Since breaking ground in 2014, Dan’s House of Hope-Houston has served as an oasis for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients traveling from communities across the US—and  globally—to receive innovative, specialized  cancer care at the distinguished hospitals of Houston’s Texas Medical Center (TMC).

Work family - 10-5-13Dan’s House of Hope helps young adults fighting cancer heal through community, supportive programming and home-away-from-home services that reduce isolation, decrease financial burdens and nourish hope.

Dan’s House of Hope (DHOH) provides a home-away-from-home atmosphere enriched with a supportive community based experience—all conveniently nestled near nationally acclaimed University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and additional leading healthcare institutions.

A member of the Healthcare Hospitality Network , Dan’s House of Hope, Inc., is proud to be part of a network committed to serving the needs of families in medical crisis with homes that help and heal.  Hospital hospitality houses offer temporary housing to caregivers and patients while in treatment at a medical facility far from home. HHN member houses are not-for-profit entities serving the needs of patient and family.

Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer represent a distinct demographic group.  This population continues to tumble into “no man’s land” between programs designed for children and those established for older adult cancer patients.  Hospitality houses focusing on the needs of children and younger adolescents typically have a cut-off age of 18 for their services, which is appropriate when an organization’s mission, culture, and environment are specific to serving children.  On the other end of the spectrum, hospitality houses designed with more senior adult guests in mind are often equally ill equipped to support the unique psychosocial needs of adolescents and young adults ranging in age from about 17–34 years old. Greatly needed is a place for AYAs to call home.

In the midst of medical crisis—at perhaps the most vulnerable point in their lives—weighted with a heightened sense of ‘not fitting in’ by a disease common to later stages of life, facing a future of uncertainty, burdened with worries too numerous to name, and disconnected by distance from the loving support of friends and family, AYAs traveling for treatment need a hope-filled place of help and healing to call home.  Dedicated specifically to serving adolescent and young adult cancer patients and their families, Dan’s House of Hope is your home for hope in Houston’s highly acclaimed TMC! Future DHOH sites, located near major cancer centers around the country, will provide a home away from home for thousands of young adults, from late teens to mid-thirties, as they travel for treatment and battle cancer.