap a very successful first year at YDF!
After learning of a real need in the Charlottesville community - temporary lodging for the families of UVA Children’s Hospital patients in medical crisis - JoAnne McTague decided to help. Yellow Door was incorporated in Virginia, the name chosen because it stands for positivity, optimism and happiness, in May 2017, and designated a non-profit that November. In February 2018 we rented our first apartment at Stone Creek Village and welcomed our first family. By year-end we were able to outfit three apartments to immunocompromised standards for cancer and transplant patients, and serve 10 families!! We are so grateful for the support we received from the community, friends and family. Here’s a sampling:
Yellow Door was awarded grants from The Perry Foundation, The Dave Matthew’s Band Bama Works Foundation and The Paul and Margaret Porter Foundation. Immediate family members helped keep us afloat early on. Friends Greg Baer and Clare Hart, Betty Busey, and AnnMarie Gathright and Gerry Kirkpatrick stepped up to sponsor our 3 apartments! Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority members are working on our 4th.
We were gifted furnishings from IKEA, Crutchfield, and Renaissance Lighting, as well as artwork from William Beebe, Katherine Easterly and Greg Baer. Caring Transitions and numerous individuals provided housewares, Nancy Artis Caton provided wonderful children’s books. Charlottesville Self Storage offered a much- needed storage unit close to the apartments. The entire staff at Stone Creek Apartments helped daily in ways too numerous to mention.
Virginia Oil and Gas Association, Wegmans, Immanuel Presbyterian Church and Cove Presbyterian Church made very generous gifts. Sherwin Williams, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co of Central VA chipped in. Rob Brooks, Eric Stadtmueller, Matthew Butterman and Lincoln Barbour enabled us to step up our marketing efforts.
Volunteers logged countless hours cleaning, assembling furniture, setting up apartments and writing Christmas cards!! Folks from across Virginia and beyond donated to the cause.
It was a true collaborative effort that enabled us to get off the ground quickly and help so many families!
In 2018, we were able to spread the word about the Yellow Door mission with the help of WHSV Channel 3 in Roanoke, the Cavalier Daily and the Rob Schilling Show on WINA 1070 in Charlottesville. For her work, the NBC Today Show awarded JoAnne a Cheerios Grant as one of five national Baby Boomers making a difference in their communities. We are very grateful for all opportunities to get the word out!
Your generous gifts will help is reach our goal of an additional 3-4 apartments to serve even more families by year-end 2019!
Because our mission IS all about serving people, we want to tell you about two special souls that touched us deeply this year.
Luis Salazar and his family were one of the ten families that stayed at our apartments last year. Unfortunately, after fighting cancer for four years, in August of 2018, Luis lost his battle with Ewing Sarcoma. Luis made a lasting impression on all of us at Yellow Door and everyone he came in contact with at UVA Hospital. He is sorely missed.
On a happier note, we want to tell you about 11-year old Ella Woodson of Cary, North Carolina. After hearing about the Yellow Door Foundation, Ella felt compelled to help. She sent us a $10 donation - all in change - along with artwork that she and her friends created to cheer up our patients. We hope to one day have an apartment in honor of Ella and her “posse.”
In Their Own Words
Here are excerpts from some of our testimonials:
Since Yellow Door Foundation opened its doors a short time ago, they have already made a significant and long-lasting impact on the lives of our patients. They were able to live at their “home-away-from-home”, sleep in their own bedroom, cook their favorite foods, and enjoy the pleasant amenities of these apartments. Yellow Door has been a bright light during a very dark stretch of time for these children and their parents. – Brian C. Belyea, MD Pediatric Hematology-Oncology University of Virginia Medical Center
The YELLOW DOOR FOUNDATION has been a blessing to our family. Now when Luis goes to UVA for treatment, we can go to the apartment until he feels good enough to travel back home. We are tremendously thankful to the YELLOW DOOR for giving this helping hand to us and to all those families that are going through a hard time with their loved ones. - Ana Salazar Vega
I want to highlight an amazing foundation that the world needs to know about. On September 18, 2018, I met with JoAnne McTague the founder of Yellow Door Foundation. I had no idea I would be getting the keys to this beautiful apartment that very day. Yellow Door provides safe, clean apartments for families of immunocompromised patients, including children who are being treated for cancer or who are listed for transplant. I cannot thank Yellow Door enough for their kindness and determination to make a difference.
This is still a very new and challenging journey for me, and I thank God that there’s an organization like Yellow Door to help make life a little easier. My sincerest and heartfelt thank you to all of you involved.
I know what Yellow Door means to me and my family, so I am hoping that they receive even more support to help other families in need! –Sephida Artis-Mills
Please visit our website at (www.https://YellowDoorFdn.org ) , like our Facebook page at(https://www.facebook.com/yellowdoorfoundation/ and pass the word when you can. We welcome feedback and suggestions and are most grateful for financial support as we continue to move forward with our mission to help these families when they need it most! Cheers!