Hope Continues Amidst Crisis Thanks to Local Support

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana (April 16, 2020)Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House (MACHH), located on the Lutheran Hospital campus has had to shift operations amid the COVID-19 crisis. In order to keep everyone safe, families of pediatric and neonatal patients at Lutheran and Dupont Hospitals are invited to stay at nearby hotels at no cost to the families. This opportunity for free lodging is made possible by local support. MACHH is grateful to AWS Foundation for providing emergency grant support in the amount of $5,000. These funds are being used to provide hotel rooms and meals to the hospitals. MACHH is using donated funds and gift cards to purchase meals from local restaurants for the pediatric and neonatal units at the hospitals.

AWS Foundation CEO, Patti Hays, shared, “Families of Lutheran Children’s Hospital and Dupont Hospital have come to rely on the services of the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House. COVID-19 has not changed the fact that parents want to be near their hospitalized children. AWS Foundation is pleased to ensure that the secure hospitality services of MACHH can continue during these times of so much uncertainty.”  

“During this time of great uncertainty, we are so grateful to AWS Foundation for making it possible for us to continue providing hope and a place to stay for our families,” commented Melissa Dessaigne, Executive Director of Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House.

Founded in 2007, AWS Foundation supports a wide range of organizations and service agencies in northeast Indiana working to develop a community in which people with enduring intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities are engaged fully and meaningfully in all aspects of community life.

Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House is a non-profit hospitality house that provides shelter, meals, laundry facilities and a peaceful refuge for families with children who are critically ill or injured. For more information on current needs and how donations can be made, visit