Saturday, December 27, 2008

Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House Breaks Ground

The Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House broke ground on the Home Depot Marcus Hospitality Cottage, a handicapped accessible overnight housing facility for patients and families traveling to Atlanta for medical care.

Funded by a grant from the Home Depot Foundation, the new cottage is a 1,400-square-foot facility which will have the capacity to provide lodging, meals and a supportive environment for patients and families receiving treatment in any of the 17 Atlanta area hospitals. The cottage will also serve families from the Marcus Autism Center, which works with children who have developmental disabilities.

“We are excited to have the support from The Home Depot Foundation, and an opportunity to work with the Marcus Foundation,” said CJ Bolster, Chair of the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House. “The cottage will have an additional four bedrooms that will house up to eight additional guests.”

“Thanks to The Home Depot’s commitment, we will have an open, welcoming and affordable overnight alternative for our families who commute for treatment,” said John Floyd, chief development officer of the Marcus Autism Center. “Because we treat the entire family, this facility will enhance the patient experience and provide a better basis for progress in the future.”

Since its inception in 1981, The Hospitality House has served more than 100,000 guests from all 50 states and 39 different countries. It is the only hospitality house of its kind, serving outpatients and families of inpatients from any Atlanta area hospital regardless of medical condition. The handicap accessible cottage presents a unique partnership between three non-profit organizations to offer a caring environment for patients outside the walls of the medical facility.

“The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building homes for families that are healthy and affordable to live in; and this commitment extends to the ‘home away from home’ that the Hospitality House will provide for patients and their families,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “Built according to EarthCraft House specifications, the cottage will consume less energy and natural resources providing both an environmentally friendly and comfortable home.”

The cottage will be located on the campus of the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House at 1815 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta, Ga. For more information about the Hospitality House or the Home Depot Marcus Hospitality Cottage, please call 404-377-6333 or visit
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