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The Gift of Life Family House Volunteer Program is a critical component in our mission to provide "a home away from home" for transplant patients, living donors, family members and caregivers who travel to Philadelphia for their life-saving transplant care. Whether it's cooking a meal, answering the phone, sharing a laugh or shedding a tear, Family House volunteers will truly be the "Heart of the House."
For more than 35 years, Gift of Life Donor Program, the federally designated non-profit organ procurement organization has served as the link in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware between patients awaiting organ and tissue transplants and those who donate. Since its inception, Gift of Life Donor Program has coordinated more than 38,000 life-saving organ transplants and hundreds of thousands of life enhancing tissue transplants - serving as the leader in the nation. In the Gift of Life service area there are over 6,500 people waiting for a transplant and it is likely these candidates will have surgery within a transplant Program served by Gift of Life Donor Program. Many others living outside of the Gift of Life service area will also travel to the Philadelphia area from outside the region for transplant surgery. While transplant outcomes have improved, the anxiety and challenges associated with the transplant continue to significantly impact each family member, emotionally and financially. Transplant patients and their families experience a great deal on their journey towards the gift of life. Endless hours, false hopes and the patience to persist are just some of the trials faced when transplant is only the answer to a life-threatening diagnosis. Many challenges are encountered by transplant families and homelessness should not be one of them.