A Home Away From Home

Since its inception following Zafia Fyfe’s untimely passing in 2006, Zafia’s Family House was conceived as a dedicated freestanding property. Land, architecture and construction plans were in place through the generous support of philanthropic local businesses and community members.

Despite this valuable groundwork, the actual construction process would be a time-consuming effort. Meanwhile, the need for a solution was urgent and growing, with real families being impacted every day. So, the Zafia’s Family House leadership rolled up their sleeves and researched alternative solutions.

In a strategic pivot from original plans, Zafia’s Family House began offering families housing in 2018 through a pilot partnership with the Best Western Plus Orchid Hotel & Suites, located on North Sunrise Boulevard, just a few minutes from both Kaiser and Sutter Hospitals in Roseville.

In a collection of rooms and mini-suites allocated and appointed for the purpose, the Best Western provides a comfortable respite from the constant strain of bedside care – and eliminates the need for an hour or more of travel to and from home. Accommodations include such welcoming amenities as:

  • Television, mini-refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full breakfast
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free parking
  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • Outdoor pool and hot tub

The Best Western is also conveniently close to multiple options for shopping, dining and transportation – all while allowing families to stay near for support of their loved ones.

Best of all, accommodations through Zafia’s Family House are offered on a flexible cost structure. A nominal fee of $20 per day is suggested, while Zafia’s Family House contributes the balance of costs through its generous donors and all-volunteer staff. But no family is turned away for inability to pay, and they are welcome to stay for as long as 14 days while their family member receives care.

Through generous terms offered by the Heritage Hotel Group and the ongoing support of concerned local businesses and citizens, this vital resource is available to be just what Zafia hoped – a place for families to stay close while someone they love receives medical care.

“The family welcomed their twins in NICU, born 2 1/2 months early. Staying at Zafia’s Family House with her toddler and Grandma allowed the twins’ mother to be able to visit the NICU more frequently while Grandma watched the big brother in a comfortable room.”

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