Dear Friends

 

It is with a heavy, but confident heart that we would like to share some bittersweet news with you.

After 24 years of compassionate service to patients and caregivers from around the United States - and the world, Miracle House is closing. We cannot express our appreciation enough for all of the support we have received to help us advance our mission.

Unfortunately, the soaring rental market combined with rising operational costs has made it impossible for us to continue to offer our accommodations, as well as maintain an administrative office. Our last day in the office will be July 31, 2014. Therefore, we would like to take a moment and say our farewells to the community at large.

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