The Tile Project is facilitated weekly throughout the Texas Medical Center at Nora’s Home, Methodist Hospital, Memorial Hermann and Texas Children’s. During this time, every person is encouraged to create their own tile by drawing, writing, and painting onto a 6×6 ceramic square. This activity is for everyone: residents waiting on a list, recovering transplant patients returning for a check-up, family members supporting their loved ones, volunteers, and even staff members.
The project has become a great outlet for participants to express who they are, bond through shared experiences with each other, and leave something behind for forever at Nora’s Home. Both children and adults enjoy the opportunity to make art for the facility and for themselves.
Once the tiles are decorated, they are sent away to be fired in a kiln at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
The finished tiles will be displayed on a rotation on the walls of Nora’s Home until the Transplant Life Center is built. Eventually, the tiles will be displayed as a permanent art installation on the walls of the entrance to the Transplant Life Center. With time, the tiles will accumulate to create a magnificent display of stories.
The following tile and poem were created by Claire McCarthy, founder of The Tile Project, about taking part in the project.
Photos taken of The Transplant Tile Project since then on Wednesday’s “Family Fun Nights”…
Before the tiles are displayed on our wall…
The ceramic tiles are fired in a kiln for about 12 hours at a temperature of 2,500 degrees.
Every possible color can be made with the glazes. Two coats of Clear Transparent gives the tiles their glossy and protective surface. Then, Liquid Nail is used to hang each tile onto our Transplant Tile Wall art installation.
Photo archive of every tile created…
Photo archive of fired tiles…
Here are the close-up images taken of some of the tiles that have been fired, finished, and ready for display at Nora’s Home.
There is nothing like coming home to a delicious, hot meal. We are always seeking individuals or groups to sign up to be a Chef of the Day by providing and serving a meal to the families staying at Nora’s Home.
Groups of up to 6 people can prepare food (on site) and serve a buffet style meal for families staying with us. You do the cooking and we will provide the paper goods and plastic ware. If you choose to have the dinner catered, the caterer must deliver the food to Nora’s Home.
For more information and to sign up, please click on the link below.
Many thanks to Sisters Hunter, Fisi’idhi and Lawlor of the LDS Mission for offering a helping hand in our garden on Saturday. Your hard work certainly paid off…our yard is looking great!!
Thank you Hattie Marshall, Irene Solomon, Sylvia Fitch and the entire Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Including the Gamma Omega Zeta Chapter, for hosting a “cleaning products” Drive for the families of Nora’s Home. We appreciate your generous contribution and the effort put into coordinating a plentiful drive!
June 8, 2016
Thank you to our Wednesday Night Chef of the Day, Pavel and Delma Reyes, along with two of their terrific friends, for a delightful Puerto Rican feast!
May 23, 2016
Our new friends at David Weekley Homes spent all day Thursday working on various maintenance and repair projects around the home. A HUGE thank you to Danielle Murry, Jamie Hartman, and the team of “Weekley Warriors” for their hard work! What a transformation!
May 16, 2016
Did you know Uchi means ‘home’ in Japanese?
Thank you to Marisa and chefs, Chris and A.J., from Uchi Houston (the BEST restaurant in town) for providing a delicious meal Monday night: beef tenderloin, fingerling potatoes, and green beans with cherry tomatoes.
May 15, 2016
Thank you to our friends at Marathon Petroleum Asian Network for being our Sunday Chef of the Day…Egg rolls, Dumplings, Chicken Yakisoba, and Japanese frozen Mochi for desert – Yum!
May 6, 2016
Thank you to our Gala Chairs, Brigitte and Bashar Kalai and the Houston community for supporting our 2016 Gala, “Nora’s Home at the Kentucky Derby!” With 600 people in attendance, we’re thrilled to announce that $525,000 was raised to support our Adopt-A-Family program!
April 30, 2016
Thank you to the team at Weatherford Petroleum -Stacy Pitre, Mona, Jennifer and Allen – for serving a Texas-style BBQ lunch on Saturday. There’s nothin’ like the taste of Texas!
April 21, 2016
Thank you to our Chef of the Day, the organ recovery and transplant team at Houston Methodist, for a Mexican fiesta last night!!
April 13, 2016
Thank you Stephanie Rice and Arts 4 Healing for the incredible performance at Nora’s Home on Saturday Night! Your time and talent are truly appreciated!
On Saturday, the Nora’s Home Team participated at the Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run in Sugar Land, TX. Our team included Anthony Ethridge from Millionair and future guests, Maureen and Jon Grace, along with their adorable son, Jude! A big thank you to the team members and to the Donate Life team that works so hard to coordinate such a wonderful event!
April 16, 2016
April 13, 2016
Thank you to our Wednesday night Chefs of the Day, Sally McDevitt and Ann McCarroll! Ann is the owner of Spoonin, a catering company, which means everyone knew they were in for a culinary delight!
April 13, 2016
Thank you to one of our very dedicated volunteers, Deneeka Brown and her business partner, Michele Sanders, for donating beautiful gift bags filled with essential oils from Naturally Inspired Scents.
April 9, 2016
Last Saturday, over 40 motorcycles parked outside our doors and gathered at Nora’s Home for a Unity Ride from Houston to San Antonio. Donations received went to our Adopt-A-Family program. A BIG thank you to all the bikers who participated, especially to Reggie, Chariecka and team who made it happen!
March 3, 2016
Wednesday’s Family Night was a Mexican Fiesta! Thank you to our Chef of the Day, Jenn Teel and Marketing Team from Houston Methodist!
February 24, 2016
Our Wednesday Family Night was filled with fun and laughter thanks to our friends at LifeGift for hosting BINGO! Thanks also to our dear friend, Pat, and her colleague, Dan, for cooking a great meal.
February 23, 2016
Thank you to Sara Rabie for dropping by Thursday evening with a delicious meal of rice with lamb, barley and chicken. Yum!
February 12, 2016
A big thank you to The John Family – Jason, Catherine, Wesley and Maggie – for preparing a yummy dinner as our Chefs of the Day! Roasted chicken with potatoes and spinach, strawberry salad, completed with raspberry thumbprint cookies and chocolate truffles for dessert!
Arts 4 Healing was also present to host Art Bingo and the guests had a blast!
February 3, 2016
A big thank you to Emily Bertram and her group of friends for a great game night! There were lots of laughs and fun competition in the air last night at Nora’s Home. You all are appreciated!
February 4, 2016
Many thanks to Emily Bertram and group: Claire, Elizabeth, Darvey, Morgan, Brittany, and David for hosting a great game night last week!
February 4, 2016
Thank you to the Talaati family for preparing the delicious seafood pasta for our families. Dr. Osama Gaber joined the El Sherifs and the Talaatis as they enjoyed hearing testimonials from our grateful patients.
June 25, 2016
Sundays are special at Nora’s Home thanks to our “Betty Crocker Bakers!”
Pizza and Game Night! Many thanks to our hosts: Liza Rios, Sam Gambriel, Chyna Hernandez, Gilberto Gaitan and Sheila Hoang.
Thank you to our friends at theThe Living Bank for serving lasagna as last night’s Chef of the Day. In one word…Delicious!!
Christmas time around Nora’s Home was filled with joy, laughter, carolers and great food! Many thanks to those who visited during the busy Holiday to spread cheer with our guests and their families. Especially, Girl Scout Troop # 18396 for delivering gift bags, our Christmas Eve’s ‘Eve’ Chef of the Day, David Blake and Family, and the Rosette/Brown Family for caroling on Christmas Eve. Christmas dinner was a delightful buffet prepared by our guests.
Great turn out when Patricia McMahon with daughter, Claire McCarthy, and family hosted Chef of the Day on Monday night! Delicious barbecue chicken, grilled sausage and mac and cheese were among some of the favorite dishes served.
Thank you to our Tuesday night Chefs of the Day, Deneeka, Charieka and Jasmine for the delicious Italian dinner. The Brown/Rosette family decided to volunteer at Nora’s Home in honor of their late family member, Dennis Brown, who was a kidney transplant recipient.
Many thanks to Denver Ng and team members of the Asian Network at theMarathon Petroleum refinery for being our Sunday Night Chef of the Day!
Please join us in thanking Maria Concepcion Pile along with her wonderful parents for being our Chefs of the Day on Wednesday night.
A hearty thank you to Tuesday’s Chef of the Day, Ann Duhon, for a delicious Tex-Mex meal. Our guests love when she comes by. Ann is one talented chef!
Many thanks to Monday’s enthusiastic Chefs of the Day, Lori Taylor-LeDet accompanied by her good friends, Patricia Adams, Amy James and Ingrid Little. Dinner was catered in by Pappasitos Cantina, yum!
Thanks to Beatrice Hodgson, Candi Tate and the entire LifeGift crew for the midday treat that included sliced turkey with all the trimmings and dessert. Our guests and their families truly appreciated the lunchtime surprise!
Big thank you to our Tuesday night Chef of the Day, Dr. Majumdar and Dr. Kallekal with Christopher, joined by the Lung transplant Team from Houston Methodist.
Thank you to our newest volunteer, Ann Duhon, for serving a great meal as Wednesday’s Chef of the Day! Fresh herbs from her garden complimented a delicious tomato salad and pot roast with freshly made bread had everyone feeling right at home.
Thank you to Aurora Brewer and her team from Target on San Felipe for another great meal as Chef of the Day!
A special meal prepared by the Egyptian Ladies Club including Dr. Lillian Gaber, as last night’s Chefs of the Day. A true feast!!
Thursday was Taco & Trivia night at Nora’s Home thanks to our Chefs of the Day and dear friends from Life Gift. The laughter and party continued well into the night.
David Frey, a kidney recipient as of October 2013, and his colleagues, Keith, Richard and tim cooked a Mexican feast as Chefs of the Day on Tuesday night.
Gourmet dinner at Nora’s Home last night provided by Kayla’s buddies. Thank you Linda, Janet, Deb, Carleta and Laura. Delicious meal of parmesan chicken, wild rice with veggies and dessert brough big smiles to our patients and their families.
Thank you to the wonderful group from Dunn Operating Team – Houston Methodist, who gave up their holiday weekend to prepare the BEST BBQ for our patients and their families. A special thanks to Dr. Patrick Reardon and his wife for their sleepless night to smoke the delicious brisket, ribs, and turkey.
April 2, 2015
Our loyal shuttle driver, Randy, drops off our guest AND dinner for all to enjoy yesterday.
Many thanks to the team from Cambridge Health and Rehabilitation Center for participating as our Chefs of the Day on Wednesday night.
BIG thanks to the Tissue Team from LifeGift for filling out home with warmth, cheer and great food on Christmas Day!
Chefs of 2014
A wonderful night at the home thanks to the Schneider Family for the delightful meal and music by the talented Megan Buelow!
Say hello to Bill Musick and Judy Woods from Bridge City, Texas. Bill is recuperating from a recent kidney transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital. While talking with Judy about her stay she graciously said, “Nora’s Home is a great place to relax and get well. There’s lots of ways to enjoy being out of the room in many different surroundings. We enjoyed the beautifully landscaped patio and the front entryway benches. The kitchen was kept fresh, clean and well stocked. You have thought of everything!”
This week we welcome Robert and Mary Nelton from Chauvin, LA. Robert is a pre-lung transplant patient of Houston Methodist. When asked about his stay with us, Robert happily said, “Nora’s Home is the best and the staff is the “bestest!”
This week, say hello to Steven and Janet Taylor from Montgomery TX. Steven is a post-liver patient of Memorial Hermann Hospital Transplant Center. When ask about their stay with us, Janet said, “Nora’s Home is a wonderful place to stay. The staff is friendly, the home is clean and we’ve even made new friends.”
This week we welcome Charles and Rebecca Land from Victoria, TX. Rebecca is a post-9-year heart and liver transplant recipient. When ask about their very first stay with us, Rebecca stated, “Nora’s Home is a safe haven in the stormy days of our lives. A huge ‘thank you’ to Nora’s parents for seeing this need and acting on it to make our individual needs and miracles come together in one place. This is our first stay. I can feel God’s presence with Nora leading the march. I feel so emotionally involved with these transplant families and will always have them in my thoughts and prayers. I had a heart/liver transplant 9 years ago and what a gift it is! My life is so full of joy! My thanks to God and the families that made the amazing decision to donate.”
This week we are happy to introduce James Nieto from Roswell, NM. He is recovering after a successful kidney transplant in March. Mr. Nieto was honored to be interviewed at Univision 45 Houston this morning, thanks to our friends at LifeGift. He expressed his sincere gratitude to all those involved in his transplant journey, along with Nora’s Home. Tune in on May 1st as part of Univision 45 Contigo, which works in partnership with leading organizations who share an interest in serving the community and bringing focus to the community’s most critical issues. Thank you Mr. Nieto, thank you LifeGift and thank you Univision 45 Houston!
Welcome Brandon, Maria and Jose Guerrero as our 500th family!
Say hello to Jeanna and John Suttle from Corrigan, TX. John is recovering from liver transplant surgery performed at Houston Methodist Hospital. When asked about their stay, Jeanna answered, “Thank you for providing the “Lazy River” feel. It was such a treat after the hectic emergency living we went through. Being so close to the hospitals was very important to us. We are so blessed as a family to have been able to utilize Nora’s Home’s services. Thank you Drs. Gaber and thank you Nora!”
This week we welcome Kenneth Barton and his wife, Melinda,
from Electra, TX. Kenneth underwent liver and kidney transplant surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital in January. While recovering at Nora’s Home, several family members stopped by to celebrate Kenneth’s birthday.
While chatting with family members, Melinda said, “Nora’s Home has been a wonderful blessing. We feel so at home. Kenneth started his journey December 4, 2015. He spent 66 days of his hospital time in ICU. He was blessed with a liver on January 28, 2016 and kidney the following day. He then received a pacemaker on February 19th. So coming to Nora’s Home after all that has been so wonderful! Thanks to all the staff for making us feel welcome.”
Happy 73rd Birthday to our Guest of the Week, Ricardo Alvear, from Melissa, TX! He is here with his wife, Gloria, recuperating from LVAD implant surgery performed at Houston Methodist. As the two celebrated this day quietly, Gloria commented, “Nora’s Home’s staff have been very helpful during Ricardo’s recovery. This is a great place to be in. Everyone is very friendly and they will help you in any way they can to make the patient and the family member feel comfortable. We are glad we found this home in Houston.”
This week, we welcome Karen Slate from Meade, Kansas accompanied by her wonderful husband Garry, and her awesome donor, Mike Mariner. Karen and Mike are being tested at Houston Methodist for their upcoming kidney transplant surgery. After the trio spent a few days with us, Karen was pleased to report, “We were very welcomed and treated as family. The people are warm and make you feel right at home. It’s a very beautiful place to stay. Very clean with a ‘homey’ feel.”
Say hello to Mark George and his Mother, June, from Lake Charles, LA. Mark is feeling great following his kidney transplant surgery performed atMemorial Herman Transplant Center last week. We ask his Mom how things were going for the two of them here at Nora’s Home and she kindly answered, “Being here at Nora’s Home is like my home away from home. The people are so friendly and helpful. Also, they lend you their ears if you need to talk. Everything is so beautiful and I thank God for blessing us with the opportunity to stay here after his kidney transplant.” Welcome Mark and June!
This week, we would like to introduce Francis and Marie LeBlanc from Lafayette, LA. Francis underwent liver transplant surgery in December at Houston Methodist. Marie calls it their Christmas miracle! When asked about their stay at Nora’s Home, Marie graciously stated, “Being at Nora’s Home has been a blessed experience following my husband’s Christmas miracle. We were welcomed by helpful and caring staff and have made so many wonderful new friends. We are forever grateful to Nora’s Home for being here for us at a time of our greatest need! May God bless Nora’s Home.”
This week we welcome Ricardo Bautista and his father, Jose, from Whiteface, TX. Ricardo is here recovering from LVAD implant surgery performed at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital. The Bautistas are a quiet pair but were happy to say, “Nora’s Home is a great place to meet patients with similar struggles. Thank you to Nora’s Home for making a bad period in our life turn our great.”
This week we are happy to introduce Victor and Francis Echegoyen from El Paso, TX. Victor is recovering from LVAD implant surgery performed atHouston Methodist. We asked the couple about the stay at Nora’s Home and Francis quickly answered, “At first, I was scared because I was far away from my home and family. Because of Nora’s Home, I felt right at home. The hospitality is great. I recommend it anybody who comes to Houston for a transplant. It is beautiful and very clean. Thank you Nora’s Home!”
This week, we are lucky to host 11 year old Kylie Coulon visiting with her mom, Michelle, and her grandmother, Cindy Sylvester, from Washington, LA.
Kylie is a post kidney transplant patient of Texas Children’s Hospital. Michelle graciously shared, “Nora’s Home is a home away from home! It’s a very welcoming and friendly environment. We love it here and gladly recommend it to others that we know. Thanks for being such a wonderful staff, you all make us feel so comfortable here.” Let’s give a warm welcome to our Guest of the Week, Kylie, and her beautiful family!
Please welcome our Guest of the Week, Lena Miller and Vincent Satcher from Eastpointe, MI. Lena is in town for a pre-lung appointment atHouston Methodist. Lena shared her thoughts, “Nora’s Home is our home away from home. It is a delight and the staff is pleasant. Thank you Nora’s Home for putting a smile on our faces in our time of strife.”
Meet our Guest of the Week, Perry Jones and his beautiful wife Misty, who tied the knot this year.
Christmas came a little early for the newlyweds when Misty gave her husband the Gift of Life by donating her kidney. Perry is staying at Nora’s Home and being cared for by his mother, Debby, who said, “Nora’s Home is amazing! Everyone makes us feel at home. Being at Nora’s Home has made Perry’s healing so much faster. We will forever be thankful!”
What a joyous start to the holiday season!
Our Guest of the Week is Mary Quebedeaux from Opelousas, LA. Mary is in town visiting Houston Methodist for her post lung transplant check up.
She has stayed with us in the past and when asked what brings her back to Nora’s Home again and again she answered, “This place is amazing. You are surrounded with people who have gone or are going through the same things you are. The staff is wonderful! God Bless.”
Let’s welcome back Mary Quebedeaux to Nora’s Home; it’s always a pleasure to have Mary stay with us!
Today we are happy to introduce Todd, Brandee and Carol Stangarone from Hockley, TX. Carol is undergoing a lung transplant evaluation atHouston Methodist. When asked about her family’s stay at Nora’s Home, Carol was happy to share, “It is a blessing to know there is a place called Nora’s Home. The people treat you like family. The surroundings are beautiful. The rooms are warm and inviting. If you are lucky as we were, you will be able to join in on a special dinner. The other guests who are here make you feel right at home. Thank you Nora! Thank you everyone! We thank you and we love you from our souls.”
This week we are happy to welcome newcomers, Timothy Chark and Marshawna, along with returning guests, Richard and Mary Ann Chark from Alexandria, LA.
Timothy is here all the way from Sioux City, IA. to honor Richard with the Gift of Life by donating his kidney. They are both resting well at Nora’s Home following their surgeries at Methodist.Mary Ann was asked about their experiences with Nora’s Home and she kindly offered, “We sincerely thank Marilda and all the other staff for their courteous and most professional help during our stay at Nora’s Home. Thanks for providing such a warm and comfortable ‘home away from home’ for us and our family.”
This week we are happy to welcome Ronald and Floyanne Moreau. Ron received his LVAD placement at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital. After researching several options, the Moreau family chose Nora’s Home for his recovery. When we asked Floyanne about her thoughts on Nora’s Home, she graciously responded, “Nora’s Home has been the most wonderful place to recuperate and meet so many warm and giving people. We have been so blessed.”
We welcome Shirl Wade and her husband Tom from Sulphur, LA. Shirl is a post heart transplant patient of Memorial Hermann. When asked about their stay at Nora’s Home, both agreed, “We are so glad there is a place like Nora’s Home, our home away from home. We have me some great people here; the folks that work here and the other guests have been really helpful during this difficult time for us. We can’t thank you enough for just being here.”
This week we are happy to introduce Mrs. Emelda Andrus from Lafayette, LA. Mrs. Andrus is staying at Nora’s Home with her niece, Lacy Martin while she waits on ‘the call’ for a lung transplant. She shared with us her thoughts on Nora’s Home, “I would say that Nora’s Home is a home away from home. Very welcoming and family friendly. They provide help whenever help is needed. I would refer this place to anyone needing this service.”
Lena Miller and Vincent Satcher travel from Eastpointe, Michigan to Houston so that Lena can be evaluated for a lung transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital. When asked about what she thought of Nora’s Home, Lena simply said, “Nora’s Home is a beautiful home away from home.”
We are happy to welcome Henry Pacheco and his daughter, Hannah Crist, from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr. Pacheco is being evaluated at Houston Methodist for a lung transplant. Even before being asked about Nora’s Home, Hannah shared, “My father and I are very impressed with how clean the room is. We also like how everyone is so friendly, the staff and the other patients. We are grateful to have been recommended to Nora’s Home. Thank you so much for making us feel right at home.”
Joseph and Debbie Lucero come all the way from Roswell, New Mexico to Nora’s Home while Joseph recovers from a liver transplantation. Debbie shared, “There are no words to describe Nora’s Home but with warm love. We were blessed to stay here for Joseph’s recovery. We made a new home with new family members. Love you Nora’s Home, thank you!”
Patricia Sandoval Sralla arrives from San Antonio, Texas with her son, Paolo. Patricia is here recovering from a double lung transplant performed at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital. When we asked about her recovery, Patricia answered, “My recovery began in earnest when I arrived at Nora’s Home. The staff and other guests are so friendly and welcoming, we’ve become family. The beautiful accommodations are relaxing and provide the feeling of being a home away from home. Thank you Nora’s Home!”
Welcome Jasper Pitres, along with his wife and daughter, Wadriane and Jasperlyn, from New Iberia, Lousinana. Jasper and his family are staying at Nora’s Home while he visits Houston Methodist for a kidney transplant evaluation. When ask about her thoughts on Nora’s Home, Mrs. Pitres graciously responded, “Nora’s Home is a wonderful place guests can call home. The staff and management are excellent/superb. There is no place we would rather be. 5 stars!!”
Pavel and Delma Reyes join Nora’s Home from Cedar Park, Texas because Pavel needs to visit Houston Methodist for his pre-lung transplant appointment. During their stay, they remarked, “God created doctors to work through his hand and he created the miracle of Nora’s Home to again demonstrate his goodness, compassion and love.”
We are happy to have Lisa and Tomas Martinez from Alamo, Texas. Tomas is at Nora’s Home recovering from a recent liver transplant performed at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Lisa and her daughter, Jessica, stayed at Nora’s Home while Tomas was in the hospital waiting on his liver. When asked about their stay, Lisa said, “I want to thank Nora’s Home for everything they have done for us and I’ll tell my friends and family about Nora’s Home because we love it here!”
This week we welcome Reed and Dana Barrios from Cutt Off, Louisiana. Reed is a post lung and heart transplant patient of Houston Methodist. Upon check-out Dana was asked about their stay, and she said, “Nora’s Home is a great place to be when you are away from home. It just as good as being at home!”
A pre-operation lung and liver patient of Houston Methodist, Scott Warren traveled from Keithville, Louisiana with his sister, Shirley Gillespie. Shirley shared her thoughts about Nora’s Home by saying, “When life gives you a turn you don’t expect and you have to travel a long distance for a transplant, having a place to rest, eat and be with other supportive families can be difficult. Thankfully, we found Nora’s Home. It has been a God send to our family.”
David Bares recovers from a liver transplant surgery performed at Houston Methodist Hospital. He travels with his sister, Dianna Harvill, from Beaumont, Texas. Dianna happily states, “It is such a blessing to move into a setting that welcomes you with open arms. The staff and guests alike drew us into their lives like beloved family members! There is continuous comfort, consolation and support for both patients and caregivers. There is no place Nora’s Home.”
Freda Taylor comes from Sulphur, Louisiana, along with her long time friend, Cay McCain. Freda is an LVAD patient of CHI St. Luke’s Health. When we asked about her stay at Nora’s Home, she responded, “Nora’s Home has the best support group for transplant patients. We are like family here. We share our highs and our lows with one another, because you become a family unit here. There’s also lots of food and anything else a person may need. Nora’s Home welcomes everyone!”
Welcome sixteen-year-old Emilia Gonzalez and her Mom, Ivonne Gonzalez, from Chihuahua, Mexico. Emilia is a patient of Texas Children’s Hospital and is here waiting for a liver transplant. Emilia was happy to report, “Nora’s Home has been a real blessing during our time far away from home.”
We are excited to welcome two-year-old Aubrey Rainey and her parents, Andrew and Michelle. Coming from Duck Hill, Mississippi, Aubrey is a liver transplant patient of Texas Children’s Hospital. When asked about their experience here are at Nora’s Home, Michelle said, “While waiting for our baby girl’s liver transplant, Nora’s Home has been a wonderful home away from home. We have met many warm and supportive people and are so thankful to be here.”
Maria Benitez recovers from LVAD evaluation and surgery. Her son, Antonio Benitez, and his girlfriend, Dulce Aguilar, are waiting at Nora’s Home while Ms. Benitez continues her recovery at St. Luke’s Hospital. Antonio says, “What a wonderful place for heart patients and family members to stay while recovering.”
We are honoring Sandra Gainer from Spicewood, Texas. When asked how she was feeling, Sandra replied, “Nora’s Home is such a wonderful and special place for my recovery; warm, clean, comfortable and filled with love. I am so grateful to be given exactly what I need during my recovery time. Good Bless you all!”
Welcome Sharon Rasberry, who is joining us from Jennings, Louisiana and is visiting Houston Methodist for a pre-op lung appointment. When asked about Nora’s Home, she responded, “Nora’s Home has been a home away from home. It has accommodated my needs and beyond. Without this place, we would be in a bind. The blessings here are over flowing.”
We are happy to welcome Timothy and Telia Lewis from Jackson, Mississippi. Timothy is a heart recipient patient of Houston Methodist Hospital and he believes, “Nora’s Home is an atmosphere of family and comfort.” Timothy offers to his fellow organ recipients, “Quitting is not an option, see it through. Keep hope and faith alive.”
Edwards Lewis traveled to the Texas Medical Center from Beaumont, Texas with his caregivers, Charles and Emma Domingue from. At Houston Methodist Hospital Mr. Lewis will receive the gift of life from his cousin Dennis Bob. His caregivers say, “We feel honored to be guests here at Nora’s Home. The staff is wonderful.”
We welcome Harold Woodson and his daughter, Winter, all the way from from Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Woodson is going to Houston Methodist for a lung transplant evaluation and he admits, “I like Nora’s Home because it’s homey, it feels just like home.” Winter echoes his sentiments by saying, “The atmosphere is so positive and warm.”
Nora’s Home welcomes Nan Marie McKenzie from San Antonio, Texas. Nan Marie is a pre-lung transplant patient visiting Houston Methodist with her daughter Amber Bipport. Nan Marie states, “Everyone has been so welcoming here at Nora’s Home. It makes dealing with the difficult stuff easier. Like I always say, just keep swimming.”
We are happy to have Sharon Stanberry and her daughter, Dena Steele, join us from Huntington, Texas. Mrs. Stanberry is recovering from her liver transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital and she says, “Nora’s Home has a wonderful atmosphere. It is like a home away from home. It is just beautiful and the staff is friendly and very helpful.”
Welcome Renita Newton and Mark Johnson from Lubbock, Texas. Renita is a pre-op liver patient and goes to the Memorial Hermann Hospital. Renita says, “Nora’s Home is like a home away from home. Everybody here is friendly and caring. The staff and other guests here treat you as though you are their family and I am truly blessed to have come into contact with Nora’s Home”
Our first guests of the week for 2015, Blaine and Debra Tam, arrive from Pineville, Louisiana. Blaine is a post lung transplant patient and here for follow up appointments at Houston Methodist. Blaine and Debra exclaim, “We love, love, love Nora’s Home. Everyone here is so caring. It has just become our home away from home.”
We welcome Offie and Gloria Adair from Luling, Texas during Thanksgiving week. Gloria is a pre-lung transplant patient at Houston Methodist Hospital and she says, “Nora’s Home is a lovely place. It was a real surprise the first time we arrived. It has all the comforts of home and the staff member are also lovely.”
Ron and Margarit McMann come from San Antonio to Nora’s Home because Margarit is recovering from a kidney transplant that was completed at Houston Methodist Hospital. Ron says, “Nora’s Home is such a blessing for us. It is a heavenly place for complete healing physically, mentally and emotionally. We also enjoy the other guests here with their transplant stories.”
Kaiya Hougland is four years old and recuperating from a liver transplant performed at Texas Children’s Hospital on October 29th 2014. She and her parents, Scott and Elise, travel from San Antonio, Texas and chose to stay with us because, “Nora’s Home is such a comfort to our family and everyone is so welcoming and kind.” Kaiya graciously adds, “I love the hand sanitizer in our room and daddy loves the grill.”
Mitchell and Allison Kimball are long-term residents from Lafayette, Louisiana. Mitchell has been an inpatient of Houston Methodist since February but recently received a new heart and kidney on Sunday, November 2nd. His wife, Allison, who has been a guest of Nora’s Home since March says, “While Mitch had been on a total artificial heart and could not leave the hospital since February 28th, I was allowed to rest and recover at Nora’s Home during this extremely difficult time. Mitch was able to take comfort in the fact that I was in a safe, caring and homelike environment that showed me love and support. We can never repay Nora’s Home for their generosity, but we will try and they will remain in our annual giving so that they may comfort others in their time of need. God bless and thanks for all you do and have done.”
Nine-year-old Amaya Flores comes to Nora’s Home for her annual post heart transplant check-up with her grandmother, Mary Ann Olmos. Amaya is from Seguine, TX but she is a patient at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Olmos states, “Nora’s Home is a very nice place to stay. The staff is friendly and hospitable.”
Mary Rahal is staying at Nora’s Home because she is donating one of her kidneys to her cousin. She has traveled from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Houston to be a live donor. Mrs. Rahal’s transplant will be performed at Houston Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Rahal says, “Nora’s Home provides the comfort and warmth that one needs when far away from home. It’s a beautifully designed facility and the staff is gracious and accommodating. The camaraderie that happens with the residents helps to make one’s stay easier. Dr. Gaber’s vision has become a reality.”
Avys and Sherrod Poe have come to Nora’s home because Mr. Poe, a pre-op transplant patient, has to visit Houston Methodist for regular checkups. When asked about our facility Mr. Poe said, “This is our first visit to Nora’s Home and it is simply beautiful. The staff has been so nice and friendly.”
Guests of the week are Monty Carnell and his caregiver Nanette! Monty comes to us from Wissner, Nebraska and is a double LVAD patient of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. The two have been guests of Nora’s Home since August 4th.
Monty says “Nora’s Home has been a God send as HE provides what you need. Nora’s Home is a very wonderful place to be. Lots of caring and great people. The staff is amazing and the facility is exceptional. What a great place to be at this time!”
We are so glad to have Monty and Nanette with us.
Meet Jayra Gutierrez. She is a one-and-a-half-year-old from Laredo, TX. She had a liver transplant in October of 2013 and stayed with us at Nora’s Home from March – April 2014.
Her parents bring her back monthly for her post-op appointments.
She continues to flourish and it is always a pleasure to see her.
Dr. Telemante Sokari, a liver transplant patient, came to Nora’s Home from Kansas. He says, “Nora’s Home is the perfect environment for post transplant patients. It is clean, the guests are friendly and the staff is supportive.”
A liver transplant recipient, Laurence Williams came from Beaumont, Texas with his wife, Kim. Laurence enthusiastically stated, “Nora’s Home is absolutely wonderful! The staff and the other guests make us feel like we’re all one big family.”
Let’s Celebrate! Please join us in congratulating Nora’s Home Executive Director, Kayla Lehmann, on being selected to receive the Savvy Sister Award, presented by Houston Woman Magazine!
Kayla will be recognized at The 10th Annual HER Awards luncheon, August 16. Tickets are available!
Let’s Celebrate! May 15th-21st is National Police and EMS week – a week to honor and thank the men and women who sacrifice their lives and time to serve and keep our community safe twenty-four hours, seven days a week.
These groups include EMS services, fire departments, rescure squads, volunteer groups, and emergency departments across the country.
Here are five ways to celebrate these men and women:
feeding a team with food – order pizzas, cater a meal for each shift, or host a cookout for teammates and their employees
treat members to discounts at local restaurants, entertainment centers, and on merchandise.
share your story with the media about how a practitioner saved or impacted your life
honor fallen personnel
SAY THANK YOU!!
Let’s Celebrate! May 11th is the sixth anniversary of Nora’s Home Executive Director, Kayla Lehmann. In 2011, Kayla received a kidney transplant. Her transplant experience later led her to involvement in Nora’s Home. The Nora’s Home Family could not be more thankful for Kayla’s hard work and dedication to the home. Kayla, congratulations and thank you!!
Let’s Celebrate! May 8th is Mother’s Day – a day to celebrate mothers for their selflessness, nurture, unconditional love, and all that they do for their families and children. Transplant patients know quite a bit about what a caregiver is, and there is no question that mothers (and fathers) are the ultimate caregivers! Thank you mommas!
Let’s Celebrate! The Nora’s Home Annual Gala was held on May 6th. With 600 people in attendance, we’re thrilled to announce that $525,000 was raised to support our Adopt-A-Family program!!
Thank you to our Gala Chairs, Brigitte and Bashar Kalai and the Houston community for supporting our 2016 Gala, “Nora’s Home at the Kentucky Derby!” None of this would have been possible without y’all!
Let’s Celebrate! May 6th is National Nurses Day – a day to celebrate and honor nurses everywhere for their hard work, commitment, personable interactions with patients and families, their drive to make sure patients remain as comfortable as possible. Nurses – your long shifts, selflessness, and patients are appreciated!
Let’s Celebrate! May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month – a month to educate people about the genetic disease, tell stories of hope, and encourage those around you to help in the search for a cure.
For those of you who don’t know, Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening disease that causes persistent lung infections limiting a person’s ability to breathe and eventually leading to respiratory failure. It is fairly common for those with Cystic Fibrosis to have a lung transplant.
This month, let’s celebrate the gift of life, encouragement, stories of hope and the human ability to persevere.
Let’s Celebrate! May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month – a month to educate yourself and others about what high blood pressure is, how it can be prevented, and how it can be treated.
High blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, is a disease in which blood flows through arteries at higher than normal pressures, pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. Reducing high blood pressure can lower your risk for heart disease, stroke and heart attack.
Fact: About 1 of 3 U.S. adults (67 million people) have high blood pressure.
Plan with your loved ones and start getting heart healthy this May! Get your blood pressure checked and begin a healthy eating and physical activity routine.
Let’s Celebrate! Today is Administrative Professionals’ Day – a day to recognize secretaries, administrative assistants and other office professionals. The contribution to the workplace that these important people make help everything run smoothly. This week, let’s show them extra appreciation for all that they do!
Let’s Celebrate! Today is National Transplant Nurses Day – a day to recognize transplant nurses and all that they do for both patients and their caregivers. You all make the experience go smoother and your smiling faces help brighten up the rooms. Make sure to thank your nurses everyday, but especially today!
Let’s Celebrate! Today is National Donate Life Blue & Green Day – a day to sport your blue and green to promote organ, eye and tissue donation. Rock your blue and green to make a statement today!
Let’s Celebrate! This week, April 10-16, is National Volunteer Week. Established by Ronald Reagan, this week has become a nationwide effort to encourage people to get out and serve in their community, as well as celebrate those who already do. Nothing means more to people than having others take the time to positively impact someone else’s life. The commitment and heart of volunteers improves quality of life and fosters a more unified culture.
This week, I encourage you to show your appreciation towards volunteers and look for ways that you can give back to others. No one act of kindness is too small.
Here are two websites that can help lead you to volunteer opportunities:
If you are interested in volunteering at Nora’s Home, there are always ways to get involved! Find out more on our website.
Let’s Celebrate! April is National Donate Life month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation. I encourage you to register as a donor, encourage others to register, and reach out to the families of donors. The greatest gift is the gift of life!
13,000 people in Texas are awaiting a lifesaving transplant.
819 lives were saved last year across LifeGift’s regions.
41% of adults in Texas are registered donors.
Let’s dedicate this month to increase that 41%!
Let’s Celebrate! Golfer Erik Compton and his team paid a visit to Nora’s Home Wednesday night to kickoff Donate Life Month! Erik is a professional and a two-time heart transplant recipient who uses his PGA Tour travel schedule to spread awareness and advocate for organ donation through his not for profit organization. The Erik Compton Foundation is “dedicated to increasing awareness and advocacy of organ donation by supporting medical based research, increasing donor education and the development of youth support programs.” Click here to find out more about Erik Compton and his foundation.
Thank you to Erik Compton for visiting Nora’s Home! Your positivity and determination to beat the odds is an inspiration to all. Thank you for all you do to help raise awareness for organ donation! #Donatelife
Let’s Celebrate! Today is Doctor’s Day. Each and every one of us owe a big thank you to the doctors that dedicate their life to helping and healing the sick. Transplant doctors perform miracles every day, giving individuals another chance at life. As transplant patients celebrate their second birthdays, let’s celebrate the doctors today!
Let’s Celebrate! It’s Natalie’s birthday!
Natalie is Assistant Director at Nora’s Home. She is one of the wonderful women behind the machine that makes Nora’s Home run. Let us celebrate her life and all of her hard work – this day and every day!
Let’s Celebrate! March is National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day is March 14th. The National Kidney Foundation urges people to giver their kidneys some extra attention this month – take care of your body, get screened and educate yourself and others about kidney disease and prevention.
Fact: 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for developing kidney disease.
Check out The National Kidney Foundation website to read more about the role kidneys play in our body, facts about kidneys, where you can get free screenings, and take a quiz about early detection.
Let’s Celebrate! This month is National Social Worker Month. Social workers work with people through some of life’s most difficult challenges. They counsel individuals, families and communities to help them better cope with everyday challenges and live up to their potential.
The National Association of Social Workers has created activities such as letter writing and media contests for the public to commemorate social workers, as well as educate people about their impactful work. Click here to access the activities and show social workers some gratitude!
Take the time to thank a social worker this month for all that they do!
Let’s Celebrate! Today is National Caregivers Day. Every day, men and women compassionately care for those in need of long term or hospice care. Whether they be professionals, family members or friends, these selfless caregivers dedicate their time to take care of those who need it most. Let’s not forget that those caregivers must be compassionately cared for as well!
Let’s Celebrate! This week, February 14-20, is Random Acts of Kindness Week. The little things in life truly do have the biggest impact. Each time that I am at Nora’s Home, a guest or employee goes out of their way to do something kind for me.
A couple weeks ago, Leo, the father of a lung transplant patient, paused his phone conversation to offer me a hair tie because he noticed my hair getting in the way of painting tiles. Each week, Bobby – a guest recovering from an LVAD implantation – and Leo would help me take down the tile painting station and help me load up my car. If I continued to share with you the examples that I witness weekly at Nora’s Home, it would end up being a novel. Maybe I’ll start blog posts about them?!
Take the time to do something for someone else this week. Your actions may be as big or small as you would like, but one thing is for sure – you will impact that person’s life in ways you can’t imagine.
LET’S CELEBRATE! Not only is today Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate our loved ones, but it is National Donor Day. Take time to thank a donor or become a donor. Donors continuously save the lives of our loved ones and make it possible to celebrate loved ones.
Fun fact: 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives.
LET’S CELEBRATE! Nora’s Home has hit a huge milestone today as we celebrate hosting 10,000 overnight stays in just 15 months! Sending a big THANK YOU to all who supported us in turning a vision into a reality!
Houston Chronicle: World’s first skull-cap transplant patients returns to Houston fully recovered a year after his marathon surgery
May 13, 2016
Congratulations to Nora’s Home patient, Jim Boysen, as he celebrated his one-year anniversary as the first-ever scalp transplant patient.
Univision 45 Houston – Contigo
April 13, 2016
Mr. Nieto, a recent recipient of a kidney in March, was honored to be interviewed at Univision 45 Houston this morning, thanks to our friends at LifeGift. He expressed his sincere gratitude to all those involved in his transplant journey, along with Nora’s Home.
Tune in on May 1st as part of Univision 45 Contigo, which works in partnership with leading organizations who share an interest in serving the community and bringing focus to the community’s most critical issues.
Thank you Mr. Nieto, thank you LifeGift and thank you Univision 45 Houston!
Great Day Houston KHOU 11 News
March 31, 2016
Memorial Hermann Press Release:In Honor of National Donate Life Month, Transplant Recipients at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute Gathered to Show Appreciation for their Organ Donors
March 28, 2016
Nora’s Home team had the opportunity to be in the audience for Deborah Duncan’s Great Day Houston show.
In honor of Donate Life month, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute hosted its first “Celebrating the Gift” event at which transplant patients and their families show their appreciation for donors and their families. Doctors, staff, recipients, and donor family members shared emotional personal stories about illness and organ failure, strength, and gratitude for the gift of life.
Nora’s Home was so proud to be a part of the beautiful event. Organ recipients and family members painted tiles as a testament to their loved ones, their experience and their donors.
Texas Medical Center News: “New TMC member Nora’s Home provides sanctuary for transplant patients” Article by Shea Connelly July 6, 2015
In the news story, Nora’s Home was officially announced as the 56th member of institutions affiliated with the Texas Medical Center. Click on the link below to read the full article on the TMC News website.
In 2013, out of the 28,954 organ transplants that occurred in the United States, over one-fifth ( approximately 5,989) were living donor transplants.
When an organ is donated, methods of preservation are used to keep it viable until transplantation. However, time is critical and there are limits to how long an organ can be preserved, depending its on type.
Common maximum organ preservation times
Heart, lung: 4-6 hours
Liver: 8-12 hours
Pancreas: 12-18 hours
Kidney: 24-36 hours
Before an organ is allocated, medical factors such as blood type, height, weight, and age must be considered. Matching patients with the proper organ size is vital to a successful transplant operation; children are most compatible with child-sized organs.
In the United States alone, more than 120,000 people are waiting to receive a life-giving organ transplant.
1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives.
It is a commonly believed myth that a person can be “too old” to donate their organs because it is a fact that there is no defined cutoff age for donating organs.
Since 1988, 25,414 people between the ages of 50 and 64 have donated a kidney!
The decision to use someone’s organs is based on strict medical criteria, not age. Age is never a factor when deciding if a person is a suitable donor for a transplantation, unless the patient is a child in need of an organ that matches with their age.
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