Amy’s House Officially Open in Temple
An organization in Central Texas has completed construction on a communal residence that will house transplant patients and their families during recovery.
According to a report from our news partners at KWTX, Amy's House is now open after having a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony. Construction was completed in October, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic things were delayed much longer than originally expected.
Amy's House is named in honor of Amy Henderson Firth, who died in 2012 and was an organ donor. Her parents, Margaret and John Henson, are members of Trio Central Texas, who work to promote organ donor awareness and provide help to transplant recipients and their families.
The Henderson's lost their daughter Amy unexpectedly in 2012, and have been working on the transplant home in her honor. Amy was an organ donor, and her contributions have helped the lives of approximately 70 people.
The home at 2114 S 15th St. in Temple has a large living area, dining area, and kitchen as well as office space, a conference room, a multi-purpose room, laundry facilities, and storage areas. Baylor Scott & White Health will slowly start moving families into Amy's House while still following COVID-19 protocols. One family will move in at a time, starting on opposite sides of the home.
Right now the maximum occupancy will be 8 families, but the Henderson's and BS&W will work to assess what's safe for everyone.
The report below is from October, 2020.