Ontario Kiwanis sponsors Kiwanis Family House in California

Guy Blair, president of the Ontario Kiwanis Club, presents a check to Kathleen Ross, president of the Kiwanis Family House Board of Directors.

ONTARIO — Members of the Kiwanis Club of Ontario gave personal donations to become the first Kiwanis Club in Oregon to become a Club Sponsor of the Kiwanis Family House in Sacramento, California. The Ontario Club joins nearly 200 other Kiwanis, Circle K, and Aktion Clubs from the states of New York, Nevada, California and Hawaii as an Official Club Sponsor.

The Kiwanis Family House (KFH) provides temporary housing to families dealing with a serious medical crisis. The KFH is located directly behind the Shriners Hospital for Children and the University of California Davis Medical Center. The Medical Center provides Level 1 Trauma treatment to children from around the world.

You do not have to be a Kiwanian to stay at the KFH. All you need is a referral from the hospital to stay. One family from Ontario stayed at the KFH in 2017 while a family member was receiving treatment. Between July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, the KFH hosted 21 Oregon families.

In addition to providing lodging, the facility also includes a community kitchen, laundry room, lounge with games & books, computer availability, and a playground. The KFH also has a clothes & food closet for use by guests during their stay, and provides round-trip transportation to the hospital.

Erik, a former guest at the KFH had the following to say about his stay: “Without a facility like this, I probably would have slept in my van with my one-year-old. It would have been an even harder struggle.”

“The motto of Kiwanis is Serving the Children of the World,” adds Guy Blair, president of the Ontario Kiwanis Club. “The Kiwanis Club of Ontario is pleased to support this wonderful program that meets the needs of families in our community and State who are suffering from medical hardships.”

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