Gertrude C. Ford Foundation Hope Lodge –
Jackson, MS

exterior rending of the Hope Lodge building with a driveway and trees in front
2615 N. State Street , Jackson, MS 39216 - Mail donations to: 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213

About Hope Lodge

Imagine the prospect of fighting cancer. Now imagine you will be treated at a facility far from your home. The unexpected travel and lodging expenses can place a huge burden on family finances.

Beginning in early 2019, the American Cancer Society Gertrude C. Ford Hope Lodge in Jackson, Mississippi will be offering a solution to cancer patients who must undergo treatment far from home. The Hope Lodge provides housing free of charge on a first-come, first served basis to cancer patients and a caregiver during their course of treatment. The Lodge not only reduces the financial burden but also provides a much needed supportive environment.

Hope Lodge not only provides patients with a place to stay, but it also offers a supportive and safe environment where patients can focus on wellness. In addition, Hope Lodge guests have access to the American Cancer Society’s nationally acclaimed National Cancer Information Center and Web site. These services connect cancer patients and caregivers to information on cancer, local resources, support groups and patient service programs.

Guests of the Hope Lodge enjoy rooms with a private bath and television. Other amenities include a shared kitchen, library, dining room, living room, and laundry room. Guests are able and encouraged to make themselves very much at home, engaging in such normal everyday activities as buying groceries, preparing meals, doing dishes, working at a computer terminal or watching television.

Facility Details

The American Cancer Society Gertrude C. Ford Hope Lodge offers:

  • 32 private guest rooms, each with a private bath and television
  • Fully equipped kitchens with a community dining room
  • Washers and dryers
  • Resource library with Internet computer stations and an array of books
  • Living rooms with comfortable chairs and sofas
  • Free parking
  • State of the art health and wellness room
  • On-site chapel
  • Conveniently located in close proximity to all local hospitals in Jackson as well as grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Free daily transportation to and from treatment centers

Our History

The American Cancer Society named the Mississippi Hope Lodge for The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation based in Jackson, Mississippi. The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation was founded by the late Gertrude Castellow Ford.

Raised in a generations-old tradition of philanthropy, which began more than 150 years ago with a $25 donation from her family to the Andrew Female College Building Fund in Randolph County, Georgia, Mrs. Ford established the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation in Jackson, Mississippi, with a very generous gift in 1991.

Historically, the Ford Foundation has focused its large commitments on enriching the lives of all Mississippians through investments in the arts, medicine, and the human condition in the state of Mississippi. In 2014, The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation made a $3 million gift to the Mississippi Hope Lodge Capital Campaign, to earn the naming rights as the American Cancer Society Gertrude C. Ford Hope Lodge in Jackson, Mississippi.


To donate to the $10.9 million capital campaign for this new lodge, please contact the American Cancer Society Jackson office:
Phone: 601.321.5500
Email: or 
Mail: 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213

Being a Hope Lodge guest is a courtesy extended at the sole discretion of the American Cancer Society. All individuals who meet Hope Lodge eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, citizenship, disability, gender, color, ethnic heritage, veteran status, economic status, or sexual orientation.