MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – There’s no place like home, but to adult patients and their families traveling to West Virginia University Hospitals for medical care, Rosenbaum Family House comes close, offering a soft pillow, comfy bed, hot meals and a warm welcome. Giving to support this much-needed service is now as easy as a few taps of the thumb, thanks to the Family House’s Text2Give initiative.

Simply texting the words “WVU Family” to 85944 from any mobile phone instantly makes a $10 donation to support the Rosenbaum Family House’s Expanding on Hope fundraising campaign. 

Connected to WVU Healthcare's Ruby Memorial, the Family House is available to adult patients and their caregivers who live more than 50 miles from Morgantown. No family is turned away for inability to pay.

While here, each family is asked to pay $15 per night. It costs $40 per night per room to operate the Family House. Donations from guests and others make up the difference. Guests are permitted to stay as long as their patient is undergoing treatment.

“Being close to family is important in the healing process when experiencing a serious illness, and families travel far distances to be close to their loved ones,” Suzanne Likins, Rosenbaum Family House development specialist, said.

“The Expanding on Hope Campaign will not only serve more families, but will also enhance the environment for the people who stay at Rosenbaum Family House. The Text2Give campaign is a quick and convenient way to make a gift to the Rosenbaum Family House and support the expansion campaign,” she said.

Anyone interested in making a larger gift, or contributing online or by mail to the Rosenbaum Family House may do so by contacting Family House at 304-598-6094 or by visiting the Rosenbaum Family House website.

The Text2Give campaign is made possible by a partnership with the Mobile Giving Foundation, which enables nonprofits to accept donations from almost any phone and major cellular provider. The Mobile Giving Foundation provides the organizational layer, operational guidelines and technical infrastructure for nonprofit organizations and donors to use the incredible power and convenience of mobile technology. For further information about the Mobile Giving Foundation, please visit the MGF web site at

(A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the Rosenbaum Family House Expanding on Hope campaign by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at Messaging & Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code 85944; Reply HELP to 85944 for help.)

For more information: Leigh Limerick, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
lal: 05-24-11