Mary Mannion is a pediatric, medical social worker at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock. Mary’s testimony speaks to the role Goodness Villages plays for patients and families during a difficult time in their child’s life:
“A huge part of my role is resource coordination and on-going support for patients and families. Many families have to relocate to Little Rock for their child’s transplant care which makes local, temporary housing options a vital part of the transplant process. During their child’s treatment for a catastrophic illness families must maintain their regular household expenses on top of relocation costs, therefore community support to assist families in securing safe and affordable housing is extremely beneficial.
This is where Goodness Village comes in to provide accommodating, temporary housing options for patients and their families receiving medical treatment in Little Rock. I have had a wonderful experience working together with Goodness Village. Every family has their own story and unique situation. Goodness Village has been so understanding and accommodating in order to meet family’s needs. From my experience Goodness Village provides more than just lodging for families, they provide extra necessities to include a homemade meal in the freezer upon family’s arrival and other special touches to make sure families feel welcome and comfortable.”
Mary works with the Hematology/Oncology Service and Bone Marrow Transplant team at ACH. She appreciates the work Goodness Villages does to serve the pediatric population and their families at ACH. We are grateful to connect with social workers like Mary who play such a critical role in connecting families to our Village.