'A Home Away From Home': Nonprofit Builds Apartments Near HCMC for Burn Victims

June 21, 2018 06:03 PM

A place to call home -- that's what organizers call a new apartment complex located next to Hennepin County Medical Center. 

The new home away from home is the new HQ apartment building on Portland Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. The HQ apartments are located two blocks away from HCMC.

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Proximity to the hospital and burn treatment is hugely important for burn survivors, be it a firefighter or a person injured in a fire. 

The Minnesota nonprofit Firefighters for Healing is behind the generous gift. Those needing treatment will stay in the apartments free of charge. 

"We are going to give them a place," retired firefighter Jake Laferriere said. "A home away from home to be able to just go and get some time to go get a shower and get some food."

These apartments won't just be available immediately after a burn. Patients will be able to stay in these for their follow up care, surgeries and any treatments.

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Lindsey Brown

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