Make a Difference Today!

Housing for patient families is critical to helping parents support their kids. You can help these families in any number of ways, including volunteering to cook a meal at the house or helping keep the house stocked with essentials like plates, sheets and even games for the kids. Sign-up to volunteer or check out the house's holiday wish list for a complete inventory of needed items! You can also help provide tickets for local entertainment, activities or sporting events for families during their stay—learn more.

The House that Compassion Built

To guarantee the best treatment for their sick children, patient families will travel across the globe to Boston Children's Hospital. Many of these families arrive in Boston with just the clothes on their backs and no temporary living arrangements. The Yawkey Family Inn (YFI) is just blocks from the hospital and doubles the amount of affordable housing available to Children's families. With 22 bedrooms, shared bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and common areas, the YFI offers all of the comforts of home to families during their greatest time of need.

This house was made possible, in large part, by the Yawkey Foundations, which awarded a $3 million gift to support the new home. Additionally, the Family Inn Foundation, a long-term partner of the Yawkey Foundations, generously donated its independently operated Family Inn on Sewall Avenue to the hospital. Created 25 years ago with the support of Jean Yawkey, the Family Inn has provided much needed accommodation for out-of-town patient families. To honor the legacy of the Family Inn and its founders, the organizations have been designated named sponsors of the new Yawkey Family Inn at Boston Children's Hospital.

Answering the Call

With leadership from a group of young professionals called the Next Generation Developer's Task Force and the help of devoted donors, the house opened on June 1, 2009. Companies such as BJ's Wholesale Club, NSTAR and Bob's Discount Furniture"outfitted" the house with many necessities.

Boston Children's Hospital.