Mackenzie had just moved from Arizona to Jefferson, South Carolina to stay with her in-laws while her husband was away on military service. At 28 weeks pregnant with twin girls, Mackenzie’s water unexpectedly broke and she went into premature labor. Her daughters, Grace and Harmony, were born on January 31, 2017, each weighing about 2 pounds. Mackenzie’s mom, Brenda, originally stayed at Hospitality House of Charlotte (HHOC), and when Mackenzie was released from the hospital she came to stay at HHOC as well.
Over the past four months HHOC staff have seen Mackenzie, alongside her husband and mother, celebrate as her babies have grown stronger, eventually learning to breathe and eat on their own. They have also seen Mackenzie fight through tough moments when her daughters were struggling. When Grace’s small intestine ruptured a few weeks into their stay, Mackenzie was right across the street at HHOC and able to quickly get to the hospital to sign paperwork authorizing surgery. Without HHOC, the family has said, they would have depleted their funds and felt frantic about going back and forth to the hospital from Jefferson.
HHOC has become a true home for many families; a steady home base where families can relax, grab a nourishing dinner, and get some rest after a long day watching over their loved one.