It is with confident hearts and gratitude, that we announce our mission to serve the caregivers of people living with AIDS, and patients and caregivers traveling to New York City for critical medical attention was accomplished, accordingly Miracle House was closed on July 31, 2014.
Our gratitude stems from having had the privilege of serving thousands of patients and caregivers traveling to New York City seeking a home away from home.
For 24 years Miracle House provided compassionate services and a safe haven for patients and caregivers from around the United States and the world. We cannot express our appreciation enough for all of the support we received to help us accomplish our mission.
We would like to take a moment and say our farewells to the community at large and express our gratitude to our donors, our founders, Board members throughout our history, our heroic volunteers, and our wonderful staff members through out the years for a job well done.
We thank our clients who taught us profound lessons in empathy, courage, and compassion.
We thank Jesse Ramos our Chief Executive Officer who steered us through Miracle House’s lifespan conclusion with grace and dignity.
We thank the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library for taking the Miracle House archives for perpetual keeping. Our legacy will be remembered and available for future study.
Miracle House was founded in 1990 by a group of friends in response to the AIDS crisis. It was in large started by a then disenfranchised LGBTQ community whose response to that exploding epidemic changed the volunteer and activism fiber of our country. We were unique in that we provided help – a communal place to call home - for the mothers and other caregivers of people living with AIDS here in New York City - when an HIV diagnosis was essentially terminal, and caregivers needed resources to allow them to stay here in the City.
Those who stayed with us were devastated by the news that their loved ones were terminally ill - and often learned of their loved one’s sexual orientation for the first time as well. Miracle House provided them with a safe haven and support services to go through and process the multiple challenges they themselves were facing, in their roles as caregivers.
Then, in the late 90’s, Miracle House extended its services to patients and their caregivers facing any serious illness and travelling to New York City for the best available medical treatments. This was an organization founded on empathy, compassion and love, and this mission continued until the last apartment closed in June 2014.
Miracle House received thousands of guests unconditionally. We saved lives. We changed lives. Patients seeking lifesaving treatments were given hope away from home. We connected families in our shared living apartments - and came to share in their collective joy, or their grief. Lifelong friendships were started through the bond of these experiences, and hope was the common thread.
Our story is one of a larger miracle that took place in our city, in our country, in our communities, and in our hearts. To all of you who contributed, volunteered and prayed for us, you were part of those miracles. We will always be grateful for the generosity of countless donors, volunteers, and dedicated philanthropists who were committed to making a difference in the lives of many. Your collective efforts made Miracle House a resounding success in its long run.
With love and gratitude,
The Board of Directors of Miracle House