American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania—Hershey
About Our Facility
Welcome to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania, Hershey, PA
At the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania, we understand that undergoing treatment for cancer can be both financially and emotionally overwhelming. For some, treatment at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center provides the greatest hope, but requires that they be far from home, adding the additional burden of travel and lodging expenses. That is why the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in the central Pennsylvania area.
Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be.
Getting emotional and social support from other survivors can be as important as getting the proper medical care. At the Hope Lodge, patients live with other people going through similar experiences, and are supported by caring staff and volunteers. The nurturing, comfortable environment at Hope Lodge allows patients to focus on what is most important - fighting cancer.
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
The Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania in Hershey, PA is a tangible reflection of the American Cancer Society's commitment to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their loved ones. Hope Lodge facilities are a "home away from home" made available at no cost to patients undergoing active outpatient treatment for cancer.
Hope Lodge Facility
The Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania in Hershey, Pennsylvania offers:
- 14 guest rooms with private half baths in each room
- Television with cable in each room
- Common kitchen area with ovens, sinks, and stovetops
- A living room with fireplace and a large television
- Computer work station and a small library
- Private screen porch facing a courtyard garden
- Washers and dryers
- Transportation to and from treatment provided by Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
While the facility offers many of the comforts of home, the true magic of the Hope Lodge is the inviting atmosphere. Other guests, facing similar circumstances, rally around each other, offering strength and support. The volunteers and staff, many of whom are cancer survivors, strive to create an environment where guests can relax and concentrate on getting well.
From the West, PA Turnpike:
East on PA Turnpike, take exit 19 to I-283 North (straight ahead). Get into the right lane and follow signs to Hershey Rt. 322 East. As you begin to come into Hershey, 322 and Rt. 422 come together and 322 exits to the right. Do not exit. Go approximately 1/2 mile past exit for 322 and turn right onto Lucy Avenue (just past Isaac's Restaurant). Turn left at the Hope Lodge sign.
From the East, PA Turnpike:
West on PA Turnpike, take exit 20. After toll, at the stop sign turn left onto Rt. 72. Follow to 322 West toward Hershey, left lane. Follow 322 West into Hershey. Hershey Medical Center will be on your left. Turn right at traffic light at Lucy Avenue, one light past the entrance to the hospital. Turn right at the Hope Lodge sign.
From the North, US Rt. 81:
South on Rt 81, exit onto Rt. 39 South (Manada Hill). At exit ramp turn left onto Rt. 39. At next light, Hersheypark Drive, turn right. Follow Hersheypark Drive until you come to the first light. You will see Bob Evans restaurant on your right. Get into the left lane and follow sign for 322 East/Ephrata. Follow to first traffic light (Lucy Avenue) turn left. Turn right at the Hope Lodge sign.
From the South, Rt. 83:
North on Rt. 83, follow to Rt. 322 east. Follow 322 East into Hershey. As you come into Hershey, Rt 322 and 422 come together and 322 exits to the right. Do not exit. Go approximately 1/2 mile past the exit for 322 and turn right onto Lucy Avenue, just past Isaac's restaurant. Turn left at the Hope Lodge sign.
From State College, Rt. 322:
East on 322, follow into Hershey. As you come into Hershey, 322 and Rt. 422 come together and 322 exits to the right. Do not exit. Go approximately 1/2 mile past the exit for 322 and turn right onto Lucy Avenue, just past Isaac's restaurant. Turn left at the Hope Lodge sign.
From Harrisburg International Airport:
When leaving the airport parking lot - take a left and follow signs to Rt. 283 Harrisburg. (This is a feeder road to 283 both East and West). Do not go east to Lancaster. When you drive onto 283 going west, it will turn north towards Harrisburg. Go approximately 5-7 miles (get in right lane). Take the Hershey Exit Rts 422/322 combined. You will be going east towards Hershey. Go approximately 8-10 miles toward Hershey. Rt 322 splits off. Stay on Rt. 422. Just after the split, you will see Isaac's restaurant. Turn right onto Lucy Avenue, just past Isaac's restaurant. Turn left at the Hope Lodge sign.
Staff and Volunteers
The dedicated staff and volunteers at the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania located in Hershey, Pennsylvania are committed to provide a caring and supportive environment for our guests and their loved ones. We are here to make your stay as comfortable as possible, so please do not hesitate to ask for our assistance.
Andrea Young, CHP is the Hope Lodge Manager and a Certified House Professional. She has many years of experience in the non-profit sector, including management development, outreach, and strategic planning. Andrea is passionate about her job and her commitment to the mission of the American Cancer Society. Andrea is proud to serve as your Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania Manager.
Here are a few other members of the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania family:
MICHAEL ZEIGLER …………….…… DAY COORDINATOR
CAROLYN ANTONETTY………........ RESIDENT COORDINATOR
ALEXIS GRAHAM……………….........WEEKEND COORDINATOR
CHRISTINA COAN.............…..…......WEEKEND COORDINATOR
CAROL ROZANSKI……………..........WEEKEND COORDINATOR
TAMMY MCELFRESH……….......…...WEEKEND COORDINATOR
PEDRO ANTONETTY……........……...WEEKEND COORDINATOR
TONI CRAWFORD..……………..........WEEKEND COORDINATOR
Our mission and purpose is to provide a nurturing "home away from home" for our guests. We look forward to serving you in the future and invite each of you to visit us at the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania!
Thank you to the volunteers at the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania.
Thanks are in order to the many people, organizations, and friends who make the operation of Hope Lodge possible. Without their support, we would not be able to make such a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer. If you would like for your organization, group or business to join us by participating in a volunteer opportunity at Hope Lodge, please call us at 717.533.5111.
Recognizing the increased need for affordable housing for cancer patients, the American Cancer Society aimed to open a Hope Lodge in Hershey Pennsylvania in the 1980s. Already owning the land, the American Cancer Society conducted a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds. In 1988, the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania opened in Hershey.
Since opening its doors, the Hope Lodge has provided over 60,000 nights of free lodging to more than 20,000 patients. The 14-room facility offers free lodging and there is free transportation to treatment facilities for Hope Lodge guests through the shuttle service provided by the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Some of the amenities of the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania include: a common kitchen, dining room, private parking, gardens, and laundry facilities.
It is with donated funds from individuals, corporations and medical facilities that the Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania is able to provide a place where medical treatment can be the first focus for the patient and family, and they can be free from worrying about the costs of lodging.