Sandra J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—
Rochester, MN

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411 Second Street NW , Rochester, MN 55901 Phone: 507-529-4673 or 800-227-2345

About Our Facility

The Sandra J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® in Rochester offers private suites for the comfort of its guests and their caregiver. Fostering a home-like environment, the Hope Lodge is equipped with a community dining room, kitchen, family room, library and laundry facilities. The Lodge also offers guests a wide variety of cancer programs and services that provide information, resources and support to ease the cancer journey.

The Sandra J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge facility is equipped with the following:

  • 60 private guest rooms with two beds, bathroom, telephone, internet access
  • Eight fully equipped kitchens where guests prepare their own meals
  • Three large community dining rooms
  • Eight television lounges, two libraries, meditation room, fitness room, game room, and three outdoor patios
  • On site laundry facilities

Registered Guests are offered a personal web site that helps them communicate with family and friends during and after their stay. Each guest’s site offers them the following:

  • Photo Album
  • Personal Recipe Book
  • Ability to add to the Recipe Book
  • A Visitor Guest Book
  • E-mail Tool

Our History

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge of Rochester, MN, opened its doors in 1999 with 28 rooms available to those patients receiving cancer treatments at the Mayo Clinic. In June of 2007, it was renamed the Sandra J. Schulze American Cancer Society Hope Lodge and was expanded to 60 rooms to meet the growing need of housing for cancer patients and their caregiver. Thanks to their generous support, the family of Sandra J. Schulze made the expansion of the building possible.

Sandra J. Schulze

Sandra was a woman you would never forget once you met her. She was Sandy to everyone and she never forgot a face. Her warm smile, compassionate manner, wise eyes and gentle touch always let you know she was listening and interested in you. She made you feel special.

The Sandra J. Schulze Hope Lodge, a concept of the American Cancer Society, is the outcome of the generosity of the citizens of Rochester, the compassion shown by the Mayo Foundation and the Schulze family. It is a true partnership of caring and a perfect reflection of Sandy’s special way of helping others cope with the treatments needed to battle this difficult disease.

Sandy was born in Hopkins, Minnesota on December 11th, 1940 and lived most of her life in Minnesota. She earned her Associates Degree from the University of Minnesota and married Richard Schulze on June 2nd, 1962. Sandy had four children and five grandchildren when she passed away on June 21st, 2001 of Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos.

Sandy's life was exciting and busy! She stayed at home with her children and while raising them she supported, encouraged and assisted her husband with his career in building Best Buy Co., Inc. She loved to visit the stores and talk with store employees and their families, she considered them a part of her family.

Sandy cared deeply about others and was always quick to offer a helping hand and words of encouragement along with a friendly smile. She was truly touched by the many people she knew who were affected by cancer. Trying her best to add support and cheer to their lives she cared for them with visits, phone calls, letters of hope and with prayers. When she was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2000 her six month battle was short but reminded us all to live each day to its fullest.

Mayo Clinic was valiant in their effort to save Sandy. The Schulze Center of Novel Therapeutics was a gift to Mayo by her family in the belief that some cancers will be cured and that Mayo's talented scientists and physicians will find a way.

Sandy's wish for you would be that you find strength, encouragement, compassion, camaraderie and faith during your stay at the Hope Lodge. Sandy and her family wish you peace, hope and good health as you leave the doors and continue your journey.

Staff and Volunteers

The Hope Lodge is such a wonderful place because of so many things. Such things as monetary donations that keep our doors open, supply donations, a beautiful building, and great camaraderie between the guests. There is also one more very important component, the staff and volunteers. The Hope Lodge is run on 12 staff and over 40 individual volunteers, and that is not including all of the community groups that come in to make dinners for all the guests or the groups that come in to sing or put on magic shows! Also, all the wonderful people who start fundraisers for the Hope Lodge and keep raising money.

The staff at the Hope Lodge has a very important job. They are all very well rounded, compassionate, and always willing to lend a hand. Most guests and staff form special bonds during their time here, by eating dinner together, doing puzzles, or offering a shoulder to lean on when needed.

As for the volunteers, we would not be able to keep our doors open without them! They do everything from running the front office, giving tours, making beds, doing laundry, gardening, making dinners, and being a support system for our guests.

Our staff and volunteers create an atmosphere at the Hope Lodge that will never be found anywhere else. The dedication that every individual has here is absolutely amazing.

To volunteer at the Hope Lodge please contact:

Jammie McGuire, Hope Lodge Manager - or 507.529.4673 ext 103

Jenni Karau, Hope Lodge Assistant Manager - or 507-529-4673, ext. 106


Directions and Map

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.