American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Peter M. Wege Guest House—Grand Rapids
129 Jefferson Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
About Our Facility
The Grand Rapids Hope Lodge is the first Hope Lodge in Michigan and the Society’s 25th in the country. The Hope Lodge is located in downtown Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood, just minutes from the area’s top medical facilities. Offering lodging and transportation to and from Grand Rapids cancer treatment centers free of charge, the Hope Lodge is a home-away-from-home for adult cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel to Grand Rapids for treatment.
Aside from treatment, lodging and transportation are among the highest costs associated with a cancer diagnosis. By helping to defray these costs, the Hope Lodge serves as one of the most tangible demonstrations of the American Cancer Society’s mission in the community.
Guests at the Hope Lodge have individual rooms and share common areas, such as living rooms and kitchens. The interaction with other patients, caregivers, staff, and volunteers provides for an atmosphere of hope, compassion, and friendship that is so important in the cancer journey.
The Hope Lodge, Peter M. Wege Guest House is committed to ensuring guests’ stay is as comfortable as possible. Volunteer drivers provide free transportation for patients to and from their cancer treatment appointments. While guests are expected to cook for themselves, a community meal program engages local community groups, businesses, schools, churches, and other organizations in providing weekly meals to guests. Music, yoga, arts and crafts, and various other activities are some of the activities Hope Lodge guests can enjoy during their stay. In addition, the American Cancer Society Robert & Barbara Wood West Michigan Area Service Center, located next door to the Hope Lodge, offers comprehensive cancer information, programs, and services to cancer patients and their families and is available as a resource.
If you have questions regarding the services provided, please call the Hope Lodge at 616-551-4000.
129 Jefferson Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
From the East (Lansing):
From I-496 West, merge onto I-69 North/I-966 West for about 58 miles. Take I-196/Gerald R. Ford Freeway towards Holland/Down Grand Rapids. Take exit 78 (College Ave). Turn left at College and drive about one-half mile to Fulton St. Take a right on Fulton. Drive about one-half mile and take a left on Jefferson Ave. Hope Lodge will be on the right side on the corner of Jefferson Ave. and Cherry St.
Take I-196 East to Exit 75, M-45 E/Lake Michigan Drive. Once on Lake Michigan Drive, take a slight right onto Fulton St. Stay on Fulton two miles until you come to Jefferson Ave. Take a right on Jefferson. Hope Lodge will be on the right side on the corner of Jefferson Ave. and Cherry St.
Take U.S. 31 South to I-96 East towards Lansing/Grand Rapids. Take exit 31 A to merge onto U.S. 131 South towards Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids. Drive about 4.6 miles. Take exit 84A/Wealthy Street. Turn left at Wealthy Street. Drive about four blocks, then turn left on Division Ave. Drive about three blocks, then turn right on Cherry St. Hope Lodge is on the corner of Cherry St. and Jefferson Ave.
From the North (Cadillac):
Take U.S. 131 South towards Grand Rapids. Take Exit 84A/Wealthy St. Turn left at Wealthy Street. Drive about four blocks, then turn left on Division Ave. Drive about three blocks, then turn right on Cherry St. Hope Lodge is on the corner of Cherry St. and Jefferson Ave.
From the South (Kalamazoo):
Take U.S. 131 North towards Grand Rapids. Take Exit 84B for 131 BR/Downtown. Turn right at Cherry St. SW. Drive about three blocks, then turn left at Division Ave. Take the next right onto Oakes St. SE. Drive three blocks, then turn right on Jefferson Ave. Hope Lodge is on the corner of Cherry St. and Jefferson Ave.
If you have questions regarding directions, please call the Hope Lodge at 616-551-4000.
As a volunteer-driven organization, the American Cancer Society relies heavily on volunteers to fulfill its mission. Minimal staff provide necessary infrastructure for the Hope Lodge, and dozens of volunteers contribute to its everyday operations.
Hope Lodge staff:
Brooke Ghent - Director
Mark Hutchison - Administrative Coordinator
Stacy Beene - Coordinator
Kristin Davis - Coordinator
Amanda Johnson- Coordinator
David Klinzing - Coordinator
Kathryn LoMonaco- Coordinator
Volunteers provide day-to-day services as drivers, receptionists, stagers, bakers, welcome basket coordinators, and other roles that contribute to the welfare of the Lodge and its guests.
If you have questions regarding our staff and volunteers, please call the Hope Lodge at 616-551-4000.
Over the past several years, Grand Rapids’ medical community has become a leader in medical research and a top destination for cancer treatment in the region. Because of this, and thanks to the overwhelming generosity and support from West Michigan’s philanthropic community, Grand Rapids was selected as a location for Michigan’s first Hope Lodge.
After a more than six-year campaign, the Hope Lodge Capital Campaign Committee, chaired by local community leaders Frank Merlotti, Jr. and Alex DeYonker, was successful in raising more than $6.8 million towards the construction of the Hope Lodge. Ground was broken on the Hope Lodge, Peter M. Wege Guest House in fall of 2006, and opened its doors to patients for the first time on February 3, 2008.
|Hope Lodge Capital Campaign Cabinet|
|Alex J. DeYonker, Co-Chair||Philip H. McCorkle, Jr.|
|Frank H. Merlotti, Jr., Co-Chair||Larry S. Magnesen|
|Peter C. Cook||Frank H. Merlotti, Sr.|
|Sharron Detz||James B. Meyer|
|Mark DeWys||Dan Parks|
|Joyce Durr RN BSN||Patrick M. Quinn|
|Judy Frey||Sharron J. Reynolds|
|Dr. Thomas Gribbin||Faye D. Richardson|
|James P. Hackett||Connie Szczepanek|
|Don Heeringa||James M. Teets|
|Robert Herr||M. Patricia Lacks Teets|
|J. C. Huizenga||Richard Tierney|
|Kenneth Hungerford||Mercedes T. Toohey|
|Robert R. Israels||David Van Andel|
|William B. Lettinga||Robert H. Wood|
|Hope Lodge Endorsement Council|
|Mark S. Allard||M.S. Keeler II|
|Robert H. Beaman||Vic Krause|
|Robert B. Bylenga||F. Raymer Lovell, MD|
|Margaret Cheff||Lawrence Manning, DDS|
|Peter C. Cook||Roger L. Martin|
|John S. Czachorski||James E. McKay|
|Shirley K. Daniels||Juan Olivarez|
|Joseph Daniels, MD||Sarla Puri, MD|
|Alex J. DeYonker||James J. Rosloniec|
|Robert O. Erbaugh, DDS||Peter M. Wege|
|Henry A. Fox, Jr.||James E. Werts|
|Mark Hoffhines||John L. Wiener, Sr.|
|Leonard M. Hoffius||Robert H. Wood|
|John Jackoboice||Michael H. Zakem, MD|
Thanks to the generosity of West Michigan’s philanthropic community, the Hope Lodge opened February 3, 2008 and has been serving patients from all across Michigan and beyond ever since.
If you have any questions about the history of Hope Lodge, please call 616-551-4000.