American Cancer Society Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge—
Staying With Us
To stay at the Hope Lodge, you must be 18 years or older and be undergoing cancer treatment on an out-patient basis at least three consecutive days per week. A permanent home address is also required. To be eligible patients must reside 40 miles or further from Gainesville or have a minimum commute time of one hour.
The Hope Lodge is an independent-living facility and does not provide medical care. To stay at the Lodge you must be able to manage all aspects of self-care, such as providing and preparing your own meals, doing your laundry and maintaining your suite.
Caregivers are strongly encouraged and are required if you are receiving radiation to the brain, have a history of seizures or have other medical issues that may prevent you from being able to live alone safely. You may be required to have a caregiver if the Hope Lodge staff determine your safety is compromised without one. Only one caregiver is allowed overnight, however caregivers can alternate as frequently as necessary
The Hope Lodge is not able to provide lodging to anyone who is on probation, has a criminal record or who has a contagious disease.
The Hope Lodge uses a referral process that requires a referral form be completed by a staff person from your treatment facility. Once completed, the form is submitted to the Lodge. Your treatment facility is familiar with this process and will send one once your treatment start date and an end date is determined. Once the form is received, your name will be placed on a waiting list.
We encourage you to visit the Lodge in advance of your stay to learn what we provide, what you need to bring and to see if the Lodge environment is a comfortable match to your lifestyle. An appointment is not needed. Tours are given between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
We will contact you the business day before your start date to confirm room availability. Once confirmed, you are welcome to move-in any time after 12 pm (Noon) and before 5 pm, unless other arrangements have been made.
What to Bring
You are responsible for your toiletries, food, clothing and any personal items that would help make the Lodge feel like a home-away-from-home. Each suite is fully furnished and includes two single beds, two sets of bed linens and two complete towel sets. For extended stays, you may want to bring additional linens and towels.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the Lodge and we offer two television lounges with cable. However, resident suites do not have cable access. You are welcome to bring a television and a digital antenna or you can rent a television/antenna combo from a local vendor, who will deliver and set the television up for you. Please feel free to bring a personal computer or a DVD player as we have an extensive DVD library.
The American Cancer Society's Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge is a residential facility that provides free housing to eligible cancer patients who must reside away from home for an extended period of time while they receive treatment. The Hope Lodge does not provide medical services, nursing care, maid service or companion services.
The facility provides a furnished two-room suite, access to six fully equipped kitchens, a community computer, free Wi-Fi, two television lounges, a sunroom, a Serenity Room, a laundry area, a front porch with rocking chairs, gazebos, hammocks, gardens and an outside dining patio with a charcoal grill.
You are required to provide your own food, clothing, medications and personal hygiene items and are encouraged to bring a personal computer, a television with an antenna or a DVD player.
The use of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages and/or non-prescription controlled substances is not allowed on American Cancer Society property.
News & Events
The Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge offers many activities, which vary weekly. These include meals provided by church groups and service organization, live music, Bingo, as well as support groups. An Activity Board is updated weekly with current events.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Hope Lodge?
The American Cancer Society's Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge is a residential facility that offers housing free of charge to eligible cancer patients who reside away from home while receiving treatment at one of Gainesville facilities.
How much does it cost to stay at the Hope Lodge?
The Hope Lodge is offered free of charge to patients who are eligible and to one caregiver.
How do I reserve a stay at the Hope Lodge?
The Hope Lodge uses a referral system. A staff person at your treatment center will complete a referral form once a start date and end date are determined and will submit the form to the Lodge program. You will then be placed on a waiting list. You are encouraged to tour the facility in advance. Appointments are not necessary. Tours are given between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. You will be contacted the business day prior to your start date by a Lodge staff member, who will confirm room availability.
Is the Hope Lodge a hospital?
The Hope Lodge is not a hospital and does not provide medical services. The Hope Lodge is conveniently located near UF Health’s Davis Cancer Pavilion, UF Health’s Cancer Hospital and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, North Florida Regional Medical Center and the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Do I need a caregiver?
Caregivers are encouraged and are required if you are receiving radiation to the brain, have a history of seizures or have other medical issues that may prevent you from being able to live alone safely. Only one caregiver is allowed overnight, however caregivers can alternate as frequently as necessary.
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.