MCH Friendship Home Provides Affordable Lodging for Patient Families

MCH Friendship Home Provides Affordable Lodging for Patient Families

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - We all know it's hard to find hotel rooms in the Basin, especially affordable ones, but one hospital is stepping in to help ease that burden for its patients and their families.

Sandra Guevara is a long way from home.

"My son is in the hospital. He's in critical condition in the ICU," Guevara said.

The California resident rushed to be by her son's side at Medical Center Hospital. She's been in Odessa for over a week but she isn't staying at a hotel.

Instead she's on the sixth floor inside the Lincoln Tower in downtown Odessa.

It's called the Friendship Home and it's a special lodging service offered to out-of-town families with loved ones at MCH.

"We're close, they can get a shower, there's a facility where they can wash clothes," Adina Crain, the volunteer coordinator with the Friendship Home, said. "We have canned goods donated from the community, microwavable dinners, snacks, water bottles, anything we can do to help their stay be better."

The Friendship Home has 10 rooms, it's within walking distance to the hospital and for just a $25 a night donation, it's affordable.

"Oh, it was a relief because that's another extra worry on top of the worry you already have with your loved one that's in the hospital," Guevara said.

Adina Crain said the service has been around for a few years but the demand has soared in recent months.

"We've had a variety of people from over 200 Texas towns now, 34 states and four other countries so far," Crain said.

Crain says their goal is to offer relief and comfort to families during a hard time.

Guevara said she couldn't be more grateful.

"I'm extremely thankful that someone thought about doing this," she said.