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Gardner's House Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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2 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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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