Sandra J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Rochester, MN

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411 Second Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
507-529-4673 or 800-227-2345

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

Jammie McGuire
Hope Lodge Manager

jammie.mcguire@cancer.org
507.529.4673 ext 103

Jenni Karau
Hope Lodge Assistant Manager

jenni.karau@cancer.org
507.529.4673 ext 106

Staying With Us

At the Hope Lodge, each guest has their own room which all have a private bath 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 Rochester. We would be happy to recommend a grocery store or other places to do your shopping.


 Eligibility Requirements click to expand
  • Patient is free of any communicable diseases and determined as non-infectious by treating physician.
  • Patient and support person are adults (18 years or over)
  • Patient is able to take care of their own personal living needs or be accompanied by an adult who can assist them.
  • Three night minimum stay (if the patient is currently enrolled in a clinical trial/study, please contact the Hope Lodge BEFORE making the referral).
  • Patient is undergoing active outpatient cancer treatment or therapy at least three (3) times per week.
  • One room per family (two adults maximum) are allowed per room.
  • Smoking and alcohol are PROHIBITED in the Hope Lodge and on the grounds.
  • A minimum of 45 miles out-of-town travel to Rochester.

     

 Admission Process click to expand

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. 90 minutes.


The Hope Lodge guest must be present at the time of his/her check in.

 Overview of Services click to expand

Services provided:

  • All rooms equipped with high speed internet, TV, VCR, and DVD players. Wide assortment of movies available in our library.
  • All linens and towels are provided
  • Eight full kitchens complete with dishes, utensils, small appliances, etc.
  • Fitness room
  • Game room & family lounge area with foosball & pool tables, board games, puzzles, big screen TV, pop machine
  • Many other lounge areas all with large-screen televisions, magazines, books, games, and puzzles
  • Two libraries with various books and audio books
  • Computer lab with full internet access and printer
  • Wireless computer access on the main level of the Lodge
  • Faxes and copies made at no charge
  • Coin operated laundry
  • Iron, ironing board, and sewing machine in laundry room
  • Three outdoor patios with chairs and tables
  • Gas grills
  • 24/7 coffee area with cookies & bars
  • Breast cancer support group
  • Caregivers Conversations support group
  • Look Good, Feel Better®
  • Weekly potluck dinners
  • Occasional evening meals served by local organizations
  • Mediation services led by a local hospital chaplain
  • Magic Shows monthly
  • Bingo monthly
  • Breast cancer support group
  • Brain tumor support group
  • Weekly potluck dinners
  • Musical groups and social events
  • Caregivers Conversation – support group for caregivers only
 What To Bring click to expand

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. Every room is equipped with two Select Comfort Sleep Number beds - one double bed and one twin bed. Linens and towels are also provided.

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 Rochester. We would be happy to recommend a grocery store or other places to do your shopping.

 Frequently Asked Questions click to expand
  1. Do doctor appointments and/or blood tests count as cancer “treatment”?
    While you may be having these types of appointments as your cancer treatment, our guidelines are still “outpatient cancer treatment or therapy at least three times a week”.
  2. Do we have to make & provide our own meals?
    Yes, you will need to provide and make your own meals. You may either bring your 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 or other places 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 support person 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 as often you’d like.
  4. Do you have handicap accessible rooms?
    Yes. The entire Hope Lodge building and all of our rooms are designated as handicap accessible.
  5. If I go home or travel on the weekends, do I lose my room?
    No. You may come and go as often as you like, just as if you were at your own home.
  6. How much does it cost to stay at the Hope Lodge?
    There is no charge 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

Download the Summer 2010 Newsletter

Download the Spring 2009 Newsletter

Friday, July 15th - 6:30pm - Olmsted County Relay for Life at Rochester Community & Technical College.
For more information, please contact Ross Messick, ross.messick@cancer.org.

The Sandra J Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Reunion is held every June.
Please check back for more details.

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.