On the busy campus of Sinai Hospital, across from the ER, is a beautiful building whose sole purpose is to provide a home away from home for patients and their families. Healing happens here. Compassion and care are provided regularly. Patients who undergo procedures that are often painful and require long recovery periods are able to live with their families in this place and feel welcome. This is the Hackerman-Patz House.
Volunteering at the Hackerman-Patz House allows all of us at Media Works to make a difference. Every few months, our team prepares and serves dinner for the families at the HP House. When we first started helping these families, we learned one very important fact: while this house is able to provide them with comfortable, convenient and upscale accommodations, nothing beats a home-cooked meal!
Last week, we went back to basics and made family-friendly summer picnic food. Mac’n’Cheese, Sloppy Joe’s, hot dogs, side salads, snacks and delicious dessert bars were on the menu. Seeing the looks on the faces of the children and their parents was well worth the time it took to prepare the food.
Most of all, we enjoyed meeting these families and listening to their stories. We spoke with one father who was there with his wife, son and their other five children. This was a happy trip for their son, Isaiah, who was excited to finally have his brace removed after living with it for many years. Also, there was little red-headed Grace, who hugged the Media Works crew after she finished her dinner, and wheeled back to her room in her wheelchair.
Like Isaiah’s family, many who stay at the Hackerman-Patz house come from far away, having heard about the doctors at Sinai and their ground-breaking work. One mother flew all the way from Japan with her son. And, just a few months ago, we met another mother who lived in South Africa with her infant son, and brought him to Sinai to correct his clubfoot.
Media Works is committed to serving our community through ongoing Acts of Kindness. We are honored to be part of such an important institution as the Hackerman-Patz House, and look forward to serving again!