Oak Park Rotary House Foundation


Rotary House is a single family two bedroom, one bath, wheelchair accessible residence for families whose child is being treated at UCD Medical Center or an approved local hospital. The goal is to serve families that require long-term stays lasting several months or more.

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Address: 500 Calvados
Sacramento, CA 95815
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Martha Nelson
Contact Email: lesliearnal@msn.com
Primary Phone: 916-420-7203
Fax: 916-922-1938
Website: http://www.oakparkrotaryhouse.com
Seven Rotary Clubs in the Sacramento area came together to build a house for families whose child is being treated at UCD Medical center or another approved local hospital. The home was built by Rotarians, community volunteers, and private businesses who donated hundreds of hours of labor, thousands of dollars' worth of materials, and monetary contributions. The Foundation owns, manages, and maintains Oak Park Rotary House. The seven Sacramento area partner Rotary clubs continue to support Oak Pak Rotary House with contributions of money, time, and labor.
The organization needs funds for the costs of the home, including utilities, insurance, taxes, maintenance, repairs and replacement of the home's contents such as furniture and linens. The annual cost is approximately $7,000. The organization also needs volunteers to maintain the home and yard, and in kind donations of furnishings and materials for the repair and maintenance of the property.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Funds to support cost of maintaining the home.
  2. In-Kind Donations - Materials, appliances, and sundries to maintain the home (such as irrigation material, bark, fencing, paint, microwave ovens, mattresses and linens).
  3. Volunteers - Assistance with maintaining the yard and cleaning the house between families, with maintaining website, Facebook, and Twitter, and with maintaining and repairing household related appliances and systems.
  4. Furniture - Furniture to replace worn items, such as sofas, beds, chairs, dinette sets.
  5. Technology - Assistance with maintaining website, Facebook, and Twitter, and with maintaining and repairing household related appliances and systems.
Families from all over Northern California have stayed at Oak Park Rotary House, some for a year or more, while their child was undergoing extended treatment for cancer, leukemia, or life-threatening complications from premature birth. When a child is seriously ill or injured, the cost of medical care may be covered, but often, travel and hotel accommodations are not. The expense of staying at a nearby hotel and traveling back and forth can impose an oppressive financial and psychological burden on the family, creating even more stress in an already overwhelming situation. The families typically need the support the House provides in cost-free housing which is close to the child. The families are also overwhelmingly grateful for other unexpected benefits the House provides -- as a sanctuary, a home-away-from-home, and a relatively germ free environment for the family and the child to stay. We hope to provide some peace of mind to both the worried family members and the anxious child, one family and one child at a time.
-- Martha Nelson, President