The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Minneapolis

Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Minneapolis
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2500 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-379-6352 or 800-227-2345

If you would like more information,
or want to tour the facility, please contact

Mary Wiles
Hope Lodge Manager
612.379.6352 x103

Debbie Nelson
Hope Lodge Assistant Manager
612.379.6352 x104

Staying With Us

At the Hope Lodge, each guest has their own room which all have a private sower that is also handicap accessible. Every room is equipped with two Select Comfort Sleep Number beds - one double bed and one twin bed. Linens and towels are also provided.

If you are coming to stay here at the Hope Lodge you only need to bring your medications, toiletries, and any other personal items you may need during your stay. You will also need to provide your own meals. You may either bring your groceries with you or you can do your shopping once you get to the Twin Cities. We would be happy to recommend a grocery store or other places to do your shopping.

 Eligibility Requirements click to expand

Hope Lodge serves an adult cancer patient population. Adult cancer patients and one adult caregiver are eligible to stay at Hope Lodge under the following conditions:


  • Must sign a general release and waiver of liability
  • Must permanently reside 40 miles or more away from their treatment facility
  • Transplant patients must reside 30 miles away from treatment facility
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be in active cancer treatments
  • Must have an end date for their treatment
  • Must have a permanent home address
  • Must be able to find or provide transportation to and from cancer treatment
  • Must be mobile
  • Must be able to maintain the cleanliness of their room, kitchen/common areas
  • Must provide written confirmation from a physician that they are free of infectious or communicable diseases
  • Must be able to evacuate the building in case of an emergency
  • Must be able to care for themselves and prepare their meals
  • IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL PATIENTS HAVE A CAREGIVER. Any patient staying without a caregiver must have a signed physician consent letter stating that the patient is mobile, able to stay alone and care for him/herself.
  • Bone Marrow Transplant and brain cancer patients and guests in wheelchairs are required to have a caregiver with them at all times
  • Staff will assess on an ongoing basis guests’ ability to care for themselves. Staff will speak to the guest and their social workers and/or physicians for their input. If a guest is staying alone and becomes unable to care for him/herself or becomes a burden to other guests or caregivers, he/she will be required to secure a caregiver or leave the Lodge.
  • Individuals who meet these eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, gender, color, heritage, economic status or sexual orientation.

Hope Lodge will be available to qualified guests for a maximum of three months during any given treatment cycles. After this time, managers should evaluate the guest’s situation with the referral source to determine if a longer stay is needed. Each guest will receive a private room, which would accommodate him/her and one adult caregiver. All guests must follow staff instruction.

 Admission Process click to expand

Contact Debbie Nelson, Hope Lodge Assistant Manager,, 612.379.6352 x104 for a Hope Lodge Request Form.


When a room becomes available, the Hope Lodge staff will call the next person on the waiting list.

After arriving at the Hope Lodge, the new guest will go thru the process of paperwork & tour - that generally takes approx. 45 minutes.
The Hope Lodge guest must be present at the time of his/her check in.

 Overview of Services click to expand

Our lodge provides our guests with many great features:

  • All rooms equipped with high speed internet
  • We provide all linens and towels
  • Six fully equipped kitchens complete with dishes, utensils, small appliances, etc.
  • Fitness Room
  • Meditation/Chapel Room
  • Library , Videos, DVDs, puzzles and games
  • Computers and printers with internet accessibility
  • Wireless access
  • Four TV rooms with big screen TV and DVD, Wide assortment of movies available
  • Cancer Support Groups:  Caregiver, Head & Neck, Post Bone Marrow Transplant, Breast, Kidney and Pancreatic
  • Free laundry facilities on each floor - guests must provide High Efficiency laundry detergent
  • Iron and ironing board in laundry area
  • Outdoor patio with tables and chairs
  • Gas Grills
  • Coffee/tea bar
  • Look Good...Feel Better
  • Bingo Night
  • Occasional evening meals served by local organizations
  • Game Nights
  • Occasional evenings with musical entertainment
 What to Bring click to expand

When staying at The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge guests should bring the following items:

  • Clothing
  • Groceries
  • Laundry clothing
  • Small TV and an antenna for your room if you do not want to utilize one of our TV lounges
  • Data cable to hook up your personal computer in your rooms if you do not want to utilize our computer room. Wireless is available on the 1st floor
  • Cell Phone or phone card, no long distance calls on phones in room
 Frequently Asked Questions click to expand
  1. Do doctor appointments and/or blood tests count as “cancer treatment”?
    Guests receiving ongoing consecutive cancer treatments are eligible to stay at the Hope Lodge. Other patients receiving non-treatment related appointments may be accepted based on occupancy and at manager’s approval.
  2. Are meals provided?
    Guests will need to provide and make their own meals. You may either bring you groceries with you or you can do your shopping once you get to the Hope Lodge. We would be happy to recommend a grocery store to do your shopping. Often times. Local community groups will come in and serve a meal during the week to all of the guests.
  3. Am I allowed to have more than one caregiver stay with me at a time?
    No, we only allow the guest and the registered support person to stay at the Hope Lodge. However, your support person can change during your stay.
  4. Can my children visit me at the Lodge?
    Children are welcome to visit at the Lodge on our community floors, however only registered adult guests are allowed to stay overnight at the Lodge. Visiting Hours are between 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Hope Lodge guests are responsible for their visitors while at the Lodge.
  5. Do you have handicapped rooms?
    Yes. We have specific rooms designated as handicap accessible; however all of our rooms are accessible.
  6. Do you have housekeeping?
    Guests are responsible for the general cleaning of their rooms during the course of their stay. Cleaning supplies are provided in the housekeeping rooms for guests use. The community rooms of the lodge are cleaned daily by housekeeping and each room is thoroughly cleaned when guests check out of the Lodge.
  7. Do I need to bring sheets and towels?
    Sheets and towels are provided to you. Guests are responsible to launder sheets and towels as needed.
  8. Do you have computers and/or internet service?
    The lodge has a computer room on the lower level with access to the internet. If you would like to bring your own computer, there is internet access in your room. Please bring a data cable to hook up in your room. Wireless is available.
  9. Does it matter what hospital I go to for treatment?
    No, any patient traveling 40 miles or more to the Twin Cites for treatment is eligible to stay at the Hope Lodge.
  10. How do I register to stay at the Hope Lodge?
    Your physician will need to fill out a Hope Lodge referral form.
  11. If I go home or travel on the weekends, do I lose my room?
    No, you may come and go on the weekends. As long as you are still receiving ongoing cancer treatment you do not need to check out of the Lodge.
  12. How much does it cost to stay at the Hope Lodge?
    There is no cost to stay at the Hope Lodge. All Hope Lodges are supported and funded through donated time and money.
 News and Events/Reunions click to expand

Newsletters are sent out twice a year. Please contact the Hope Lodge at 612.379.6352 to receive your copy.


Residency at a Hope Lodge facility is a courtesy extended at the sole discretion of American Cancer Society. All individuals who meet the Hope Lodge eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, citizenship, physical disability, gender, color, ethnic heritage, veteran status, economic status, or sexual orientation. For admissions information, please select a Hope Lodge location.