Its name truly communicates the meaning, mission, and atmosphere of this fine facility. Serenity House Network provides a special housing option for transplant patients that is not otherwise available in the Rochester area. Serenity House Network makes the transition into the real world from hospitalization easy by providing a clean, safe environment. Greg and Jodie truly understand what many transplant patients need as I will further discuss.
I had been hospitalized at Saint Mary’s Hospital from July 3rd, 2013 until December 12th, 2013. I received a heart transplant on November 28th. For my family and for myself it had been a long journey. We were all tired. We needed a warm, nurturing environment for all of us to heal. I craved solitude after months of not having this in the hospital. The thought of having to share a common living area with others, and not being able to have my entire family stay with me at the spur of the moment was not acceptable for me. My son was too young to visit at many of the facilities. It was holiday time and because we rented through Serenity House Network, we were all able to stay together. We cooked several holiday dinners, and opened presents in our private living room. There was even a Christmas tree provided by Jodie and Greg. While we were not home, this became home, and for all of us it was the best Christmas we had ever had. We were back to being the wonderful family that we are. We were happy and joyous. Serenity House Network helped to give this back to us.
Serenity House Network provides a warm, environment that feels like home. My daughters often refer to it as going “home” when they visit me from their colleges in Northfield. The SHN duplex we rent is in a safe neighborhood which is close to grocery stores, movie theaters, the hospital, clinic, post office, etc. The apartment has three bedrooms, two full baths, a kitchen, living room, and a den. There are two televisions that are equipped with cable, as well as internet which provides access to netflex, hula, etc. It is beautifully appointed with laminate floors, new beds, new couches, dining room table, and comfortable recliners. The kitchen has new appliances, including dishwasher, microwave, stove, large refrigerator, blender, toaster, coffee maker, etc. Dishes, pots, pans, cooking utensils, silverware, and glasses are all provided. The linens and bed spreads are beautiful and tasteful. The towels are thick and soft. It is so nice that nothing needs to be purchased unlike when someone moves into an apartment or a house which may also have a lengthy lease. There is a washer and dryer on site so that I can wash my towels daily which is important post-transplant.
Serenity House Network has focused on the need to provide a clean environment. The laminate floors are the first step since they can be thoroughly cleaned unlike carpet which many places use. They request that no shoes be worn inside. They provide vacuum, swiffer, wet swiffer to clean as well as all the cleaning products that are used for transplant patients at the hospital. They also come into the apartment once a month to do a thorough cleaning. Serenity House Network is extremely responsive to any problems that may arise. Someone is usually over to access the problem with in an hour. They also provide snow removal services as well as helping families to move in if there is a need for such services. They are kind, friendly, compassionate people who truly care about others.
They provide an environment that is peaceful, and restful which everyone who has visited me notices. The apartment is bright and sunny. It is an environment that promotes healing not only physically but also spiritually and emotionally. I wish more transplant patients were aware of this fabulous option. I hope and wish that Serenity House Network continues to grow so that more transplant patients can take advantage of this fine facility. I am a physician and my wife is a nurse, and we are both impressed by the high quality of service that is offered. Jodie and Greg’s reward is knowing that they have succeeded in creating a family-oriented environment which promotes healing for transplant patients and their families in a way that no other option in Rochester seems to be able to do. The name says it all, Serenity House Network.
Steven Turchan M.D. February 6, 2014
What a blessing to stay here. We’re thankful for a place to stay during our time of need.
The Boyle Family August 18, 2017
We can’t thank you enough for providing places like Holly’s House for people to stay at while at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It was our “home away from home” as our daughter was an outpatient in the Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center program (PPRC). We loved the apartment, the neighborhood, and the people of Rochester. Continue Reading
The Sommer Family August 10, 2017
My wife and I came down here on 7/17/17 and didn’t know where we were going to stay. We called Serenity House and thank God they had an opening. The people here are very nice and it was a great space to recover in.
Steven and Serina (1 month stay) August 8, 2017
Serenity House Network is certainly a blessing for all! It has all of the comforts of home, which creates a perfect environment for peace and healing. It was a true joy to have cozy furniture to relax on and a home cooked meal following my hospital stay. God bless you for offering this special gift Continue Reading
Sonya Fuemmeler July 29, 2017
We are so grateful to have found Serenity House Network. I was fortunate enough to be a match with my husband. I was able to donate my kidney to him, with us having surgery on July 10, 2017. We started out in a hotel room and ended up in a home. Thank you so much Continue Reading
Terri and Bill Koch July 27, 2017
For our first visit to Minnesota we were blessed to find Annie’s House so accommodating to all our needs. We felt very comfortable throughout our stay. We especially liked how close we were to Mayo Clinic, and how convenient everything around the area made our stay even more relaxed. We look forward to returning, knowing Annie’s Continue Reading
The Scannell Family July 23, 2017
Thank you all! Everyone has been so kind to us. It is such a comfort to come into this situation and have a home to stay in. My husband’s appetite hasn’t been great and I was able to fix whatever he wanted any time he wanted it. Knowing there are so many people praying for Continue Reading
Beanie and Connie Eckhoff (1 month stay) July 22, 2017
Leaving today after a week here at Mayo. Although the results were not what we had hoped for, we are confident in our hearts that God always does what is best for His children. There is a nice coffee shop up 18th called St. James. Good coffee and nice atmosphere! And the Saturday market downtown Continue Reading
Amy, Bethany, and Samuel July 20, 2017
My sister-in-law was sent to the Mayo Clinic for a neurological study. My brother could not make the 1200 mile trip from South Carolina without some help. I began searching for lodging for the week but was not looking forward to staying in a hotel. My husband traveled with us and I knew he couldn’t Continue Reading
Ralph, Sandra, Jeannie and Larry July 14, 2017
Thank you!!! We will miss you. Our family was blessed to get to know you. Thank you for the service you provide Mayo Clinic patients and their families.
Wilson Family (4 month stay) July 13, 2017