A Home Away From Home
The Hospitality Houses of Methodist Medical Center provide temporary lodging for patients and families who travel to Oak Ridge for extended medical treatment. Our mission is to help relieve the financial burden associated with such housing, thereby enabling our guests to focus on physical and emotional healing.
The houses primarily serve patients of Thompson Cancer Survival Center at Methodist, Thompson Oncology Group and their caregivers. Other patients of Methodist Medical Center and their families may stay at the houses when space is available. In most cases, guests must live 30 or more miles from Oak Ridge and must be referred by staff at the cancer center, the medical center or a physician’s office.
If You Are in Need of a Room
For information and room availability, please call the Hospitality Houses at 865-835-4358 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Hospitality Houses bring guests the comfort of home. Our guests stay in one of eight suites, and share the use of the living room, kitchen, dining area and laundry room. The houses offer a place where guests can rest and reflect, whether it is in the privacy of their own room, the comfort of the living room or in one of the houses’ outdoor sitting areas. Cancer patients who stay at the Hospitality Houses receive a special gift when they arrive, a beautiful lap quilt handmade by Ritzy Thimble Quilting Guild. Many patients have found warmth and comfort in their quilts during their stay and when they return home.
Houses with History
The Hospitality Houses are a part of Oak Ridge’s original “alphabet” houses. Known as “E” houses, both Hospitality Houses were initially built as part of the development of the “Secret City” during World War II, and have been renovated to accommodate guest stays. The first house opened in 1997 and is named the Manly House in honor of Bill and Jane Manly, dedicated friends of the house and the community. In 2006, a second house was opened following significant renovations by the members of the Cooperative Agreement of Labor and Management (CALM). In honor of their efforts, it was named the CALM House. In 2017, the third house was renovated and opened thanks to the generosity of many community donors who gave of their time, labor and funds. It is named the UT-Battelle – Pro2Serve House in honor of these lead corporate donors who supported the project.
An Opportunity to Help
The Hospitality Houses are supported by the Methodist Medical Center Foundation and offer their services free of charge. So that we may continue this tradition of hospitality, we welcome and rely on the support of the community. Whether it’s with monetary contributions, donations of food or household goods, or through volunteering, you can make a difference to our neighbors, to our community, and to all those seeking shelter in life’s storm. Without your generous support, we could not continue to provide a “home away from home” for people facing a medical crisis. To learn more about how you can help, call 865-835-4358 or 865-835-5223.
Make a Donation
Please call 865-531-5210 to make a donation by phone. Monetary donations can also be mailed to Methodist Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 2529, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-9924. Checks payable to Methodist Medical Center Foundation/Hospitality Houses. If you wish to donate supplies, please contact 865-835-5223 for more information.
Volunteer Your Time
We especially need volunteers to:
- Provide light housekeeping work
- Run errands
- Work in the yard
Click here, to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Hospitality Houses or Methodist Medical Center.
Support Our Annual Fundraiser
Our annual Holiday Lights campaign raises money for the Hospitality Houses of Methodist Medical Center, which provide temporary lodging for patients and families who travel to Oak Ridge for extended medical treatment. This campaign is a unique opportunity to help our patients and their families when they need it most and pay tribute to the important people in your life during the holiday season. Learn about our Holiday Lights for Health.
Sign-up for Kroger Community Rewards and Earn Money for the Houses
Did you know you can support the Hospitality Houses just by doing your own personal shopping? It’s free and easy with Kroger Community Rewards. If you shop at Kroger, register to be Community Rewards member and every visit will help the Hospitality Houses – and it won’t cost you a dime. Click here to learn more.