NC Fit Club Coaches Visit Hospitality House of Charlotte
September 27, 2012
September 27, 2012
We had the honor of volunteering and meeting some amazing families at the Hospitality House of Charlotte NC. The Hospitality House is a non-profit organization for families in medical crisis. They survive 100% off of charitable donations and volunteer efforts. Hospitality House is more than just a place to sleep. Their guests know, firsthand, what it feels like to stay where everyone knows the stress you are under, and people are here to give a hug or lend an ear to listen. As one guest put it, HHoC is a “port in a storm.” This is not only a place where families from all over the world stay, but also, where they find common comfort and emotional support in one another…a home away from home. I found about this through my own step-mom who’s been battling cancer for over 10 years and has stayed there in the past. I knew what an amazing place it was and how special the people were who worked there.
So we gathered a group of coaches and went to volunteer our time and prepare a meal for the families and patients there. It was humbling and tragic to hear the stories we heard and to see the horrible things some of them are going through. It would amaze you the strength these families have.
I met one lady who had been at the hospital all week sleeping on the floor in the waiting room as her son who was there because of a self inflicted gunshot wound was in and out of surgery. Beside her was his 10 year old son. It made my heart break as a parent to see the pain she was going through and to also realize the other side of it, which was what the little boy must be thinking and experiencing. After sleeping on the floor for a week, the lady’s sister had donated the money for her to stay at the Hospitality House and finally have a bed to call her own while in town.
Meeting these families will make you realize how short and valuable life is and how lucky we were to have the good fortune that God has blessed us with. One of the workers at the Hospitality House, Libby, said to us “You may think you have it bad in life, but there’s always someone out there who’s got it worse.”. Man, did that hit home.
If you’d like to donate your time or money to the Hospitality House of Charlotte, please visit them here. And if you’re not in Charlotte, there’s probably a Hospitality House in your area that could use your help.