QUEST HOUSE is a project of Empowerment WORKS
Through fiscal sponsorship and collaboration with this amazing non-profit, we are able to accept tax-free donations.
Q:WHO RUNS QUEST HOUSE?
A: Quest House is primarily organized by Meiko Xavier, a transmasculine individual that has been transitioning for 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, with lodging priority going to those having stage 1 phallo. We may be able to offer lodging to a wider variety of folks down the line when we have a much larger house that would allow for procedure-specific privacy.
Q: DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING A BIGGER SPACE?
A: Yes! Our current plan is to identify and move into a house with a minimum of 4 rental bedrooms by May 1, 2019. The BIG dream and goal is to eventually buy, or receive a large donated house in the Bay Area. 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 these resources for community 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. Additional fees include 5% which we pay to our fiscal sponsorship on all income, and 3.5% platform fees for any non-check payments. If you are in need of extra assistance such as caretaking, transportation, or meal prep, please visit our CARETAKING page for more information.
Q: DO YOU OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
A: Currently we are only able to offer a sliding scale, this ends up being less than most other lodging options in Marin County, especially with all the donated extras (medical supplies, assistive devices, and often some food) we have at the house. One of our long term goals is to create a scholarship fund that folks can 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, our priority or keeping as clean a space as possible, and being able to host folks that have pet allergies.
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) have protective sleeves, thoroughly sterilized between guests or are 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 update our Amazon List of Suggested Medical Supplies. (half of the list contents are usually just the OTC’s that your doctor tells you to take). Guests are by no means obligated to purchase the listed items – this is just a complimentary service that we offer in order to support guests in only buying what they need. Any donations to our medical 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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