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Category: Guest Testimonials Erin Apt: Bogren Family 2015, A proton beam therapy patient’s stay Posted October 27, 2015 by Jodie Hook September 14 – October 26, 2015Erin Bogren Holly’s House, Erin Apartment A home away from home. We loved this place. We had such a comfortable and homey stay for six full weeks while my 18 year old son received proton beam radiation therapy. Greg and Jodie are wonderful, they made our stay so nice and easy. Any questions, they were always available. This place will always hold a special place in my heart. I would recommend this place to anyone who has to relocate because of medical treatment. The best option by far. Thank God for Serenity House Network and for Jodie & Greg! The Bogren Family Tom, Sharon, & Jamison (Bismark, ND) #TeamBogey filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Sierra Apt: Sue & Joe 2015, A Mayo patient’s housing experience Posted October 27, 2015 by Jodie Hook Sierra Sue & JoeSeptember 25 – October 24, 2015 Johnston House, Sierra Apartment Thank you for all your kindness and help during our stay and treatment at Mayo Clinic. The Johnston House was very comfortable and relaxing to come back to after long days at the Clinic. It became our safe haven while here. The work you are doing here is a blessing for those going through challenging times. We will forever be grateful to Serenity House Network! God’s Blessings, Sue & Joe M. (Upper Peninsula, MI) filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Quincy Apt: Williams Family 2015, A transplant patient’s housing experience

October 18, 2015 Johnston House, Quincy Apartment It has been nearly six weeks since we moved into the Quincy Apartment…

Category: Guest Testimonials Serenity House Patrick Apt: Teague Family Posted July 29, 2013 by Jodie Hook July 2013 Greg and Jodie, Serenity House was truly a Godsend and a blessing to our family this past month. It offered us a safe place to relax, refresh, and experience the wonderful biking and walking areas around Rochester. But more importantly, it gave us a place to grow and live as a family as our daughter attended the Pain Rehab Center. This is a grace-giving ministry and we are grateful to you for making it possible. Richard and Cindy Teague filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials White River House Priscilla Apt: Howe Family Posted July 29, 2013 by Jodie Hook March 16-July 25, 2013 Heidi and Kevin, Thanks so much for the accommodations here at the Priscilla apartment. It has been a long ordeal during my stem cell transplant, but we found “serenity” here at the apartment. We really enjoyed getting acquainted with Rochester. Sue particularly enjoyed the shopping! Our best to you always, Bruce and Sue Howe New Richmond, Wisconsin filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Serenity House Brigid Apt: Johnson Family Posted July 29, 2013 by Jodie Hook July 2013 It is really no fun to be sick – all the trips to the doctors and all of the testing. At the end of the day, it was nice to come “home” to a familiar, home-like environment that feels comfortable. A nice, home-like place to rest and enjoy the comforts really helpedus through this process. Keep up the good work. We wish all the best with SHN! Mary and Russ Johnson filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Sunny Place Cottage Julianna Apt: Mattila Family Posted June 10, 2013 by Jodie Hook May 26, 2013 My husband, Gary, was diagnosed with very agressive multiple myeloma in December 2012. We came to Rochester Mayo Clinic in March of 2013 for a consult. Dr. Dingli recommended autologous stem cell transplant to hopefully give Gary many more years of quality life. The doctor informed us it would require a 6-week stay in Rochester. We checked out our lodging options and knew that a Serenity House Network home would work perfectly, especially since we would have a change in caregivers throughout our stay. We moved into the Julianna apartment on May 1st, which worked out beautifully since Gary’s transplant was scheduled for May 2nd. This home had everything we needed for comfort and relaxing. A nice, big kitchen with all the necessities that we have at home. The 2nd bedroom was perfect for an extra, comfortable bed when needed. The drive to Mayo was easy and quick and we purchased a parking pass right away, so we never worried about parking or having cash on hand to pay. The Julianna apartment is close to grocery stores, and big box stores for all our daily needs. A couple of favorite restaurants in town are Hunan Chinese which is in Soldier’s Field Plaza, Mac’s Cafe downtown, and while Gary was wearing his mask and we needed a place seated in a quiet area, Perkin’s and Red Lobster were good options in the middle of the afternoon. Our favorite entertainment was just driving around Rochester, exploring the city, and looking at the beautiful, unique homes up on the hill behind St. Mary’s Hospital. Thanks to Greg and Jodie for providing these homes to medical patients, where they can come “home” from appointments every day to a place to totally relax in comfort. And thanks, Greg, for removing the snow off our vehicle on May 3rd (!!!) while we were still getting ready to go to the morning appointment. We will definitely recommend these homes to anyone we know needing a temporary place of lodging while needing medical care. And now, we are departing and we pray that God will continue to heal Gary and he can enjoy life to the fullest for many years. God has treated him well during his recovery and we pray it will continue. Thank you again, Gary and Nancy Mattila Cokato, MN filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Baptist Hospitality House: Swearingen Family Posted June 10, 2013 by Jodie Hook December 2012-May 2013 We know the good Lord directed us to Serenity House Network and the loving arms of Jodie and Greg. This house has been a haven for us as we spent 8 months with our daughter after her heart transplant. After the exhausting, long hospital days it gave us the feeling of home and respite. Surely the Lord smiles down on the SHN ministry every day as you provide comfort to the weary and hope for the sorrowing. Jim and Eileen Swearingen filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials City View Sanctuary: Sutton Family Posted June 10, 2013 by Jodie Hook June 1, 2013 My husband and I stayed here for 3 weeks while my breast cancer was evaluated and treated. I had a wonderful team and hopefully an excellent prognosis. Having this comfortable, relaxing home to stay in so close to The Clinic and hospital was very helpful in my healing. We explored Rochester downtown. Our favorite places were SOMA, Chico’s, Chester’s Restaurant, The Pub House, and Dairy Queen. We loved the artwork at Mayo and the wonderful, unplanned piano playing, singing and dancing in the Mayo Subway Atrium. If you are talented, please join in and play the piano or sing. Joyce and Martin, California filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Sunny Place Cottage James Apt: Uhlenhake Family Posted May 20, 2013 by Jodie Hook May 2013 Thank you to Greg and Jodie for giving us a home away from home and also to Heidi and her family at Red River House. Blessings come to those who bless others, so we think you will be richly blessed at Serenity House Network. Betty and Terry Uhlenhake filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Serenity House Patrick Apt: Badgley Family

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Category: Guest Testimonials Serenity House Patrick Apartment: Brown Family Posted January 21, 2013 by Jodie Hook December 20, 2012 – January 16, 2013 We have been here just a few hours and our family is humbled by your generosity. The welcome basket with items hand-picked for our daughter and grandson is unbelievable! We feel at home and the anxiety we felt at the hotel – those days in such a small place with 4 people – has left me. The two of you are amazing servants of our Lord. We are very appreciative!!! Thank you. We are so very grateful to you both! Andy, Sheila, Jordan and Treyton Brown Manhattan, Montana Our grandson says, “Is this our home? It’s got the American flag!” filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Sunny Place Cottage James Apartment: Eckerman Family Posted January 11, 2013 by Jodie Hook January 10, 2013 Greg and Jodie, This was such a wonderful place to call “home” sice December 3, 2012. Cozy, warm, and comfortable! Our twice daily trips to Mayo Clinic for Ron’s stem cell transplant were easy driving. Continue with your mission to provide affordable hospitality to those in health crisis. The Christmas tree made it special during this holiday season. God Bless, Ron and Carol Eckerman filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials City View Sanctuary: O’Neill Family Posted January 10, 2013 by Jodie Hook January 9, 2013 What a treasure this place is. The ministry put a lot of thought into this place. Just go across the street, through the parking lot and you’re in Mayo Clinic. The convenience allowed me to rest between appointments. Thank you, O’ Neills New Brighton, MN filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Holly’s House Michael Apartment: Skelton Family

December 17-December 22, 2012 Wow! What an amazing place to stay. Really made you feel at home. Greg and Jodie…

Category: Guest Testimonials Holly’s House Erin Apt: DeGeest Family Posted July 2, 2012 by Jodie Hook Thank you, Greg and Jodie, for the wonderful hospitality you have shown us. It felt like coming to our home after a long hospital stay instead of an uncomfortable hotel room. After having major brain surgery my husband, Nick, was able to get hours of restful sleep that he needed. God Bless you guys and your wonderful ministry! Jamie and Nick DeGeest Rapid City, SD filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Sunny Place Cottage James Apt: Nedland Family Posted July 2, 2012 by Jodie Hook May 7, 2012 We have stayed in several places in Rochester over the years. Your “home” by far meets our needs best. We will stay with you again! Thanks so much! Fred Nedland filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Sunny Place Cottage Julianna Apt: Baukol Family Posted June 9, 2012 by Jodie Hook March 30, 2012 Greg and Jodie, Thank you so much for what you are doing for the people who GET to stay with you. I was there from March 20, 2012 until April 23, 2012 for a stem cell transplant. The setting of feeling like I was home helped me greatly in my recovery. What you are doing is so kind!! Everything was exactly the way it was advertised and Greg was always quick to come and check if we needed anything. Thank you! Steve and DeAnna Baukol and family _________________________________________________________________ We have been here to spend time with Steve Baukol, our son. We have enjoyed staying at Julianna. It is well furnished with things we need. A good location with a good choice of eating places close by. Peder and Timmie Baukol, Starbuck, MN _________________________________________________________________________________________ Jodie and Greg, I have been staying with my brother, Steve Baukol. I so appreciated your kindness and hospitality. Your Serenity House Julianna was perfect for us! The setting and atmosphere is very home-like, and I know it will make Steve comfortable during his stay. Thank you for realizing that a place like this was needed for patients and taking the steps to make such a wonderful idea a reality!! Suzan Holter, Starbuck, MN _________________________________________________________________________________________ filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Sunny Place Cottage James Apt: Askegaard Family Posted June 9, 2012 by Jodie Hook April 25, 2012 Dear Sunny Place, Thank you for giving us a home away from home at a time when our family needed to be together. This home is not only comfortable but beautiful and has everything we needed and we never had to bring it from home. Thank you again for your hospitality and for your mission of offering hope to families that are facing medical difficulties. God Bless You, Denise and Jared Askegaard, Donna, Pam, Sue and Brandi filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Serenity House Brigid Apt: Tardiff Family Posted June 9, 2012 by Jodie Hook April 20, 2012 Dear Greg and Jodie, It was not a coincidence that God placed you in our lives when He did. Thank you so much for your compassion, prayers and hospitality. You touched our lives in such a positive way during such a hard time. You are doing such a wonderful thing here at Serenity House. My experience these past 2 months was so much more bearable because I had a beautiful place to call home. Thank you for providing a haven for me. Love and God’s Blessings, Katie Tardiff Dear Greg and Jodie, Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. When we arrived we were exhausted and so upset. Your home has been the perfect safe haven during this time. We appreciate your hospitality more than words can say. God Bless You, Sharon Johnson, Jon and Katie Tardiff filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Sunny Place Cottage James Apt: Horan Family Posted June 9, 2012 by Jodie Hook April 21, 2012 We really enjoyed our stay! You have done a great job with the house. Thanks for being here when we needed you and continued good luck with the great work you do. All the best! The Horan Family filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials City View Sanctuary: Kennedy Family Posted June 8, 2012 by Jodie Hook Dear Jodie, Greg, and Scott, Mike and I arrived home safely on Friday evening to hugs from our family. Our stay with you at City View Sanctuary was wonderful. The accomodations were homey, clean, and comfortable. It was such a benefit to have a place to cook meals after long days at Mayo Clinic. It also saved us a lot of money! I enjoyed the daybed in the living room. While we watched television in the evenings, I would look out over the skyline of the city. What a beautiful view! Everything we needed, including starter supplies, was well thought out. Mike used the maps and welcome guides in the furnished notebook to get around the town. We even found some of the best Chinese food I have ever had, due to a Rochester guide. (I wanted to bring the restaurant home with us. ) You also went above and beyond with helping to provide air conditioning for us by providing a portable unit on our first night. (The entire building had not been turned on yet.) My allergies immediately dissipated. Scott, thank you so much for taking care of this for us. It was so very kind of you! Whenever I had the chance to visit with other people waiting for appointments at the Mayo Clinic, I shared our wonderful experience of staying with you. All of our friends here in Kansas City know of you, too! We hope to stay with you in July when I return for another week. May God richly bless you, DanaKennedy filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Serenity House Patrick and Brigid Apartments: Dall Family Posted March 26, 2012 by Jodie Hook January-February 2012 Dear Greg and Jodie, Our family is so very grateful to have found the Serenity House Network. We were truly blessed to have met you both and to have a place to call our home away from home for so many weeks! You were very flexible and accommodating when it came to the “unknowns” of the transplant world. Our journey has been a blessing in many ways and has been touched by God every step. Thank you for your many prayers and the sincerity you offered every time you asked how things were going! Many blessings, Katie Dall filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Red River House: McAllister Family Posted March 26, 2012 by Jodie Hook Thank you Kevin, Heidi, and Serenity House Network, After 10 days in a hotel, we found SHN online and discovered the immense blessing of the Binkley’s and Red River House – a place of peace, comfort, beauty, and the warmth of a family home. No words can describe how blessed we feel at having had the experience of “home” to balance the gut-wrenching days at the hospital. We have been blessed and wish all the best to those of you who cross this path. God Bless Heidi, Kevin and Serenity House Network, With deep gratitude, The McAllister Family Green Bay, Wisconsin filed under: Current Events, Guest Testimonials Red River House: Little Family

February 13-18, 2012 Greetings from Kentucky! Thank you so much to the Binkley family for opening your home to us.…
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