The entire team at Variant Ventures is passionate about supporting our community. We know that TTRPG, gaming, and entertainment fans come from different backgrounds and that sometimes a helping hand is needed. Today we wanted to put a spotlight on the non-profit organization: Christopher’s Haven.
Christopher’s Haven is a home for kids and their families while they battle cancer. Christopher’s Haven is more than a place to stay, it’s a support system to help with things large and small, and a community where families can be together, share a laugh, be comforted, and comfort others. Providing shelter and resources for families affected by childhood cancer.
The founder of Christopher’s Haven is non-other than actor and Avenger, Chris Evans. Though Evans remains rather humble about his charity in the public eye, Chris pulls a lot of strings to make a difference in the lives of the families supported by Christopher’s Haven. He and his celebrity buddy Chris Pratt frequently visit with patients and their families dressed up as some of their iconic characters like Captain America and Star-Lord to help with morale and to deliver special gifts as recipients and their families go through procedures, recovery, and therapy.
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In addition, “Christopher’s Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Boston, Massachusetts with a mission to operate a supportive community consisting of seven temporary apartments and a community recreation area for families of children being treated for cancer in nearby Boston hospitals.
On Labor Day 2006, Christopher’s Haven opened the door of one furnished and comfortable apartment to a family who had traveled from Alabama to Boston seeking life-saving treatment for their seven-year-old daughter. Today, the organization operates and manages seven residential apartments and a community area (The Loft) that offers a space for recreation, sharing and support for the families.
Over 450 families to date have stayed in the 9 fully furnished and equipped apartments located at One Emerson Place (across the street from Massachusetts General Hospital). Families value the close proximity to the area medical centers, treasure the ability to be together in an apartment setting and cherish the much-needed support with other families facing similar circumstances during interaction in The Loft.
The Loft is utilized to provide programming for children undergoing outpatient treatment, as well as their siblings and parents. Activities coordinated primarily by volunteers include massage therapy, pet therapy, arts & crafts, movie nights, birthday and holiday parties, bell-ringing ceremonies, outings to sporting events, and excursions to local attractions.
Siblings are an important part of the Christopher’s Haven community. We offer programs that ensure the siblings of the child receiving treatment are included in summer camps, excursions, sporting events tickets, and other experiences. All siblings are part of any program or activity offered at Christopher’s Haven.”
Featured Photo Credit: Christopher’s Haven / Variant Ventures