American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Worcester

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Worcester
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7 Oak Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-792-2985

About Our Facility

Hope Lodge Worcester, nestled on Oak Street near downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, is a patient service program of the American Cancer Society, offering free lodging and support for cancer patients traveling to Massachusetts for ongoing treatment.

Since opening its doors in 1985, the Lodge has provided help and caring by offering free, temporary lodging to thousands of cancer patients and caregivers from around the nation and around the world.

Hope Lodge Worcester offers:

  • Nine guest rooms, several with a private bath
  • A large family room with a queen bed and two twin-size beds - ideal for families
  • Gourmet kitchen with dual oven ranges and many amenities for guests to share
  • A living room with piano; a game room; and a television room
  • Computer work stations and a library
  • Private sitting areas and a courtyard garden
  • Washers, dryers, and an ironing station
  • Transportation to and from treatment centers in Boston and Worcester
  • Cancer support programs and services
  • Proximity to downtown Worcester, which offers excellent theater, concerts, many sporting events, and a world-class art museum

While the facility offers many of the comforts of home, the true magic of the Hope Lodge is the built-in support system and friendships that are formed. Other guests, facing similar circumstances, rally around each other, offering strength and comraderie. The volunteers and staff, many of whom are cancer survivors themselves, strive to create an environment in which guests can relax and concentrate on getting well.

SAVE THE DATE - 2014 EVENTS

There are a variety of exciting events taking place in the Worcester community over the next several months to support the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. Invite your family and friends to join us!

  • Looks for Hope Fashion Show: Join us - men and women - on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, for Looks for Hope, our annual fashion show to benefit the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Worcester. It will be held at the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom, College of the Holy Cross. Boutiques/Cocktails - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Welcome/Dinner - 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person, and reserved tables for 10 are $600. (Please note: If you are buying a table for 10, the payment must come as one check or multiple checks in ONE envelope.) Act soon! Reservations must be made by Thursday, October 9. Host for the evening will be comedian Stephen Donovan. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Bay State Savings Bank. For more information, call the Lodge at 508.792.2985.
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Worcester will be held Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Elm Park, at the corner of Park Avenue and Highland Street in Worcester. The inspiring walk meanders around the city’s West Side, passing by Hope Lodge Worcester along the way. For more information on participating or volunteering, visit makingstrideswalk.org/worcesterma
  • Hope for the Holidays: Sunday, Dec 7, 2014, at the Willows Barry Road Worcester. Boutique shopping and holiday event for Hope Lodge Worcester. For details call the Hope Lodge at 508.792.2985.
     

 Our History click to expand

Originally built in 1897 as a private residence by the William Inman family, the graceful Hope Lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is a perfect example of colonial revival architecture. It is located in the Lincoln Estate - Elm Park district of Worcester.

Since opening its doors in 1985, the Lodge has provided help and caring by offering free, temporary lodging to thousands of cancer patients and caregivers from around the nation and around the world.

All of our efforts at Hope Lodge Worcester are directed to ensure our guests enjoy a truly warm and welcoming 'home away from home,' a serene and healing place that will ease the difficult times.

When the American Cancer Society opened the doors of the Hope Lodge in Worcester in February of 1985, it was the first facility of its kind in Massachusetts. Harry M. Greene, MD, was vice president of the Hope Lodge Board of Governors. He explained at the time that "new medical therapies offer people with cancer more options. Unfortunately, financial and social burdens often accompany these treatments. Hope Lodge will provide a place of help and caring for these patients."

Sidney Kadish, MD, was the director of radiation oncology at St. Vincent's Hospital and the president of the Society's Greater Worcester Unit when the Lodge opened. He and Dr. Greene worked closely with many other community leaders to realize their goal. "Hope Lodge Worcester is a wonderful example of what can happen when a community comes together to accomplish things beyond the usual," said Dr. Kadish, now a radiation oncologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center. "It was one of the wonderful accomplishments of being involved with the American Cancer Society . . .they supported and encouraged us every step of the way."

 Staff & Volunteers click to expand

Staff

Our dedicated staff and volunteers at Hope Lodge Worcester are committed to providing 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. Our mission and purpose is to provide a nurturing home-like environment for our guests.

Debra Aharonian, Worcester Hope Lodge Manager

Debra Aharonian is the Hope Lodge manager. Prior to joining the staff at Hope Lodge Worcester, Debra worked as a social worker for more than 15 years. She is also a former teacher, and has a long volunteer history.
 

Dave McGrath, Worcester Hope Lodge Night Manager

Dave McGrath is the Hope Lodge night manager. Dave is also a former educator, working in special education for more than eight years.

Thank you to our volunteers

Thanks are in order to the many people, organizations, hospitals, and friends who make the operation of Hope Lodge possible. Without their support, we would not be able to have such a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer.

Special thanks to our Advisory Committee
The members of our Advisory Committee guide our success. We couldn't do what we do without them.

If you would like your organization, group, or business to support Hope Lodge Worcester, please call the Debra Aharonian, the Lodge manager, at 508.792.2985.

 

Volunteer Spotlight:  Annie Elkins

Annie Elkins
 

For more than 10 years, Mrs. Elkins has served in a volunteer capacity as the Lodge’s transportation coordinator, a role in which she sees to it that guests receive safe and comfortable rides to and from medical appointments, courtesy of the Lodge’s stable of volunteer drivers.

"Annie is just a wonderful and devoted woman,” said Debra Aharonian, Hope Lodge manager. “She has been so giving of her time, and, in addition, she makes all her memorial contributions to Hope Lodge. Simply put, I couldn’t do my job without her help.”

Mrs. Elkins, a Worcester resident who retired 16 years ago after a career in the printing industry, first learned of Hope Lodge when a friend invited her to attend the Lodge’s annual fashion show.

"I really didn’t have an accurate picture of what Hope Lodge was before I went to that fashion show,” she said. “But, once I was there and I learned more about the Lodge and what it does, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of.”

As the transportation coordinator, Mrs. Elkin does a lot of scheduling, and with that scheduling, naturally, comes juggling.

"I'm very fortunate to have worked with some outstanding volunteers,” Mrs. Elkins said. “The drivers, who are all doing it on a volunteer basis, have been great. When a scheduling conflict arises, another one will step up so that the guests will get to where they need to be. Working with other people who truly care and truly get satisfaction out of what they’re able to give back is part of why I love working at Hope Lodge.”

Mrs. Elkins also volunteers at the Worcester Jewish Community Center, and also makes time to be part of local knitting and book clubs. By making the most of her retirement, Annie Elkins is making a major difference in the lives of guests of Hope Lodge Worcester.

 Directions click to expand

Our address is:
American Cancer Society
Hope Lodge Worcester
7 Oak Street
Worcester, MA 01609

Directions to Hope Lodge Worcester

From the East (Boston): Take the Mass Pike (I-90) west to 495 north to 290 west, exit 18. Bear right off the exit ramp and continue straight for two blocks. Take a right onto Highland Street and continue up the hill. Take a left at the third light (at Sole Proprietor) onto West Street. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Elm Street, then take your first left onto Oak Street. Hope Lodge is a big yellow house on the left corner with a sign on the front lawn.

From the West: Take the Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 10, Auburn. Bear left after the tolls onto Route 290 East toward Worcester. Take Exit 17 onto Route 9 west. Take a left at the exit ramp onto Belmont Street. Continue straight and turn left at the fifth traffic light onto West Street. Then at the first light, turn left onto Elm Street. Take your first left onto Oak Street. Hope Lodge is a big yellow house on the left corner with a sign on the front lawn.

From the North: Take 495 south to 290 west. Take Exit 18 off 290. Bear right off the exit ramp (do not make a right turn which you could also do there) and continue straight for two blocks. At light take a right onto Highland Street and continue up the hill. Take a left at the fourth light (the Sole Proprietor restaurant is on you right) onto West Street. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Elm Street, then take your first left onto Oak Street. Hope Lodge is a big yellow house on the left corner with a sign on the front lawn.

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.