American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—
St. Louis, MO
While you are staying at Hope Lodge, you are staying with family.
Welcome to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in St. Louis. We understand that undergoing treatment for cancer can be both financially and emotionally overwhelming. In an effort to ease the burden of cancer, the American Cancer Society provides free housing to cancer patients traveling to St. Louis for treatment.
Finding emotional and social support from other survivors can be as important as getting the proper medical care. At Hope Lodge, patients live with other patients going through similar experiences and are supported by caring staff and volunteers. The nurturing, comfortable environment provided to patients during their stay allows them to focus on what is most important—fighting cancer!
Nestled in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood, our Hope Lodge is minutes away from some of the nation's leading medical institutions. It is also a short drive from many area attractions, including the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park, Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum.
The Hope Lodge is a modern brick building featuring 43 guest room suites. Each room has two twin beds, an alarm clock, a large bureau, a private bath, and phone with voice mail. There are centrally located, fully-equipped kitchenettes with refrigerators, freezers, and cupboards for food storage. Guests can also enjoy the patio area and gas grill. Guests can visit with one another in the spacious dining room or spend time in one of the three day rooms for quiet activity. There are laundry rooms available on each floor. For entertainment, guests can enjoy cable television on each floor, access the Internet in the computer resource area, or quite reading areas.
Hope Lodge is also a place to learn about cancer and how best to fight the disease. Guests have access to the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center 24-hour toll-free call center, Web site, and comprehensive cancer information. At Hope Lodge, cancer patients and their loved ones are armed with the vital information to help them make informed decisions.
Guests are welcome to utilize or participate in any of the American Cancer Society on-site programs and services such as I Can Cope, Look Good...Feel Better®, and free wigs/head coverings. The American Cancer Society office is conveniently located right next door to Hope Lodge. There you will find friendly, knowledgeable staff to help meet your needs.
Built in 1995, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge St. Louis has served more than 26,000 cancer patients and caregivers. Hope Lodge St. Louis services more than 2,000 patients and caregivers each year, completely free of charge.
Prior to Hope Lodge St Louis, many cancer patients and their families had no alternative but to stay at St. Louis area motels during outpatient treatment, eating at nearby restaurants, and watching motel and food bills add up. Patients and their families often felt uncomfortable staying in public lodging where other guests many not have understood what it was like to have cancer.
But Hope Lodge is more than just a place to stay - the staff and volunteers provide a home-like nurturing environment, so patients can get support from others going through the same experience. A cancer survivor’s recovery involves much more than medical treatments; it takes hope to heal. Hope Lodge offers the warmth and security of home in a setting where the love and encouragement of others enlighten and inspire guests. At Hope Lodge, guests rally around each other, building life-affirming connections and lifelong friendships.
Thanks to Hope Lodge, cancer patients traveling to the St. Louis area for treatment now have a home away from home.
Staff and Volunteers
American Cancer Society volunteers serve a vital role in our day-to-day operations. There are many tasks and chores available to the willing volunteer. Tasks include helping with light housework, gardening, managing the hospitality desk or driving guests on outings. There are many opportunities limited only by the volunteer’s creativity.
To volunteer or discuss an opportunity, please contact Assistant Manager, Brittney Haas at (314) 286-8152 or email her at Brittney.Haas@cancer.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Apart from the services provided by staff and volunteers, patients and their caregivers assume responsibility for their daily living needs. Our Hope Lodges allow residents to preserve their quality of life and live as they would at home. Linens, towels, and housekeeping supplies are furnished; however, guests are asked to maintain the upkeep of their own room. Guests also purchase and prepare their own meals in a fully equipped kitchenette while enjoying the camaraderie of other guests.
Where do I park my car?
Hope Lodge has an on-site secured parking garage. All guests are guaranteed one parking spot on the ground floor.
Do I need to bring cooking supplies?
Hope Lodge has pots, pans, microwaves, toasters, blenders, crock pots, skillets, mixing bowls, cutting boards, practically every cooking utensil one could think of. Guests must bring their own food or purchase it at one of the area grocery stores. Food storage is limited, so it is wise to just bring food for a couple of days. There are a couple grocery stores close by.
Are there TVs in the guest rooms?
No. Hope Lodge has four TVs in common areas which have cable connection. The guest rooms do not have TVs, nor do they have cable hook ups. Guests may bring a small TV, but reception is poor, so bring your antenna. Hope Lodge maintains quiet areas to guarantee a restful environment for guests. Although TVs are allowed, they must be used at times not to disturb others.
Should I bring my own linens?
Hope Lodge supplies bed and bath linens; however, many of our guests like a special pillow, favorite quilt or blanket, or bigger, fluffier towels. Please bring what will make your stay feel more like home.
Is there maid service?
No. We have a full-time housekeeper who has sanitized and readied your room, prior to your arrival. She cleans in the kitchens and common areas, but our guests all clean up after themselves and do what is needed to keep Hope Lodge clean. While you are at the Lodge you take care of your space. If your room needs cleaning, you can use our cleaning supplies. If you want clean linens, we supply the washers and detergent, and you or your caregiver supply the labor.
Can I have visitors?
Yes, of course. We have many lovely areas to entertain your guests. We do have some restrictions when children visit, but mostly to ensure the safety of our guests.
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.