HIS GRACE FOUNDATION

Ensuring a legacy of hope and care

Houston, TX   |  www.hisgracefoundation.org

Mission

His Grace Foundation provides physical, emotional, and financial support for the patients and families of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BTMU) at Texas Children's Hospital.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ms. Val Anderson

Main address

2449 South Boulevard, Ste 105

Houston, TX 77098 USA

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EIN

20-0585227

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year, approximately 150 patients enter the doors of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) of Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), seeking treatment for such life-threatening diseases as leukemia, neuroblastoma, SCIDS, sickle cell anemia, rare blood diseases, brain tumors and other types of cancer. The BMTU has 15 beds, treats the "sickest of the sick" and is considered, by the medical professionals who oversee the Patients served by TCH often live in the Greater Houston area, but many come from other cities, states, and even countries, leaving behind their local support systems.

The families whose children are receiving treatment in the BMTU are under enormous strain. The BMTU has strict guidelines with regard to extended family and visitor access due to the fragile condition of patients prior to and after transplant, and as a result, BMTU families are quite isolated for their child's stay, which is at least four to six weeks, oftentimes longer.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Patient and Family Support Services

Since 1997, His Grace Foundation has ensured a legacy of hope and care for over 3000 patients and families on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) of Texas Children's Hospital (TCH). HGF's activities have grown over the years to respond to the emerging needs of BMTU families. In the BTMU, even the most commonplace day-to-day tasks can be overwhelming for parents and caregivers who are hesitant to go far from their children’s side.

HGF eases this stress with a variety of services:
- Specially designed welcome baskets with necessities and treats tailored to each patient.
- Personal, weekly shopping service for groceries and other items.
- Several monthly meals delivered personally by HGF volunteers room to room, as well as meals to families on the nerve-racking day of their child’s transplant.
- Parent and caregiver hospitality hours featuring hot beverages and refreshments.
- Education enrichment program for patients and their siblings.
- Scholarships for bone marrow transplant patients.
- Birthday and holiday celebrations.
- Art therapy for patients and siblings.
- Snack and coffee/tea cart in the clinic supporting families returning for continuing treatment.

The most pressing need for BMTU families is post-transplant housing. Patients must stay within ten minutes of the medical center for the first 100 days after transplant. Through the His Grace Place program, HGF provides four apartments to post-transplant patients and their families.

For families who have had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their child’s illness, even with insurance, the extra costs associated with a long hospital stay can be prohibitive. HGF assists 20% of BMTU patient families with finances.

The most pressing need for BMTU families is post-transplant housing. Patients must stay within ten minutes of the medical center for the first 100 days after transplant. Through the His Grace Place program, HGF provides four apartments to post-transplant patients and their families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

One of HGF’s dreams has been to expand its services to families during the post-transplant phase—100 days during which families must stay in the medical center area for daily, weekly and finally monthly follow-up appointments. Given the extremely tenuous nature of bone marrow transplants, patients and caregivers must be extremely vigilant during the months following treatment. Even the slightest increase in a patient’s temperature, for example, demands a trip to the emergency room. To meet a very real need for affordable post-transplant housing, HGF offers four post-transplant apartments at no cost to patient families. The need is still great, and HGF hopes to continue expanding the program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Awards

Celebration of Champions Award 2013

Texas Children's Cancer Center

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Designed to be “grace in the need of the moment," His Grace Foundation has steadily grown, increasing in services, volunteers and impact. HGF provides each new patient with a gift basket designed specifically for him or her, as well as necessities for family members, free parking for patient families, several monthly catered meals and weekly shopping. Additional services include emergency funding, educational support and scholarships, arts in medicine program, massage therapy, and holiday and birthday celebrations. In the last several years, the foundation has expanded to provide four homes for outpatient temporary housing while families are required to maintain close proximity to the hospital.

Our primary activities include:

Greeting new patients and families on the unit with welcome baskets that have been specifically tailored to include items of interest, as well as necessities, for the individual patient.

Funding free parking for families during their stay on the BMTU and during any further emergency re-admittances.

Weekly shopping and delivering of groceries, personal need items, clothing and anything else special a child might request.

Providing 8-10 monthly meals, complete with flowers, music and gourmet food to refresh and encourage families during their lengthy hospital stay and meals for families on the day of their child's transplant.

Providing modest assistance to help temporarily with critical expenses through our Families in Need fund. We work with Texas Children's Hospital social workers to determine true need and then provide modest assistance to help temporarily with costs associated with housing, utilities and car payments. We also provide gift cards for needs like gas and personal essentials.

Organizing birthday celebrations for children whose birthday falls during their stay in the BMTU, and special holiday meals and treats.

Bringing an art therapist to the unit one to three times week to work with patients and their siblings.

Offering free weekly chair massages for parents and caregivers.

Training volunteers to provide respite care and comfort to children when parents need to step out of the Unit.

Stocking the play areas and multi-sensory areas with appropriate toys for patients and siblings.

Four post-transplant homes ("His Grace Place") for patients and families to live in rent-free during the 100-day period following treatment in which they must remain close to the hospital.

The His Grace Foundation Education Fund supports the academic pursuits of current and past BMTU patients through tutoring, educational supplies and scholarships.

Financials

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HIS GRACE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 5/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Kiltz

Stonelake Capital Partners

Term: 2022 - 2018

Val Anderson

His Grace Foundation

Erin Kiltz

Brookwood in Georgetown

Jim Coffey

Shrieve Chemical Company

James Adams

TGS

Catherine Marquis

Leah Salinas

Texas Children's Hospital

Hunter Sage

Stonelake Capital Partners

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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