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Jenn’s House provides a special “home away from home” for families and patients who live in or travel to the Lehigh Valley area for medical, surgical, diagnostic, outpatient & emergency services or doctor’s visits in any one of the hospitals or health care facilities in our area.
By offering convenient, affordable housing in a shared homelike environment, support, comfort and compassion will help to reduce the emotional stress patients and their families often face while in unfamiliar surroundings where many are strangers.
As a guest of Jenn’s House you will share our hospitality with other families in similar circumstances and come to know the value of a hospitality house.
Privately owned and operated through a Board of Directors, Jenn’s House is furnished and operated through fundraising efforts, donations and grants. We are proud to say we are the first and only Hospital Hospitality House in the Lehigh Valley. Jenn’s House is a 501 © (3) not for profit corporation and is a member of the hhh National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses Incorporated, “Homes That Help And Heal.
Jenn’s House was established in 1991 by Patricia and Richard Dillman and their son, Brian Dillman in memory of their 17 year old daughter and sister Jennifer Joy Dillman. “Jenn” died on February 11, 1991 as the result of a chartered bus accident while enroute to an indoor baton twirling and color guard competition with the Salisbury High School squads on February 2. Jenn was Captain of the twirling squad. She was laid to rest on Valentine’s Day.
While Jenn was a patient at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., the Dillman family appreciated the comfort of staying at a facility that offered shelter for families in need of lodging near the hospital. The family became aware of the value of having a facility available to them at a tragic time.
Although the facility catered only to families of children, the mission of Jenn’s House is to reach out to families of both children and adults with similar needs while in the Lehigh Valley area. With the help of family and friends, a grassroots Board of Directors was formed and the project began.