American Cancer Society Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge
Decatur, GA

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1552 Shoup Court , Decatur, GA 30033 Phone: 404-327-9200

About Our Facility

The Atlanta Hope Lodge offers:

  • 52 guest suites with private baths
  • 8 Common kitchen areas with deep sinks, stove tops, and 6 double ovens
  • Coach Bobby Cremins Activity room with grand piano, a game/activity area, billiard table and a large screen television room
  • Computer work stations and a library
  • Private sitting areas and a courtyard garden
  • Two sets of high efficiency washers and dryers on each floor
  • Transportation to and from treatment centers and hospitals
  • Cancer support programs and services

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.

If you would like more information, or want to tour the facility, please contact Danny Sheltz at 404-327-9200 or 

 If you are an individual or organization interested in supplying a program or donating a meal for our guests, please contact Kim Cole-Floyd at 404-327-9200 ext. 108 or

Our History

Recognizing the increased need for affordable housing for cancer patients, the American Cancer Society opened a Hope Lodge in Atlanta. Emory University generously donated the land, and the American Cancer Society raised the additional funds from organizations, companies, and individuals. In 1998 the Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge opened in Atlanta, Ga.

Since opening its doors in 1998, the Atlanta Hope Lodge has provided more than 150,000 nights of free lodging to more than 8,000 patients and caregivers.

The 52-room facility offers free lodging as well as free transportation to treatment facilities for Hope Lodge guests. Some of the amenities of the Atlanta Hope Lodge include: a common kitchen, dining room, a business center, gardens, and laundry facilities.

It is with donated funds from individuals, corporations and medical facilities that the Atlanta Hope Lodge 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.

Staff and Volunteers

Danny Sheltz is the Atlanta Hope Lodge Director. He comes to the American Cancer Society with over 20 years of corporate coaching and leading not-for-profit organizations influencing young people as a motivational speaker, crisis counselor, and leadership trainer. You will see Danny walking the halls of the Hope Lodge with many "high-fives" and handshakes encouraging guests in their time of need. He takes care of the staff and volunteers while managing finances and facility use on a daily basis.

Here are a few other members of the Atlanta Hope Lodge family:

Kimberly Cole-Floyd serves as the Assistant Director that covers the night shift from Sunday evening to Friday morning. Kimberly comes to us from Phoenix Center Micasa Group Home where she managed a staff of 12 employees and 20 residents in a substance abuse group home for women and children. Kimberly is a great asset to our team as she has much experience in developing treatment plans for each of the residents, planning and organizing the activities for the house, facilitating weekly sessions with all of the residents to discuss house issues, insuring that all house rules were followed by staff and residents, and handling any conflicts that arises. Kimberly and her husband are former guests at the Atlanta Hope Lodge in 2008. She understands the dynamics of the Lodge as her husband under went treatments. She is a strong supporter of Relay For Life and has volunteered many years to ensure its success in our area. She is highly organized and loves going the extra mile on putting her special touches on creating peaceful environments.

Marie Fairnot and Cathy Lewis serve as the transportation coordinators. They bring experience in caring for guests and a commitment to offer the best service to our guests. They are responsible for ensuring the safe arrival of guests to and from their treatment centers.

Brian Pirkle serves as the Guest Services Coordinator.

CaTiffaney Banks, Wiffi Harris, Marc Holmes, Kala Hurst, Lucretia Jackson, and Derrick Thomas assist the operations manager as they serve as weekend managers. Their loving support is evident to all as there is never a time at the Atlanta Hope Lodge where there is not a staff person on campus. They are here to serve you.

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 Atlanta Hope Lodge!

Thank you ... to the volunteers at the Atlanta Hope Lodge

Thanks are in order to the many people, organizations, hospitals and friends who make the operation of Hope Lodge possible. We always have opportunities at Guest Services, House Cleaning, Community Service, and Volunteer Dinners.  With out their support, we would not be able provide such a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer.  Join the fight for more birthdays, by calling 404.327.9200 for volunteering.


American Cancer Society
Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge
1552 Shoup Court
Decatur, GA 30033

From the North

Take I-85 South to Clairmont Road (Exit 91). Turn left on Clairmont Road and follow it approximately 3 miles. After you pass the Veterans' Hospital (on right), turn right on Starvine Way (entering Emory University Clairmont Campus). Turn right immediately on Dooley Drive, at stop sign turn right on Shoup Court. Hope Lodge is on the left.

From the South

Take I-85 North to Clairmont Road (Exit 91). Turn right on Clairmont Road and follow it approximately 3 miles. After you pass the Veterans' Hospital (on right), turn right on Starvine Way (entering Emory University Clairmont Campus). Turn right immediately on Dooley Drive, at stop sign turn right on Shoup Court. Hope Lodge is on the left.

From the East or West

Approaching from the east or west via I-20, take the Moreland Avenue (North Exit). Turn North on Moreland Avenue and follow it approximately 3 miles, at which point it becomes Briarcliff Road. Continue straight on Briarcliff Road approximately 2 miles to North Decatur Road. Turn right and follow North Decatur Road 1 mile to the Oxford Road intersection. Continue on through that intersection on North Decatur Road approximately 1 mile further and turn left on Clairmont Road. Go 1/2 mile and turn left on Starvine Way (entering Emory University Clairmont Campus). Turn right immediately on Dooley Drive, at stop sign turn right on Shoup Court. Hope Lodge is on the left.

From the Airport

Hartsfield International Airport is located in the Southwest section of the city, approximately 30 minutes from Hope Lodge. If you are driving from the airport to Hope Lodge, take I-85 North and follow the directions for "From the South."

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.