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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Maggie38

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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