May 07, 2016 at 07:24 PM

Allison

By Sarah House

Alison moved into Sarah House looking for safety. A transsexual person, HIV+, she had struggled for years to come to terms with her complicated biology. She had also endured daily disdain and unkindness from people who met her.

Alison’s plight was very heart wrenching. Returning from being married under the new San Francisco law including gays, lesbians and transsexual. Her husband was killed by a drunken driver. She sustained multiple injuries including eight broken ribs.

Grieving and ill, not only from the AIDS virus but the effects of the accident, Alison moved to Sarah House until her physical and emotional health stabilized. All the residents and staff immediately embraced her. Indeed, it was gratifying to overhear her first night’s call to her mother. “Don’t worry about me, Mom. I was really scared when I got here, but these are the nicest people I have ever met, I’m going to be alright.”

Posted in Resident Stories.

Testimonials

To all the wonderful staff at Sarah House, words cannot express the gratitude I have for what you all did for my grandma and my entire family. You helped me look at death as a beautiful journey that grandma was on, it really helped us get through a very difficult time. I would not have wanted to be anywhere else but there in your serene environment. I feel very fortunate that we got to be there with her.