The Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House
Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation believes that the love of a family is powerful medicine. The Chavis House is a comfortable place where patients' family members may stay at no cost. Over the past decade, the Chavis House has been home to approximately 1,000 guests per year. This 40-bed guesthouse, which includes a kitchen and laundry facilities, ensures that families can be part of the care and recovery of their loved ones. Each day, volunteers from area churches bring a meal for our guests to enjoy.
The house is named in memory of Jeff Chavis who began his firefighting career as an 18-year old volunteer for the Round Hill Fire Department in Lexington, SC. On July 12, 2001, Jeff lost his life as a result of burns he suffered in the line of duty while fighting a residential fire. The Chavis family led the effort to renovate the guest facility and continue to be active volunteers for Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation. In 2013 the Chavis House experienced a $135,000 renovation with new flooring, paint and furniture. It truly feels like a home-away-from-home.
Caring By the Numbers, in 2014:
- 1100 guests received free lodging
- 69% of our guests were females
- 31% of our guests were males
- 14,700 meals were served to guests by volunteers