HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - No one wants to have a loved one in the hospital, for any period of time. It's especially hard if you live far away. If you do find yourself in that scenario, there's a place in Huntsville that's providing a home away from home.
Since 1980, the Blount Hospitality House on Madison Street has been offering people a place to stay during a tough time. WHNT NEWS 19 stopped by for a visit and a surprise.
At the Blount Hospitality House, the kitchen is stocked, the sheets are fresh, and cleanliness is a priority.
"I guarantee you it is cleaner than any hotel you can stay at," says Executive Director Marydae Sneed. Sneed showed us around the two-story home.
"We can house up to 30 people a night," explains Sneed.
There are 10 bedrooms, several bathrooms and a place to wash your things.
"We have a laundry facility that our guests are welcome to use," says Sneed. "We provide all of the detergent for them."
The goal is to make people feel as comfortable as possible, while dealing with the difficulty of having a loved one that's in the hospital.
"We do want to create a homelike environment for people," says Sneed.
It's an inexpensive environment at $20 a night. That's a much cheaper alternative to a traditional hotel stay. While that fee helps keep the lights on, sustaining this nearly 55-hundred square foot home takes a lot of money. That's when WHNT NEWS 19 decided it was time to Pay it Forward and surprised Sneed with $319 in cash.
"Thank you so much!" says Sneed. "That is wonderful."
Sneed was thankful for money that she says will keep them going.
"Every dollar comes in to the Blount Hospitality House goes directly back to our patients and their families," explains Sneed. "Every dollar that comes in is very important to us and we really appreciate it very much."
Sneed says their most recent utility bill was around $1,000. The $319 will help knock that expense down a bit. She also says new, white sheets are always good. If you want to donate or learn more about what items are needed at the Blount Hospitality House, click here.