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
I attended the Pain Rehabilitation Center for chronic pain due to 2 tick infections: Aneplasmosis and Ehrlichia. My stay here was very homey and very nice. I was staying by myself and I felt very safe and could relax and do my exercises that were suggested by the PRC program. I am a mother of Continue Reading
Kim and Mike Koschke (3 1/2 week stay) April 14, 2018
Serenity House Network has been such a lovely place to stay while going to PRC at Mayo. It has been such a blessing. I came here to Rochester very weak and in so much pain. Now I feel amazing and look forward to my new life. Thank you Greg for all you have done for Continue Reading
Joey & Cheri-Danville, VA (3 1/2 Week Stay) April 13, 2018
Serenity House Network was a wonderful place to stay- we only wish it had been warm enough to enjoy the sun porch! All three beds were very comfortable (as are the couch and recliner!), and it was nice for my son to have the study to do his homework. We were here for the Pediatric Continue Reading
Ellen, Mark, and Tate-Silver Spring, MD (3 Week Stay) April 12, 2018
One night remains for us in the “other house” as our family has affectionately called the Serenity House Network home. We’re from an Iowa farming community, so the Big City has been quite a change for us…but we’ve come to love the convenience of everything here in Rochester. Our 10 year old son has been Continue Reading
The Hartwig Family (1 Month Stay) April 11, 2018
After spending two months in the hospital with my daughter, we went to a Serenity House Network home. It was a wonderful reprieve from all that had been going on with our daughter. We could return to Evy’s House from Mayo and it made us feel like we were normal again. We had a place Continue Reading
The Holder Family- Cleveland, TN (1 Month Stay) April 8, 2018
We stayed at Serenity House Network as a family with a 4 year old. The feel of home away from home was so amazing and relaxing. Even caregivers loved it. The James apartment and SHN staff were phenomenal. It was a very comfortable place to heal. Support from SHN helped the recovery. Can’t express enough Continue Reading
Brey Fogle (2 1/2 Week Stay) April 5, 2018
Thank you so much for the lovely home to stay in with the Serenity House Network. It sure made an unpleasant experience of a bone marrow transplant much more pleasant. Thanks
Doug & Penny Hagfor (3 Month Stay) March 28, 2018
We thank God for Serenity House Network. This place helped our family heal as we went through a kidney transplant (father to daughter). Every need was met with a smile, even a new coffee pot was delivered. With a heart filled with thanks we are going home to Texas. Thanks to Greg, Denise, and Jodie, Continue Reading
Peggy & Kris Johnson/ Kristen Taylor (2 1/2 Week Stay) Abilene, TX March 19, 2018
The Serenity House Network has been a blessing! I was originally told that I would be in the hospital for six weeks. After getting checked in at Mayo, I found out that I only needed to be in the hospital for my chemo treatments. I still had to stay in Rochester during the six weeks Continue Reading
The Lewis Family (6 Week Stay) March 8, 2018
Tara & Family, What an Awesome Home. Thank you to you for what you do for others. We often become self absorbed when we face our own troubles. Not you and your family. We can all learn something from that. The world would be a better place if we all followed your example. My prayers Continue Reading
Jean & Charlie Dockweiler (1 Week Stay) February 26, 2018