American Cancer Society Hope Lodge St. Louis

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Basic Information

Address: 4215 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone Number: 314-286-8150
Fax Number: 314-286-8155
Director: Charles Cummings

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American Cancer Society Hope Lodge St. Louis

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Free lodging for cancer patients during treatment
Population Served: Over 2500 per year
Ages for Volunteer: 13 and up
Hours of Service: flexible
Minimum Hours Required: n/a
Days of Service: flexible
Mission Statement:

The Hope Lodge is committed to providing a nurturing home away from home for our guests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Support from volunteers and local organizations is critical to the American Cancer Society's mission of providing free lodging to cancer patients and their caregivers.

Program History:

Established in 1970, the Charleston, SC Hope Lodge was the first facility of its kind in the country for cancer patients and caregivers. The concept came from Margot Freudenberg, a leader in the Charleston medical and business communities, who saw a similar facility while traveling through Australia and New Zealand with President Eisenhower’s People to People Ambassador Program. After her own family was touched by cancer, Margot was determined to establish the very first Hope Lodge community in Charleston. Now a nationwide program of the American Cancer Society, over 30 Hope Lodge facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico serve patients and caregivers from all over the world.

Actively involved in the Hope Lodge program until she was 105, Margot was the longest-serving American Cancer Society volunteer to date. Her attitude of gratitude, despite being forced from her home during the Nazi occupation of Germany, still inspires us today. Her legacy of grace, giving, and service live on through our wonderful Hope Lodge volunteers.

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in St. Louis, which opened in 1995, offers 44 guest rooms located near treatment centers in the area.


Meals, craft events, game nights, clerical tasks, general cleaning, etc. (Group and individual volunteer options available)

Additional Information:

Volunteering Requirements:

Volunteers must be healthy with no symptoms of sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, fever, chills, unexplained rashes, general aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Volunteers must not have been exposed to chicken pox, shingles, measles, tuberculosis, hepatitis, or E.coli.
Volunteers must be 13 or older; 18 and older if no guardian present.

  • Must have had chickenpox or been immunized for chickenpox. 
  • Teenagers must be assigned age-appropriate tasks. 
  • To protect our transplant patients, no children under age 13 permitted to volunteer at Hope Lodge.
  • Volunteers must be 16 or older to cook or be in the kitchen.

The maximum number of volunteers in a group is 12.

More about volunteering at Hope Lodge or to sign-up with the Volunteer Care Center: