Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Be a Good Home to those in need by providing a compassionate and supportive residence that allows families remain close to loved ones being cared for at St. Mary's Hospital.
The Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House is an expansion of our ministry of hospitality that began in 1997 when the Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital volunteer auxiliary saw a need to care for the caregivers and opened four small guest cottages on the hospital campus. As St. Mary's Hospital has offered more advanced treatments and therapies, an increasing number of patients are traveling greater distances for their care, creating an increased demand for our Guest House program to expand. With that understanding of need, we began construction of the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House in September 2013 on property already owned by Bon Secours St. Mary’s. The Guest House will provide overnight accommodations and a community of support for patients families who live more than 30 minutes away. The $4 million project is funded almost exclusively through philanthropic support. We are excited to open our doors to families in June 2014. The Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House will be the first major building project on this section of Libbie Avenue in more than 45 years. The Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House has worked closely with neighborhood residents and business owners to communicate updates and gather feedback about plans for construction, including hosting town hall meetings and attending community association meetings; so this is truly a community project! The 14,000-square-foot residence has 16 rooms with private bath, large kitchen, infant/teen play area, living room, dining room, laundry facilities, and beautifully landscaped grounds, which will allow our guests to relax and recharge. To sustain our ministry of hospitality, we will rely 100% on the generosity of our community to support the operations of the house, both financially and with volunteer support.