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Sarah House Celebrates 15th Anniversary

What: Sarah House 15th Anniversary Open House

Open House - 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again in the evening from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday May 15.

Note a proclamation will be presented at 9:30 a.m., featuring the Honorable Matthew J. Driscoll, Mayor of Syracuse and Administrator of Human Services, Ann Rooney

Where: Sarah House, 100 Roberts Avenue, Syracuse

Why: Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Sarah House. Since 1994 Sarah House has provided lodging and support in a home-like setting to patients and families of patients seeking medical treatment in Syracuse area hospitals.

Sarah House has served over 7,000 families and patients for more than 23,000 nights of lodging. It is the only residence of its kind in Syracuse.

Call 475-1747 for more information or sarahhouse.org or sarahhouse@cnymail.com.

Sarah House history from the Web:

"Don't postpone your dreams" -- Billy Johnson (October 13, 1995)

Sarah House started as a dream for Mary Keough in the summer of 1992. Mary and her husband Dick Keough were walking in their neighborhood, when they came upon Father John Ahern, who told them about an available house belonging to his parish. Father Ahern asked if they might an idea on how the house could be used. Mary thought about housing families of patients because of her experience with her nephew, Billy Johnson. Johnson had gone through a bone marrow transplant in New Hampshire and her sister and brother-in-law needed a place to stay during that three-month period.

So Billy Johnson was really the driving force and inspiration behind getting Sarah House started. Mary, Billy and Father Ahern began their work. Father Ahern set forth to secure a loan. Mary and Billy did the needs assessment by providing the documentations, and proving the critical need for a hospital hospitality house.

With $20,000, the most critical repairs (a new electrical system, new plumbing and new windows) were accomplished. After this house cleaning and decorating had to be done. Volunteers from the community put in many hours to help make Sarah House complete. They sanded the floors, helped repair walls, painted and decorated the house.

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