Believe In Tomorrow Children's House at Johns Hopkins
1915 McElderry St, Baltimore, Md 21205 • (410) 614-2560 (map)
The Children’s House at Johns Hopkins is part of the hospital housing program of the Believe In Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation. This facility offers affordable housing for families of pediatric patients who visit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. It is our purpose to keep families together in the midst of medical crisis, to reduce stress and promote self-help and mutual support. Young people who receive medical treatment away from home need the emotional support of their families. Those families need a “home-away-from-home,” where they can restore their own physical and emotional energies.
The Children’s House opened its doors in 1993 through the generous contributions of founders Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum. In a barn-raising fashion, more than 3,000 volunteers and over 300 companies joined forces with the Greenebaums and the Believe In Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation to build and furnish The Children’s House.
“We felt like we were being taken care of, what an amazing feeling – since we have been taking care of each other so much the past 6 months. Thank you!!!” – Family of Caden, age 6, battling leukemia
The Children’s House at Johns Hopkins provides an average of 1,200 individual overnight accommodations per month. Since opening, the Children’s House has served families from every state in the U.S. and more than 76 countries worldwide.
The Children’s House promotes a concept called “Care by Parent” which allows parents of children who have had major surgery, such as organ transplants, to stay in the house upon their child’s discharge from the hospital. While at The Children’s House, parents reach a comfort level in serving as the primary healthcare provider for their child, in this supportive, home-like environment.
Help comes in many forms: through volunteering, donations of goods and services, and attending our events. On many evenings at The Children’s House, volunteers can be found preparing and serving home-cooked meals to our families in the large, communal kitchens and dining rooms.