The Family Home is a private, non-profit facility at 4300 West Markham Street. It is owned by the board of Parents and Friends of Childrenand Adults, Inc. and their mission is “to operate a facility that will provide affordable lodging in a home-like setting for cancer patients and parents of premature infants being cared for at the UAMS Medical Center and to provide a cancer support center where education, fellowship and nurturing can take place in a supportive atmosphere.”
The Family Home is a spacious 13,500 square foot house with two guest wings: one has a kitchen, laundry, and five bedrooms and baths for parents who have babies in the UAMS Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the other has two kitchens, laundry and 10 bedrooms and baths for cancer patients and their caregivers. In addition to an office, conference room, meditation area, and manager’s apartment, the home also includes the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary Cancer Support Center comprised of a library, kitchen, activities room, covered porch and great room where functions for cancer patients are held.
In order to stay at the Family Home, cancer patients must be receiving out-patient treatment at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and must live outside a 50 mile radius of Little Rock. To stay in the neo-natal wing, parents must have a baby in the intensive care unit at UAMS. All guests must be referred by a social worker at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute or the NICU. The cost to stay is $10 per night.
The Family Home is staffed by Rhonnie and Don McElhaney who oversee all daily operations, and Robin Dean, coordinator of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary Cancer Support Center.
If you, your company or your organization are interested in contributing money or other resources to this project, please call 501-978-2900 or see how you can help.