Kevin Guest House
782 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 882-1818
Fax: (716) 882-1291
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About Kevin Guest
The Founding of Kevin Guest House
Founded by Claudia and Cyril Garvey of Sharon, PA in honor of their son Kevin.
Kevin passed away in January 1972 at the age of 13 after an eighteen month fight
During Kevin's treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Garveys became aware
of many other families that were unable to find affordable lodging. They saw families
sleeping in their cars and waiting rooms.
Shortly before Kevin's death, Mr. and Mrs. Garvey purchased the property located at
782 Ellicott Street and renovated the house with the support of volunteers and
donations from the community.
Kevin Guest House welcomed their first guest on July 26, 1972.
First in America
America's first healthcare hospitality house.
Over 53,000 guests have stayed including guests from 49 states, Canada, and
eleven other countries.
Kevin Guest House paved the way for the more than 600 healthcare hospitality
houses across the country today, including the inspiration for a family to start
Ronald McDonald House Charities in Philadelphia, PA.