American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Dallas
Expected ground-breaking in 2017!
For current lodging needs or more information,
please call the American Cancer Society National
Cancer Information Center at 1-800-227-2345.
Please donate to help build the Dallas Hope Lodge.
Contact campaign director Deidre Bacala at
214-336-1548 for more information.
Dallas, TX – Where Hope Begins
The American Cancer Society has a long history of providing lifesaving programs and services and is committed to improving quality of life for patients and their families. Getting the right care sometimes means cancer patients must travel away from home, often to a cancer treatment facility in another city, which places even more of an emotional and financial burden during what is already a challenging time.
The American Cancer Society is trying to make this difficult situation easier for cancer patients and their families through Hope Lodges – free, temporary housing facilities for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment. But Hope Lodges are more than just a place to stay – they provide a home-like nurturing environment, so patients can get support from others going through the same experience. A cancer survivor’s recovery involves much more than medical treatments; it takes hope to heal. Hope Lodge offers the warmth and security of home in a setting where the love and encouragement of others enlighten and inspire guests. At Hope Lodge, guests rally around each other, building life-affirming connections and lifetime friendships.
Hope Lodge is also a place to learn about cancer and how best to fight the disease. Guests have access to the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour toll-free call center, Web site, and comprehensive on-site libraries full of information. At Hope Lodge, cancer patients and their loved ones are armed with the vital information to help them make informed decisions.
In addition to a comfortable and resourceful environment, Hope Lodge also provides convenient accommodations such as private rooms and bathrooms, with space for a family member or caregiver. Lodges offer kitchen facilities and rooms for gathering to watch TV or to share encouragement. Transportation to nearby treatment is also provided through the Lodges. A complete listing of Hope Lodge locations can be found at cancer.org/hopelodge.
Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when home is far away - an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others.
The American Cancer Society is delighted to be in partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health to bring Hope Lodge to the Dallas area. The Baylor University Medical Center campus location offers easy access to all of the city’s major cancer treatment centers.
The Dallas Hope Lodge will include:
- 50 suites for patients and caregivers in 40,000 square feet of space
- Communal kitchen and living area
- 24-hour staffing and onsite parking
- Hope Lodge Dallas will be a four-story building and the American Cancer Society Dallas office will be a two-story, 15,000 square feet building adjacent to Hope Lodge on the same property
Hope Lodge Dallas was designed by internationally known architectural firm Perkins+Will.
Several community partners have already shown their support of this exciting and life-changing service to cancer patients in the Greater Dallas area. Special thanks to all of our foundation and corporate early lead supporters!
It is important to the community that as many donors invest in the success of the campaign as is possible. You can make a financial contribution to support the building of the Hope Lodge Dallas online or through our campaign office.
To receive a naming opportunity for your gift of $100,000 and above, please click on the "Name Recognition Opportunities" tab below or you may contact Deidre Bacala directly at 214-336-1548 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make a donation now, please visit our online donation form. If you prefer to mail your gift, please send your completed donation or pledge form to:
American Cancer Society
Shared SVC Business Center
8400 Silver Crossing
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
Checks should be made out to American Cancer Society with a memo or accompanying letter stating that the gift is for Hope Lodge Dallas. Credit cards accepted include: American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover.
American Cancer Society Inc. is a 501c3 organization; federal tax id #13-1788491. Your donation is deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. Please consult with your tax advisor regarding specific questions you may have regarding tax deductions.
|Dallas Hope Lodge|
|Hope Lodge Building||$10,000,000|
|Hope Lodge Campus||$5,000,000 (committed)|
|First Floor Main Lobby||$2,000,000 (committed)|
|Kitchens (5)||$500,000 each|
|Private Meeting Room||$250,000|
|Meditation Room||$100,000 (committed)|
|Patient Floor 2||$1,000,000|
|Patient Floor 3||$1,000,000|
|Patient Floor 4||$1,000,000|
|Guest Suites (50)||$100,000 (3 committed)|
|Hope Lodge Outdoor Spaces|
|Healing Garden||$1,000,000 (committed)|
|Butterfly Garden||$250,000 (committed)|
|Outdoor Patio||$100,000 (hold)|
|American Cancer Society Regional Offices|
Deidre Bacala, Campaign Director
Who is eligible to stay at a Hope Lodge?
In general, Hope Lodge is available to patients and caregivers actively undergoing cancer treatment on an outpatient basis. Patients must live at least 40 miles or a one-hour drive time away from the treatment facility. Patients must be at least 18 years old (exceptions are made at some locations) and be independently mobile in the event of an emergency. Patients are not screened for any financial or demographic criteria.
How much does it cost to stay at Hope Lodge?
There is no cost to stay at any American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
What kind of environment can I expect at Hope Lodge?
Hope Lodge offers private guest rooms and bathrooms. Each facility is designed for a shared experience in every other aspect of life. Lodges feature common areas, including full kitchens, laundry facilities, cancer resource rooms, and areas for quiet reflection. Hope Lodge is a place where you can count on emotional support from other patients and caregivers who also are undergoing treatment. Guests rally around each other, building life-affirming connections and lifetime friendships.
What is the average length of stay?
The average length of stay for patients and caregivers is six to eight weeks.
How many people have been served by the Hope Lodge network?
In 2015, the Hope Lodge program served 44,000 cancer patients and their caregivers, saving an estimated $36 million in hotel expenses.
How are Hope Lodge locations funded?
Donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations provide the necessary funds for Hope Lodge expenses, allowing patients and caregivers to stay free of charge.
When was the first Hope Lodge founded?
Founded by Margot Freudenberg, the first Hope Lodge opened in 1970 in Charleston, S.C.