Christopher’s Haven manages seven fully-furnished and equipped apartments and a private community recreation area known as “The Loft” at One Emerson Place in Boston. Our “community” of apartments and The Loft are located on one floor of the high-rise residential building located across the street from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and in close proximity to other area medical centers. Out-of-town families with a child actively receiving outpatient care for cancer at a local medical center are eligible to stay at Christopher’s Haven.
The Loft is utilized to provide programming for children undergoing treatment, siblings and parents. Activities coordinated primarily by volunteers, include massage therapy, pet therapy, arts & crafts, movie nights, birthday and holiday celebrations, excursions to local attractions and tickets to local sporting events.
Siblings are an important part of the Christopher’s Haven community. Our staff ensures the siblings of the child receiving treatment are included in events and programs. Activities include summer camps, excursions, sporting events tickets and other experiences. All siblings are part of any program or activity offered at Christopher’s Haven.
Frequently asked questions are listed here. If you have any further questions about Christopher’s Haven please contact our Family Services Manager, Catie Botting, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 857.233.4178.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are located at One Emerson Place in Boston, MA directly behind Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
If your child is scheduled to receive outpatient cancer treatment at a local Boston children’s hospital, please contact our Family Services Manager to discuss eligibility and potential vacancy during your child’s confirmed treatment dates.
The minimum stay at Christopher’s Haven is four weeks, during which time your child must actively be receiving outpatient cancer care in Boston. Most stays, however, typically last between six to eight weeks.
Please contact our Family Services Manager about additional resources that may be available to help. Thanks to the generosity of guest families and contributors, no family has ever been turned away because of their inability to pay.
Yes, we can accept third party payments from individuals or organizations to pay for the cost of a family’s stay. To discuss options for third party payments, please contact us.
Prior to moving in, you are welcome to tour Christopher’s Haven. Please contact the Family Services Manager to set up an appointment to ensure that someone will be available to speak with you and give you a tour. Out of consideration for current guests we cannot guarantee that you will see the actual apartment you will be staying in.
Each apartment is fully furnished with a queen, twin, and pullout bed as well as a television/DVD player. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, pots, pans and utensils. Each apartment is furnished with blankets and towels.
You should bring any personal belongings that will make you and your family feel more at home.
Each apartment is equipped with high speed wireless internet and cable.
No, the apartments at Christopher's Haven do not have telephones.
No, residents are responsible for purchasing their own food and preparing their own meals. On occasion, volunteers will come and prepare dinners for families in our community loft.
The apartments are cleaned between family visits. During your stay you are responsible for the upkeep of your apartment as well as helping to maintain the community space for all to enjoy.
Laundry facilities are available on site in the basement of the building.
Yes, each apartment has a private mailbox located in the main lobby of the apartment building. To have mail or packages sent to you during the duration of your stay, use the following address:
1 Emerson Place
Apt. 2 – (Your Apartment Letter)
Boston, MA 02114
Christopher’s Haven is located in the heart of Boston with easy access to the MBTA Green Line (Science Park) and the Red Line (Charles/MGH).
Christopher’s Haven has a few donated parking passes to the Government Center Garage which is about a ten-minute walk from our location (One Emerson Place). There is also discounted patient parking available at MGH. Due to limited parking, it is highly recommended not to bring a car during your stay. For those without a car, Christopher’s Haven is walking distance to public transportation and there are Zipcars in the onsite garage.