Meet Izzy Baerlang

Izzy is a junior at Case Western Reserve studying nursing. She has been volunteering around the House since her Sophomore year. Izzy remembers that she first learned about Transplant House because she passed it on her way to campus every day as a CWRU sophomore. Curious, she looked THoC up online. “Immediately when I read…

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Meet Aly, Noland, and Wyvette Williams

Six years ago, Noland Williams learned he would need a liver transplant. Within a year he was listed, but Noland would continue to wait for a liver for another five years. “He had been on the list for so long,” his wife, Wyvette, recalls, “and he was getting sicker as the years went by.” Their…

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Meet the Volunteers of The Temple Tifereth Israel

This past February marked the fifth anniversary of The Temple Tifereth Israel’s involvement with Transplant House. As Transplant House grew, adding a second building of apartments in 2017 and a community and office space in 2019, and adapted to the challenges of the pandemic, the Temple’s support for our guests and for our organization has…

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Meet Mike and Melissa Komula

“We just like it here, huh?” Mike Komula asks his wife Melissa as they sit side-by-side on the couch in Transplant House’s community space. They have been speaking for almost an hour  about their many stays at Transplant House (73 nights, including a seven week stay, spread over nearly four-and-a-half years). Melissa, holding his hand…

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Note by Note

We would never have known that guest Jim Szorady was making beautiful music in our community space if not for the notes. Handwritten ones at first, rather than the musical kind. Jim is undergoing CAR-T therapy at University Hospitals. As a result of the treatment, he is immunosuppressed. He and his wife, Marilyn, have been…

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Meet Judith Wolkoff

How many celebrations with family and friends have you planned for and participated in over the last two months?  How many full meals have you enjoyed in the company of many?  How many nights have you laid down in your own bed at home, thankful for the abundance of blessings and rich traditions shared with…

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Meet Anne Smith

There are some people who seem as though they’ve been with us always; maybe not on “Day One” precisely, but here in the spirit of the place before the furniture arrived, waiting to take their seat and do their special work. Anne Smith is just such a person—an “early arrival” as one of our first…

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Meet Harlan Meinwald

Volunteer Harlan Meinwald is always eager to talk about cooking. Soft-spoken, radiating calm and kindness, Harlan has prepared fresh and healthy meals for Transplant House’s community dinners monthly (and sometimes more frequently, by stepping in to help when others are unable to bring food) since 2018. Without fanfare, but with much care and creativity, Harlan…

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Creating Community, One Message at a Time

When preparing an apartment for the arrival of a new guest, we don’t expect to find messages from those who previously stayed with us. But that is exactly what we recently found in Apartment 10 – a chain of encouragement and hope stretching across months and miles written in blue and black dry erase ink…

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