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Review for Gardner's House Inc, Hartford, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Gardner's House Inc, Hartford, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I volunteer in helping to write grants for this organization.
pgardner (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you for your support, kind words, encouragement with our great mission. There is a great need for people who are facing cancer, Our lives have change,life as we know it is no more, i said (our) because i too, am a cancer survivor, knowing the changes that one face when this disease enter your life, your world has turn upside down and there is no where to turn at any time day or night, yes there are numbers to call and chat,what good is chatting, when you are hungry, homeless,lack of basic needs, and facing cancer at the same time.It is a dirty secret, only certain people are qualified for help and not others,why, are we all not equal? I thank you for taking the time,letting us know that you care for us, may God continue to bless and keep you safe. To those who will be taking this journey, Gardner's House Inc will be there for you and family. much, much thanks. President Gardner.