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
We are so grateful for the time we spent here with Serenity House Network. It was so nice to be able to have our own space- a space that felt more like home. Definitely helped in the healing process. Thank you so much for everything!!
Tony & Lisa Verschoot- Lambert, MT ( 1 Month Stay) May 22, 2019
This is our fourth trip to Mayo Clinic in the last 14 months. Our son had been on the liver transplant list since 2009. In March of 2018 he was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). When we got this horrible news of cancer, we immediately called Greg, Jodie, and Joanna at Serenity House Network Continue Reading
Brian, Connie, & Pat Elliott- Huntington, PA (2 Month Stay) May 5, 2019
Greg, Jodie, and Sheryl, Thank you for using your burdens and experiences to bless others. You have anticipated our every lodging need. God in his wisdom truly works all things together for our good. Your love and care have been a great example to a watching world. May you experience continued joy as you serve Continue Reading
John & Julie Wieland (3 Month Stay) May 2, 2019
My brother had a stem cell transplant and stayed over 100 days in Rochester. I was his donor and caregiver during this period of time. We spent countless nights at the hospital, in motels, and other facilities. It was a breath of fresh air when we started staying in a Serenity House Network home. I Continue Reading
Barb & Wayne Salem- Butterfield, MN (4 Month Stay) May 2, 2019
Serenity House Network was a blessing to myself and my family. To have a place feel kind of like home was more than I could have asked for.
Adam Andre ( 1 Month Stay) March 25, 2019
Dottie’s place was a gift beyond measure to us and our family. Serenity House Network provided such a warm, homey accommodation that was instrumental to my husband and my recovery from donating and receiving a kidney. We had space for our caregiver and could live as a family. We loved working with Greg! What a Continue Reading
Marty & Hal Stahl- IA ( 1 Month Stay) March 25, 2019
I want to thank Serenity House Network for being there when we needed you. The doctor’s at Mayo said my son’s surgery would take a few hours and be out of the hospital in 2-3 days. The surgery went well, but his lower GI refused to wake up. They thought he had an infection, maybe Continue Reading
John & Ben- Louisiana & Mississippi (2 1/2 Week Stay) March 22, 2019
Greg, what a pleasure to meet you and stay here with Serenity House Network. It has given my sister Cecilia and I a home away from home with peace and serenity. Thank you very much for caring in this way for patients and families. God bless your good work.
Johnson's - Shelton, WA ( 1 Week Stay) March 21, 2019
Coming to Mayo in Rochester was one of the hardest things in my life. I had to leave my 3 children and husband for 10 days, the longest ever. However, Greg and our “house mother” have made this one of the easiest transitions ever. Greg met us here and was so kind and helpful. Our Continue Reading
Shannon Hall (1 1/2 Week Stay) March 16, 2019
We were so happy to have a nice place to come “home” to during our stay in Rochester. We feel very blessed to have had a Serenity House Network place to stay in during our recovery time. You were such wonderful people to communicate with! Thank you! God Bless you all!
The Koykarri Family- Kris, Julie, & Reexi's (5 Week Stay) March 12, 2019