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									                                                                                                                                                                      VOLUME 27
                                                                                                                                                                       • NO. 2 •
                                                                                                                                                                       HOLIDAY
                                                                                                                                                                          2009




                           Executive Director’s
IN THIS ISSUE
                       2   Message
                                                                4 Volunteer& Community Corner 5                       Guest News and
                                                                                                                      Announcements               8   Annual Donor Listing




                                                                                                                                             A Smashing
   Maple Candy and                                                                                                                           Success, the
   Rocking Chairs                                                                                                                            Gifting Gala
                                                                                                                                             Benefits Families
                                                  other guests in the midst of their own

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             anny loves to garden in his

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                                                                                                                                                     s a dear friend of Family House, you
             backyard and watch car races.        crisis were able to provide refuge from
                                                                                                                                                     have most likely heard about the
             Cheryl knits on her front porch      the daily stresses and struggles fac-
                                                                                                                                                     Family Assistance Fund and the
   and watches their grandsons grow up.           ing Danny and Cheryl.                                                                      essential role it plays in our guests’ lives and
   Every Sunday afternoon, Danny and                                                                                                         well-being. Established in 1986, the Family
   Cheryl Bourassa and their family eat           Now, Danny and Cheryl are                                                                  Assistance Fund was created to ensure that
   together, share stories and enjoy home-        cardholders at the Carnegie                                                                no family would ever be turned away due to
   made maple candy.                              Library of Pittsburgh. They                                                                an inability to pay. Through the Family
                                                  know the transplant center sec-                                                            Assistance Fund, financial burden is elimi-
   This past April, Danny learned that he         retaries by name. Every week,                                                              nated for families by offering subsidized
   needed a modified multi-visceral trans-        they set aside a day to do laun-                                                           room rates.
   plant, which meant that most of his            dry. They walk through the
                                                  tree-lined streets of Shadyside.                                                           The lights were aglow at the University
   digestive tract –except for the liver–
                                                                                                                                             Club Ballroom. Dinner was divine. The
   would need to be transplanted.                 In between doctor’s appoint-
                                                                                                                                             band began to play and the boas and sun-
                                                  ments, they visit the zoo, Mount
                                                                                                                                             glasses came out. Guests hit the dance floor
   So Danny and Cheryl left their family,         Washington, the Strip District and
                                                                                                                                             to the tunes of the Studio-E Band, and
   friends and home in North Woodstock,           downtown.                                                                                  raised nearly $80,000 to benefit Family
   New Hampshire, to wait for the perfect                                                                                                    House’s Family Assistance Fund.
   donor match in Pittsburgh. Finding the         Danny and Cheryl seek other multi-vis-
   right match could and would take               ceral transplant patients to help under-                                                   The May 1st Gifting Gala was created to
   months. While they waited, Danny and           stand real stories and cope with the inter-                                                help the Family Assistance Fund. Established
   Cheryl needed a place to call home, a          minable waiting, the false alarms and         Twice, Danny and Cheryl went to the
                                                                                                                                                                            Cont’d on page 3
   place that would provide the support and       many uncertainties.                           hospital in hopes of finding the right
   understanding they desperately needed                                                        match. They’ve been called numerous
                                                  Their room in Family House Neville is         times. Each time, the match wasn’t quite
   in a foreign city. On May 11, they
   checked into Family House Neville.             full of pictures and quilts from North        right.                                       2009 Polo-tini
   The first two weeks in Pittsburgh were
                                                  Woodstock. They are now long-term res-
                                                  idents. For more than four months, they       This September, Danny and Cheryl             Shakes Up
   the hardest. They had to figure out how        waited for that perfect donor match.          were looking forward to their first Polo
                                                                                                                                             James Bond preferred his martinis
   to navigate hospitals in a new and unfa-       During that time, Danny and Cheryl            match. But it wasn’t meant to be. On
                                                                                                                                             “shaken, not stirred.”
   miliar city. When they visited UPMC, it        relied on Family House’s support net-         September 6, Danny was called to the
   took them a half an hour to travel across      work. They made friends. They cooked          hospital for a potential match. This

                                                                                                                                             A
                                                                                                                                                     t Family House’s 2009 Polo-tini,
   the bridge from Motefiore to                   and shared meals with other guests, and       time, it was just right. Perfect, in fact.           original martini-mixes overflowed
   Presbyterian. Danny and Cheryl had to          shared their stories and struggles with       He missed Polo, but Danny is now                     and more than 300 revelers were
   create new daily routines and find a sup-      sympathetic listeners. They formed a          recovering, waiting for the day when he      treated to tasty treats and high-fashion.
   port network to navigate the waiting and       new family and support system during          can again enjoy Five Guys french-fries       Swank local tv anchor models and Family
   uncertainties that are familiar to trans-      this crisis.                                  and a Primanti Brothers’ sandwich.           House friends strutted down the catwalk
   plant patients. The volunteers, staff and                                                                                                 during the fashion show and raised nearly
                                                                                                                                             $10,000 for the organization, with the
                                                                                                                                             generous help of Hefren-Tillotson and
                                                                              The 2009 Family House Polo Match officially                    Saks Fifth Avenue.
                                                                              started when attendees rang their polo bells in
                                                                              honor of the guests who seek refuge in Family                  On May 29th, guests filled Saks Fifth
                                                                              House’s homes. Polo goers remembered those                     Avenue for the annual fundraiser benefit-
                                                                              guests who were unable to participate in the                   ing Family House. Longtime Family
                                                                              day’s festivities. If you were able to join us this            House friends and event co-chairs, Carrie
                                                                                                                                             Conboy and Laura Penrod Kronk min-
                                                                              year, know that you were ringing your bell for
                                                                                                                                             gled, guests shopped and drinks were
                                                                              guests like Danny and Cheryl Bourassa. Even                    served. Cocktails were prepared by Bossa
                                                                              though they couldn’t make it, they were cele-                  Nova, Elixir, Houlihan’s, Mirabelle
                                                                              brating too.                                                   Restaurant, Palomino, Six Penn, Willow
                                                                                                                                             and The Wine Loft. La Crème and Panera
                                                                              For 26 years now, Family House has hosted                      Bread provided munchies and elegant raf-
                                                                              Polo in honor and benefit of the guests who                    fle prizes were won. Whirl Magazine’s
                                                                                                                                             Christine and Jack Tumpson emceed the
                                                                              call Family House home during incredibly dif-                  fashion show with hairstyles presented by
                                                                              ficult medical crisis. We are grateful to our                  Salon Vivice. A portion of the evening’s
                                                                              extended family of patrons and sponsors for                    sales benefited Family House.
                                                                              their magnanimous support.                                                                   Cont’d on page 3
2 Family House friends


    Message from the                                                                                                                          Family House, Inc.
                                                                                                                                              Board of Directors

    Executive Director                                                                                                                        Gregg A. Troian
                                                                                                                                              Chairman
                                                                                                                                              Kevin Fitzgerald

                              Dear Friends,                                                Family House Board                                 Vice Chairman
                                                                                                                                              Joel H. Ettinger

                               It is with great pleasure that we provide
                                                                                             Announcements                                    Permanent Vice Chairman
                                                                                                                                              Glen Feinberg
                                                                                                                                              Treasurer
                               you with a look at recent happenings at          Family House is pleased to announce the newest member of      Bobbee Slotsky Kramer
                               Family House through this edition of             its Board of Directors, Mark Popovich. His esteemed profes-   Secretary
                               our newsletter. I find that it is some-          sional background and active community involvement will       Diana Bills
                                                                                                                                              Fred Branovan
                               times hard to describe the impact of the         serve Family House well in our efforts to remain a strong     G. Reynolds Clark
                               efforts of so many in making our houses          partner to many corporations and organizations in the area.   Robert Cochran
                               a “home away from home” for many                                                                               Gayland B. Cook
                                                                                                                                              Susie Franklin
                               deserving families each year. Hopefully,         Mr. Mark Popovich                                             Floyd R. Ganassi
                                                                                                                                              John Innocenti
                               seeing photos and reading about the              Mark Popovich is the Managing Director of Holliday            Bruce Kaplan
    variety of ways that our community of friends and families, cor-            Fenoglio Fowler’s (HFF) Pittsburgh office, and has 20         Robert Kormos, MD
    porations, foundations, and organizations support our mission                                                                             James Kutka, Jr.
                                                                                years of experience in commercial real estate finance. He     Mary Beth Leech
    fills you with a sense of pride and inspiration.                                                                                          Peter Leone, Jr.
                                                                                joined HFF in 1997. Before his work with HFF, Mr.             Holly Lorenz, RN, MSN
    This has been an incredible year for our organization. Thank You            Popovich was a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers’          David Lovejoy
                                                                                                                                              James D. Luketich, MD
    can not begin to express how much our organization appreciates              Real Estate Advisory Services Group.                          Ruth W. McGregor
    the involvement and support of so many of our dear friends. You                                                                           Todd C. Moules
                                                                                                                                              Philip F. Muck
    have truly made Family House a place where families come to                 In addition to his capital markets experience, Mr.            Eugene Myers, MD
    heal. Our staff and volunteers create such a welcoming, comfort-            Popovich was tapped for a number of high-profile con-         David B. Navikas
                                                                                                                                              Anne Noland
    ing and hopeful environment because we realize that life is so              sulting assignments, including: tenant representation         Mark Popovich
    fragile and although guests may not remember exactly what words             services for Fortune 500 corporations, and develop-           Patrick Riley
                                                                                                                                              Peter Shaw, MD
    we use, or specifically what we did; they do remember how we                ment counseling assistance to the Sports & Exhibition         Paul M. Singer
    make them feel. It is that simple gift we give by just being our-           Authority of Allegheny County, the Urban                      Philip Spina
                                                                                                                                              Jeannine Spinola
    selves that can make such a tremendous difference to someone                Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, Highmark,              Randy Struk
    facing critical decisions and serious illness. We are able to do this       Goodwill Industries, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers        Kevin Thomas
    because of the support that many of you provide.                                                                                          Al Vallano
                                                                                and Pirates.                                                  John Williams, MD
                                                                                                                                              Emeritus
    I invite all of you to continue being a part of our community and                                                                         Nicholas A. Beldecos
    know that we simply cannot deliver our mission of care without              Mr. Popovich was introduced to Family House by cur-           Patricia G. Berman
    you! Please consider Family House during this upcoming holiday              rent Board member, Fred Branovan. Mr. Branovan                William J. Copeland
                                                                                                                                              Bartley P. Griffith, MD
    season and join our efforts in welcoming and providing support to           recommended Mr. Popovich because of his expertise             Howard (Hoddy) Hanna III
    more than 1,000 families a month who call Family House “home”.              and experience in hospitality and finance.                    Stacy Smith
                                                                                                                                              Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD
                                                                                                                                              Theodore Struk
    Best wishes to you and yours,                                                                                                             Staff
                                                                                                                                              Christie Knott
                                                                                                                                              Executive Director
                                                                                                                                              Shaheen Akhtar
                                                                                                                                              Neville House Resident Manager
                                                                                                                                              Jack Anke
                                                                                                                                              Director of Finance
                                                                                                                                              Kay Bebenek
                                                                                                                                              Shadyside House Manager
                                                                                                                                              Krissy DeShetler
                                                                                                                                              Development Associate
                                                                                                                                              Laurie Checkley
                                                                                                                                              University Place Manager
                                                                                                                                              Chuck Dunkel
                                                                                                                                              Director of Maintenance
                                                                                                                                              Beth Ellis
                                                                                                                                              Business Manager
                                                                                                                                              Gerri Giles
                                                                                                                                              Director of Volunteers &
                                                                                                                                              Community Resources
                                                                                                                                              Kara Ionadi
                                                                                                                                              Events Coordinator
                                                                                                                                              Kayleigh King
                                                                                                                                              Administrative Assistant
                                          We at Family House are saddened by the death of our dear friend and staff mem-                      Patti Likar
                                                                                                                                              Director of Guest Services
                                          ber, Bonnie Fircak. Bonnie died on Friday, August 28, 2009 following a long and
                                                                                                                                              Farida Qureshi
                                          courageous battle with cancer. Additionally, Bonnie was both a liver and kidney                     McKee House Resident Manager
                                          transplant survivor and an inspiration to everyone she met.                                         Jackie Rutkowski
                                                                                                                                              Guest Services Coordinator
                                                                                                                                              Lynell Scaff
                                                                                                                                              Senior Director of Finance
                                          Bonnie joined Family House as a volunteer in 1997 and became a staff member                           & Administration
                                          in 1999. Bonnie brought much warmth, kindness and understanding to the                              Jo-Ann Simonson
                                                                                                                                              University Place Resident Manager
                                          many families, staff members and volunteers she comforted and befriended over                       Susan Singer
                                          the years. Bonnie shared her passion for Family House and the families we serve                     McKee House Manager
                                                                                                                                              Shadina Strider
                                          with her own family and we were fortunate to have her sister, Patricia and her                      Shadyside House Resident Manager
                                          son, Michael as staff members and also Michael and his wife Holly as volunteers.                    Marcia Wallander
                                                                                                                                              Director of Development
                                                                                                                                              Part Time Staff
            Amidst the tears, we have been sharing stories of Bonnie and what she meant to so many of us. Christie                            Kathie Barlow          Charlie Kottler
            Knott, executive director shared, “I can honestly say that Bonnie was the finest person I have ever met – she                     Karen Barron           Vicky Krohe
                                                                                                                                              Barbara Berger         Kitsy McNulty
            loved her life, loved her family and she loved Family House. We as an organization have been blessed by her                       Gina Calabrese         JoAnn Malenock
                                                                                                                                              Janet Checkley         Faye Mansfeld
            dedication and care and will miss her joyful presence.”                                                                           Linda Clark            Tony Marvin
                                                                                                                                              Denise Daughtery       Leah O’Reilly
                                                                                                                                              Drew Drombosky         Rose Pian
            Christie also noted that Bonnie wrote on her self appraisal last year, “My greatest joy is being apart of Family                  Willa Dukes            Katie Riedinger
                                                                                                                                              Jacy Eastland          Glenn Rump
            House. I feel that it gives me a chance just to say thanks for all my Blessings. I get way more than I give, doing                Bonnie Fircak          Jo Anne Schwarz
            your mission.”                                                                                                                    Bruce Foster           Mary Jean Spencer
                                                                                                                                              Christina Gerstel      Matthew Stevenson
                                                                                                                                              Gwen Hawk              Rita Tauberg
                                                                                                                                              Melissa Hildebrand     Betsy Van Dusen
            We think of Bonnie when we say “Amazing things happen when your heart is in the right place”…she was                              Don Hughes             Leah Whitcroft
            truly an amazing person. Bonnie will be missed by our guests, staff, friends and her family.                                      Tamasia Johnson        Peg Wietharn
                                                                                                                                              Becky Kennedy
                                                                                                                                              Contributing Editor
                                                                                                                                              Regina Parundik
                                                                                                                                              Cobblestone Communications
                                                                                                                                              Layout and Design
                                                                                                                                              Bethel Park Printing
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Smashing Success Cont’d

                                                                                                                 in 1986, Family Assistance ensures that no family is turned away due to an inability
                                                                                                                 to pay. With the addition of Family House University Place, the need for Family
                                                                                                                 Assistance increased substantially this year. To maintain the program, Family House
                                                                                                                 must now raise more than $200,000 annually from foundations, corporations, indi-
                                                                                                                 vidual donors and special events.

                                                                                                                 A steadfast partner and friend, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center gener-
                                                                                                                 ously supported the event as the platinum sponsor. Family House raised approxi-
                                                                                                                 mately $80,000 in net proceeds.

                                                                                                                 Committed Family House volunteers and event co-chairs, Sharon Fitzgerald and
                                                                                                                 Jeanne Vallano greeted guests at the cocktail reception, while event volunteers showed
                                                                                                                 guests around Family House University Place.

                                                                                                                 Thank you to everyone who made the evening a success.
  Event Chair, Jeanne Vallano, Family House Executive Director, Christie Knott, Event Chair, Sharon Fitzgerald

If you are interested in learning more about the Family Assistance Fund and how you can help families in financial need, please contact the Family
House Development Department. Marcia Wallander, director of development, may be reached at (412) 647-5809 or mwallander@familyhouse.org

                                                                                                                   Polotini Cont’d

  A Special Family House
  Congratulations & Welcome
  As Family House continues to grow and evolve, we rely on the support of our full and
  part-time staff to keep our organization running smoothly and efficiently. Please join us
  in celebrating the newest members of our family.

  Jo-Ann L. Simonson – University Place Resident Manager
  When our newest facility opened on April 13th, Jo-Ann officially became the resident
  manager of Family House University Place. While she has 23 years of experience in non-
  profit administration and management, Jo-Ann is a “perpetual student,” and maintains a
  Bachelors of Science in Community Ministry is attending the Pittsburgh Theological
  Seminary to receive her Masters of Divinity degree.

  Shadina Strider – Shadyside House Resident Manager
  When Jackie Rutkowski became Family House’s Guest Services Coordinator, someone
  needed to fill her place as Shadyside’s Resident Manager. In June 2009, Shadina Strider
  stepped in and hasn’t looked back since. She has an extensive professional, education and
  volunteer background, ranging from the Supervisor of UPMC’s Institutional Review                                                    Event Chairs, Carrie Conboy and Laura Penrod Krank
  Board to a Lezner Tour and Travel Tour Director to an Assistant Youth pastor, counselor,
  teacher and singer.                                                                                              The DelGrosso family treated attendees to samples of their delicious pasta sauce
                                                                                                                   to savor during their next pasta dinner.
  New part-time house managers include: Barbara Berger, Gwendolyn Hawk, Becky
                                                                                                                   Thank you to everyone who made this event a success including event committee
  Kennedy, Joanne Malenock, Tory Marvin, Leah Price-O’Reilly, Katie Riedinger, Betsy
                                                                                                                   member Amy Joseph, Robert Lee, Linda Mason and Gina Zumpella under the
  Van Dusen and Leah Whitcroft.
                                                                                                                   direction of event chairs Carrie Conboy and Laura Penrod Kronk. The event was
                                                                                                                   an exciting kickoff to the polo season and the start of Erin Burger and Sharon
  Family House is also fortunate to welcome Tamasia Johnson, a development intern.
                                                                                                                   Ciocca’s leadership as chair and vice-chair of Polo 2009.



Mark Your Calendar!
Shadyside Chamber of Commerce
Think Holidays! Think Shadyside!
2009 Campaign Canister Collections on Walnut Street
Saturdays – Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 & 19
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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       The CLO Mini Stars perform at the Family House Tent during the
               Think Holidays! Think Shadyside! Campaign.                                                                         Guest from
                                                                                                                                             Doylestow
Family House Gifting Gala                                                                                                                             n, PA
Spring 2010 – Time and Place TBD

27th Annual Family House Polo Match
Saturday, September 11, 2010 - Hartwood Acres

For more information, please contact Kara Ionadi at 412-647-0389 or kiona-
di@familyhouse.org
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       Volunteer
                                                            & CommunityHouse...
                                                               at Family
                                                                         Corner

    Founding Volunteers Earn
    The 2009 Jefferson Award                                                                                Welcome New
                                                                                                            Family House Volunteers
                                                                                                            We are pleased to welcome 59 new house volunteers to our ever-growing “fam-
                                                                                                            ily”. They will help to provide our guest with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
                                                                                                             These volunteers will be volunteering at McKee, Neville, Shadyside and our
                                                                                                            newly opened University Place.

                                                                                                            A special thanks to our volunteer trainers who continue to go above and beyond
                                                                                                            the call of duty to provide guidance and support to our new volunteers!

                                                                                                             Mandi Abdulally                Angie Frie                      Wanda Rall
                                                                                                             Susan Adkins                   Lillie Marie Frydrych           Liz Reagan
                                                                                                             Laura Arrigo                   Anita Gallagher                 Jennica Roche
                                                                                                             Carly Bishop                   Pat K. Gibbons                  Leah Rose
                                                                                                             Sarah Bonaffini                Haley Hartle                    Gail Sakalik
                                                                                                             Barbara Braunstein             Noelle Howard                   Emma Lee Schauf
                                                                                                             Nancy Bromberg                 Beth Hydovitz                   Christina M. Schirra
                                                                                                             Diane Callihan                 Nikki Jaskiewicz                Sally Seed
                                                                                                             Joette Carlson                 Yvonne (Von) Keairns            Rita Marie Sico
                                                                                                             Valerie Carroll                Caroline Koenig                 Sarah Silverman
    Family House extends a heartfelt thank you and well-deserved congratulations to Sophie
    Vargo, Patti Berman, Jane Ellis, Gerry Silverman, and the family of the late Mary Struk. They            Dana Chaffin                   Mary Anne Kormos                Lindsay Starner
    are the recipients of the 2009 Jefferson Award; this prestigious award is given to ordinary peo-         Sarah Chverchko                Flannery Loughran               Sonya Sydney
    ple who do extraordinary things. These Family House founding volunteers are true heroes                  Laura Colson                   Sofia Massaro                   Valerie Tollini
    and committed to helping others.                                                                         Flora Costanzo                 Olivia Massaro                  Michelle D. Tomei
                                                                                                             Lynda S. Coslov                Robin McKown                    Robert (RT) Tourek
    Twenty-five years ago, these incredible women helped to open the first Family House, McKee
                                                                                                             Licercia Crawley               Brian McWilliams                Donna Trust
    Place. From stacking dishes and sorting linens to making generous financial contributions,
    they continue to play an active and integral role at Family House. Collectively, this team of            Dan Duffy                      Karen McWilliams                Esther S. Vespa
    volunteers donated more than 15,000 hours of their time to Family House, which now serves                Joyce Fienberg                 Megan Miller                    Carly Ann Werner
    more than 10,000 guests every year. Thank you!                                                           Carol S. Foglia                Missy Ortego                    Donna Williams
                                                                                                             Lauren Frankel                 Susan Patton


    Volunteers are Always
    Appreciated and Needed                                                                                      Thank you fro
    Every day our houses are filled with families from across the country and
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    all over the world who experience frightening, critical moments in their
    lives. At Family House, they receive the warmth and caring ways of our
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    staff, volunteers and community, making their stay less stressful. On any                                                I just wante  d to say thank
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    given day, you can see many volunteer activities taking place, like students                                              r kindness and                             bottom
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    doing an outside painting project, a local rotary, family group or neighbor-
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    hood friends cooking dinner for our guests or talented individuals con-                                                  hile my father                  ere so thankfu
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    ducting a walking tour of the area.                                                                                      all that you do!              the hospital.
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    These acts of kindness are invaluable gifts that help to make our houses a
    home for the thousands of people who need a place like Family House dur-                                  This is my 4th
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    ing their time in Pittsburgh. Many guests comment on how it helps them                                   it has been a ble                     the Family Hou
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               Guest News and Announcements
No Mileage Restrictions for guests!                                                                 Day Rooms Available at University Place
With the opening of our fourth Family House – University Place -- we have rooms                     Day rooms are now available at Family House University Place at 123
and are able to accomodate families from near and far. Patients and/or their                        University Place and Fifth Avenue at the University Club in Oakland.
Families requesting rooms at Family House -- get rooms at Family House! We ask                      Guest Rooms are available for up to 8 hours and are priced as a $20 dona-
guests to contact our housing office as soon as they have an arrival date, provide us               tion. A welcoming group of volunteers, guests and staff welcome all guests
all the information regarding their stay and then simply call on the day of arrival to              who need the comfort or support of those who understand their stress.
obtain their house assignment and room number.
                                                                                                    Families and patients are able to take a nap or shower in a private room and
Guests and Families in 2nd Room Stay at Half Price                                                  during their stay or visit – guests have full use of our facilities including:
As a gift to our Families we are offering guests staying at Family House during
November, December and January a second room at half price. Double rooms are                                   •      A large kitchen – complete with dishes, pots & pans, utensils
$50, a second double room is $25; suites are $60, a second suite is $30 -- this spe-                                  and cooking pantry
cial rate does not include single rooms. This rate is good for one week at a time                              •      Laundry room
and valid only while rooms are available. We will include this offer on weekend                                •      Library and computer work room
stays, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, throughout 2010, while rooms are                               •      Free wireless internet access
available. To receive this offer, guests should make a second room request directly                            •      Exercise room
through their house manager.                                                                                   •      Family and living rooms with TVs and games

New Prompts for Housing Phone Line                                                                  Handicapped accessible rooms, bathrooms and an elevator for accessibility
To help make contacting Family House easier – we have added prompts to our                          are available. For more information, please call our housing office at 412-
housing phone line. Guests now have the option to choose from “same day room                        647-7777 or University Place directly at 412-578-3095.
requests” and “future room requests” – and have options for questions, directions,
addresses and phone numbers. For basic information about Family House – such
as directions, housing guidelines, address and phone numbers, guests may visit our
website under the Patient/Guest tab or at ttp://www.familyhouse.org/faqs.asp.


                                                              Family Assistance
                                                               Family House is very proud to be able to continue to dis-
                                                               tribute Family Assistance funds to further subsidize
                                                                Family House Room Rates. It costs on average, $70/day
                                                                to operate each guest rooms in our facilities. Family
                                                                 Assistance is available to eligible guests to help further
                                                                 subsidize the cost of our rooms. Especially those who
                                                                 are frequent guests and for those who will be with us
                                                                  for longer periods of time. Please check with your
                                                                  Social Worker to obtain more information.




Your Charitable Contributions Can Go Further With Tax-Free Gifts from IRAs
Good news for people aged 70½ and older with individual retirement                       What are the Benefits of Qualified Charitable Distributions?
accounts! IRA owners are allowed to make tax-free charitable gifts.                       • They can total up to $100,000 in each tax year (if your spouse has a separate
Donations totaling up to $100,000 per year from IRAs can be directed to                       IRA account, you can each contribute up to $100,000 per tax year);
eligible charities – like Family House.                                                   • They can be excluded from your gross income for federal income tax purposes
                                                                                              on line 15a of Form 1040 (no charitable deduction is available, however);
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424) was passed                   • They can be used to satisfy your Minimum Required Distribution (MRD);
last year and the legislation includes a two-year extension of the IRA charita-           • Are not subject to the 50% deductibility ceiling or the 2% rule.
ble rollover.
                                                                                         For example:
If you are required to receive minimum distributions from your IRA and                   If Roberta is 70 ½ years old and has $500,000 in her IRA, she is required to with-
you do not need the money for personal use, consider using those funds as a              draw approximately $25,000 this year. If she is also in the process of making a gift in
charitable gift. The provision applies to gifts from January 2008 through                the amount of $20,000 to Family House – she can authorize the administrator of her
December 31, 2009, for those age 70 ½ at the time of the gift.                           IRA to transfer $20,000 directly to Family House and $5,000 to herself. The $20,000
                                                                                         distributed will not be subject to tax and will be counted toward her annual Required
What are the limitations?                                                                Minimum Distribution.
 • Transfers must be made from a traditional or Roth IRA account by
     your plan provider DIRECTLY to the charity. (Please note: Funds                     The Next Step:
     that are withdrawn by you and then contributed do NOT qualify.)                     We will be pleased to assist you in any way possible. For more information, please con-
 • Gifts from 401k, 403b, SEP and other retirement plans do not                          tact Marcia Wallander, director of development at Family House at 412-647-5808.
     qualify.
 • Planned gifts to do not qualify. [Gifts cannot be distributed to                      Please note that the material presented in this newsletter is not offered as legal or tax advice. Please seek the
     donor-advised funds, life-income arrangements and gift annuities.]                  advice of your financial advisor, tax advisor or legal professional to determine if this is the best option for you.




                                                 More Ways to Give . . .
                                                  UNITED WAY CONTRIBUTOR CHOICE #859 – If your company is participating in a United Way
                                                  campaign and you are thinking about the impact of your annual giving, please consider directing all or part of your gift
                                                  to Family House. Family House Contributor Choice: #859

                                                  DOUBLE YOUR GIFT – Many companies match charitable gifts of their employees and spouses, board mem-
                                                  bers and retired employees. Check with your human resource office for more information.

                                                  ESTATE PLANNING – If you are considering placing Family House in your will – or need information, please
                                                  contact Marcia Wallander, director of development at 412-647-5808.

                                                  ONLINE GIVING – To make a direct gift, or to learn more, visit us online at www.familyhouse.org.

								
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