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Guardian Angels Watching Over Us

A Place to Stay, a Place to Pray

Week after week, month after month, Robert Stack spent countless hours by his wife Christine’s bedside as she recovered from a bone marrow transplant last January. Living 400 miles away, he stayed at the village and eventually became a regular. During Christine’s journey with cancer, Robert appreciated the care and compassion he received during his time at the village. Calling them “house moms,” Stack managed to laugh through the tears as he recalled the overwhelming emotions of his experience with the house coordinators at the village.

Today, he still feels blessed for the care his wife received and the opportunity he was given to stay at a place like the Walsh Family Village. As a true demonstration of dedication to the mission, caregivers and family rallied around as a pajama-clad Robert renewed his vows to his beloved wife while she was in the hospital. On behalf of the Stacks and the foundation, thank you to everyone who has made a gift to support the Walsh Family Village.

As a health ministry rooted in the Gospel, Avera lives out its values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship every day. The Walsh Family Village demonstrates all three of these values– especially hospitality. Built in 2008 from philanthropic donations the village continues to rely on philanthropy to fund the ongoing needs for its patients and families. But additional support remains a priority. Operating at full capacity, often times the suggested daily rate of $50 is waived. Yet the doors remain open for families such as the Stacks, who’ve made the village their “home away from home” for over six months.

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