Families staying at Tree House often experience stress due to the illness or health status of their hospitalized family member. The Family Meal Program offers groups of volunteers the opportunity to extend needed support to these families by providing and preparing a meal. Family dinners are served on selected evenings of the week or weekend breakfasts. Groups should plan to serve 50-60 family members. A group size of 5-10 volunteers is the most appropriate. The actual number of people attending a given dinner varies greatly, even when the Tree House is at full capacity. Bear in mind, that whether the food is eaten at mealtime or as leftovers, it will be very much appreciated. A Tree House specialist will e-mail you one to two days in advance with an estimate.
Your group may choose to cook at the Tree House, cook at off-site, or as with most groups—do a combination of the two. Options also include ordering takeout. that can be stored and reheated easily is best. In all cases food safety must be overved.
We ask that volunteers and volunteer groups not solicit donations on behalf of MultiCare Health System, Tacoma General, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Tree House to support or fund their meal. It is acceptable to ask for a donation from someone you know with whom you have a personal relationship. The donation would be to your group for the purpose of providing a meal to the families staying at the Tree House.
Our kitchen is equipped with four electric residential ovens and several cooking stove tops. We are equipped with basic equipment, pans, cooking and serving utensils, including large chafing pans or steam table for maintaining proper food temperatures.
On-site Orientation (lasting about 45 minutes)
This orientation is mandatory. Orientations can be scheduled Monday-Friday between 3-8pm. We encourage all members of your group to attend, however only the designated lead for the group is required to do so. The lead then has the responsibility of providing and reviewing the information provided here with all group members not attending the on-site orientation. All members of your group must carefully read and be familiar with our Food Handling, Preparation, and Storage Guidelines prior to coming to the Tree House on your scheduled date.
Call the Tree House front desk at 253-403-8510 or email TreeHouse@multicare.org