ABODE is...

a beautiful home where emotional, spiritual and social support for the dying person is provided at no cost to guests in a simple, welcoming, peaceful environment.

ABODE home guests...

  • will be enrolled in a local hospice program. The hospice agency continues to provide professional medical care throughout the guest’s stay at ABODE.
  • are not able to stay in their own homes because of inadequate housing, care giving, or other reasons.
  • will receive round the clock care by trained staff and volunteers for up to three months

ABODE, an interfaith, nonprofit organization, provides services at no cost funded solely by individual donations and foundation grants.

ABODE is also a community education center that honors death and dying as a natural rhythm of life.

The Big Give SA a BIG SUCCESS!!

Thanks to all of Our ABODE Supporters for Helping to Surpass our Goal!Welcome to the Big Give Kick-off at ABODE

We have wonderful news about the incredible success that ABODE had with The Big Give on May 5th.

ABODE had 80 donors who gave more than $25,000! Our goal was $7,500, so we we're delighted, surprised and overwhelmed to say the least!!

Plus, ABODE won a prize of $1,500 from the The Big Give SA for the third highest total in our category for our size organization!

All of this gives us so much cause for celebration, elation and gratitude!

Thanks so much for your donations, prayers, and continued support and love for ABODE as we serve those in need of care in a warm, loving home at the end of life!

Welcome to the Big Give kick-off at ABODE

We're Growing!

Dear Friends,

Yes, we’re growing,… now with two guests at ABODE and a total of four since the home opened. 

Our most recent guest is a 61 year old man with cancer who  has no family here and no home. He is being cared for, along with our other guest, by a total of 24 active volunteers. It takes a lot of loving people to take care of those in need, and the home…round the clock. 

You can help. If you like to garden, cook, write letters, do laundry, light housekeeping, run errands, or be present by reading or holding a hand, we would like to talk to you.  Jane Marie Young, ABODE’s Executive Director, provides an in-depth volunteer training that you will find informative, meaningful, and compassionate. 

Please call 210-967-9891 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see how you can be a part of this loving mission.

Another way you can help is by your caring donation. As a nonprofit organization, we rely solely on private donations along with gifts from corporations and foundations to continue our important work in the community.  

To give you an idea of the ongoing expenses at ABODE here are some estimates of costs. 

Of course we welcome donations of any size to help ABODE to continue to care for those in need at the end of their lives.

  • $1,200  weekly to care for our guests
  • $1,000  monthly to cover the cost of utilities
  • $550  monthly to pay for groceries
  • $250  monthly to pay for our security and cable system
  • $150  monthly for office supplies and postage
  • $50  to supply fresh linens and toiletries for a new guest

Your donation helps us to care for our guests this spring. Be a part of the beauty of ABODE and our growing family.

With a grateful heart,

Edwin Sasek, ABODE Founder and President of the Board

PS: Take a tour of ABODE every third Thursday of the month 4:30-5:30 PM, call 210-967-9891 for more information.(limit 10)

Sustaining Our Mission

A flowerIn her last days, our guest Mary opened her eyes and said to our night staff, Dalcie, "Heaven is so beautiful!"

It is this profound beauty at the end of life that sustains us to do our mission... to provide a home to welcome our guests at no charge in their final days on earth. Because of that, the most vulnerable have a home and compassionate care as they die. They feel welcomed, cared for, and safe in our home, thanks to ongoing contributions by individuals and foundation grants.

We are so grateful to share this beautiful, sacred time of life with our guests. We are filled with gratitude and love for all our friends and supporters, volunteers and staff as we look forward to caring for our guests in the new year.

Donate While You Shop

amazon smileDid you know you could make a donation to ABODE while you're shopping on Amazon? Well, you can and it's really very easy.

  1. Just go to: https://smile.amazon.com/ and sign into Amazon as you would normally.
  2. Then, it will ask you to pick your charitable organization.
  3. Type in ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying
  4. Click on "Search." It will then find ABODE
  5. Simply "Select" ABODE as your designated charity.

It's that easy!. Then whenever you shop on Amazon, you will be donating .05% to ABODE. For more info on Amazon Smile, go to: http://smile.amazon.com/about/ref=smi_se_ft_abt_saas.

Celebration Circle

Celebration Circle

Edwin Sasek is an experienced spiritual director, hospice chaplain and founder of ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying. In this video he talks about the process of enriching our lives by consciously embracing death.

See the video.

Be an ABODE Supporter

Be an ABODE Volunteer
We are now accepting guests and continue training volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for ABODE, submit your application today.
You ARE needed!

Make a Donation
With your continued and generous support, we are raising funds to cover our first year of Operating Expenses. ABODE is a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on contributions from individuals and foundation grants.
Your donation is most welcomed!

Meditation

Have you been wanting to meditate? An interfaith meditation group sponsored by ABODE meets Mondays from 5:30-6:30 PM at the ABODE home, 8619 Post Oak Rd. Beginners are welcome. In it, we explore meditation as a dimension and practice of contemplative awareness.

Join us anytime.

What is contemplative care?

What is contemplative care?

Contemplative care offers an environment of compassionate presence. It creates stability, confidence, and accepting relationships with our guests. ABODE volunteers are skilled in personal practices, such as prayer, meditation, and art forms that develop these qualities, honoring each person's journey through dying.