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
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
Thank you Greg and Serenity House Network staff for your kindness and prayers. SHN is a wonderful “home away from home”. The apartment was very clean and very “home like”. Staying here has helped me heal mentally and physically. The bread and birthday cake were a nice added touch. I can’t thank you enough!
Lisa (1 Month Stay) February 6, 2018
Baptist Hospitality House was our first Serenity House Network Home for nearly three months. My husband was at death’s door on September 9th, 2017. I had him transferred to the Mayo Clinic here in Rochester. By a miracle of God he received his liver transplant on September 18, 2017. I stayed in hotels until October Continue Reading
The Talamasys (3 Month Stay) February 1, 2018
Baptist Hospitality House was our first Serenity House Network home for nearly three months. My husband was at deaths door on September 9th, 2017. I had him transferred to the Mayo Clinic here in Rochester. By a miracle of God he received his liver transplant on September 18th, 2017. I stayed in hotels until October Continue Reading
The Talamasys (3 Month Stay) February 1, 2018
After our four month stay in Rochester, it is finally time to go home to North Dakota. My stem cell transplant was a success and I will go home cancer free thanks to my sister (donor), the doctor’s and staff at Mayo, and most of all our Savior for answering our prayers. Thank you so Continue Reading
Teresa Remboldt ( 4 Month Stay) January 27, 2018
We appreciate this very much. Our stay at Serenity House Network was enjoyable. Despite the weather that Mother Nature controls, it was a smooth progression.
L. Flemmer & D.Krueger-North Dakota (1 Week Stay) January 26, 2018
Thank you for being part of this journey. It’s been a long haul. You’ve made this time comfortable and good. God bless you! Always in our hearts,
Cheryl & Rich (4 month stay) January 15, 2018
My name is Lisa Turner. I was a living liver donor for my husband Jamie. My husband and I and our caregiver are all so thankful we decided to stay at the Serenity House Network Sierra apartment during our stay. It is clean and well set up and enough space for everyone to recuperate and Continue Reading
Lisa & Jamie Turner (1 month stay) January 12, 2018
From Grand Forks, ND to Rochester, MN: My husband was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma on August 18, 2017. We were sent to Mayo where it was decided that he needed an autologous stem cell transplant and to plan on coming back for a 6-8 week stay. Thank goodness my best friend in New Hampshire found Continue Reading
Brian & Rhonda Sand (5 week stay) January 6, 2018