Hospital Hospitality House Announces Inaugural Young Professionals Council
(RICHMOND, Virginia, February, 2015) – Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond (HHH) is excited to introduce its inaugural Young Professionals Council to its Staff, Board of Directors, dedicated supporters and the Richmond community.
“We could not be more excited to have such a dedicated group of Young Professionals representing Hospital Hospitality House in the community”, said J.C. Poma, Community Outreach Manager at HHH. “I have gotten to know each and every one of these individuals over the last six months and their enthusiasm is addicting. It radiates throughout our entire organization”
The HHH Young Professionals Council is a dynamic group of individuals united by a desire to increase the visibility, understanding and community support of Hospital Hospitality House in the RVA community.
The group aims to increase visibility through fundraising and awareness events, including supporting the Gilbane Restaurant Walk, an existing event put on by Gilbane Construction Company in support of HHH. “Our aim is to help drive more attendees and sponsors to an unbelievable event put on by Gilbane and help to raise an additional $10,000”, said Poma. This year’s event will be held August 21, 2015 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM in Shockoe Bottom. All proceeds from Young Professionals Council events will be donated to Hospital Hospitality House to support the cost to house guests during their stay. “44% of HHH guests are unable to make a contribution towards the suggested nightly donation of $15. All proceeds from YPC events will go straight to the fund to help these guests”.
Committee members are also encouraged to act as leaders and ambassadors for HHH by providing volunteer and community outreach support and are integral points of contact for HHH Staff and Board of Directors.
The Young Professionals Council consists of volunteers from the community and the structure includes an Executive Committee and a membership base of over 30 young business leaders:
BOLD = Executive Committee Members
- Alison Toepp Reed Smith
- Allie Cruz Bowman Consulting
- Ally Synstad Lane Home & Remodeling
- Angela Neiman White & Associates
- Britt Smith Big River Advertising Agency
- Courtney Abell Bon Secours
- Evan Synstad Gilbane
- Hillary Keeton BB&T Insurance Services
- Jeff Moore Alpha Media USA
- Jennifer Poma Udig
- Jon Baamonde Apex Systems
- Juliana Comer Richmond Region Tourism
- Lara D’Antonio Virginia Community Healthcare Association
- Lara Rayborn BB&T
- Leah Truitt Altria
- Luke Buckovich EMC Mechanical
- Marcela Doreste Capital One
- Matt Riley Meadows Urquhart Acree & Cook
- Meghan Musgrove Student at William & Mary
- Meredith Sappington New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery
- Morgan Buckovich VCU Health System
- Naomh Hudson Leclair Ryan
- Pamela Hutzler Cliff Weil, Inc.
- Patrick Moore Altria
- Posi Oshinowo Leclair Ryan
- Rebecca Holloway VCU Health System
- Rob Giorgiani Bon Secours
- Rylie Power Student at James Madison University
- Sharonda Cousins Altria
- Stephen Locatelli Capital One
- Taylor McKay Meadows Urquhart Acree & Cook
- Trevor Adams BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
For more information, contact J.C. Poma, (804) 828-6901, or visit www.hhhrichmond.org.
(RICHMOND, Virginia, February, 2015) – Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond (HHH) has received a helping hand from area hospitality organizations as it renovates its 112-room facility at 7th and Marshall Streets. The renovation reflects a rebranding initiative being undertaken as the organization celebrates its 30th year as the region’s premier provider of affordable accommodations for people who travel to Richmond for treatment at area hospitals.
The SpringHill Suites Richmond Northwest, Shamin Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown, Richmond Chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) and H.L. Reed Design have embraced Hospital Hospitality House’s goal of modernizing its facility to better promote the healing process for its guests in a caring, emotionally supportive, home-like environment. Through extensive counsel, operational support and numerous gently used donations from the aforementioned partners, HHH is beginning to refresh its facility this month.
“Our entire staff is overwhelmed not only by the support from these businesses but also by their tireless dedication to our mission of providing an updated and modern facility for the 140 guests we serve each night,” said Stacy Brinkley, President/CEO of Hospital Hospitality House. “I express our deep gratitude to each and every one of these fantastic community partners who have given so generously to make this possible.”
While the refreshing process started a few months ago with the counsel of Helen Reed and H.L. Reed Design, an established interior decorating firm in the hospitality industry, Hospital Hospitality House will begin by updating its first floor and exterior spaces prior to the unveiling of its new brand this spring. “Our goal is to have our public spaces refreshed by April 16, when we invite our Board of Directors, dedicated supporters, volunteers and the public down to see the exciting changes we are undergoing,” said Brinkley.
The Richmond Chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America will be at Hospital Hospitality House Feb. 28 with more than 50 professionals to paint the first floor and guest floor hallways. The group is donating both labor and paint in support of HHH. Subsequent renovations of individual guest rooms and long-term preventative maintenance of existing systems will occur over the course of the next two years.
Just this past week, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott property on Gaskins Road in the West End agreed to donate all of the soft goods from its 103-room property, which is undergoing a renovation this month. “At McKibbon Hotel Management, we have a passion for showing compassion and are glad to help by donating to the Hospital Hospitality House,” said Lori Beggarly, GM at the SpringHill Suites Richmond Northwest. “Beyond good service, our culture is committed to the practice of hospitality and giving back to the communities we serve.”
Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown has also donated carpet and other soft goods as it prepares for its transition to a full-service Hilton Hotel this fall.
“It is in our nature as hoteliers and community leaders to help those like our friends and neighbors at the Hospital Hospitality House”, stated John Cario, GM at the Hilton Garden Inn – Richmond Downtown. “For the past many years we thoroughly have enjoyed giving back; during our Hilton Week of service providing and serving dinner to their guests, a day of painting or cleanup, or throughout the year donating some gently used items that could benefit the Hospitality House and their guests.”
Hospital Hospitality House can also use the public’s support as it plans renovations beyond the initial first floor and exterior spaces. Gently used furniture, flat screen televisions, artwork and other household essentials can be donated to HHH any day of the week.
For more information, contact J.C. Poma, (804) 828-6901, or visit www.hhhrichmond.org.
As 2015 begins here at Hospital Hospitality House, we look back on 2014 with gratitude to all of our volunteers who gave their time, talent and treasure to support our mission on a daily basis.
2014 was a year of transition for all of our volunteers as the House hired a new Volunteer Manager, J.C. Poma, who brought with him new opportunities and processes, but most importantly a love and sincere appreciation for everyone who has supported HHH in the past. “I learned the ropes of the House from all of our dedicated volunteers who have often times been here for years upon years. They taught me the true meaning of why we all support HHH – the guests”, said J.C.
Did you know that in 2014 HHH volunteers gave over 14,000 hours of their time? “Our community is full of servants” said Stacy Brinkley, President/CEO of Hospital Hospitality House.
With hundreds of volunteers to choose from, narrowed down to a half dozen finalists, the choice for the debut award of Hospital Hospitality House Volunteer of the Year was tough. The 2014 honoree is Jeff Moore, a dedicated volunteer who truly believes our mission is the best kept secret in Richmond and one that needs to be shared with everyone in the region. As an employee of Alpha Media USA, who owns the radio stations 93.1 Hank FM and 98.9/107.3 The Wolf, Jeff has a thorough knowledge of the Richmond market and is very well respected in the business world. His tireless efforts with Alpha Media have allowed him to share the good work of the House with the many individuals and organizations he works with.
In addition to the wealth of contacts Jeff has brought to HHH and the many times he has allowed our staff to go on-air to share our story, he has also been integral in helping the HHH staff start the Next Generation Committee, debuting with its first full committee meeting on January 13. Prior to serving on the Next Generation Executive Committee, Jeff was instrumental in helping the SAVOR Auction committee, often times stopping by meetings to share his connections and expertise. Reflecting the efforts of volunteers like Jeff, the SAVOR Committee led by Melissa Ball and the SAVOR Auction Committee led by Kate Van Sumeren, this year’s auction was the best to date in the history of SAVOR.
“We could not do what we do without all of our volunteers”, said Stacy. “Each and every one is an important piece of our daily operations and while this award only recognizes one outstanding volunteer, we are a family here at the House and I cannot thank enough our entire volunteer corps who make the House a place of healing for our guests. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Stop by our Volunteer Week Brunch on April 15th at 11:00 AM to celebrate Jeff and our entire Volunteer staff. “This is a way to meet and thank everyone affiliated with the House and I hope each and every volunteer can make it out to see the renovations and rebranding we are going through in early 2015”, said J.C.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Hospital Hospitality House email J.C. Poma, Volunteer Manager, at Jpoma@hhhrichmond.org.
In 2014, HHH provided lodging to 7,498 people receiving medical treatment in Richmond.
Your continued support ensures that guests have more than just a place to stay during a medical crisis – they have a warm, comfortable bed, a hot shower, a home cooked meal almost every night of the week, a fully stocked kitchen, and dedicated staff that makes their visit to Richmond a little less intimidating.
This holiday season, please donate to HHH – your tax deductible gift creates a home for families in medical crisis.
We’re pleased to welcome Tom Enders & Annie Fruhwald to Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond! Tom is our new Operations Manager and Annie is our Office Manager. Both will be invaluable to our team here at the House.
Tom is a Colorado native, transplanted to the Midwest in 2001, and now to the mid-Atlantic in 2014. He began his professional career in hospital administration where he was Director of Operations at an Academic Medical Center in Denver, and VP of Operations at a community hospital in southern Indiana. Altogether, Tom has spent about 16 years in hospital administration followed by another 14 years in facilities planning, design, construction, fit-out in both architectural firms and in private agencies performing government contract work. The last few years, prior to joining HHH, Tom spent time overseeing, as project manager, construction and fit-out of US Army research labs at Ft. Detrick and Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and a health facility renovation project at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia.
Annie is a local Richmonder. She studied hospitality from East Carolina University and is proud to call herself a Pirate! Previously, she served as administrative assistant/special events coordinator for Arena Racing USA. Annie is thrilled to be working as office manager alongside so many compassionate people at Hospital Hospitality House.
Welcome Annie & Tom!
The history of Hospitality Houses goes back as far as that of our Nation. For centuries, people have taken into their homes those who found themselves in crisis. Richmond has a rich history of using private homes as places to recuperate and heal. We’ve been doing it at Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond since 1984. And now we celebrate with National Hospital Hospitality House Week.
According to the Healthcare Hospitality Network (HHN), formerly the National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses (NAHHH), the need for families and caregivers to have access to affordable accommodations during a medical crisis or medical treatment has increased significantly during the past ten years. In recognition of this, the HHN has designated the week of July 20-26 as National Hospital Hospitality House Week. The Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond is a member of the HHN and is a “home away from home” for an average of 150 people on a daily basis while they or their loved ones undergo medical treatment at a local hospital.
Since its inception in 1984, we have been “a place to call home” for more than 142,000 patients and families in medical crisis. The House is Richmond’s premier provider of lodging and non-medical support services for these families and is the largest hospitality house in the country that operates on a donations-only basis. Our guests come to Richmond from across Virginia, the United States and beyond. They are adults and children, transplant recipients and cancer patients, trauma victims and veterans. We help them overcome distance, transportation and financial concerns to obtain the specialized medical care they need from the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System-Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (VCUHS MCVH), the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, or six other Richmond area hospitals. Without the Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond, families would pay an average of $100 a day for hotel and meal expenses. This would be financially impossible for many families and as a result they would need to decide to delay or forgo the medical treatment their loved one needs.
We’re pleased to welcome J.C. Poma to Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond! He is our new Volunteer Manager, replacing Katie Demaio, who left us recently to explore great new adventures.
J.C. comes to HHH after working for the local sports start-up Arena Racing USA. As the Sales Manager for Arena Racing, J.C. brings a wealth of contacts to HHH that he hopes will translate to increased involvement in all areas of the organization. One of J.C.’s first goals is to educate new groups (corporations, churches, schools etc.) that want to utilize their time, talent and treasure to support what he believes is one of the best kept secrets in Richmond, the House. His long term goal is to change our mantra from one of the best kept secrets to the most talked about nonprofit in Richmond. He believes there is no better way to do that than inviting an individual or group to volunteer their time and see our mission and interact with guests up close and personal. Speaking of personal, J.C. is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia and received his masters from Georgetown University. While at UVa, he met his fiancé and best friend, Jennifer. The two are getting married in September here in Richmond. In his spare time, J.C. enjoys Cross Fit and is an avid Washington Redskins fan, or as they say these days, ‘The Washington Football Team’.
J.C. is already making an impact with our fabulous volunteers. If you’d care to meet him or grab a coffee, he’ll be at JPoma@HHHRichmond.org.
While many of our guest make plans to spend some time with us at Hospital Hospitality House, being in medical crisis is generally not a planned thing. We also try to provide the comforts of a home-away-from home. That being said, there are certain things that we can provide, and certain things you might like to bring.
While we provide linens for your room, and you can certainly exchange them each day, we also provide a laundry room. Any favorite towels or blankets can certainly come with you. You can also bring detergent, but we have donated detergents should you need them.
Bring your favorite book or magazine. We have a library, just off of our lobby, and it’s relatively well stocked. We may not have the latest blockbusters, so be prepared.
Toiletries are another item that we receive through donations. Bring what you think you’ll need, and we can help to fill in what you’ve forgotten.
We have a communal kitchen stocked with supplies and donated food. We also have meals that are prepared on a regular basis by our volunteers. If you have favorites, or a restricted diet, you may label, store, and prepare it in our kitchen.
We also have a dedicated pediatric floor. Our volunteers have decorated and stocked it to make it as kid-friendly as possible. It is, however, for pediatric patients. If your little one is with a guest, make plans to keep them entertained. We keep a decent supply of board games and such for our general guests, but perhaps not enough for the littlest visitors.
Bring your attitude – the good one. We’ve provided Hospital Hospitality House as a place of healing. We love what we do, and you have our support, but it will be up to you to get better!
This year, on August 22nd, we’ll gather for our 9th Annual Gilbane Restaurant Walk! We’ll meet with friends and supporters and roam the cobblestones of Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom, and sample savory food and drink from each of the participating restaurants. This year we’ll visit, among others, Canal Bistro, Southern Railway Taphouse, Torero (formerly Europa), and The Tobacco Company.
The neat thing is that Gilbane is our main sponsor for this event. They help to nail down the restaurants, find corporate partners, and help to lead the walk. And they’re a construction firm. But we suppose building communities means being part of one.
The other neat thing is how much money we raise. Between your ticket purchases and outright donations, our 2013 Gilbane Restaurant Walk brought in $16,000. All of that for a night of laughing, eating, and drinking.
Last year, over 200 joined us for our walk. If you would like to purchase tickets, click here.
Have you ever wanted to really freak someone out? The next time you’re in line at the grocery store or bank, look at the person standing next to you, offer them your broadest smile, and proudly say, “Well, Hello There!” Gets them every time.
Bringing a smile to Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond is every bit as important as having a place to heal or feeding a deserving guest. In fact, studies have shown that smiling improves mood, is contagious, and can actually boost your immune system! When you startle the stranger next to you, you’re actually paying it forward!
It’s no secret that our continued success is based on two critical factors: Your financial support and the dedication of our volunteers. Much of our chatter revolves around things like our upcoming Gilbane Restaurant Walk and SAVOR Dinner, two important fundraising initiatives. We also take every opportunity to offer thanks to those who donate time. Sometimes, however, it’s the intangible gifts that leave a big impact.
We occasionally host volunteers who bring a musical donation to The House. They sing, play instruments, and lead our guests in song. Many doctors play music during procedures because it allows them to concentrate on the task at hand. Music at Hospital Hospital House allows our guests to concentrate on healing.
Have you ever lost yourself in a book? While it has no nutritional value, and no intrinsic healing power, losing yourself in a story can certainly take you away from your immediate troubles. We maintain a small library at The House, filled with donated books, and frequently we see a guest engrossed in an adventure or spy thriller.
Some special folks stopped by the other day to offer their own sort of intangible gift. Arts in the Alley came with paint, brushes, and ideas. They painted some colorful murals in and around The House. They won’t cure anyone, you can’t eat them, they won’t pay our electric bill, but they do offer a bit of cheer to everyone staying with us.
We’re still the largest Hospitality House in the nation that survives solely on donations. So please give. We also rely heavily on the groups that offer their time and compassion by volunteering to provide meals. So keep signing up to do that.
We’re also always on the lookout for a broad smile. Those can be in short supply.