OUR GOALS: To provide safe, affordable lodging, and supportive services to transmasculine individuals going through the process of gender confirmation surgery. Our big picture goal is to eventually own a house in the bay area so that we may accommodate more individuals, and bring back the vision of shared communal surgery passages. Currently, Quest House only has one bedroom – but hoping that changes next year!
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 had the privilege of being the very first guest of what would ultimately evolve into Quest House. He went on to grow Quest House to a 2 bedroom in Sausalito, and then a 5 bedroom in Pacifica. Unfortunately, Quest House 2.0 shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hans Dylan had had the privilege of staying at both Quest House 1.0 and 2.0 and fell in love with the magic of healing with other people going through lower surgery. He knew he wanted to be involved in community work, and decided to bring Quest House back. Currently, Quest House is located in Oakland CA and has one bedroom (either for one person, one person and a caretaker, or two folks recovering from surgery). Our goal next year is to go to either a two or even better, three bedroom! Besides lodging, we offer post-operative caregiving, transportation, wound care, and support in any way we can.
Q:WHO RUNS QUEST HOUSE?
A: Quest House is currently run by Hans Dylan; a transmasculine individual that has been in transition for over 7 years, and went through top surgery in 2015, a hysterectomy in 2016, and a phalloplasty in 2018. He recovered from lower surgery in the initial Quest House 1.0 and 2.0 and it is was an incredibly transformative experience for him. After the Quest House shutdown due to COVID-19, it was clear to Hans that he wanted to get it back up and running and give back to his community for all they’ve given him.
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 any kind of gender affirmation surgery.
Q:CAN I STAY AT QUEST HOUSE IF I’M HAVING META OR A RELATED PROCEDURE?
A: Absolutely! We offer lodging for folks having a variety of procedures, whether that be revisions, implants, or top surgeries.
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 $70-115. Guests self-select an amount along the scale as a nightly rate. This amount covers your lodging +1 person if you are traveling with a caretaker. If you are in need of extra assistance such as caretaking or transportation, please visit our CARETAKING page for more information.
Q: IS QUEST HOUSE A NON-PROFIT?
A: Quest House is working to become part of a non-profit again.
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 the bay area, especially with all the donated extras we have at the house. We are in the process of setting up a scholarship fund.
Q: CAN I BRING MY PET WITH ME?
A: We love animals! However, currently we can not accommodate any animals. We have a lovely cat named Holly who lives with us. She is very sweet and chill, but unfortunately this space probably is not the ideal situation for those with severe cat allergies. We keep Holly out of the guest room and clean the space before every guest so folks with mild allergies should be okay. The goal for 2022 is to upgrade to a house once again, where keeping animals separate will be doable once again.
Q:WILL I HAVE THE WHOLE HOUSE TO MYSELF?
A: This Quest House functions differently than 1.0 and 2.0 as we only have one room. We encourage folks having surgeries at the same time who would like to room together, to do so! This helps create that community feel while cutting down lodging costs even further. The 2022 goal for Quest House is to get a larger apartment, or house, to bring back more of that communal healing energy.
Q: ARE THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN THE HOUSE FREE?
A: Yes! Our medical supplies have arrived at our house from a variety of methods: purchased with house funds, generously donated by supporters and previous guests. 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 we make a list to identify what we are low on or out of. We then give this list of items to folks that will be arriving next. Guests are by no means obligated to purchase the suggested 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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