Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge
Birmingham, AL

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1104 Ireland Way , Birmingham, AL 35205-7001 Phone: 205-558-7860 or 1-800-227-2345

Staying With Us

Eligibility Requirements

Hope Lodge serves the cancer patient population. One cancer patient, 18 years old and older, and one adult caregiver per room are eligible to stay at Hope Lodge under the following conditions:


  • Must sign a general release and waiver of liability form
  • Must permanently reside 40 miles of more away from or have at least a one-hour commute to their treatment facility
  • Must be in active cancer treatment
  • Must have a permanent home address
  • Must be able to maintain the cleanliness of their room, kitchen/common areas or have a caregiver who is able to perform these duties
  • 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 emergency
  • Must be able to care for themselves and prepare their meals or have caregiver able to perform these tasks
  • Only one adult patient and one adult caregiver may stay in the room. More than two people per guest room is not permitted. 
  • 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 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 guests and their social workers and/or physician 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. Click here for a copy of our Referral Form.

Individuals who meet these eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, color, ethnic heritage, economic status or sexual orientation.

Admission Process Details

  • Upon arrival, all guests must complete an intake form providing various information such as name, address, diagnosis, diagnosis date, insurance type, etc. This form will also ask some information of the caregiver.
  • All guests and caregivers must sign a registration agreement of Hope Lodge rules and liability release.
  • After completion of check-in paperwork, a volunteer or staff member will give the patient and caregiver an orientation tour of the Hope Lodge so they are familiar with their new home.
  • Each guest will receive a Hope Lodge binder that will provide information about daily life at the Hope Lodge, community information, directions to the various treatment facilities, etc. It is important for the guest to review this information upon arrival to the Hope Lodge.

What To Bring and Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring:
• Toiletries – soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
• Personal groceries – The kitchens are equipped with stoves, microwave ovens, dishwashers, plates, pots/pans, and silverware so you will NOT need to bring your own dishes.
• Personal pillows – The Hope Lodge has pillows on the beds but a lot of our guests still like to have their pillows from home.
• Items you do NOT need to bring: coffee pots (two community coffee pots and coffee are available in the kitchen), cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, dishwashing detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, linens for the room – sheets, blankets, bedspreads, towels and wash clothes are supplied, alarm clock – each room has a radio/alarm clock

1. What time can I check-in?
Check-in is between 3:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. each day. The front desk closes at 10:00 p.m. each night so you must arrive prior to 10:00 p.m.

2. How many guests can stay in the guest rooms?
The adult patient and one adult caregiver may stay in the room. More than two people per guest room is not permitted.

3. Can my family stay at the Hope Lodge if I am in the hospital?
If a patient is admitted to the hospital during their stay at the facility, the guest's room will be held for up to three days. If space is available, the caregiver's stay may be extended for up to 10 days. If a new patient needs the room, the caregiver will be asked to make other housing arrangements.

4. Can my child stay with me?
Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to stay in the facility. Children are welcome to visit during visiting hours.

5. Can I have visitors?
Visitors are allowed during the hours the front desk is open (8:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m. each day). All visitors must sign in at the front desk and wear a Visitor pass.

6. Can I receive mail while I am at the Lodge?
Yes, have all mail addressed with patient’s name and the following address:
American Cancer Society Joe Lodge Griffin Hope Lodge
1104 Ireland Way
Birmingham, AL 35205

7. Is there free transportation?
The Hope Lodge with the assistance of volunteers offers a shuttle ride for guests to and from treatment. The Shuttle runs on a schedule. Following are the times the shuttles leaves the Hope Lodge each day:  8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm. The shuttle runs between 8 AM – 4PM. For clinics further than 5 miles from the Lodge the guest must be ready for pick up by 3:30. For clinics within 5 miles from the Lodge the guest must be ready for pick up by 3:45. The Shuttle does not run before 8 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. each day.

8. Will I have a refrigerator in my room?
There is not a refrigerator in the guest rooms. However, in the first floor community kitchen area there are commercial refrigerators. Each room has two designated buckets in the refrigerators. Also, in the kitchen area each room has one lockable pantry cabinet. All food and beverages (with exception of water and nutritional supplements for tube feeding) are to be stored and consumed in the first floor kitchen/dining room area.

Services Provided

The Hope Lodge offers free transportation to and from treatment between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. each day, free laundry facilities including soap, kitchen facilities and complimentary dinners at least once a week.
In addition to these practical services, the Hope Lodge offers programs to help you learn how to manage the physical, emotional and practical challenges cancer brings.

The following are some of the programs regularly held in the Hope Lodge. Unless otherwise stated, all programs are open at no cost to all cancer patients, their families and friends, to cancer survivors as well.

Look Good...Feel Better (for female cancer patients only)

Learn how to overcome the physical side effects of cancer treatment. A professional cosmetologist will show you how to enhance your appearance with make-up lessons, skin care, and wigs and scarves.

Community Hosted Dinner and Activities
Volunteer groups regularly provide dinners and/or activities such as BINGO for all Hope Lodge guests. Join us for good food, friendship and fun.

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.