By timestaff
March 28, 2014
A woman near the devastated coastline of Misawa, Japan, March 19, 2011.
Dominic Nahr—Magnum for TIME

Ann Calahan, president, Joe’s House

Achievement: Creating a website that provides info on thousands of discounted lodgings near medical centers.

Why she’s a hero: When Calahan’s husband, Joe, had to travel to Texas for cancer treatment in the 1990s, the New York travel industry veteran faced an extra task: finding affordable lodging near the hospital. Seven years after Joe’s death, memories of that chore led her to launch JoesHouse.org. The site offers 1,900 options for patients and their families, from discounted hotel rooms to free apartments.

Quote: “The whole idea is, you have enough to worry about. Let us help you find a place to stay.”

— Joan Caplin

For a special feature in our July issue, MONEY magazine is searching for 50 more Money Heroes. Do you know of an unsung person who has made an extraordinary effort to improve other people’s personal finances?


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