Kathy’s House is a non-profit Hospital Guest House that provides lodging and a supportive environment to families who are experiencing one of life's most stressful situations—personal illness or the serious illness of a loved one.
Kathy’s House provides a true "home away from home" for patients and/or their caregivers.
It is a caring place where guests can eat, sleep, and be with others when they want – or be alone when they need time, introspection, and quiet healing. The House provides a place where mutual support thrives, which is one of the great strengths of Kathy’s House.
A vital and an affordable resource in the Milwaukee health care community, Kathy’s House is the only Hospital Guest House in the area that serves patients of all ages and their caregivers who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical care.
Any patient receiving outpatient treatment at a Milwaukee area hospital, along with their caregiver(s), is/are eligible to become a guest at Kathy’s House. Caregivers of patients in a Milwaukee area hospital are also eligible. Read our Guest Policy to learn more.
The application process for a prospective guest starts with a referral from a Health Care Professional.
Kathy’s House By the Numbers
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$512,000 donated to Kathy's House in 2016
112,000 lodging nights provided to guests since opening in 2001
10,000 volunteer hours contributed each year
8,000 families have been served over our 15 year history
4,874 lodging nights provided in 2016
$85/$35 cost for a night's lodging versus average donation
Over 150 health providers refer patients to Kathy's House each year
90% of guests are here because of a cancer diagnosis
56% of guests are Wisconsin residents
75% growth of occupancy in the last five years
55% of guests are caretakers for someone who is receiving inpatient care in the Milwaukee area
45% of guests are patients themselves, many of them receiving an outpatient bone marrow transplant
50 miles Almost all of our guests live 50 miles outside of Milwaukee, most from Southeastern Wisconsin
One agency focused on making guests welcome and feel they are home
Where Our Guests Come From
Of all guests that stay at Kathy's House:
56%: Wisconsin Residents
14%: Other United States Residents
15%: Michigan Residents
4%: Illinois Residents
11%: Other Midwestern State Residents
1%: Outside the United States