The Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House
Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation believes that the love of a family is powerful medicine. The Chavis House is a comfortable home-away-from-home where patients' family members may stay at no cost. This 40 bed guest house, which includes a kitchen and laundry facilities, ensures that families can be part of the care and recovery of their loved ones. Each day, volunteers from area churches bring a meal for our guests to enjoy.
The house is named in memory of Jeff Chavis who began his firefighting career as an 18-year old volunteer for the Round Hill Fire Department in Lexington, SC. On July 12, 2001, Jeff lost his life as a result of burns he suffered in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire. The Chavis family led the effort to renovate the guest facility and continue to be active volunteers for Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation.
Over the past decade, the Chavis House has been home to approximately 1,000 guests per year. The wear associated with this heavy use is obvious. Last year, supporters like you donated over $130,000 to Project Sojourner to help refurbish the interior of the Chavis House. The transformation has begun! From fresh paint to new beds – the house is really beginning to feel like a home. Donors will be invited to a “reveal party” this fall to see your donation at work.
2011 Caring By the Numbers:
- 877 guests received free lodging
- 67% of our guests were females
- 33% of our guests were males
- 11,250 meals were served to guests by volunteers