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September 20, 2014

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September 20, 2014

As a cancer survivor my self, I do understand the need for support services and basic need for people affected by cancer. The people in the Hartford and surrounding area are in great need of an organization like Gardner's House Inc, there are so many young women who are being diagnose with cancer and have know one to turn to on their level, some have died and leave young children behind. Thank God for a place such as Gardner's House Inc, who welcome every one who are affected by cancer know matter what type of cancer.
They all are affected in the same way. I am so proud of the organization for standing up on behalf of those who can not stand up for them self.
I am praying that more people support GHI so more people can be helped.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any changes, but will add people who understand the vision and have a passion to help people

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

September 19, 2014

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1 previous review
June 24, 2010

Maggie Gardner was there for my mother in her last years, providing her with a loving and supporting presence and aid. Now Maggie seeks to give that support to others who find themselves with no one ... more

September 19, 2014

Gardner's House, continues to provide valuable support services to the underserved of the Hartford Area with particular emphasis on the African American and Caribbean communities. Its president, Maggie Gardner, has received numerous awards from the civic and other organizations in Hartford, and has been recognized as both Woman of the Year and Business of the Year. She has a personal experience and understanding of the local resources for both physical and mental support available to cancer patients and their families. She is a contact point for food and household goods distribution, and for referrals to medical and other personal services. She continues to expand her contacts with other charitable organizations in the area. She supports the needs of both individuals and families who have been impacted by cancer and is, herself, a most valuable resource.
June 24, 2010

Maggie Gardner was there for my mother in her last years, providing her with a loving and supporting presence and aid. Now Maggie seeks to give that support to others who find themselves with no one to help with the basics of life desperately needed in order to survive and heal. Despite the existence of Social Workers, Departments, Committees and the like, Society has turned its back on these cancer survivers who have lost everything as a consequence of their fight with this disease. Gardner's House will be a refuge in this struggle for survival with dignity. It will provide needed referrals to compassionate people and resources, those known to deliver from Maggie's own experience in fighting her cancer. With a proper facility that hopefully will be obtained soon, Gardner's House will be able to provide shelter to those in need, healing meals and practical and emotional support for these victims of their disease and society's indifference.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being the recipient of her care for my mother.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the total committment, generosity and compassion of Maggie Gardner in her determination to help others survive their disease and keep their families together. She has used her own limited resources to support many already in need.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

establish its permanent House and fund its multiple programs to serve the Hartford community that desperately needs it.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

establishing a financial base from which to go forward, purchase its building and fund its operations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there are so many people in Hartford that need the kind of help that Gardner's House can provide once it is fully funded. We need the backing of our government and community to fill this desperate need for its cancer survivors and their families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 14, 2014

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September 14, 2014

GHI is a great place to start if you are looking to do something meaningful to help Cancer survivors and their families. Founder/CEO Maggie Gardner works tirelessly to make sure that those who need the services of food and rent or mortgage assistance or advocacy, resources or special gifts or assistance, actually get it. She needs more monetary support to accomplish this. It is horrible to have to turn someone in need away! Maggie has survived this disease twice and truly understands what it takes to live with adversity and beat the odds. I commend GHI for the positive service that it provides to the community everyday. Latissa Jackson
August 11, 2014

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August 11, 2014

There is no other nonprofit in the Hartford area that provides the kind of service that Gardner House provides to families that are devasted and sometimes decimated by cancer. I applaud Maggie Gardner for her insight and complete devotion to her work!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide the agency with funding and staff.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

November 8, 2013

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November 8, 2013

I would like to Congratulate my friend Maggie and Survivors everywhere. It has been a blessing to work with Gardner's House for the past 3 years.My organization ( Phoenix Society Inc. International Association of Black Professional Firefighters) Has sponsored Maggie in all endeavors and hopefully we will continue in the future.

GOD Bless...

Lionel Jr.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 7, 2013

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November 7, 2013

It is such a joy knowing that there is an organization as Gardner;s House Inc in our world who are constantly looking our for people affect by cancer and address the whole person not just the patient.

This organization have helped more than 200 plus families in one way or the other and
continue to do so, I am very happy to be associated with one of a kind organization.

I am encouraging any one who can please help this organization to help other people who is and will be affected by cancer.
Thanks
Magz

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not make any changes. But will Love to have other organization collaborate with us to reach more needy people affected by cancer. So if you can please let me know

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 23, 2012

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1 previous review
June 28, 2010

My connection with Gardner's House was forged from shared experience of having loved ones who have bravely faced the rigors of cancer diagnosis, illness, and treatment. I was connected to Ms. Gardner ... more

October 23, 2012

Fantastic organization--reaching out to those with limited means who have cancer and providing practical guidance, support, and kindness in times of great need.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 28, 2010

My connection with Gardner's House was forged from shared experience of having loved ones who have bravely faced the rigors of cancer diagnosis, illness, and treatment. I was connected to Ms. Gardner while beginning my own research in this area as a Yale faculty member. As a two-time cancer survivor herself, I was immediately struck by Ms. Gardner's insight, compassion, and unwavering commitment to persons seeking assistance through her services. She has correctly identified "basic" needs--i.e., money for food, shelter, and transportation--as a key to assisting those who face cancer in the context of already limited resources. She tirelessly advocates for services to this end; to expand the efforts against cancer to move beyond a search for cures, to include the considerations of survivorship and quality of life for those living with, or in the wake of, illness experience, their lives forever transformed. Ms. Gardner's experience is unquestionable, her knowledge of extant resources encyclopedic, coupled with her inspiration and vision, she and her organization are uniquely positioned within the realm of survivorship services, to address needs that have heretofore gone unmet with the Hartford community, and beyond.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Collecting testimony, in the form of narrative interviews, of persons who have directly benefited from this organization. At every turn, I have found myself humbled and moved to bear witness to such outpourings of gratitude and more simply, love.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the compassion, commitment, and energy of its membership.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

utterly dedicated, kind, and forward-thinking.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

render more bearable the experience of cancer diagnosis, illness, and treatment, for so many living within our shared community. First through demonstration at the local Hartford level, and subsequently as an example for future national initiatives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 15, 2012

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1 previous review
June 7, 2010

There is a great need here in (Hartford one of the poorest city in tha country)/ North east, for support services and basic need, for people who are facing Cancer, i know first hand the devastation it... more

October 15, 2012

Serving at Gardner's House Inc is a great oppertunity to be a part of some thing wnderfull, watching hope come alive in the eyes of cancer survivors is priceless, Gardner's House is fantastic

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 7, 2010

There is a great need here in (Hartford one of the poorest city in tha country)/ North east, for support services and basic need, for people who are facing Cancer, i know first hand the devastation it causes to one life, when proper resorces are not in place to assist you to get through these dark times. life as you know it is no more, who can we count on, where do we go, just to stay alive, to stay off the street, to be able to help our children and our families, there is no place, that is a one stop shop for us. We are rejected , we are not qualify for help with basic needs unless we are lying flat on our faces, even tho we have worked and contribute to the system, it punishes us for doing that. This is why Gardner's House Inc was born to bridge the gap between the patient and the person, you cannot treat one and not the other, we are one of the same.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am one of the forgotten ones that this organization has helped and continue to do so. G.H was honored by our congressman John Larson for the work in the community. Many lives were encourage to fight this battle and the won and is winning.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make none

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is for people with all types of cancer, rich,middle and poor and it looks out for the person behind the patient

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic, understanding, loving and real

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a building for a respite, wellness and recovery center. A safe haven for the families, help with rent, morgages, etc over all continue to keep families togather. Their would be a Gardner's House in every stste

Ways to make it better...

Support services were readly available for the people with cancer

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funds, to help the people in the comunity

One thing I'd also say is that...

We are going to have the building for us survivors of Cancer to go for help any time day or night. I name it and claim it in the name of our God.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 8, 2012

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1 previous review
June 28, 2010

It is a great joy to write a review about Gardner's House because I have sat down with Maggie on multiple occasions as she discuss and show to me the work and future goals for Gardner's House. Maggie ... more

October 8, 2012

GARDNER'S HOUSE INC Is in my opinion an organisation that is very needed in these times. I am familiar with Maggie and i am amaze at the stories of how help is being offered. No one knows the need until one is in the situation and have noway to turn to for help. it is unreal when you need help the most that there is noway to turn. No one seem's to care but there is hope at Gardener's House Inc . One voice one person at a time . I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS ORGANISATION.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 28, 2010

It is a great joy to write a review about Gardner's House because I have sat down with Maggie on multiple occasions as she discuss and show to me the work and future goals for Gardner's House. Maggie has a heart for the people especially those living and suffering with cancer. This is a personal project for Maggie and the workers and volunteers of Gardner's House because not only is Maggie experiencing and living as a survivor of cancer but she has also live with the fact of friends and family who has pass on with this disease. I must applaud Gardner's House in the tremendous work they are doing to help patients and their family to go through what they are going through. I had the great privilege of spending 2009 thanksgiving with Maggie and her phone never stop ringing with persons who just needed words of advice and encouragement. I was very amaze at the big Heart she has because even though she had family around on this day, she still found the time to spend with these people because she consider them as family and I realize there and then that family never gives up on family no matter who or where they come from. Gardner's House is a place where you can never be alone. They fight for you even when all your strength is gone. They will make all your phone calls and do all your running around to ensure you receive all the help there is possible. If I had a million dollars and I had to choose a non profit organization to give it to, without a shadow of a doubt one hundred percent I will give it to Gardner's House. So I will urge all who are reading this review, I Know in some way or another cancer has affected your life whether through family, friends. co-workers, neighbor etc. so if there is any way you can help Gardner's House, please do so and to the friends and family of Gardner's House keep up the great work. God bless you!!!! love Kim.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen and heard the stories of patients and their families and what they went through and are currently experiencing with the help and support of Gardner's House.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2012

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September 27, 2012

The dedication, compassion and support of this organization to bettering the lives of women and men living with cancer, is remarkable. Maggie truly reaches out to enrich the lives of women and men living with cancer. I am fortunate to have Maggie in my life

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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