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The Hospitality Houses

The CALM House, est. 2006
The CALM House, est. 2006
In the early 1970s, a New York couple faced one of the most devastating situations parents ever face: their child had cancer. The 13-year-old boy eventually died, and in the aftermath, the couple recalled their experiences at the cancer center where he received treatment. They especially thought about the other patients' families who slept in waiting rooms because they had no place else to stay.

The couple decided to buy a house near the hospital. They arranged for an order of Catholic nuns to operate it as a temporary home-away-from-home for outpatients and caregivers. And without realizing it, they created the first known hospitality house.

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A Home Away From Home
The Hospitality Houses of Methodist Medical Center provide temporary lodging for patients and families who travel to Oak Ridge for extended medical treatment. Our mission is to help relieve the financial burden associated with such housing, thereby enabling our guests to focus on physical and emotional healing.

The houses primarily serve patients of Thompson Cancer Survival Center at Methodist, Thompson Oncology Group and their caregivers. Other patients of Methodist Medical Center and their families may stay at the houses when space is available. All guests must live 30 or more miles from Oak Ridge and must be referred by staff at the cancer center, the medical center or a physician's office.

Homemade Comfort
   The Hospitality Houses are a member of the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc (NAHHH).

The Hospitality Houses bring guests the comfort of home. Our guests stay in one of eight suites, and share the use of the living room, kitchen, dining area and laundry room. The houses offer a place where guests can rest and reflect, whether it is in the privacy of their own room, the comfort of the living room or in one of the houses' outdoor sitting areas. Cancer patients who stay at the Hospitality Houses receive a special gift when they arrive, a beautiful lap quilt handmade by Ritzy Thimble Quilting Guild.  Many patients have found warmth and comfort in their quilts during their stay and when they return home.

A Source of Strength
The houses' staff and volunteers create an atmosphere in which guests can become part of a larger family. Patients and caregivers have an opportunity to share their feelings and draw strength from one another. That special care is important when people are feeling the emotional, physical, and financial pressures of a medical crisis.

If You Are in Need of a Room
For information and room availability, please call the Hospitality Houses at (865) 835-4358 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  For after hours assistance call (865) 835-1000.

Houses with History
The Hospitality Houses are a part of Oak Ridge's original "alphabet" houses.  Known as "E" houses, both Hospitality Houses were initially built as part of the development of the "Secret City" during World War II, and have been renovated to accommodate guest stays. The first house opened in 1997 and is named the Manly House in honor of Bill and Jane Manly, dedicated friends of the house and the community. In 2006, a second house was opened following significant renovations by the members of the Cooperative Agreement of Labor and Management (CALM). In honor of their efforts, it was named the CALM House.

One Guest's Story
Kimmy Sue Nelson lives in Lafollette, so when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and decided to receive treatment at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, she needed a place to stay while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.  Not only did Kimmy Sue live two hours away from Methodist and her physicians, she has multiple sclerosis, or MS, and takes medication that makes it almost impossible for her to drive.  But thanks to the Hospitality Houses and the resources offered through Methodist Cancer Services, Kimmy Sue found what she later called "a wonderful experience" in one of life's most challenging times.

An Opportunity to Help

The Hospitality Houses are supported by the Methodist Medical Center Foundation and offer their services free of charge.  So that we may continue this tradition of hospitality, we welcome and rely on the support of the community. Whether it’s with monetary contributions, donations of food or household goods, or through volunteering, you can make a difference to our neighbors, to our community, and to all those seeking shelter in life's storm. Without your generous support, we could not continue to provide a "home away from home" for people facing a medical crisis.  We especially need volunteers to:
  • House "sit"
  • Run errands
  • Prepare and deliver a meal
  • Work in the yard
We gladly accept donations in the form of:
  • Cash, checks, and credit cards
  • Stocks, bonds, personal property or real estate
  • Electronic fund transfers
  • Goods from our Needs List, which follows
Hospitality House Needs List
Disposable coffee cups
Disposable coffee filters
Tea bags (reg. / decaf)
Cocoa (instant)
Soda (regular / diet)
Snack foods (non-perishable)
Saltine crackers
Peanut butter
Canned soups, vegetables and fruit
Sugar packets (regular and diet)
Paper plates
Dixie Cups (2-3 oz.)
Ziploc bags (medium and large)
Paper towels
Trash bags (tall kitchen)
Toilet paper
Fabric softener dryer sheets
Laundry detergent (Tide with Bleach)
Lysol disinfectant spray

Furniture polish
Disinfecting wipes
Soft Scrub bathtub cleaner
Toilet cleaner
Dish washing detergent (machine)
Swiffer wet pads and floor dry cloths
Swiffer dusters
Dish towels
Dish clothes
Latex gloves (small, medium and large)
Liquid hand refills
Light bulbs (60, 75 and 100 watt)
Batteries (AAA, AA and D size)
Postage stamps
Blank stationary or cards
Gift cards (grocery stores,
    Wal-Mart, Home Depot)
Disposable razors

Here are just a few examples of what your gifts to the Hospitality Houses can provide:
  • $65 -- pays a month's utilities for one guest suite
  • $200 -- provides groceries for a month
  • $200 -- repaints an entire guest suite
  • $350 -- provides 7 nights' lodging for a family to occupy one suite
  • $800 -- pays a year's utilities for one guest suite
  • $2,500 -- provides a year's upkeep for one guest suite
  • $10,000 -- names a suite for you, a loved one, or your organization
If you would like to volunteer your services, make a donation, or learn more about the Hospitality Houses, please call the Hospitality Houses at (865) 835-4358. 

Methodist Medical Center Foundation
990 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 835-5261