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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

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.