The goal of The Peace House is to improve access to care and to provide hope and support to patients and their families while facing the challenges of illness, injury or disability during treatment at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital (RCPRH).
A House of Peace
The Peace House is a hospital “hospitality house” for patients and their families receiving services from Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital (RCP). The Peace House provides comfortable, safe lodging in a restful environment that offers both privacy and the opportunity to socialize with other guests in common areas.
Six bedrooms can accommodate two persons in each room. The three bedrooms on the first floor are handicapped accessible, one with a wheelchair-accessible bathroom and shower. The other three bedrooms are located on the second floor. Each guest room has its own television with cable and DVD player. Wireless Internet is available throughout the house.
Guests may prepare meals in the fully equipped, open kitchen. The living room has comfortable furniture and a flat-screen television. The laundry room has a washer and dryer available for guest use free of charge.
The cost is $10 per night, but no one is turned away because of lack of funds. All donations of any amounts are accepted. A refundable $20 deposit is requested upon check-in and returned after room inspection and key return at checkout.
All guests must live outside a 25-mile radius of Greenville Memorial Medical Campus and be a relative and/or caregiver of a patient admitted to RCP or be an outpatient receiving regular treatment at any outpatient location. All guests must be able to care for themselves or have an able caregiver staying with them.
A Special Service
Thousands of troops have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan needing rehabilitation for neurologic or orthopaedic injuries. The Peace House is privileged to include these service members and their families among the RCP patients we serve.
For more information or if you are interested in being a guest, please contact your case manager or call the Peace House at (864) 252-4714.
Master brick mason Tim Burch expected to return home to Hephzibah, Georgia, from Greenville upon completion of a project. An accident, however, changed his plans. Tim was struck by a falling beam that injured his brain and broke every bone in his face.
Wife Robin rushed to Greenville to be by his side. After several surgeries and two weeks in a coma, Tim was sent to Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital to begin therapy. He would spend several weeks in RCP and months in outpatient rehabilitation. Robin was with him the entire time, spending nights at his bedside or in a hotel until at one point during the ordeal she found the hotel was booked. She needed a place to stay and was referred to the Peace House for the remainder of Tim’s treatment.
“There is no accredited traumatic brain injury program near our home, so the Peace House was a great blessing for us,” said Robin. “It’s hard to be a cheerleader for someone when you have no place to go yourself. Thanks to the Peace House, I could be there to help take care of Tim, and he could focus on his rehabilitation without worrying about my being on the road three hours each way to see him.”
The Peace House also helped the Burch family stay positive and be a blessing to others during their challenges. They worked with other patients, comforting them, praying with them and helping them adjust. Having a home away from home gave them the comfort to heal and help others as the Peace House had them.
Volunteers are Vital
Our Front Desk Volunteers must commit to a 3-hour shift and be comfortable with families experiencing a medical event, flexible, attentive to detail, self-directed and welcoming to persons of different backgrounds staying in our home.
Depending on the volunteer’s availability and the needs of the house, schedules are available once a week, twice a month, monthly or on an “as-needed basis”.
Shifts are seven days a week:
- 9 a.m.-Noon
- Noon-3 p.m.
- 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
- 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
All Peace House volunteers will be required to complete the Greenville Health System volunteer application process. Training is required for Front Desk Volunteers with a 2-hour introductory session conducted by the House Coordinator, followed by “on the job” training during regular shifts. Each volunteer also receives a Volunteer Training Manual.
General Responsibilities of Front Desk Volunteers
- Volunteers are our “Directors of First Impressions” at the Front Desk during a 3 hour shift.
- Greet, register and settle in new guests to make them feel comfortable and at home
- Explain House Rules and give a tour of the house
- Assist guest with check out procedures
- Check rooms for cleanliness and supplies after checkouts.
- Answer incoming calls, take room requests, take messages for guests/direct calls to staff.
- Conduct House Tours to interested visitors
- Pass on vital information to incoming volunteers/staff which may impact the continued smooth operation of the house or the comfort of the guest.
- Check daily log sheet for any chores to be completed.
- Enjoy your volunteer service to the Peace House and know that YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Other volunteer opportunities include occasionally helping with mailings, bringing snacks for our guests to enjoy, helping with landscaping and house maintenance.
If interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Nate Moore, Peace House Coordinator, at (864) 455-4504 or email@example.com.