Quick facts about The Children’s Inn at NIH

About The Children’s Inn:

  • The Children’s Inn is an independent nonprofit that provides “a place like home” to families of children with rare or critical illnesses whose best hope is a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center, the world’ largest hospital dedicated to biomedical research.
  • The Inn’s mission is to fully and consistently meet the needs of these families during their children’s treatments by providing a free family-centered “place like home” and reducing the burdens of illness through therapeutic, educational and recreational programming.
  • By providing housing and support services — all at no cost – The Children’s Inn not only helps relieve the burden of illness but also helps ensure that NIH researchers are able to recruit and retain pediatric participants for this critical research.
  • Our goals are: to help make childhood possible despite illness, to alleviate the burden of illness on families and to help make medical discoveries happen at the NIH.
  • By providing a free place to stay, as well as meals, support services and thousands of fun activities each year, we make it easier for children to travel here to the NIH from all over the country and the world. Our work helps to minimize the financial burdens placed on families while they are seeking their best hope for treatment or a cure for their children.
  • Families appreciate The Inn for the wide range of supports offered in addition to free lodging – free breakfast, lunch and dinner most days, the many fun activities offered in the afternoons and evenings, the educational support and being in contact with so many other families who are going through similarly challenging situations to support one another.
  • The Inn has a playroom for younger kids, a game room for older children and young adults with a pool table, air hockey and video game consoles, a learning center, a teen lounge, an art room, a small gym, a large outdoor playground and an outdoor sports court and other spaces for children to play and for families to enjoy quality time together.
  • The Inn does not differentiate between the patients and their siblings—siblings are welcome to participate in all Inn offerings.

The Children’s Inn by the numbers:

  • Every year, The Inn serves more than 1,500 children, young adults and their families. Since opening in 1990, The Inn has served about 15,000 children, young adults and their families from all 50 states and 94 countries.
  • Every year, The Inn provides nearly 1,000 recreational, educational, and therapeutic programs. These include family dinners, tutoring, therapeutic horseback riding, field trips, arts and crafts activities and children’s theater performances.
  • In FY19, The Inn counted on more than 2,400 volunteers, of whom 206 are regularly scheduled, to provide important services like staffing our welcome desk, tutoring, providing meals and more.
  • The Inn can accommodate 60 families at a time. We also have five apartments for families who are here long-term.
  • Families can stay at The Inn as long as needed. Most families stay between two nights to a week. But we have families of children who must be here for treatment for weeks or even months at a time. We have one young lady who has been with us for more than a year because she cannot get the lifesaving treatment she needs at home.

About The Children’s Inn & NIH:

  • Although located on the federal campus of the NIH, The Inn is a private nonprofit, primarily sustained by donations.
  • Families travel to the NIH from all over the world because conventional treatments have failed to have sufficient impact on their children’s illnesses – life-threatening and debilitating diseases such as heart, lung, blood, bone, and growth disorders, mental illness, rare genetic conditions, many forms of cancer and undiagnosed diseases.
  • Because children love spending time at The Inn, they look forward to coming to the NIH for medical appointments.
  • After long days of medical appointments at the NIH, children and families look forward to coming back to The Children’s Inn to participate in a long list of fun activities for the whole family and for a scrumptious volunteer-served dinner enjoyed in the company of other families.

About The Children’s Inn’s main wing closure:

  • In August 2018, the roof over The Children’s Inn’s main wing suffered serious structural damage during ongoing roof renovation. The Inn’s main wing remained closed through the middle of March while the roof was being fixed.
  • While The Inn can normally accommodate 60 families at a time, with the main wing’s closure, The Inn only was able to provide housing to 23 families at a time. The Inn leased 10 additional apartments and was renting hotel rooms as needed to provide lodging to families.
  • Despite the main wing’s closure, The Inn provided a full schedule of recreational, educational and therapeutic activities for children and their families as well as young adult residents. In addition, The Inn held weekly family activities at the apartments.
  • The Inn reopened the main wing in late March.
  • As part of The Inn’s #INN2025 strategic plan, The Inn will continue to renovate the facility. Renovation efforts are estimated to continue through the middle of 2020. The Inn will celebrate its reopening after completing the renovation efforts.
  • The Inn is immensely grateful to the outpouring of support from the community that has allowed us to continue to serve children and their families the best way possible under the difficult circumstances.
  • For additional information about our roof issue, please visit our emergency website at www.childrensinn.org/emergency.

How to best support The Children’s Inn:

  • A nonprofit organization, The Inn relies on philanthropic donations from the community to provide free accommodations and a wide range of supportive services to more than 1,700 children, young adults and their families every year. To donate, visit www.childrensinn.org/donate.
  • To best support children and their families, The Inn always needs donations of non-perishable foods to stock pantries, along with a wide variety of beauty and personal hygiene items, toys and diapers as well as tickets to sporting and entertainment events, and more. See The Inn’s complete wish list at https://childrensinn.org/inn-wish-list/.

Children’s Inn Media Contacts:

Sonja Luecke, communications manager, The Children’s Inn

Cell: 901-340-1975     [email protected]

Mysba Regis, director of communications and marketing, The Children’s Inn

Cell: 240-274-2101     [email protected]