Family House FAQ

Why did we add a Family House?

On With Life has always believed that family support and involvement is an important piece of the rehabilitation journey, so when our outpatient program expanded into a larger space in 2015, we were able to convert the house that had formerly housed the outpatient clinic into a six-bedroom family guest house. This addition has allowed family/support team members from outside of central Iowa to be close to their loved ones and actively participate in their rehabilitation. We had to close the family house for a period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but are excited to welcome families back once again.

Is there a charge for families to use the house?

There is no charge to use the family house. The On With Life Foundation is subsidizing this benefit considering its commitment to the vision of our founding families to “passionately serve and relentlessly advocate to create life-enriching opportunities for person impacted by brain injury”. Family members staying in the house will be asked to do some daily chores to maintain the house from day to day (running the dishwasher, wiping down the kitchen counters, sweeping, etc.).

Who do families talk with if they want to use the house?

There is an application process to use the family house – click here to fill out the application. We have six bedrooms available and want to provide this benefit for as many families as possible, therefor only one room will be available per person served. If there is not a room available, your name will be placed on a waiting list. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact us at

Is there a plan to add additional family housing in the future?

Yes! We will be adding two new family houses to the Ankeny campus in 2024, with the support of Hubbell Realty. Click here to read more about this exciting project.