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Gauthier House: Scapillato Family

Dear All, After years of frustration with the medical field, my husband and I decided coming to Mayo would be our last resort. We now have answers to my health, but we gained so much more from our stay here. Staying with the Serenity House Network made this possible – a gift from above. Everyone was so friendly and we were able to relax with Continue Reading

Jenny and Greg Scapillato: Illinois July 4, 2011

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Red River House: Walker Family

April 2011 Since June 25th, 2010 our lives haves been turned upside down. A basic middle class family, my husband found out he had a tumor on his heart. This case is so rare that only 7 other cases have been reported in the world. My husband was hospitalized from June 25-Aug 31, 2010. Our finances instantly got cut in half. On top of everything Continue Reading

Daryl and Octavia Walker: Virginia - God Bless the Serenity House Network! April 4, 2011

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Category: Guest Testimonials Sunny Place Cottage: Snyder Family Posted August 20, 2011 by SHN Staff August 2011 Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for opening this home up to us. Your service provided us the wonderful opportunity to recover from Marr’s liver transplant while keeping our family together without putting a tremendous hole in our budget. Your cottage had everything we needed and we couldn’t ask for better hospitality. Thank you very much! The Snyders – Marr, Jenny, Parker, Anne and Ed: Virginia and South Dakota filed under: Guest Testimonials Gauthier House: Scapillato Family Posted July 20, 2011 by SHN Staff July 2011 Dear All, After years of frustration with the medical field, my husband and I decided coming to Mayo would be our last resort. We now have answers to my health, but we gained so much more from our stay here. Staying with the Serenity House Network made this possible – a gift from above. Everyone was so friendly and we were able to relax with the comforts of home. When my husband had to leave and I stayed on my own, I was not worried because I knew I could turn to Jodie, Greg or Deb downstairs. Thank you so much for your help and also thanks to the Gauthier family for opening your beautiful home up to others. You are all wonderful people and your efforts to help Mayo patients are appreciated. We will surely see you soon for surgeries and follow-up visits. We wouldn’t stay anywhere else. God Bless and Thanks again! Jenny and Greg Scapillato: Illinois filed under: Guest Testimonials Red River House: Buchanan Family Posted July 20, 2011 by SHN Staff July 2011 Dear Heidi and Kevin, We are going home tomorrow at last after being here almost a month. Our home away from home was truly a blessing. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us during my son’s 3 weeks at the Pain Rehabilitation Clinic (PRC). Coming home after an intensive, challenging day was always a true relief because of the peacefulness of the setting – the river, welcoming hosts, pretty flowers, and a place to stretch out and be comfortable. Heidi, you were always available whether I needed to talk or cry. I love the plaque in the apartment bathroom: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” We must cling to God’s promise during difficult times when we feel our future is bleak. The Serenity House Network was founded by 2 amazing people – Jodie and Greg. Additionally, they have found 2 amazing hosts that make their guests feel cared for in a very special way. Thanks, again, for your love and hospitality. If you are ever in east Tennessee, we’d love to have you stay in our home. I really mean that. Love, Terry Buchanan: Tennessee filed under: Guest Testimonials Red River House: Walker Family Posted April 20, 2011 by SHN Staff April 2011 Since June 25th, 2010 our lives haves been turned upside down. A basic middle class family, my husband found out he had a tumor on his heart. This case is so rare that only 7 other cases have been reported in the world. My husband was hospitalized from June 25-Aug 31, 2010. Our finances instantly got cut in half. On top of everything else that we were dealing with, we found out that the only doctor skilled enough to perform the necessary surgery was located in Rochester, MN. Getting to and finding a place to stay that we could afford would truly be an act of God. I am glad to know that God takes care of all His children. After speaking with someone at the Mayo Clinic about our financial hardship we were told about the Serenity House Network. After speaking with them on the phone I felt there was hope. This place sounded like a place I really wanted to be. I knew I was blessed when God gave me the funds to be able to stay at the Red River House. There, I met an angel named Heidi. In the midst of my storm, God gave me an awesome resting place. After being at the hospital all day tending to my husband it was nice to come home, not to a cold hotel room but a warm house that I truly felt peace in. This is truly a piece of heaven. It is run by God’s angels. Heidi is a truly awesome person. She extends her heart as well as her home. Words cannot express the gratitude my husband and I feel. Thank you Heidi for sharing your piece of heaven with us. Thank you, God, for giving me peace in the midst of my storm by giving me green pastures to lay in. Sincerely, Daryl and Octavia Walker: Virginia God Bless the Serenity House Network! filed under: Guest Testimonials Baptist Hospitality House: Swain Family

This is truly a place of peace in the midst of chaos. Being in a home with all the comforts and necessities you could want, it made our month-long stay far better than we ever hoped for. With Greg’s calm, steady spirit and hearty welcome, Jodie’s warm, gracious hospitality and Mike’s sweet stewardship we could not have been better blessed! Thank you God for leading Continue Reading

Melinda Swain (mother): Wyoming March 4, 2011

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Red River House: Carter Family

We both thank you so much for your hospitality and sharing your home with us. We loved our talks and laughs with Heidi every day. We also liked the time we spent talking with Kevin and Heidi about our faith and how it applies in our lives and current situation. Kendale was being treated at Mayo for what we came thinking was a life-threatening disease. Continue Reading

The Carter’s: Missouri January 4, 2011

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Schuster House: Richter Family – Thanksgiving at SHN

This home has truly been a blessing for me and my family this week. We came into Rochester the week of Thanksgiving and I began treatment first thing Monday morning. Everything about this house made me feel like home. My husband had a chair, my daughter had room to play, and my mother – a kitchen to cook Thanksgiving dinner! Me…comfort in each room for Continue Reading

Jennifer Richter and family: Idaho November 4, 2010

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Red River House: Smith Family

Discovering Serenity House Network on the Mayo website, then being placed at the Red River House was the hand of God. When I began to look for accommodations, I prayed to find an inexpensive accommodation with a Baptist affiliation. I knew it might not be Southern Baptist, but if were, it would be the icing on the cake. As I read the summaries of each Continue Reading

The Smith Family: Mississippi May 4, 2010

Patrick Apt. 2009: Manning Family

Dear Greg and Jodie, In a situation that feels utterly powerless, when your body betrays you, when you need endless med ical and scientific treatment, when you’re at the mercy of insurance companies and God to keep you alive -amongst all this – are a couple of “angels” and the Serenity House. We couldn’t ever have made it without your support, compassion, and your wonderful Continue Reading

Mike and Donna Manning: Iowa September 3, 2009

Brigid Apt 2009: Diepenbrock Family

Our son, AJ, who is now 21 has had a heart condition since the day he was born. By age 3, he was due to have his 4th surgery, a modified Fontan at Mayo Clinic – St. Mary’s Hospital. Years have passed as it was time again to update AJ’s Fontan with the “new” type of bypass surgery they now do. While searching for long-term Continue Reading

Paul, DeAnn and AJ Diepenbrock: Kansas June 22, 2009

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Stem Cell Transplant Story

All of a sudden there we were — faced with mounds of information, most of which we didn’t understand. There were all kinds of medical terms, life-threatening treatments, and acronyms like MDS, AML, BMT, and GVHD. We looked at each other wondering what to do and trying to comprehend everything. We realized that we’d have to reside in a strange city, trusting doctors we didn’t Continue Reading

Michael & Donna Manning June 20, 2009

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