OUR GOALS: To provide safe, affordable lodging, and supportive services to transmasculine individuals going through the process of lower surgery. Our big picture goal is to eventually own a 5+ bedroom house in the bay area so that we may accommodate more individuals. This is a community-based model, in that we are looking to expand on opportunities for those staying with us to create connection with one another and honor each other’s transitions during this exciting and transformative time. Our BIG DREAM is to own a large house and to be able to offer donation-based lodging with no one turned away due to lack of funds.
HOW WE BEGAN: Quest House was born through a shared vision, calling, and collaboration of two close friends that took turns caring for one another in 2016 during their phalloplasty process. The house was financially funded by the eldest of these two friends, a deeply compassionate, and inspiring, trans elder. He began making space available in the extra bedroom in his apartment in Vacaville, CA on a sliding scale for others needing lodging and support through their process. Meiko Xavier, the current live-in services coordinator, had the privilege of being the very first guest of what would ultimately evolve into Quest House. Future guests came about via word of mouth within the community. Eventually, the local surgical teams heard about the space and began sharing it with their patients. Since then, Quest House has moved to Sausalito, CA in order to be closer to the Bay Area phalloplasty teams. In June 2017, Quest House hosted their first guest in Sausalito!
Q:WHO RUNS QUEST HOUSE?
A: Quest House is organized by Meiko Xavier, a transmasculine individual that has been in transition for over 13 years, and went through this surgically assisted ceremony himself in 2016.
Q: IS QUEST HOUSE A SPACE FOR ALL TRANS FOLKS TO RECOVER POST OP?
A: Presently, we are offering lodging to those individuals somewhere along the transmasculine spectrum that are having lower surgery (specifically phalloplasty and metoidioplasty). We may be able to offer lodging to a wider variety of folks down the line when we have a much larger space that would allow for procedure-specific privacy.
Q: DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING A BIGGER SPACE?
A: Yes! The big dream and goal we are currently working towards, is to eventually rent, buy, or receive a large donated house in the Bay Area with a minimum of 5 bedrooms. If you would like to help sustain our current space, or assist us in the next evolution of Quest House, please visit DONATION OPTIONS We welcome help from folks with a wide range of both means and skill. Let’s create this together!
Q:CAN I STAY AT QUEST HOUSE IF I’M HAVING META OR A RELATED PROCEDURE?
A: Sure! We do however give priority to those that are recovering from “stage 1 phallo”, given the intense healing process that necessitates folks needing extra support for longer periods of time.
Q: HOW DOES THE SLIDING SCALE WORK? DO I HAVE TO SHOW PROOF OF INCOME TO QUALIFY FOR THE LOWER END OF THE SCALE?
A: Our sliding scale is $75-$125 – lodgers self-select an amount along the scale as a nightly rate. This amount covers your lodging. If you are in need of extra assistance such as caretaking, transportation, or meal prep, please visit our CARETAKING page for more information.
Q: IS QUEST HOUSE A NON-PROFIT?
A: Quest House is a project of Empowerment WORKS, a non-profit
Q: DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
A: Currently we are only able to offer a sliding scale, this ends up being less than many other lodging options in Marin County, especially with all the donated extras we have at the house. One of our long term goals are to create a scholarship fund that folks could apply for.
Q: CAN I BRING MY PET WITH ME?
A: We LOVE animals! However, currently we can only accommodate service animals. We prefer to maintain a pet-free environment given the modest size of our current space and our priority or keeping as clean a space as possible.
Q:WILL I HAVE THE WHOLE APARTMENT TO MYSELF?
A: No. Quest House is a community-based model. We are interested in creating a space for folks to recover together under the same roof, and create connection, while still being able to have plenty of privacy. You will however, have a private bedroom and access to a full kitchen, living room, balcony, and all complex amenities, such as: gym, pool, & salt water hot tub.
Q: ARE THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN THE HOUSE FREE?
A: Yes! Our medical supplies have been generously donated by previous guests, as well as folks who haven’t stay with us, but have had surgery in the area and wanted their extra supplies to go to the folks that would be next in line. Our supplies are inventoried, rotated regularly, and checked for expiration dates. Anything designed for multi use (scissors, thermometers, tweezers, etc) are thoroughly sterilized between guests or sent home with folks when they leave.
Q: DO I NEED TO BRING ANY MEDICAL SUPPLIES SINCE THERE IS A WHOLE CLOSET FULL OF THEM?
A: In between guests, the medical supply closest is inventoried and I make a list to identify what we are low on or out of. I then give this list of items to folks that will be arriving next. They are by no means obligated to purchase the listed items. Rather, it is a complimentary service that we offer in order to support guests in only buying what they need. Any donations to this closest are very much appreciated, so that we may continue to offer supplies to our future guests through this process of both give and take.
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