Martha’s Vineyard: The Family House offers free accommodation and lodging to out-of-town patients and families dealing with a medical crisis or hardship
Created in 2009 in honor of Martha Rouse, an amazing woman whose life ended all to soon as a result from a motorcycle accident, this ministry has been growing ever since, and today, operates as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, offering a home away from home where critical care families can come for rest, meals, support and friendship.
We are an open door for all types of families in need, regardless of religion, race, gender, circumstance or financial means. At this time, guests must be over the age of 16 to stay at the Family House. Our goal is to open the Carriage House Units 1 & 2 for out-patient chemotherapy/infusion/radiation patients and/or out-patient kidney transplant patients and their caregiver.
Loads of Laundry
Nights of Lodging
Filling a need in our community.
Altogether, our community hospitals serve over 11,000 out-of-area in-patients a year.
With no place to go, these visitors—and their families—often find themselves staying at expensive hotels for the duration of prolonged treatments, or worse yet, the hospital waiting room for critical care or intensive care emergencies. Pensacola has become a major player in quality hospital care by offering state of the art ECMO (Extra Corpeal Membrane Oxygenation) therapy, kidney transplantation, out-patient chemotherapy, and heart surgery.
Martha’s Vineyard works with hospital and hospice case managers and social workers to identify families in need. Since 2009, we’ve served a modest 1400 plus families—less than 1% of total visiting-patients and only 10% of those who needed help—and we know there’s more work to be done in order to serve more families in need. Covid has most definitely changed the total numbers of in-patient days and increased the numbers of lodging needed by their families who are staying in the area to be near their sick loved ones.
For more information on how you can stay, donate, get involved, or partner with us, please call us at 850-469-1466.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Our logo, established in 2017, is a symbolic reference to John 15:5. We believe that we have been called to serve Martha’s Vineyard: The Family House according to His purpose, and through that purpose, we can serve others in need.
Board of Directors
J. Nixon Daniel, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr. Dan Doty M.D.
Dr. Bob Greene
Marty M. Tackett, President
Stephen B. Shell