THE NEEDThe serious illness of a child is one of the most traumatic experiences a family can face. At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, we support the whole person and the whole family. In addition to excellent medical care, we assist patients and families in coping emotionally and spiritually. We provide the means for our patients and families to make a connection to their spiritual practices and to help them find meaning, comfort and health. Providing this care is supported by the Joint Commission, which regulates hospitals across the nation. The Commission states that quality health care requires the recognition of patients' spiritual and religious values. THE INTERFAITH CENTER CAMPAIGNEach year, our Spiritual Care Services Program makes more than 12,600 contacts with patients and families, working with persons from all religious traditions. Our interfaith chaplains provide crisis intervention, spiritual assessment, care and counseling. Yet this represents only about 30 percent of the families who could potentially benefit from these services. Unfortunately, private and public insurance does not cover the vital spiritual care services that the hospital provides. We rely on donations from the community to ensure that we can continue to support children and families in this way.Our campus currently features on active interfaith chapel and meditation room. In the stressful and unfamiliar hospital environment, a quiet place for spiritual reflection is therapeutic for patients, families and staff alike. However, the current chapel is only 130 square feet-smaller than many bedrooms.To provide our patients and families with a larger and more functional interfaith sanctuary, and to support and grow the Spiritual Care Services Program to meet the great need that exists, Children's Hospital Los Angeles has set a goal to raise $10 million from caring supporters. The hospital will direct approximately $3 million of the funds raised toward construction costs for a new Interfaith Center, and the remaining funds will support the Spiritual Care Program in perpetuity through an endowed fund. Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan and The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation have donated a gift of $5.5 million to name The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Interfaith Center. In addition to naming and supporting construction of the new facility, funds will also be used to establish the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Spiritual Care Program Endowment. The gift is the largest made in support of the Spiritual Care Services program in CHLA history, and will apply toward the $10 million fundraising goal.The new Leavey Interfaith Center will include:- 900 feet of indoor prayer and meditation space-nearly seven times larger than the hospital's current chapel- A spacious interfaith sanctuary for ceremonies and group activities- A semi-private Our Lady of Guadalupe devotional, with a statue and kneeler- Four semi-private meditation and prayer spaces to serve all faiths, including but not limited to: Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim and Hindu- A 1,500-square-foot shaded outdoor Reflection Garden with soothing water features, symbolic art and landscapingHOW YOU CAN HELPBy donating or fundraising for the Interfaith Center Campaign, you will be helping construct the Interfaith Center and fund the work of the Spiritual Care Services Program. Your support will provide hope and spiritual healing to children and families during some of the most trying times in their lives.