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Causes: Cancer

Mission: Gardner’s House is a place for cancer survivors and their families to go for Respite, a place to help them relieve some stress, for children to get counseling in private, but most of all to help those who are dying in silence. To fill the void that is left by this disease, a home away from home, a place of peace and quiet, a safe Haven, an oasis in the desert for survivors and family, a place to heal body soul and mind and to get away from the hospital and hospice atmosphere as far as possible. To help with recuperation, it will be a positive caring place to be. We will be looking for ways to help those in need financially and emotionally, to get the help they need. (Please! so many are running out of Time)

Geographic areas served: North East

Community Stories

92 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

hello my loves, here I am again to leave you an update since 2016 that I was diagnosed with cancer and I enter  gardner'shouse inc. God who has given me the strength to continue forward oh yes. this year 2020 I am cancer free, a living prove at god is good, and Im one of the volunteers of Gardner's house, today I am writing to leave you a word of encouragement for everyone who is doing through a difficult time in their lives, keep the faith, Trust in God he has the last word but in the meantime  continue fighting. I have been cancer-free for 5 years and thank God and Gardner's house, for your help, not much to me, but to other people who have asked for help and it has been offered. God bless you . We are here to help you at Gardner's house.
Bendiciones de lo alto = blessing from the highest
love

1 sistatrue

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gardner's House is an organization that I have donated my time and money to because the fullness of each donation is used to help Cancer survivors and their families with real needs. This is accomplished soley through fundraising and donations made. Unfortunately, the larger charities do not share their funding or donations with smaller nonprofits like GHI. There is so much more that is needed and can be accomplished if we are willing to just help. Also, Gardner's House founder and CEO Maggie, does not get paid for what she does. She maintains a staff of all volunteers while giving of herself tirelessly. She is on call 24 hours a day and allows anyone in need to reach her by her personal cell phone. (Try reaching Susan G Komen that way. Susan's $599,000/yr salary would be put to great use at GHI!) Those of you who participate in charitable giving through United Way in your workplace, can choose GHI as a place of donation. Please, donate your time and money TODAY!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Gardner’s House since 2013 and I am still amazed at how it's founder, Maggie Gardner manages to help so many with so little. It is her personal goal to never have to turn anyone who needs help, away. GHI is increasing it's efforts at fundraising, developing community partnerships and overall development in order to establish the best resources for the community it serves. GHI was recently selected by The Doll's House Foundation and awarded a grant to provided resources for families like help with food, rent, medical, healthy eating and advocacy. GHI still provides assistance to those who need it most. Donate and /or Volunteer TODAY!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Its a privilege to be a member of Gardner's House Inc; this organization checked the pulse of those it serves by helping to meet their needs, such as financial, emotional, consultation, and more. Year over year, we have seen a substantial increased in people battling cancer coming to Gardner's House needing help. With your help in donations and specialty services, GHI will continue to provide cancer patients and their families the help and support they need. Please continue to support Gardner's House.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve known Maggie Gardner for many years and the services Gardner’s House provides to cancer patients, survivors and their families. I support Gardner’s House because I believe in its mission and how this organization help provide well needed help to those affected by cancer ranging from counseling, transportation, emotional and financial support. Without the work Gardner’s House, many families will struggle to make ends meet. Please continue to support Gardner’s House; only with your support they can do their best work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i am so grateful that the program is still running. A program that helps people and their family who are effected with cancer. Helping with basic needs such as food and etc. The little money that we had left, we could put it on a bill or medication or transportion. And the program helps by getting the things we cannot get for ourselfs. Very bless that this program is a part of Gardner House.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Non - profit Oranization is a good worthy Cause to have. It helps families with needs, who are having a rough time. Because of sickness and lack of money. And are stresss and dont know what to do. So Charity is very much needed in our Comminuity. So thankful they help my family, in our time of need and through our darkness time. Thank You!!! Family who has someone who is fighting Breast Cancer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Non- profit Oranization is a good oranization, because they really try very hard to help people in the Community.I really this because the oranization helped me.IAm so Bless and Grateful for them. They help me with basic needs such as light , Gas and rent. If it wasn' t for their help and support i would be out on the streets. I am a breast cancer surivor and we do need charity like this. If there wasn't anything like this, we would be lost and helpless. Breast Cancer Survior!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers at Gardner's House, are some of the best people on this planet, they are compassionate, loving, caring and go above and beyond the call of duty. On October 12th GHI will be celebrating its 8th Annual Pretty In Pink Ball Fundraiser, every one pitches in to make this event a success in the past, and will be doing the same this year. GHI never turn any one away, with out exhausting every avenue. The community is much better with Gardners House Inc in it. Thank you every one for your support. Please make a donation ,to help families affected by cancer.
Donations are tax deductible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is Organization, has far exceeded my expectations, the many blessings it has brought to the Cancer community its astonishing. The organization do not have a yearly grant, yet it find away to help these families with basic needs. it also brings hope to the human race and raise awareness on how it is important it is to have access to basic needs when going through the disease. May God continue to bless this magnificent Organization.

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3 Snop I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Miguelina, im one of the survivors that Gardner's house help 4 years later and im her Valunteer in Gardners house

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hey it's me Miguelina, I'm still here doing great side by side Gardners house

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1 Patricia Thomas C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am president of a foundation that makes grants to people who are indigent, elderly, and often, ill. Our recipients apply for assistance through partner agencies that do hands-on work with these clients. One of our most compassionate and effective partners is Gardner's House. Maggie Gardner and the folks at Gardner's House are a pleasure to work with. They have a knack of helping those who are most in need of assistance. I don't know how they find their clients, but I do know that the clients couldn't be in better hands. Gardner's House is a fierce, tireless advocate for those who are suffering from any kind of cancer, which includes the less "sexy" cancers. There are no walkathons, runs, golf tournaments, t-shirts, or crowd-based fundraising efforts for many of those who come to Gardner's House. Gardner's House and Maggie Gardner helps all of them. Food, housing, utility bills, medical expenses, furniture, special clothing, transportation - anything clients need to help them survive the most debilitating diseases and treatments is something to be sought and provided. I admire the work they do and their effectiveness in meeting the needs of the people for whom they do it. They deserve any assistance and recognition available.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization!!! As a breast cancer survivor I needed help with finances. Medical bills were adding up and having to pay a $4,000 deductible before the insurance company would contribute gave me anxiety. I have always worked full-time with full benefits. Although during my cancer journey I was working part-time agency. Maggie at the Gardner House was able to write a letter on my behalf and get help to assist me in paying my rental bill.
By doing this for me I was able to free up some monies and buy my much needed medical supplements which cost a great deal of money. I will be forever grateful for her efforts in understanding my burdens. People don't understand when your fighting cancer it takes so much out of a patient mentally and physically. We are trying to fight to live and also fight to not lose everything we worked so hard before being diagnosed with cancer. Ms. Gardner has gone through cancer 2 times and understands the struggle and shows empathy to those in need of help.

Forever Grateful
Denise

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a breast Cancer survivor I was going through medical issues. I had a lot of medical bills was having anxiety about how I was going to pay them since I had loss my job. I found out about Gardner's house and she was able to write a letter on my behalf to an organization. They were able to help me pay my mortgage and this help me free up monies in order to pay my medical expenses. I am grateful for Gardner's ssistance in helping me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gardner’s House, Inc. is a cancer respite facility in the city of Hartford. This organization does outstanding work assisting all those affected by cancer with information, basic needs – including housing, rental assistance, heating, meals- and information on getting medical assistance. This organization does extraordinary work with minimal resources from generous supporters and a major charity event, the annual Pretty in Pink Ball. The director, Ms. Maggie Gardner, a two-time cancer survivor, goes over and above to assist others. She is the personification of “the energizer bunny”.

Maggie38

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very Proud to ba a part of this wonderful Organization, Gardner'S House Inc, there is none and I mean none like it, they cater's to all cancer survivors and even point other non cancer families in the right direction for help with basic needs, including assisting them with applications for the Hartford larrabee Fund. No! in not in their vocabulary, they are always try to help the community.
Gardner's House has been involved in a program,the Aetna MEM Program for approx 5yrs,this program provides personal, house hold and food items every month for needy families. Talking about going above and beyond . God continue to bless this Organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very small nonprofit, located in Hartford CT is doing great things for our communities, not only providing resources for families affected by cancer, they are engaged in the schools, teaching our young kids about healthy living, with the Tower Garden/ concrete Gardening Project. Currently the project is at Jumoke Academy, our kids are learning the Airoponics System and how to care for plants and each other. This project has been in the School, since 2015.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gardner's House is the best nonprofit organization, i admired Gardner's house alot. This organization really works hard in trying to find funds to help people. I am happy the day i became a part of Gardner's house. I am praying that someone or an organization could donate so that GHI can help alot more people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gardner's house is the best non-profit organization that's out there .This organization helps the person that's affected by cancer and their family with the little that they have. Ms Maggie Gardener has a loving heart aND a very caring person and she do whatever it takes to make sure everything is going ok. I am happy the day Ms Maggie came in my life. GHI will like provide more assistance to persons in need so please DONATE whatever you can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Gardner's House is the nonprofit organization for whom this review is written. Gardner's House has proven itself as a valuable organization in the Hartford, Connecticut community. It's effort to assist families survive everyday life issues while in the battle of cancer sets it aside from other organizations. I personally witnessed two individuals apply for assistance to avoid eviction and termination of utilities. Her fight for funding to assist her clients spans to the state and federal levels, individuals and other organizations. They also raise funds at their annual Pretty In Pink Gala, which is their major annual project for fundraising. We, Woman of Hope was the recipient of their 2018 Community Service Award. We, Woman of Hope, have provided Gardner's House with Thanksgiving Baskets for the past seven years. Not only does Gardner's House receive from the community, but it gives back. Maggie Gardner continues as the phenomenal, enthusiastic, leader of Gardner's Howse.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Gardner’s House Inc. is a beacon hope and empowerment in the greater Hartford CT area. At the helm of this organization is Miss Maggie Gardner, a two time breast cancer survivor who used her adversity to create this gift for others who have suffered the same fate as her. The basic needs including food, rent and other valuable resources offered through this organization is welcome relief both for survivors and their families when they have lost resources due to challenges financial and otherwise that can result from a cancer diagnosis. I have witnessed this assistance first hand through friends who have benefitted from the relief provided by Gardner’s House.
Miss Gardner and the volunteers in her organization encapsulate the notion that we can all play our part in giving of ourselves and making a difference in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Gardner's House continues to serve the underserved community of cancer patients and their families in the Greater Hartford, Conn. area. Maggie Gardner, President and Founder, guides its programs of assistance in the basic necessities of living, such as food, housing and medical needs . Even the state of Connecticut's help line refers inquiries for assistance to Gardner's House. All are welcomed : patients needing help with their rent, their utility bills, and references to community resources for varied medical needs; families who can't afford a Thanksgiving dinner; children yearning for Xmas presents, find a welcoming reception at Gardner's House where many of their wishes come true.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit organization is helpful for my family. Maggie has helped us alot with food and money for our bills. If it wasn't for her i wouldn't be able to takw hot showers sometimes for school in the morning. When my grandmother was sick maggie was there for her and influced her to keep moving ! I want to thank gardners house for blessing my family with the help that was need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gardners House a non profit organization, whom i am so thankful and grateful to have. When my mom was sick and things was very hard for us, during our darkness day. With out this oraganization it would be very hard to keep up with things that are important in our daily lives. This oranganization is still helping us with things. Thank You. And God Bless !!.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gardner House a non profit oranization, who helps families that are affected with cancer. This oranization helps with basic needs. When a person is going through treatments and medication they struggle to keep up with things. Some cant work because of the side effect of medication. They stuggle with bills, food and rent and dont have enough to cover up for the important things. So that's when gardeners house steps in help by trying to get funds and programs, to help those that are suffering. Its a blessing to have maggie gardner co founder of gardners house. Who understands what we go through in our daily lives she is alsl a two time cancer survivor.

Sincerely

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am truly grateful to be associated with Maggie Gardner & the Gardner's House! The Gardner's House is a Place of Refuge, Relief & Release for Individuals and families affected by cancer. Maggie Gardner's dedication to helping those in need is Incomparable. The Gardner's House is a much needed entity servicing the community and beyond.
Thank you Maggie Gardner for your Great Sacrifice and Enormous Courage; we love you!
Sincere Gratitude
Sistah Tee

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program is very hepful. The families that are affected by this illnes is so lucky to have such a program . The program really , do meet the basci needs for families that are unable to do things for themselfs.This is a wonder program for families that are really struggling. That God for the program. Bless you all ! Latoya Wood

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This none profit has been a big help for Gardner House. IT really help us with our basic needs.So grateful to have this orangization.They help us to get, the things that we need. Because families don't have money and no transportation to get back and fourth to find these resources. If Garnder House did not have this, we would be in bad shape. Thank You for being a part of Gardner House. God Bless !!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization because there aren't a lot like it around. They actually help people with needs of today instead of the future. Maggie Gardner is compassionate and can relate to people affected by cancer. I recommend reaching out to this organization if you ever need help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gardner's House is a nonprofit that supports people dealing with cancer and family members who are impacted by loved ones who have cancer. This non-profit has also reached out to school communities to work with students educating them about healthy living. Ms. Maggie Gardner, founder of Gardner's House, is a strong woman with a passion to help others.

5 Toya W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Gardner's House is a non organization that helps people who is affected with cancer.This organization also helps people who are struggling, with their rent, food, light, gas. Whats so different with this organization is they call or come to see how you are doing.They ask how can they help .And you just dont here from them one time, always someone checking on you.GhI help me out by going to their support group, helping with gas, rent, and letting me know about other programs , which can benefit. Like a food program i am in.If it weren't for GhI, I would be lost or out on the street.I thank god for this organization and the founder who is Maggie Gardner. She is a blessing to me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gardner's House is a non organization that helps people who is affected with cancer.This organization also helps people who are struggling, with their rent, food, light, gas. Whats so different with this organization is they call or come to see how you are doing.They ask how can they help .And you just dont here from them one time, always someone checking on you.GhI help me out by going to their support group, helping with gas, rent, and letting me know about other programs , which can benefit. Like a food program i am in.If it weren't for GhI, I would be lost or out on the street.I thank god for this organization and the founder who is Maggie Gardner. She is a blessing to me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Cheryl E. I had the pleasure of meeting Maggie Gardner 2 years ago when I was diagnosed with colon cancer. My pastor told me about her and gave me her contact details. The very first time I met her I knew that there's something special about her, she's warm and easy to talk to. Maggie has stretched out her hands to people of all color and walks of life, she doesn't show any preference where you're from and what situation you're in she's there for you! I'm proud to say it's a pleasure going to Gardner's house for the monthly meetings and meeting new people. Maggie continue the marvelous work that you're doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most helpful and caring organization I've seen in my life. It was a great pleasure to be apart of this wonderful place. They help the community with real life situation. After treatment is done who cares for you. Gardener's House is there. Please keep up the great work. A lot of the family is looking for help and they are always there to the rescue. Please keep supporting this wonderful home. Love Jessi

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Name is Patricia L. As a volunteer with Maggie Gardner which is the President & CEO of Gardner's House. I have the pleasure of meeting all these wonderful young ladies/ Families struggling with their traumatic effects of cancers, not getting enough support or assistance from any others organization. I see for myself first hand on how Maggie Gardner is fighting so hard to help these young ladies, gentlemen & Families with limited funding & also managing the 211 Calls, although Maggie Gardner continue to face all these difficulty. Maggie continue strive to find ways of making a different for the survivors & Families. My sincere gratitude go out to Maggie Gardner. Job well done.

Sincerely
Pat L.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization on several occasions.."Pop-Up Health" Booth, Merchant Outreach, Free Ultra sound Campaign, Holiday Party, Pretty In Pink Ball. Gardners House reaches out to those in the community for moral, emotional and financial support. Gardner's house is a resource for those looking for assistance, who have been turned away by larger agencies. Gardner's House...fuel for the soul.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a breast Cancer survivor. Who needed financial help. I had a hard long treatment in and out of the hospital treatment for almost two years. Everything seemed hopeless until I met miss Gardner she helped me mentally and financially she did what she could and still trying to raise funds to help me and my family. She is a beautiful spirit and truly moved and passionate about helping people who life comes to an hault once diagnosed with this disease. She see the need for cancer patient financially and emotionally. God Bless miss Gardnet

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gardener's House provides services to all persons affected by cancer. Maggie, founder, is herself a cancer survivor. She works very hard to find and match resources to those in need. She is passionate about what she does and tries to bridge the disparities in services made available to the underserved communities

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is a God send, it's helping those who are affected by cancer , those if us who can not afford to pay for basic needs, lots of poor people.can't find help, thank God we have such a place even for us to chat with some one who is real, we don't have to wait on the phone got hours.
Please help this organization so they can help more people who are dying in dying in silence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is awesome! I have done volunteer work with Maggie for the past 2 years and I must say that Gardner's House is such a wonderful organization helping cancer patients and their families through some of the most difficult times. Much Love!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am constantly amazed and impressed by the selfless dedication of Ms. Maggie Gardner the director of Gardner's House Inc. Maggie, herself a two-time breast cancer survivor has made it her life's work to assist all who are affected by the dreaded disease with basic needs; an aspect in the fight that is too often overlooked or completely ignored.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed by dedication and commitment of Gardner’s house members and volunteers in reaching out to cancer patients and their families with encouragement, financial and emotional support in the Hartford Connecticut area. I recently attended Gardner’s House annual pretty n’ Pink fundraising event. I heard the names of those who have lost the battle, and saw the faces of those who are still fighting the battle, I was overwhelm with a sense of “ I need to do more to help Gardner’s House Inc help more cancer patients and their families”. This disease is claiming too many of our brightest people. I wish more people and organizations can contribute to Gardner’s House Inc, so we can celebrate those who have triumph over cancer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got to know Maggie when I was looking for an organization to do a fundraiser for. Maggie and Gardner's are well thought off and know in the community because of the tremendous work she does. I was really impressed that she is able to reach so many women and their families basically working on her own. Gardner's house is one of the only places that I know of in the area that speak to unique needs of women of color affected by cancer. Thank you Maggie for all that you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Maggie Gardner of Gardner's House is the only one that I know of in our city who provides assistance to not only the cancer survivor, but the family as well. She assists families in finding services to address a variety of basic needs that become dire when a cancer patient loses the ability to provide financial and/or emotional stability for themselves and/or their families. There are times when Ms. Gardner spends her own money to help someone in need. She is one of the most caring, kind and generous souls I have had the pleasure of knowing!

1 Johnnie_C

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gardner's House is a wonderful place to meet and interact with people who care about people affected by cancer (and their families). The founder, Maggie Gardner, is gem. She is a down-to-earth, easy to talk to person who works tirelessly towards her goal of helping others. The world needs more people like Ms. Maggie! As a volunteer, I can say that she has truly changed my outlook on life and made me a better person. I highly recommend this organization to anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity or to anyone who's been affected by cancer. Please make a donation if you can...Gardner's House and the people it serves could surely use the help!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gardner's House Inc is a great and wonderful place to be for someone and their family who has been affected
by this terrible and deadly disease. Maggie and her team gives support, hope, love and inspiration to broken families. they're very caring and they want to be apart of your family to help you go through your time of struggle.

Josie4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome place to be Maggie and her team rocks!!!!!! it's a place where broken families go to become whole again while they fight back against a dieseas that knows no limit GHI and the whole GHI team is a family that simply know how to love and care for your family when in a crisis I love GHI you will be right at home there.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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pgardner 07/01/2010

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 Maggie Gardner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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pgardner 07/01/2010

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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pgardner 07/01/2010

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To know Maggie is to know an angel. She has touched so many people. Through sharing her personal fight with cancer s well as ensuring people are getting the best possible care and attention. Maggie is a God sent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Gardner's House, Inc. in 2011 and was very impressed not only by its mission but also the unwavering enthusiasm of its founder and president. I have since lent my support to this organization and have closely observed the need to provide very basic needs.

Advisor

Rating: 5

My Name is Patrick Gardner, I am an international chef, I believe in health eating and this is exactly what Gardner's House is doing,providing basic needs for cancers survivors and their families, this includes healthy foods that will help them to make a speedy recovery. I am have seen the impact not having the right food can have on one whose system is already compromise. I am very honored to volunteer as an advisor for Gardner's House as they continue to bridge the gap for the less unfortunate whose lives have been devastated by cancer.So many Organization, agency, Hospital etc focus on the illness, not the need of the person, I am happy to report that is exactly what Gardner's House is doing and will continue to do with the communities help. God Bless the President Maggie Gardner as she fight to save others, while doing the best to keep her self going on this journey for she her self is a TWO time Breast cancer survivor. God Bless G.H.I

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Maggie Gardner for quite some years now and every time i speak with her, she is always working towards the improvement of healthcare for those who are suffering with cancer. She. being a survivor herself knows the difficulties she has encountered trying to get the proper medical care and services. She is very compassionate and has a great zest for life. Although she has encountered numerous obstacles in her life, she is very optimistic that things will get better. She has made great sacrifices to help others even when it seemed as if she was not getting any help. There were times when she drove people to doctor's appointments, when she didn't feel too great, but she sacrificed her well being to help others who were going through their own ordeal. She has helped numerous individuals who had no where to turn and continues to give 100% of herself and services towards educating the public on the impact of supports and healthcare on a cancer patient and their families. Gardner's House is truly an organization that truly cares about people and prides themselves on being there for those in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was at my lowest in life God sent Maggie into my life she is always there to listen and try to help . Many times I am feeling over whelmed and shut in Maggie calls to check on me or say would you like to go here or there with me just getting out makes so much of a difference in me. even though Maggie has medical issues herself she always tries to put other peoples needs first. I was the first person of Gardner's House Inc. and have volunteered for many things to help. Maggie organizes Christmas parties for the children and adults with cancer so that they have a nice Christmas. I am hoping by writing this that someone out there may read this and help further the good of Gardner's House we just got an office but need furniture we need a van for transportation so we all can do things together even to just be able to grocery shop most of the cancer patients in Gardner's House do not drive or have transportation. Maggie uses her own car and Gas to do all this . I would also like to say I am very disappointed with the Komen Foundation for all the Years we at Gardner's House have volunteered and help support you. You have not helped us at all. God Bless you Maggie love Elizabeth Hird

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Board Member of Gardner's House and proud to be! Maggie Gardner spends all of her waking hours in the service of other cancer victims, helping them to survive when the usual social service networks have turned them away. She fights for their right to a clean place to live, to keep the electricity on, to obtain nutritious food and to keep the families functioning together as they fight this disease. People who cannot afford their medicine, who are about to be evicted, who need money and help with a visa for passage to the states to seek medical aid, to keep their children in a proper environment - these are just a few of the situations of the people she has helped. Gardner's House is their refuge and Maggie Gardner their angel here on earth. If would be wonderful if no one needed Gardner's House, but fortunatly, it is there for those afflicted with cancer and who are losing hope. By her example, she gives people the means to regain their spirit and strength, knowing there is someone who cares and can help.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

S.Sutton - Gardner's House, Inc. (GHI) and Maggie Gardner are Godsends to Cancer survivors and their families. As a volunteer with GHI, I have personally witnessed the impact GHI has had on the lives of the people served. The positive difference made in the lives of the survivors and their families is amazing. Gardner's House, Inc. provides assistance with basic needs...utility payments, rent/mortgage payments, transportation to medical appointments and food. Maggie Gardner has spent the last 10 years of her life battling Cancer and finding the energy, the will and the time to be a blessing to others. Gardner's House, Inc. is at the top of my list of non-profit organizations to volunteer with. Godspeed to Gardner's House, Inc.

Sony E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i first heard about gardeners house through one of my good friends he give me ms gardner telephone number and said i should call her,and set an appointment to see her ,she came to my house and sign me up for the free mammogram and pap smear and i was glad i did i do not have any regrets at all , before then i was always afraid to get it check, ms gardner took me to my appointment and i was very satisfied. what ms gardner is doing is for a worthy cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I heard about Gardner's House Inc from Maggie, quite a while ago, and recently had the opportunity to sit with Maggie as she told stories about the organization.Being familiar with Maggie's personal story, it is amazing her energy and effort in this organization. At the time when you need the support the most it is glad to know that there is someone you can count on. Indeed Maggie has struggled to get support for Gardner's House, and continues to do so, despite her own personal struggles. Maggie with Gardner's house has help many persons with no way else to turn, needing support and comfort. I have no doubt that the organization will grow from strenght to strenght with God's help.

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pgardner 07/06/2010

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, Maggie Gardner

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first met Miss Gardner a long time before Gardner’s House she was in the nursing field at the time. Have know here for quite some time I can honestly say that believes in her cause and has unwavering commitment to people not just persons seeking assistance through her services, but any person need help. Maggie is there. As a two-time cancer survivor she selflessly advocates for services to broaden the current efforts against cancer by moving beyond research for cures, to include the considerations of survivorship and quality of life for those living with, and their families. Gardner's House is doing some tremendous work help cancer patients and their family understand and cope with this illness. Even during the many radio interviews her issues of concern and advocacy are for better quality of care so ordinary people can have a life even after surviving cancer. Maggie all the best in your fight and our doors are open to you and Gardner’s House any time

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pgardner 07/02/2010

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, Maggie Gardner

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been aquainted with Maggie and Gardners House for over 2 years now. During that time, I got to develope a close friendship with Maggie. I learned about and saw the devastating effects cancer has on its victims and the lack of support in the system for those victims. I also saw Maggies passion and commitment and sacrifice on behalf of those who came across her path and the desperate need for the services that she is trying of offer. That is why I will continue to help as best as I can.

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pgardner 07/01/2010

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, Maggie Gardner

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will like to thank Maggie Gardner,for living on purpose,Gardner House is her purpose providing a positive loving caring place for people to live a normal life, we appraciate all you do, remember GOD gives grace to the humble, I know Gardners House will be a great success GOD BLESS love you Camille.

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pgardner 07/01/2010

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.

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pgardner 07/01/2010

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.

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pgardner 07/01/2010

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

gardner house is a organization that need a lots of help to support peoples that trying to survive cancers. the president maggie gardner herself as survive cancer and experience first hand the need for an organization in the community.

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pgardner 07/01/2010

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.

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pgardner 07/01/2010

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, Maggie Gardner.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gardner's House is the "brain child" or in this case "heart child" of Maggie Gardner. Her selfless commitment and dedication to this project are amazing. While fighting her own battle against the dreadful "C" word, she still has time, energy and compassion for others affected by this wicked (I can't think of a better way to describe it) disease. I pray that Maggie will be blessed with support both financial and spiritual to continue and grow this much needed organization.

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pgardner 07/01/2010

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was asked to take a look at Gardner's house web site and see what they were all about. Then they asked me if I could fix the web site for them. I was glad to be involved with such a great website who was doing a worthwhile cause. I am still adding things today and making changes. Maggie is awesome and wants to help people so bad. Check them out!

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pgardner 07/01/2010

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, Maggie Gardner