Shining a light on …….Heartfelt Homes by www.goodhavens.com.au
Every so often I like to introduce members of the public who are doing great things and contributing good to the world. Today I’d like to “Shine the light on…” Caroline Meehan from Heartfelt Homes. When Caroline sent her youngest child off to day care, she decided to use her time to assist people in crisis. By creating Heartfelt Homes she now assists people who are in need of somewhere to stay whilst there loved one is being cared for in hospital far from home. Little did she now that it would soon be Caroline who was in crisis…
Tell us about your business…
Heartfelt Homes provides a short term room to the families of people being cared for in hospital far from home. Heartfelt Homes is completely unique, our services accommodate a broad range of people across Australia, regardless of age, gender or illness.
What motivated you to start?
My youngest started daycare 2 days a week and I had the idea of Heartfelt Homes, it just didn’t go away so I decided to research what options people have when they find themselves suddenly effected by medical emergencies. The more I researched, the more I realised the huge need for a service like this. It took months of research, paperwork and commitment to set Heartfelt up as a registered not-for-profit and a charity and was quite costly but once I had started I just couldnt stop.
What is a typical day like for you?
Right now, very varied. Sadly my husband was recently diagnosed with cancer so we are making many trips to Brisbane for his treatment. The irony of this is immense as we have become the very people I set out to help!!! Yet it has taught me more than I could have ever researched and helped my husband to understand what I do and why, and to be included in the growth of Heartfelt Homes. On the day of his surgery I made 2 appointments with the directors of the the Royal Bribane and Womens Hospital so I could promote Heartfelt’s services, his surgery was 9 ½ hours and I just had to be doing something pro-active.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see major hotel chains donating rooms all over Australia, rooms where families can stay near loved ones without having the financial burdens they curently encounter and families being able to stay together through their tough times. I see this concept being adopted globally.
What is the best advice you have been given?
Keep going and use your contacts.
If you could whisper to your 12 year old self, what would you tell her?
Enjoy life and always try to do the right thing.
What 3 people (dead or alive) would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
My Dad and both my Grandma’s (no longer with us)
What is on your bucket list?
To visit home (Leeds UK) more with my husband and children.
What is your most memorable moment?
The birth of my daughter Kitty Bo, unfortunatley I was under a general anaesthetic for the birth of my son Banjo so I missed it!
What do you do to live a balanced life?
Like most busy mums, I find this very hard, even more so at the moment but we live very simply and enjoy family time when we can. We spend time at the pool or beach and when the kids are in bed my husband and I like to kick back and watch a good movie with a glass of wine.
It’s hard for most of us to imagine being in a situation that turns our life on it’s head…until it happens. You can support Caroline’s cause in a number of ways
• To make a financial donation to help provide accommodation for someone in urgent need click here
• Spreading the word about our services to extend our reach across the nation. Share this post on your social media by clicking the share buttons on the top right of the article, get the word out…www.heartfelthomes.org.au
We believe that when you change a person’s life, you change a family’s, which can change a community, and ultimately the nation. Contact us now and become a Heartfelt Homes supporter. Your support is life changing.