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A residence which helps the healing process of patients by keeping their families, friends, and caretakers nearby in a safe, comfortable, and peaceful shelter.
What is Benincasa?
Benincasa, meaning “Good Home,” is a valuable non-profit ministry intended to assist those who come to Garden City for healthcare. Like a Ronald McDonald House, Benincasa provides thousands of nights of accommodations to hundreds of patients, families, and caretakers each year. The patients’ families come to this home from varying distances and for varying lengths of stays. For some it may be only a few days of accommodations while the patient is hospitalized, while for others it may be as many as 10 to 12 weeks of accommodation for both the patient and the family while here for outpatient treatments.
At Benincasa our goal is simple. We want to provide patients and their families both the emotional support needed because of trauma and illness and the accommodations needed to keep these people from financial compromise.
Who may stay at Benincasa? Do I need a reservation?
Guests are admitted on first-come, first-served basis without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, age or gender. Reservations are not taken. When the rooms are filled, prospective guests will be placed on a waiting list and notified when space becomes available. The home’s seven bedrooms will accommodate up to 14 guests.
Benincasa is accessible for those with disabilities. Arrangements may also be made for infants and children.
Is there a charge?
Yes, there is a $25.00 fee collected at registration. Beyond this fee there is no “charge,” however, we suggest a $10 to $20 daily donation for the continued success of the Benincasa Ministry.
Whom do I contact to stay at Benincasa?
Potential guests staying at Benincasa may call (620) 272-2265 to see if they qualify for placement. There is no limit to the length of stay. Guests may use the house as long as their loved one is receiving treatment. However, rooms may not be held if a guest chooses to return home for a period of time.
What about parking and transportation?
Limited parking is available at Benincasa. From the house, it is a short block to St. Catherine Hospital. Transportation to and from the hospital is provided by security for guests in need or during the night time hours if needed. For assistance, please call Dispatch at (620) 272-2265 and ask for a security escort to/from Benincasa.
Are telephone and mail services available?
Yes, both telephone and services are available. We have a phone on each floor that may be used for local calls and long distance credit card/collect calls. Mail may be addressed in care of:
809 N. Sixth St.
Garden City, KS 67846
What about meals, laundry and bed linens?
Benincasa has a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facility for your use. You may bring your own groceries to prepare meals and snacks. As donated food items are received they will be made available for Benincasa guests. A washer and dryer are available for the use at no cost. Laundry detergent and fabric softener are also provided. Bed linens and towels are furnished. We ask that guests maintain Benincasa by being responsible for keeping their rooms, the kitchen, baths, and parlor areas clean and orderly.
What else does Benincasa offer?
What if there is an emergency?
Please call (620) 272-2265 for assistance.
For years a home-away-from-home for patients’ families in times of need was just a dream. But in 1992, the hospital and its auxiliary, the Belles of St. Catherine, worked together to begin the project. By early 1993, the seven-bedroom house at 809 N. sixth St. was purchased and named Benincasa. The name is significant for two reasons. Not only does it mean “Good Home” but also is St. Catherine of Siena’s last name (the saint for whom the hospital is named). The following 18 months were spent fundraising, remodeling, and furnishing the home. The task included many hours of volunteer work on the part of the community, Belles of St. Catherine and hospital associates. The doors of Benincasa finally opened December 5, 1994. From a common vision shared by many, Benincasa has served as the “Good Home” for thousands of individuals to date. Our goal is to keep the “Good Home” available for many years to come.
Benincasa, a non profit Christian ministry of St. Catherine Hospital, operates by your donations. We are grateful for donations of all sizes.
Benincasa Mission Statement
To provide a safe, comfortable, peaceful shelter that reflects a caring Christian environment, promoting the physical, emotional and financial welfare of our guests.
809 N. Sixth Street
Garden City, KS 67846
To inquire about a room, please call (620) 272-2265.
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