Groups needed to help with dinners at Rosenbaum Family House

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Imagine being away from home in a city, state or even a country you know nothing about. In addition to being unfamiliar with your surroundings, you’re also coping with the illness or injury of a loved one who is being treated at West Virginia University Hospitals.

Now imagine how comforting a home-cooked meal would be.

Rosenbaum Family House provides a bedroom and other comforts for family members of patients at the adjacent WVU Hospitals, but it relies on community groups to help with the meals.

Director Jena Prokopchuk said Family House depends on the support of volunteers from churches and other community groups to not only prepare meals for guests, but also make financial and in-kind gifts to help keep the program operating.

“Many of our guests are here for weeks, even months. They rarely leave the hospital. They are far from home and appreciate a home-cooked or restaurant-donated meal. Many of our guests are experiencing financial difficulties. These meals provide a taste of home and opportunity for fellowship,” Prokopchuk said.

The sponsoring group may cook the meal in the Rosenbaum Family House kitchen or bring prepared food for approximately 30 guests.

Prokopchuk noted that many WVU student groups prepare meals for Rosenbaum Family House guests when WVU is in session.

“WVU student groups help out a lot.  After they leave, our sponsored dinner program drops off significantly. Right now we have a need for groups to sponsor dinners,” she said.

Photo caption: Morgantown Newcomers’ members (left to right) Marilyn Shuman, Kim O’Donnell, Susan Abrams, Jayne Tveter, Karen Lane, Sally Kirkpatrick and Sue Woodruff prepare a meal for the guests of Rosenbaum Family House.

Recently, members of Morgantown Newcomers treated guests of the Rosenbaum Family House to a home cooked meal and some Morgantown hospitality.

The mission of Morgantown Newcomers is to help members develop friendships and assimilate into the Morgantown area. The group also encourages its members to seek volunteer opportunities in the area. Morgantown Newcomers is open to all new and established residents. 

Dinners are not the only means of support Rosenbaum Family House needs. Groups or individuals can also collect wish list items or host activities for guests, such as Bingo Night. Unless otherwise specified, all financial contributions received are earmarked for future expansion.

“The rooms are always full. We recognize that there is a great need for us to expand,” Prokopchuk said. “There’s an average of 18 families on our wait list every day.”

Rosenbaum Family House provides the comfort and support of a home-away-from-home for families of patients who come to West Virginia University Hospitals for medical treatment. It was founded by Morgantown resident Hilda Rosenbaum. Its mission is based on the belief that healing involves the love and support of family and loved ones.

More than 550 families were served in 2008. Funding to operate the program comes from West Virginia University Hospitals and community donations.

Groups or individuals interested in helping Rosenbaum Family House can call 304-598-6094 or see www.wvuhrfh.com.




For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 05-27-09

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