Miracle House Closes After 24 Years
After 24 years, the health care charity Miracle House has announced they will shutter operations after one final fundraising drive for closing costs. The charity provides temporary housing, free meals, and holistic support services to patients and caregivers who find it necessary to travel to New York City for medically related treatment options, procedures, or consultations.
"I cannot express my appreciation enough for all of the support we have received to help us advance our mission," said Executive Director Jesse Ramos. "It is with this legacy in mind that I humbly am asking you for one last donation to help us close with the grace and dignity deserved by a home that served so many. This is indeed our last fundraising drive. The money we raise will go towards paying our closing costs and to help preserve our archives."
Ramos said that the soaring rental market combined with rising operational costs has made it impossible for them to continue to offer accommodations or maintain an administrative office. Their last day in the office will be July 31.
Miracle House was founded in 1990 by a group of friends in response to the AIDS crisis. It was started by a then disenfranchised LGBTQ community whose response to that exploding epidemic changed the volunteer and activism fiber of our country. They were unique in that they provided help for the mothers and other caregivers of people living with AIDS in New York City, back when an HIV diagnosis was essentially terminal and caregivers needed resources to allow them to stay.
The charity operated five three-bedroom apartments located in midtown Manhattan serving over 1,000 patients and caregivers each year. They were the only hospitality home that allowed caregivers to stay while their loved one was hospitalized. Their community Meal Program provided not only food, but something which conventional therapy could not: companionship, friendship and the hope built from relating to the experiences of other Miracle House guests. In their 24 years of service, they welcomed families from all 50 states and over 25 countries.
Those who stayed at Miracle House 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.