Zafia, Our Inspiration

Robert and Rebecca Fyfe's daughter, Zafia was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12. Zafia battled cancer for two years before passing on to her new life. It was her wish that a house be built for families to stay while their child or adult is undergoing treatment for a serious illness, rather than subsist on costly alternatives such as hotels.

 

Mission Statement

Zafia's Family House will provide temporary housing in Roseville, CA near Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and Sutter Medical Center.

Zafia’s Family House will be open to families of children and adults hospitalized at Kaiser, Sutter, and any other facility in the Roseville region.

Zafia’s Family House will provide a temporary home-away-from-home in a stress free environment with a minimal donation from the families when possible. If the families do not have the resources to donate, the fee is waived.

 

The Need

Zafia’s Family House will serve families of critically ill children and adults who are traveling 25 miles or more for treatment at Kaiser Permanente or Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The
majority of the long-term hospitalization stays are children in Kaiser’s pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), the neo-natal intensive care units (NICU) at both Kaiser and Sutter, and at Sutter’s Rehabilitation Institute.

The average length of stay for PICU patients at Kaiser is 5 days. Stays in the NICU can vary from several days to many months. The average length of stay for patients at Sutter’s Rehabilitation Institute is 13-14 days, however, brain and spinal cord injuries can stay for over a month.

Zafia’s Family house would provide the families of these patients with a temporary home away from home while their loved one’s receive care. Once complete the House will be dedicated to provide overnight and/or long term accommodations in a family-centered, homelike, supportive environment to families with a family member hospitalized at Kaiser, Sutter, or any other facility in the Roseville region. The House will provide 14 private bedrooms, each with a private bath. Common areas will include a kitchen with a fully stocked pantry, dayroom, family room, office space,, backyard patio, laundry facilities, and Internet.