Welcome Home Chattanooga hospice care for the homeless opens cancer respite home

Welcome Home of Chattanooga, a nonprofit organization that provides hospice care to the homeless, has opened a cancer respite home to provide shelter to homeless people receiving cancer treatment.

"We recognized that we were caring for people who were dying very young of cancer because they couldn't get treatment because they were unsheltered," Executive Director Sherry Campbell said. "We felt that we could and should meet that need, that we should try and provide a place to keep 45-year-olds from ending up in hospice for breast cancer only because they couldn't get shelter and couldn't get treatment."

The cancer respite home, a house nicknamed "Little Blue" for its size and color, is one of two residences at Welcome Home of Chattanooga's 5-acre property in East Chattanooga, on the aptly named Quiet Creek Trail.

The