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Having a loved one in the hospital is hard enough. Being away from home can make it even harder. An emergency medflight, a child in NICU for days, a family member fighting for his life...these are the common bonds that people from all walks of life share - at Shanon’s House.

A dream years in the making, Shanon's House provides a warm, caring home environment to families of individuals in medical crisis. Guests are referred from churches, physicians, hospital staff and social workers from area hospitals. 

Our mission is to provide lodging and non-medical services that promote the healing process in a caring, emotionally supportive, home-like environment. Referred families are served with dignity, integrity and without regard to financial resources.

Shanon’s House is a non-profit community outreach of Mayfair Church of Christ in Huntsville, Alabama, and operates the home as a ministry to families in need of short term lodging while caring for a loved one at Huntsville Hospital.

“When we landed on the roof of Huntsville Hospital, I said a prayer that God would provide for us. I had no idea that there were caring people waiting to provide a convenient, beautiful place for us to stay. It made all the difference in the world. How can we ever repay you?”  - a family from Georgia

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the house

Located in the shadow of Huntsville Hospital, Shanon’s House is a 3,000 sq. ft. facility in a quiet residential area of town. A “home away from home” for families caring for a loved one in medical crisis, the House offers a convenient and friendly atmosphere for the families of hospitalized patients in the North Alabama area. 

The House can accommodate up to nine people and offers most of the comforts of home. 

In addition to private bedrooms, there are also laundry facilities, snacks and light breakfast, a spacious dining area, and a large gathering room. 

In the event that you were unable to pack before your departure, Shanon's House offers an assortment of products, including toiletries, linens to help get you through the difficult days ahead.

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With limited space available, families are served on a first come, first serve basis, and must call ahead to apply for a reservation.

Referrals for stays in the house are made by churches, medical staff and social workers. Rooms are assigned based on availability and need.

All guests are required to review and follow the Guest Policy, live outside of Huntsville, be fourteen years of age or older and accompanied by family.

Guest Policy/Guidelines (click here)

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house hosts

It is with great pride that we welcome you to Shanon’s House. Our mission is to serve you and your family at a very difficult time, when your loved one is being  treated at Huntsville Hospital. We understand the many needs you have at this time, and Shanon’s House is ready to help.

We are conveniently located right across the street from the HH Women and Children’s Center, an easy walk to the Huntsville Hospital campus. A map to our home can be found by clicking here.

Our desire is to help you in every way - we want to be your home away from home. Please feel free to call on us  - we welcome you  to Shanon’s House! 



Johnny & Christy Johnson, Shanon's House Hosts  

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shanon's story

Shanon Dickerson had family and friends who loved him dearly, tremendous intellectual ability, a personality that drew people from every walk of life, and a wit that could make an angry person laugh until it hurt. Rather than investing in self-serving endeavors, Shanon took discipleship of Jesus seriously and used his life to serve others. When a rare cancer forced him to leave full-time mission work in East Germany, Shanon remained contagiously positive about life, using time between his cancer treatments to serve and befriend those in need. Whether teaching immigrants English, counseling youth camps, administering career assistance, helping friends overcome addictions or doing the splits on the dance floor, Shanon remained more burdened with those who did not have an advocate of their own.

When confronted with the reality that thousands needlessly suffer and die, daily, from a lack of clean water, Shanon challenged his friends to join him in raising money to dig wells in Africa and India. Social events, public speaking events and hobbies were turned into fundraisers and a sense of responsibility to help the helpless became contagious as well. Over the years, Shanon has touched thousands of lives through a kind word spoken, a cup of cool water, and now, a special place to call home in troubled times.

Though his time on earth was short, a community of people realized they could make a significant difference in countless lives by taking ownership in a cause greater than themselves, literally all over the world.

Now, years later, Shanon’s House of Compassion continues this legacy of good will that Shanon stood for, offering a refuge for those who are suffering. As families cope with the stress of a sick child, as they deal with the crisis of a serious accident, they feel the compassion of loving people who care. Through the hands and feet of God’s people, they find “living water” - not on the other side of the world, but across the street from Huntsville Hospital... 

                                                   ... at Shanon’s House

Click to read about Shanon's legacy, 

"The Living Water Project:"

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contact us

Shanon’s House is conveniently located at the intersection of California Street and Big Cove Road, adjacent to the Huntsville Hospital Women and Children’s Center.

Shanon’s House 

Of Compassion

1005 Big Cove Rd.

Huntsville, Al 3580