Pope Foundation Gives $25,000 to Help Seriously Ill Patients

December 12, 2012

Reprinted with permission. Visit SECU Family House’s website here.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. DEC. 10, 2012 — SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals received a $25,000 grant from the John William Pope Foundation of Raleigh, N.C. SECU Family House is a 40-bedroom hospital hospitality house in Chapel Hill, N.C., serving seriously ill adult patients at UNC Hospitals and their family members or caregivers.

“We are grateful for this very generous gift from the Pope Foundation and family,” says Family House Executive Director Greg Kirkpatrick. “Never has the need been greater for affordable accommodations for patients who undergo extended treatment for cancer, transplant, burn, or trauma—and for their caregivers. The comfort and sanctuary our volunteers, staff and guests provide during that time is inestimable. This grant helps to ensure that families can stay here without undue financial burden.”

The $25,000 grant is directed to the House’s family assistance fund, “Fund A Family,” which provides aid as needed so that guests pay as little as $5 per night not only for a room at SECU Family House, but also for access to all the comforts of home and a community of families facing similar struggles. It will benefit more than 100 families by filling the gap between the House’s operating costs and the fees received per room.

“We’re honored to support SECU Family House,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation. “The value of providing a caring, hospitable environment for those undergoing difficult cancer treatments can’t be overestimated. The number of lives touched is profound, and we’re privileged to play a small roll in backing this important work.”

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals provides an affordable, safe, nurturing home away from home for seriously ill patients, their family members, and caregivers from throughout North Carolina and beyond. Family House is located minutes from UNC Hospitals and supports families of patients—and most often the patient him/herself—receiving treatment for cancer, transplants, trauma, burns, eating disorders, or other serious illness.

The John William Pope Foundation is a private, family foundation, supported by the late John W. Pope, Sr., of Raleigh, North Carolina, his wife, Joyce W. Pope, and their children: Art Pope of Raleigh, North Carolina, Amanda Pope of Citra, Florida, and their late son, John William Pope, Jr. The Pope Foundation receives additional support from the family’s business, Variety Wholesalers, Inc., which owns and operates Roses, Maxway, Super 10, and other discount stores, and holds its offices and distribution centers in Raleigh and Henderson, North Carolina.

The John William Pope Foundation works to improve the well-being of the citizens of North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. The Foundation makes grants to support public policy groups, educational institutions, humanitarian efforts, and the arts.


Pope Foundation Contacts: Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or press@jwpf.org

SECU Family House Contacts: Executive Director Greg Kirkpatrick or Development Associate Kirsten Beattie at 919-932-8000 or kirsten@secufamilyhouse.org