By Anna Skinner
Founded by Fishers resident Amanda Milner, Fair Haven offers free, temporary housing and support for out-of-town and in-need families and patients of IU Health University Hospital and IU Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.
“Since IU health in downtown Indianapolis is a referral center, it draws people from across the country,” Milner, executive director of the Fair Haven Foundation and a cancer survivor herself, said. “Many patients have to stay for a prolonged amount of time from several days to several months, and Fair Haven provides a place for them to stay close to the hospital.”
The 12 apartments are necessary if families want to make the journey to IU Health to be able to stay with the patients.
“All housing is free of charge to patients and families. Housing is right across street from university hospital with full kitchens, a washer and dryer, and more,” Milner said. “It’s designed to take that burden off of the family and off of the patient. It’s just one piece they don’t have to worry about.”
To support the apartments, Fair Haven is hosting a Parisian Flea Market at the Mustard Seed Gardens, 77 Metsker Lane, Noblesville, to help raise funds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23. The flea market will sell antique and vintage items that have been donated or collected from estate sales. A European home store in Fishers called Twigs will be working with Fair Haven, and some of their new Christmas items will be available as well.
“We wanted something that reached out to the community more and got Fair Haven more recognized and was a fun event for the community,” Diann Luebker, event director, said. “We wanted to do something that people could come to and have a good time and do it in a way that benefits Fair Haven.”
“I think that we have such a great medical center and patients coming here from all over the world to fight for their life. It is so important that the community helps serve those patients and their families,” Milner said.
Parisian Flea Market tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door. The event is open to the public. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.fairhavenfoundation.org.