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Jeneece Place celebrates its 10th anniversary

Frankie Edroff holds the “Jeneece Place”/Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island sign

A shelter for children and their families receiving medical care on the South Island, helping thousands of people over the years, marks a milestone this year.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jeneece Place, located next to the Victoria General Hospital, has been a “home away from home” for 2,760 families and counts since its opening on January 21, 2012.

The home run by the Children’s Health Foundation offers an affordable alternative to accessing nearby medical services, with 10 bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room and playrooms, and a courtyard where children can feel safe. safe and comfortable.

“It feels like it’s always been in the community,” Veronica Carroll told Victoria Buzz.

The Foundation CEO remembers stories of gratitude from those who have stayed at Jeneece Place, noting that she couldn’t imagine the community without her.

And it’s all thanks to the dreams and vision of Frankie Edroff, who, at just three years old, was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1, a debilitating genetic disease.

Against all odds, he survived his doctors’ prognoses and became a health champion for the island’s children, raising money for Jeneece Place alongside his family.

“We are so blessed and happy to see how the house has been respected and loved,” said Angie Edroff, Frankie’s mother.

“It means a lot to us.”

It was Frankie’s bravery and persistence that rallied the community behind him, raising 95% of his $5.5 million goal in less than 14 months, according to the Children’s Health Foundation.

“He had the dream behind Jeneece Place,” Carroll added.

“The gratitude that all the families feel towards Frankie and the Ederoff family just for sticking with it. They were not discouraged; they knew it was so important to be close to their children. It’s just an amazing accomplishment. It all started with this dream and this determination.

In 2021, a survey found that 70% of customers said staying at Jeneece Place reduced their stress, while 83% said their stay increased their peace of mind near the hospital.

That same year, the Foundation opened the Q̓ᵂalayu House. Similar to Jeneece Place, it is a “home away from home” for people from the North Island who access services from the Campbell River Hospital located next door.