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WELCOME TO THE GABRIEL HOUSE
The story behind the Gabriel House of Care begins long before the idea of the house was conceived. It began in the 1940’s with a young boy who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. That boy was Jorge Bacardi, a member of the well-known Bacardi family. His only hope for survival was a double lung transplant. In March 2008, at age 64, Jorge Bacardi received a double lung transplant at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. His surgery was complex but the outcome and his recovery were excellent. He left the hospital a few days later, having experienced a full breath of air for the first time in his life. The Bacardi gift to Mayo Clinic was an expression of their deep gratitude to Christopher, his family, Dr. Cesar Keller, and his Mayo transplant team — The Gabriel House of Care.
A Community of healing offering
a place of compassion and camaraderie.
The Gabriel House is located within minutes of the Mayo Clinic. You are just a short drive away from treatments and care. Although separated enough from the hustle and bustle of the clinic that the settings surrounding the house are park-like, quiet and serene.
Volunteering at the Gabriel House is more than just cooking a meal one night or providing needed items for the house. It’s about joining a community of caring hands that come together in a time of need for someone — it’s about being an “Angel.”
“I have to admit we didn’t know what to expect not knowing much about hospitality houses or how they worked...all of our apprehension went away once we walked into Gabriel House. The facility was beautiful; the staff was very reassuring and answered all of our questions and concerns. We knew we were in the right place.” — Ed and Jodi Kelly
“We were so fortunate to have found Gabriel House as it was going to be expensive to stay in a hotel during my recovery, not to mention the emotional toll it would take on us...it didn’t take long for us to see the house’s uniqueness or feel the amazing giving spirit that is present through those who work and volunteer as well as the special camaraderie among the guests.” — Wendy and Mike Carol