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Rooms of Refuge

A bedroom can be the most personal and safe place for a person – a place of refuge.  For those who are dealing with a terminal illness, living in a bedroom day and night can become their reality.  Two organizations in Huntsville, Alabama have come together to create unique and comfortable bedrooms for children and teenagers in hospice care. 

Hospice Family Care and its community partner Refuge Church began the project Rooms of Refuge two years ago. Once a child or teen is admitted to Hospice Family Care, their family can request a room makeover.    A team works with the patient to design the perfect space based on the patient’s vision and personality. 

This video captures the very first Rooms of Refuge room that was completed in 2014.  Leilani Lopez wanted a Hawaiian inspired room.  She was given that and more.  "I thank God for the love and kindness that each person with Rooms of Refuge showed us though our time of peril. You gave us hope. There was more life in our home during the two days of room renovation than there had been in two years,” says Jesse Lopez, Leilani’s father.

Hospice Family Care and Refuge Church are willing to speak with hospices, churches, or other organizations who may want to start similar programs. Click here to learn more about Hospice Family Care and how to contact the organization.

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