June 8th is Good Lemonade Day – a one-day, province-wide fundraiser that aims to generate funds for JoeAnna’s House through lemonade stands.

The inaugural Winter Wonderland at JoeAnna’s House was a phenomenal success, raising over $61,000 to help keep families together.

The 2023 Tim Hortons Holiday Smile Cookie campaign will be supporting JoeAnna’s House through locations in Kelowna.

Join us at JoeAnna’s House on December 17, for a heartwarming day of fun festivities in support of keeping families together.

JoeAnna’s House has an exciting new fundraising initiative where individuals and teams can prepare meals for guests of JoeAnna’s House.

October 14th is Better Together Day – a one-day, call to action to support JoeAnna’s House!

Well, not really. But the much-loved Homebase Charity Slo-Pitch Tournament & Celebrity All-Star Game must be postponed for 2021.  While there is good news on the horizon for our community as gathering restrictions loosen, our annual event at the end of June is still not possible.

Your favourite, celebrity NHL hosts, Josh Gorges and Blake Comeau, say “Well, we can’t win ‘em all.  But we will be back swinging in 2022 and you can bet on another home run for JoeAnna’s House.”

Better Together.

All proceeds from Homebase events are dedicated to supporting JoeAnna’s House, a home away from home for families from across the region who’s loved ones must travel to KGH for advanced medical care.

Make a Donation to JoeAnna’s House

The need for JoeAnna’s House has never been greater, and its continued operation relies on the generosity of our community.

 Thank you for your support of Homebase and JoeAnna’s House.  We look forward to seeing you in 2022.

Generous Donation Received from the Wish Come True Society

KELOWNA, B.C. – June 14, 2021.  The Wish Come True Society generously supports families staying at JoeAnna’s House with a donation of $56,656. Since 2012 the organization has worked towards building a pediatric respite/hospice house in Kelowna to help local families with acutely sick children save the time and expense of travelling to Vancouver for medical treatment. The Society dissolved in 2020 and its board members graciously made the decision to donate funds earmarked for their project, to JoeAnna’s House.

 “We chose JoeAnna’s House as we are confident that our contribution to this great local resource will help to realize our original purpose of supporting children in need by allowing parents to be able to stay close by while their children are receiving advanced medical care at KGH,” says Angie Huber, of the Wish Come True Society (WCTS). “On behalf of all of the former board members of WCTS we are pleased to present $56,656.90 to this amazing organization for local families and children facing unimaginable health situations.”

As the lead referral hospital for up to 1 million residents in the BC interior, at any given time, one in four beds at KGH is occupied by someone outside the Central Okanagan.  One quarter of the families who have stayed at JoeAnna’s House since opening were there for the purpose of Pediatrics and newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The need for JoeAnna’s House has never been greater.

“For so many families wanting to maintain a presence at KGH for the period of their loved ones treatment, the travel and lack of affordable short-term accommodation in Kelowna adds significantly to their hardship,” remarks Darlene Haslock Manager of JoeAnna’s House.  “Often we see people who arrive in town with no personal belongings; they are completely overwhelmed because of their loved one’s medical situation and the financial drain and emotional burden of trying to find a place to stay during an already difficult time is simply crushing.”

 

JoeAnna’s House, which opened its doors in November 2019, is located on the KGH campus and provides much-needed short term accommodations for the families of patients from outside the Central Okanagan who must travel to KGH for advanced or specialized medical care.

JoeAnna’s House, provides 20 guest bedrooms for out of town families and is managed with a small staff and dedicated volunteers and funded entirely by the generosity of donors.

Since 1978, the KGH Foundation has worked with a generous community to raise funds to support world-class healthcare close to home for a rapidly expanding and diverse population in the interior of B.C.  Today, the KGH Foundation is the lead fundraising organization for Kelowna General Hospital and its associated facilities, JoeAnna’s House and Central Okanagan Hospice House.

 

You can help ensure families have a place to stay when they need it most. Donate Now. 

151 Reasons and Counting to be Grateful

It was December 30, 2020. The holidays were drawing near. George prepared a care package of cookies and headed out, hoping to catch the local garbage man as he made his weekly route in their hometown of Creston, B.C. His wife, Jean, was in the kitchen preparing for the upcoming holiday festivities. After some time, she sensed that George had been gone too long.

Jean walked out of the house and saw flashing lights. As she approached the scene, a passerby stopped her. The woman said, “He told us your name was Jean when he was still awake. Come sit in my car, he’s very injured.”

As Jean sat in the car, she saw an emergency worker walk by with an object in his hands, covered by a blanket. “I knew it was his arm,” said Jean.

George, with his bundle of cookies, had been accidentally run over by the giant garbage truck.

George was transported to the Creston Valley Hospital, where Jean would soon learn the gravity of his injuries. His arm was severed, he’d lost a lot of blood, his right leg was severely damaged, and his pelvis was broken.

Indeed, traumatic accidents do not yield for pandemics. In their wake, families and loved ones from across the southern interior of B.C. find themselves at the door of JoeAnna’s House.

George was transported to the Creston Valley Hospital, where Jean would soon learn the gravity of his injuries. His arm was severed, he’d lost a lot of blood, his right leg was severely damaged, and his pelvis was broken.

Indeed, traumatic accidents do not yield for pandemics. In their wake, families and loved ones from across the southern interior of B.C. find themselves at the door of JoeAnna’s House.

The plane arrived to take George to Kelowna General Hospital. There he would receive the specialized, advanced care he needed from the teams of specialists – vascular, orthopedic, and plastic surgeons; specialized nursing for wound and enterostomal care; an internist, hospitalist, and physiotherapist, to name a few. It would be a long haul.

Jean arrived, alone, at JoeAnna’s House on January 1. In the 151 days (and counting) since, she has become family. She is hoping that she and George, both in their seventies, can go home sometime this June.

 

“I couldn’t have done this without JoeAnna’s House. I am incredibly grateful. I have been here for over 100 days. Had I stayed in a hotel by myself, at $100 per night, it would have been unaffordable and unbearably lonely. I would have had to go back home and leave George. He would not have improved as quickly as he has. There is a group of us long-timers here. We have helped one another so much.”

 

Meanwhile, all things considered, George is in great spirits. He calls his arm “Stumpy”.

JoeAnna’s House has remained open to receiving families in need through the pandemic. Thanks to the continued generosity of donors, people like Jean have a beautiful, safe home-away-from-home and a family to welcome them in.

You can help ensure families have a place to stay when they need it most. Donate Now.