After much consideration AHHH has decided to remain open during this season. Any procedure that could be postponed has been, however the guests that are with us currently, are here because they have to be. We believe the services we provide at AHHH are ESSENTIAL and as long as hospitals remain open, so should we.
We are taking every precaution we can and following all CDC guidelines.
Since we always serve those with compromised immune systems, our standards of cleaning and disinfecting are above normal but we have implemented more procedures anywhere we can to ensure all of our guests are safe and protected.
Here are a few of the policies we have recently implemented:
No visitors or volunteers allowed. This is a hard one for us because we LOVE our volunteers and don't know what we would do without each of you but feel this is best for our guests,at least for the next two weeks. (Please see below in ways you can still help us from afar!)
Guests will no longer be able to utilize our dormitory rooms. We believe it is wise to keep families together but not to have strangers together in close quarters. We are working with guests with financial assistance and finding other rooms for guests to stay.
Masks and gloves are available to staff. Our staff at AHHH is amazing and have been given the option to remain at home during this time if they wish. Each one of them is here because they believe in our mission and desire to serve our guests. They are the real heroes in this situation and continue to show up for work and love each person well. Supplies have been given for extra precautions as they are choosing to keep AHHH operating each day!
These are the things we are STILL doing:
Home-Cooked Dinners Each Night: Every evening at 7pm, guests can come back from the hospital and receive a delicious home-cooked meal prepared by our staff. We are "practicing social distancing" by spreading out around the table but the sound of laughter fills the room each night of the week as guests build community with one another.
Clean, Safe, Affordable Place to Heal: Someone said recently, "You may come to Atlanta for medical purposes, but you come to AHHH to heal." What an honor that we can offer a respite in the midst of a crisis. We know everyone who is here, does not want to be here. No one wants to be spending days or weeks at a hospital in a city they don't live in. We will continue to offer a clean, safe, affordable place for our guests to heal as long as we are able!
*Please let us know if we can serve you during this time*
David and his wife Georgia, pictured on the right, spent the last six weeks with us while David received treatment for his cancer. They stayed in a hotel one evening and then were told about AHHH from their social worker. Georgia cooked her husband breakfast and lunch in our beautiful kitchen each day and they joined us for dinner each evening. Georgia say, "There would have been no way we could have done this in a hotel. We are so grateful for the hospitality house and the friends we have met here." David completed his treatment in early May and was able to head home to South Georgia. They look forward to returning to celebrate with us the hope of being cancer free!
"My husband and I stayed there many times when he was a patient at Emory....the people who work there are so warm and welcoming and we still stay in touch with a couple we met there and rejoice in all of her health improvements....the setting is beautiful and historical but I think the nicest thing is the evening meal that is home cooked and included...just a wonderful blessing to anyone undergoing stressful surgery, recovery or treatment...highly recommend!!!!"
"It feels like I am having dinner at a friend's house tonight"
-Mr. S, while joining other guests at the dinner table
"They're so sweet, kind, compassionate, loving people, who are willing to help you with anything and provide all kinds of wonderful services!! I love this place ! They'll forever have my love and support!"
Volunteers from IHG
Led by one of our Board members, this Fall IHG returned and revamped the female dorm, cooked us some delicious meals, and made snack bags for our caregivers. We are so grateful for your service and for making our house a home for all of our guests!
We are super excited to announce the partnership with the Leadership Dekalb 2020 class. This group of leaders from Dekalb County will provide consulting hours for us between October of 2019 and May of 2020, helping us to build our foundation and increase our awareness in the community. We are honored to have been chosen to work with them and excited for what the next few months have in store!