American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Lois McClure-Bee Tabakin Building—Burlington
237 East Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401-3412
About Our Facility
The American Cancer Society understands that undergoing treatment for cancer can be both financially and emotionally overwhelming. Getting the right care sometimes means that cancer patients must travel far from home, often to a cancer treatment facility in another city, adding the additional burden of transportation, hotel, and meal expenses.
Hope Lodge offers free, temporary housing for cancer patients and their families who are undergoing treatment. More than a place to stay, Hope Lodge is a home away from home, offering a comfortable and supportive environment for encouragement and healing. Getting emotional and social support from other survivors can be as important as getting the proper medical care. At Hope Lodge, guests share similar experiences, and are supported by caring staff and volunteers.
- a private room including private bathroom, cable television, phone with voice mail, alarm clock, and linens
- free parking
- walking distance to Fletcher Allen Health Care
- food pantry
- laundry facility
- cancer information library
- Internet connection
- smoke-free environment
- access for persons with disabilities
- 24-hour staffing
- accommodations for immune-suppressed patients
At this time of year, our supporters often ask what they could give us that we need here at the Lodge. Here is our latest wish list:
Bleach - color safe
Cloth placemats & napkins
Coffee mugs (blue)
DVDs - recent releases
Gift cards: Hannaford & Walmart
Laundry detergent (perfume/dye free)
Storage totes (large/clear for storing blankets, holiday decorations)
Swiffer wet pads
White hand towels & washcloths
Is there a set time period on how long I can stay at Hope Lodge?
No, there is no time limit. As long as you are receiving treatment, you are welcome to remain at the lodge as our guest. Residents may remain at the Hope Lodge for an additional 24 hours following their last cancer treatment.
Does Hope Lodge have wireless capabilities?
Yes, the entire house is wireless. We also offer 3 desktop computers for guest use.
Are meals served?
We have volunteers who cook meals at Hope Lodge Sunday through Thursday nights. Through food drives at schools and companies, we often have food donated to the Lodge. We do ask that guests bring and prepare their own meals on nights not covered by a volunteer. For guests staying longer than two weeks, Meals On Wheels may be requested through the Hope Lodge manager.
Is there a charge to stay at the Lodge?
No, it is free to stay at Hope Lodge. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Are there laundry facilities?
Washer, dryers, and laundry detergent are available.
How many people can stay in a room?
Each room has 2 twin beds or a queen bed. Both also offer a single pull-out couch. No more than 3 people are allowed per room, and only one room is allowed per family.
Are children allowed?
No children under the age of 18 are allowed unless approved by the Hope Lodge Manager.
Is transportation available?
Hospital security provides transportation to and from the hospital, 24 hours a day. Volunteers provide transportation to the grocery store.
What should I bring (toilet paper, paper towels, linens, etc.)?
You should bring any personal toiletries and belongings that will make your room feel more like home. Hope Lodge provides cleaning supplies, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, and bedding in every room.
What are the hours of operation?
Hope Lodge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Can residents eat in their rooms?
No. Food and beverages are not allowed in individual rooms unless approved by the Hope Lodge Manager.
Is there a telephone with voice mail in the room?
Yes, there is a telephone with voice mail in every room.
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Lois McClure - Bee Tabakin Building, in Burlington, VT, is a stately replacement for its smaller, more humble predecessor which offered only five guest rooms and two shared bathrooms. The new facility that opened on January 22, 2008, has triple the capacity and offers a private bath with each guest suite.
Patients residing in the former Hope Lodge, just a few doors down East Avenue from the new location, were invited to become the first guests of the Lodge.
About the Name ...
A history of this Hope Lodge is incomplete without mention of the two women for whom it is named. Lois and Bee first came to know one another as next-door neighbors while summering at Cedar Beach on Lake Champlain in the 1940s. While their camps drew them close, cancer drew them even closer.
Over the six decades since they met, each woman lost a daughter to cancer. Lois's daughter, Judy, died in 1961 at the age of nine, one year after doctors discovered a kidney tumor. A room in the first Hope Lodge Burlington was dedicated in her memory. Bee's daughter, Ruth Ann Kaye, died in 1990 at the age of 42, following more than two years of treatment for lung cancer. She had three teenage children.
Their experiences with cancer didn't end there: Bee has survived two rounds of breast cancer, which was first diagnosed in 1980. Lois's husband, the late Warren 'Mac' McClure, was diagnosed with lymphoma and melanoma, and her younger sister, like Bee, twice battled breast cancer.
In the 1960s, Lois's husband was chairman of the annual American Cancer Society Crusade effort, while Bee went door to door raising money for the Society's programs of research, education, and patient services. "And I sent my kids out too," she says proudly.
In the early 1980s the Burlington community needed temporary housing for cancer patients traveling to Fletcher Allen Health Care for treatment. The American Cancer Society set out to establish a Hope Lodge in 1983, and Bee was among the first to offer help.
Two decades later, as plans began taking shape for the new building, Bee decided Lois was the person to call for help, and they met to discuss what needed to be done. "I said, 'Do you think you'd be interested in donating?'" Bee recalled. "I asked thinking she would go home and think about it, but she just said right then and there: 'Yes.'"
To Bee, it seemed natural to name the new Hope Lodge after Lois, the campaign's top donor. Lois, however, wanted the building to be named for Bee. The women quickly agreed on joint recognition.
For Lois, the decision to donate came easily, with the memory of her young daughter's death still with her each day.
"Looking at it now, you think people should take some satisfaction in how things have developed for cancer patients, but it doesn't mean we are through yet. Not by any means," she says.
Bee shares that sentiment as she talks about her dreams for the new Hope Lodge. "My real dream is to have no more cancer," she says. But until that time comes, "My dream is to have a nice place for people to stay."
In the beginning . . .
Margot Freudenberg, a Holocaust survivor who turned 103 on August 8, 2010, is the founder of the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge movement.
In 1970, Ms. Freudenberg, a longtime volunteer with the American Cancer Society, helped create the first Hope Lodge facility in her hometown of Charleston, S.C., with room for nine patients. Since that time, the American Cancer Society has created 31 Hope Lodges across the U.S.
"Margot's vision was to offer hope and a haven for people with cancer," said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., national chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. "Many cancer patients must travel away from home to receive treatment that can last weeks or months. They often struggle to manage medical bills, other financial burdens, and the emotional isolation of being away from home. The national American Cancer Society Hope Lodge network provides thousands of cancer patients with access to the best possible cancer treatment each year and the support of the Hope Lodge 'community.' I’m so honored that within Margot's lifetime, we're realizing her dream and providing services to so many people at such a critical point in their fight with this disease."
The American Cancer Society has Hope Lodges in the following cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Ala.; Boston, Buffalo, N.Y.; Burlington, VT.; Charleston, S.C.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Gainesville, Fla.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Greenville, N.C.; Hershey, Pa; Iowa City, Iowa, Kansas City, Mo.; Lexington, Ky.; Lubbock, Tex.; Marshfield, Wis.; Memphis, Tenn.; Minneapolis, MN, Nashville, Tenn., New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia., Phoenix, Rochester, Minn.; Rochester, N.Y.; St. Louis, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tampa, Fla.; and Worcester, MA.
The dedicated staff and volunteers at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Lois McClure - Bee Tabakin Building are committed to provide a caring and supportive environment for our guests and their loved ones. We are here to make your stay is as comfortable as possible, so please do not hesitate to ask for our assistance.
Angela Putnam - Hope Lodge Manager. Angela has a BFA in creative writing and a Master's Degree in counseling. She has been the Hope Lodge manager since April 2001. Her job is to ensure that cancer patients and their families have a clean, safe, comfortable, and supportive home away from home during a difficult period in their lives.
Angela says "it is a gift to work at Hope Lodge," and she credits the person she is to the people she's met and the journeys they've shared with her. "The families who stay here are really the ones who make it a home and fill it with hope," she says.
Paul Thabault, Hope Lodge Evening Manager. Paul has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, most recently as innkeeper at an upscale, ocean-front B&B in Costa Rica. "I'm very happy to be here," says Paul. "I'm putting my innkeeper skills to use for a higher purpose." Paul enjoys travel, meeting new people, tasting new food and learning about local traditions, as well as mountain and road biking, and cross-country skiing.
Amy Yavitz - Hope Lodge Associate. Amy is a 15-year cancer survivor, and since her treatment and recovery she has helped many friends and family members deal with their own cancer. This experience showed her that she has a lot to offer cancer patients, and she now takes great pleasure in working with Hope Lodge guests. As Hope Lodge Associate, Amy plays a role in every part of the guest visit. Her work, from checking patients in to coordinating volunteer support, eases the burden on cancer patients and allows them to focus on healing. Amy says she continues to be impressed by the "strength, hope, and generosity" of Lodge guests.
James Lamoy, Hope Lodge Night Manager.
Our weekend managers are: Mike Egan, Kelsi Powers, Suven Cooper, Karen Sheppard, Kayla Whitemore, Dora Greven, Carol Dembeck, and Kathleen Conlin.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers!
We are fortunate to have a large community of helpers who make the operation of Hope Lodge possible! Their energy and effort truly make the Hope Lodge a 'home away from home.'
Please contact Angela Putnam at 802.658.0649 or by email to support the Lois McClure - Bee Tabakin Building as a volunteer or donor.
Our address is:
American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Lois McClure - Bee Tabakin Building
237 East Avenue
Burlington VT 05401-3438
- From I-89 take Exit 14 West. Head west on Williston Road (US-2).
-Move to the right lane and take a slight right onto East Avenue.
-Hope Lodge is the first building on the left-hand side of the street, just past Carrigan Drive.