40th Anniversary

Family House is proud to celebrate its 40th year of serving patients and families. A series of special days and commemorative events will mark this important year.

We invite you to follow along via our social channels at #FamilyHouse40 or sign up for our email list to learn more.

Polo Eve Kickoff

On Friday, September 8, Family House welcomed over 100 friends, supporters, and stakeholders to the Hartwood Acres Mansion for a cocktail reception to officially kick off our 40th anniversary year. Founder and Family House Board of Directors Permanent Vice Chair, Joel Ettinger, and Founding Executive Director, Mary Lou McLaughlin, led a program that looked at Family House’s past and brought the organization together to look forward.


On September 27, 1983, Family House Pittsburgh was founded by a small group of dedicated community leaders and doctors. 40 years later, we have welcomed tens of thousands of patients and families from all corners of the globe. In celebration of this incredible achievement, we have received two wonderful accolades: The City of Pittsburgh issued a proclamation naming September 27, 2023 as “Family House 40th Anniversary Celebration Day” and Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution naming the day as “Family House Day” in the City of Pittsburgh.

Founding Day - MSA Photos

To celebrate “Family House Day” on September 27, we partnered with MSA, The Safety Company, to host a special dinner for our patient and family guests to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our founding. MSA has a deep commitment to Family House and was named the 2023 Arlene Lhormer Volunteer Recognition Award Recipient for outstanding volunteerism at Family House. 

Home for the Holidays

Holiday Wish List – Help us support families this holiday season:

  • Winter Wear (hats, gloves)
  • Hygiene Products
  • Lotion
  • Blankets
  • Assorted Activity Books

For more needed items, please visit our Amazon Wish List.

Please deliver donations to:Family House
5308 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Bring the holiday spirit to Family House! Please consider warming the hearts of our guests with a homemade meal. Contact volunteer@familyhouse.org to learn more about how you can provide dinner or baked goods.