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Meet Izzy Baerlang

May 26, 2022

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

May 17, 2022

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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Transplant House of Cleveland’s Social Work Programming Addresses the Needs of Guests with Care and Intention

May 5, 2022

This is the first part of a two-part series about Transplant House’s social work staff and programming. *To protect their privacy, the names of the guests referred to in this piece are pseudonyms. As a clinical transplant social worker with 15 years of experience at the Cleveland Clinic, Annette Humberson is acutely aware of the…

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Meet the Volunteers of The Temple Tifereth Israel

March 24, 2022

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

March 17, 2022

“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

February 25, 2022

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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Creating Community, One Message at a Time

December 13, 2021

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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Dave Davis, New Life and Sharing a Long-Held Passion for Journalism One Year After Transplant

October 22, 2021

What do you do on your transplant anniversary?  The day a patient receives their life-saving organ, eye, or tissue transplant, is one of the most important days of their life. Some patients choose to have a yearly celebration with family and friends or even go on a vacation, while others mark it with quiet reflection.  Our…

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On Tiger, and Healing, and Gold, and Health Coaching

March 11, 2021

Way over here (across the map of the U.S.), this Executive Director is aching for a professional golfer who is blessed to be alive this morning, but undoubtedly in physical and emotional pain. He is probably experiencing shock and disorientation, maybe feeling overwhelmed and dealing with a scrambled sense of next steps, all while feeling…

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“We Call it Home” Inspires Over $63,000 in Giving!”

November 24, 2020

Our first completely virtual fundraising appeal was easily named “We Call it Home” because that’s an oft-used phrase by those who reside here.  Nothing could make Board, Staff and Volunteers happier, because “home” is what we aim for. See and hear for yourself what makes this special campus feel like home and how it provides…

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