Gainesville Hope Lodge
The American Cancer Society Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge
2121 SW 16th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608-1417
Since 1986 the Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge in Gainesville has been providing a free place to stay for cancer patients. Last year, the Lodge provided 11,000 nights of free housing to more than 400 patients, which saved them more than $1 million in hotel fees. Without the burden of paying for lodging, residents are able to focus on what is most important: getting well.
The Lodge features 43 suites consisting of sitting area, a bedroom and private full bathroom. In addition, there are three rooms that meet ADA requirements for patients with disabilities. Here, they can rest quietly and comfortably while receiving daily outpatient treatment for cancer. Linens, towels, housekeeping items and laundry facilities are provided.
Residents purchase and prepare their own food in one of six fully equipped kitchens. We ask that all food be enjoyed in one of several community dining areas so that suites can be kept as clean as possible. Only water is allowed out of the dining areas.
There are two family rooms with cable television, a book and DVD lending library, a “Serenity Room” that offers a quiet place to reflect and meditate, a climate controlled Sun Room, an outside dining patio and a lovely garden area with hammocks, gazebos and a Butterfly Garden.
We know it is important for residents and caregivers to keep in touch with friends, family and work. Each suite is equipped with high-speed Intenet and all common areas provide access to WiFi. There is also a public computer accessible 24/7.
The Hope Lodge helps address emotional needs by offering a supportive community where patients and caregivers can share experiences with others who are facing similar challenges. The Lodge is supported entirely by private donations.
Hope Lodge strives to maintain a secure environment for your safety and protection. Business hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends and holidays. All exit doors are secured at 9 p.m. each night and re-open at 6:30 a.m. A manager is on site nights and weekends to assist with medical or personal emergencies should they occur after hours.
To stay at the Lodge a person must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be undergoing daily cancer treatment as an outpatient from one of the area medical facilities at least four consecutive days per week.
- Live 40 miles or further from the cancer treatment center.
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Be able to move from bed to bath to kitchen via walker, wheelchair or independently.
- Be able to provide a government issued identification with a photo.
- Complete the registration/evaluation process in person.
A caregiver may be required if staff deem it necessary for a resident to be safe. Caregivers are .mandatory for patients who have received a Bone Marrow Transplant or who are receiving treatment for brain cancer.
The American Cancer Society is a volunteer organization. You will be required to complete and application form and attend a one-hour orientation. A background check will be completed on all administrative and receptionist volunteers.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Receptionist/Administrative Volunteers - As vital members of the Hope Lodge team, these volunteers provide support and assistance to patients and caregiver as well as office and clerical support services for the Hope Lodge. They provide assistance answering incoming calls, greeting visitors, preparing information and support materials for mailings, entering data, helping with printing and duplication services, filing records and documents and making phone calls.
Dinner Volunteers - After a long day of cancer treatment and medical visits many Lodge residents and caregivers are eager for respite. Church groups, service clubs and others can assist by preparing and serving a meal on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 50 or more people.
Entertainment Volunteers - Entertainment and recreational pastimes makes the time go faster when you are away from home. If you have a group of six to eight people, you may want to offer a game night, entertainment or an activity that people can do in a group setting.
Event Volunteers - There is a certain skill in tabling at events and we have several times during the year when we can use your help in talking about volunteering for the Hope Lodge. If you are a student at UF or SFC or a retired senior, you may find this low-commitment task perfect for you.
Are you a master gardener, a retired carpenter, a librarian, a webmaster, or someone who Facebook expert? If you have a skill that matches are need and are looking for a short time project we can use your talents. For more information about volunteer opportunities contact Pat Bellis, AA/Volunteer Coordinator
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information or to make a donation contact:
Nancy Dohn, Director
Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge
2121 SW 16th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608-1417