Tom Titzkowski has coined a new term for our community of care: “a cascading encouragement process. People who have been here encourage new people who come,” Tom explains, and paying it forward is a key part of recovery.
“Everyone is like a friend right away because you are all in the same situation,” Tom’s wife Carol adds. The couple praise our infection control measures, convenient location, friendly staff, atmosphere, and “light, bright, and welcoming” architecture, all of which helped them to feel comfortable quickly.
“After a week, it was home,” Carol recalls. Carol not only found a home at Kathy’s House – she helped to create one. With her welcoming demeanor, she made fast friends while whipping up a batch of scotcharoos or gluten-free chocolate chip cookies to share. She also set up a shop in a lounge, creating beautiful gift bags and cards, which she gifted to staff as a gesture of gratitude. That gratitude extends to the generosity of our many supporters. “It really demonstrates the generosity of the community, hospitals, and individuals with providing equipment, resources, time,” Tom says. The affordability of staying at Kathy’s House has allowed them to direct funds to other medical needs. “Just pharmaceuticals are amazingly expensive,” Carol says.