These programs offer physical and emotional support to families inside the hospital. Upon building more partnerships with local churches, churches will be able to model our comfort cooks program and/or comfort cooks on-call program once assigned to their specific hospital unit. Interested volunteers can read about the programs below.
Comfort cooks provides prayer, emotional support, and a three-course, home-cooked meal to families with medically fragile children at Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals. This program began serving families in the Pediatric Bone Marrow Unit at Duke Hospital in 2014 , and quickly expanded to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UNC Hospital. We are thrilled to offer these meals three times a month.
“The Foundation’s work at the NC Children’s hospital has strengthened existing family support programs and has gone on to design and implement new lines of care for those families who find themselves in frightening and unknown circumstances regarding the welfare of their child.”
-UNC staff member
Comfort Cooks on Call
Comfort Cooks on Call provides prayer, emotional support, and a three-course, home-cooked meal to families in crisis with 24-48 hours notice. UNC Children’s staff inform DTM Foundation of the crisis, such as a family’s child passing away, followed by volunteers providing the support. To volunteer with Comfort Cooks on Call, find out more information here.
“I don’t know what to say. This has truly touched my heart. It’s so much more than a meal.”
– Debbie, Aunt of critically ill child in PICU at UNC Hospital