Words cannot express my gratitude as a social worker, for the support received from Hattie’s House. Working with stem cell transplant patients, we are faced with life and death treatment in addition to many social challenges. Andy and Hattie’s House have provided much needed comfort and support without stipulation for so many of my patients. Hattie’sHouse provides a safe haven and a home away from home. My patients receive peace and comfort knowing they have a place to stay while they receive their transplant and daily treatments.
In a world of limited resources, Hattie’s House has provided support for patients regardless of their income, which is truly unique, as we know cancer knows no financial boundaries. I cannot fully described how profoundly Hattie’s House has impacted the lives of my patients. I cannot describe how deeply the mission, service and compassion from Andy Albrecht and Hattie’s House has impacted me – personally and professionally. Andy, through Hattie’s House, serves our community in immeasurable ways and I can only hope to see them grow into what becomes a large resource for our patients in what is arguably their most desperate time of need.
Providing support to Hattie’s House or working with Hattie’s House only serve to improve your patients’ quality of life, decrease social barriers to treatment, and serves our society with tremendous compassion while allowing patients to maintain dignity and have some sense of comfort.
Please feel free to contact us about my experiences working with Andy and Hattie’s House.
Blood & Marrow Transplant Program Sutter Cancer Center
2800 L Street, Suite 440 Sacramento, California 95816
I was not sure where to begin on how great full we are that the lord blessed us with the gift you delivered. In trying times we tend to questions how and why things go the way that they do. When our daughter Rori was born everything seemed perfect until about 20hrs after she was born, at that time we learned that our daughters heart was beating 285bpm. Watching my daughter lay in the NICU and not being able to do anything to help her as a parent is terrifying. After a few tense days in the NICU we were sent home to very quickly have that joy shattered by our daughter being back in the NICU and then Flown by Medi-flight from Modesto to Sacramento. At this time we were lost as far as how we were going to be able to be close to our daughter and still be able to maintain our mental and physical health as we dealt with the stress of feeding every three hours and spending as much time by our daughters side as possible while being so far from home. After getting to the NICU in Sacramento we were informed that our daughter has Wolff-Parkinson’s-white syndrome, at that time we did not know how long we would be in Sacramento or where we would stay. When my wife told me that she contacted you and that you had accepted her application, we were so relieved to know that one of the many obstacles on the long journey we were about to endure was out of the way. From the moment we walked in to the house we were instantly able to decompress from the stress for the time being, refresh our mind and our bodies, (we slept in the back of our suburban for the first two NICU stays) with a comfortable bed and a warm shower. The process was simple, and effortless and the house was safe and clean. We were able to feel at home as soon as we walked in. It seems that no matter where our struggles lead us in life god will put the necessary people on our path to help us through, and your blessing to my wife and I is now our reminder to that fact! From my wife and I, I want to thank you for your generosity from the bottoms of my heart.
Sincerely Matt Short