David’s House is a home-away-from-home for families who have children (newborn up through the time they are released from their parent’s insurance) who are receiving care at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.
David’s House was designed specifically to look and feel as noninstitutional as possible and instead feels like a cozy house with short hallways, welcoming colors, and soft lighting. There are common areas where guests can socialize with other families, and there are quiet places in which to find peace.
“A house is made of walls and beams;
A home is built with love and dreams.”
Call (603) 643-2298 to request a room or for more information.
Summary of Rooms and Services
- 20 bedrooms that can accommodate 1 – 5 people
- 11 bathrooms
- Full air-conditioning and wheelchair-accessibility
- Cots, port-a-cribs, bed rails, wheelchairs, and baby monitors
- A Nursing Mothers Center
- Free laundry materials and facilities
- Toiletries and hair dryers in bathrooms
- Four playrooms/TV rooms
- Multi-purpose guest room
- Children’s books, toys, videos, and video games, board games and puzzles
- Two complete kitchens with food storage spaces for each guest room
- Breakfast food, and a food pantry available for families who need groceries. We also provide food for the kitchenettes in the family lounges at Pediatrics, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the Family Center, and the Intensive Care Nursery at DHMC. Families can prepare a light snack there instead of leaving their child’s bedside to go to David’s House or the DHMC cafeteria.
While most of our guests stay overnight, we also welcome day guests.
Any caregiver of a child in treatment at the Medical Center that does not have an overnight room at David’s House may use the house during the day as any other guest would. These guests can shower, do laundry, use the playground, relax with a cup of coffee – whatever they like.
Reservations are not necessary for such day-guests, but we appreciate advance notice of such visits and ask that such guests check-in with a photo ID.
David’s House serves families regardless of their race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or economic status, but it should be noted that because the house is often full, we cannot always accommodate an immediate need.
How Much Does It Cost?
Because of the support we receive from our community, we are able to provide support for nearly 1,000 families every year without ever charging any fees. Donations help to defray the actual cost to David’s House of providing a family with a room overnight, which is $75, but guests are never expected to contribute.
Help offset the cost of running a 20 bedroom house by donating now!