WHY?

When a baby is born prematurely or exhibits at-risk symptoms, the average stay for that child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is 5-6 weeks. Since Tuscaloosa DCH is a regional hospital serving several surrounding counties, many parents of NICU babies have to either drive back and forth, (which could be hours each way), or rent a hotel room to stay near their child and in a lot of cases sleep in the waiting room or their car.. Imagine 5-6 weeks of hotel rooms, driving back and forth, fast food and/or sleeping in a car or waiting room...all while you’re concerned for your newborn.

MISSION

The Brayden House exists to provide housing and meals for displaced parents of babies in the NICU units at DCH here in Tuscaloosa and Northport, free of charge. We want to serve these parents with shelter, warm meals, spiritual support, and most of all, love!


HISTORY

Brayden Lynn Giambalvo was born to Josh and Ashley Giambalvo on February 8, 2008. Arriving 8 weeks premature, Brayden spent 26 days in Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital before passing to Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). Since then, Josh and Ashley have been avid supporters of the March of Dimes and have raised thousands of dollars for the research of premature babies. The Brayden House is the next step in their commitment to their son’s legacy.

COMMUNITY

The Brayden House will be located in The Brown House community right outside of downtown Northport, Alabama. The Brown House is a non-profit organization focusing on diverse, Christian, regenerative community dedicated to loving their neighbor as themselves, serving and sacrificing to bring love to those who need it most.


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