Welcome to ABODE

ABODE provides a welcoming, peaceful home and unconditional loving care to our guests through the compassionate service of our community and volunteers.

Our Vision

Dying is a sacred time of life. Love, compassion, and a home matter to all who are dying; those whom we honor and from whom we learn. We serve the community as an educational resource in the art of contemplative living and dying.
Press Releases

ABODE Receives Grant from The Greehey Family Foundation

(San Antonio, February 2013) ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying is pleased to announce a recent grant of $25,000 from The Greehey Family Foundation, to be used to remodel the home ABODE will use for its guests. “This grant will significantly help in our goal to open our doors in 2013,” said Edwin Sasek, founder and president of the board of ABODE. “The generosity of the Greehey Family Foundation will enable us to remodel our home at 8619 Post Oak Lane, so that it will be accessible, welcoming and comfortable home for our future guests.” Sasek noted.

ABODE has selected Robert Luna of Luna Architecture & Design to design the renovation of the home. ABODE is a non-profit, interfaith organization that will help serve people at end of life who can’t be cared for in their own homes for various reasons. ABODE will train volunteers to help care for up to three guests, and support family members or loved ones who are able to participate in the care of their loved one living at ABODE.

Guests at ABODE will be recommended by hospice agencies who are providing their medical care. The hospice will continue to care for them as if they were in their own home. “ABODE will offer a home with a simple, welcoming, peaceful ambience for people entering the last three months of life,” said Sasek. ABODE is also a community resource for education and support in end of life care.

There will be no charge for guests to live at ABODE. Operating expenses will be met by donations from individuals, businesses, religious groups, community organizations, and grants. “A gift to ABODE may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one by going on the website at www.abodehome.org and directly making a donation. Gifts will be be applied towards the remodeling of the home and operating expenses for ABODE.

For more information about ABODE, to make a donation or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.abodehome.org, call 210-967-9891, or mail: PO Box 47640, San Antonio, 78265.

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ABODE Receives Two Grants

 (San Antonio, February 2012) ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying is pleased to announce two recent grant awards. Diane Graves Owen Foundation awarded ABODE a grant of $15,000 for use in underwriting the expenses associated with the acquisition of a house. In addition, the Gentiva Hospice Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to ABODE, also to be used to secure a home and to begin caring for patients that receive hospice attention daily, but are not able to be cared for in their own home during the final stage of life.  “These grants will significantly help in our goal to open our doors in 2012,” said Edwin Sasek, founder and president of the board of ABODE.

ABODE is a newly formed non-profit, interfaith organization that will help serve people receiving hospice care but for many reasons aren’t able to be cared for in their own home. ABODE will train volunteers to help care for up to three guests, and support family members or loved ones who are able to participate in the care of their loved one living at ABODE.  “ABODE will offer a home with a simple, welcoming, peaceful ambience for people entering the last few weeks or months of life,” said Sasek. ABODE is also a community resource for education and support in end of life care.

There will be no charge for guests to live at ABODE. Operating expenses will be met by donations from individuals, businesses, religious groups, community organizations, and grants. “A gift to ABODE may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one by going on the website at www.abodehome.org and directly making a donation.  Gifts will be be applied towards operating expenses and the rental of a home for ABODE. “Of course, it would be ideal to have someone donate a home or offer it at a reduced price,” added Sasek.

For more information about ABODE, to make a donation or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.abodehome.org, call 210-967-9891, or mail: PO Box 47640, San Antonio, 78284.

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ABODE Receives Large Donation

 (San Antonio, December 2011) ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying is pleased to announce a recent donation of $25,000 from an annonymous donor. “This donation will significantly help in our goal to open our doors in 2012,” said Edwin Sasek, founder and president of the board of ABODE. “This generous donation was given in honor of ABODE advisory board member, Peg Armstrong from a former client,” Sasek noted.

ABODE is a newly formed non-profit, interfaith organization that will help serve people receiving hospice care but for many reasons aren’t able to be cared for in their own home. ABODE will train volunteers to help care for up to three guests, and support family members or loved ones who are able to participate in the care of their loved one living at ABODE.  “ABODE will offer a home with a simple, welcoming, peaceful ambience for people entering the last three months of life,” said Sasek. ABODE is also a community resource for education and support in end of life care.

There will be no charge for guests to live at ABODE. Operating expenses will be met by donations from individuals, businesses, religious groups, community organizations, and grants. “In this season of giving, a gift to ABODE may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one by going on the website at www.abodehome.org and directly making a donation.*  Gifts will be be applied towards operating expenses and the rental of a home for ABODE. “Of course, it would be ideal to have someone donate a home or offer it at a reduced price,” added Sasek.

For more information about ABODE, to make a donation or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.abodehome.org, call 210-967-9891, or mail: PO Box 47640, San Antonio, 78284.

*Additional Information:

ABODE will have a table at the Alternative Gift Market on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Church of Reconciliation,

8900 Starcrest, San Antonio, TX 78217.  ABODE Board Members will be present from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

and 12-1 PM to answer questions and take donations in honor or in memory of loved ones.

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ABODE to Hold Dia de los Muertos Labyrinth Walk

 (San Antonio, October 2011) ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying will offer a monthly meditation as part of its mission to be an educational outreach in the community and celebrate life and death through the Contemplative Arts. ABODE welcomes the community to meet the last Monday of each month.

The first meditation will be a labyrinth walk will take place on Monday, October 31 at 7:00 PM at the Church of Reconciliation outdoor labyrinth and chapel area at 8900 Starcrest on the Barrington Street side of the campus. The evening will be a celebration of loved ones who have died in a traditional “Dia de los Muertos” event.  The community is encouraged to bring photos, mementos and other items to be added to an altar or “ofrenda” to honor and remember those who have died.

ABODE is a newly formed non-profit organization that will help serve people who are receiving hospice care but for many reasons aren’t able to be cared for in their home. ABODE will train volunteers to help care for up to three guests, and support family members or loved ones who are able to participate in the care of their loved one living at ABODE.  “ABODE will offer a home with a simple, welcoming, peaceful ambience for people entering the last few months of life,” said Edwin Sasek, founder and president of the board of ABODE.

There will be no charge for guests to live at ABODE. Operating expenses will be met by donations from individuals, businesses, religious groups, community organizations, and grants. “We are asking for donations towards the purchase of a home for ABODE. Of course, it would be ideal to have someone donate a home or offer it at a reduced price,” added Sasek.

Guests at ABODE will be recommended by hospice agencies. The hospice team will visit to provide professional palliative care.  Guests will be welcome regardless of religious, social and financial backgrounds. Priority will be given to those in greatest need.  ABODE is needed to provide care in a home setting for those who can no longer stay in their own homes. ABODE will provide a home for the guest for up to three months.

As an interfaith organization, ABODE will draw from the contemplative traditions of the world’s great religions in loving, compassionate service to the dying. ABODE is also a community resource for education and support in end of life care.

In a recent interview with Richard Rohr, noted theologian, writer and teacher, Rohr said, “This is genius,” refering to ABODE and the concept of caring for the dying in a contemplative way. “Walking with someone in a contemplative way, to really understand human life...it’s a transformative experience that changes both parties,” said Rohr.

To watch the video with Richard Rohr, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcLOmxT5snc

For more information about ABODE, make a donation or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact: 210-967-9891 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.abodehome.org.

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ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying Receives Non Profit Status

 (San Antonio, August 2011) President of the Board, Edwin Sasek, announced that 501(c)3, nonprofit status has been received for a new organization ABODE: Contemplative Care for the Dying.

“ABODE will offer a home with a simple, welcoming, peaceful ambience for people entering the last few months of life,” said Edwin Sasek.

The ABODE Board and members of the organizing group will celebrate the approval of their nonprofit status on Sunday, August 28 from 2-4 PM at the Church of Reconciliation, 8900 Starcrest, San Antonio, 78217.

ABODE will help serve people who are receiving hospice care but for many reasons aren’t able to be cared for in their home. A termininally ill person may not have a caregiver at home; family members may have limitations in providing care, or there is not an adequate place to stay. ABODE will train volunteers to help care for up to three guests, and support family members who are able to participate in the care of their loved one living at ABODE.  The hospice team will visit to provide professional palliative care.

Guests at ABODE will be recommended by hospice agencies. Guests will be welcome regardless of religious, social and financial backgrounds. Priority will be given to those in greatest need.  ABODE is needed because it to provide care in a home setting for those who can no longer stay in their own homes. Typically, hospice in-patient facilities offer care for only as long as necessary for symptom and pain control, while ABODE will provide a home for the guest for up to three months.

There will be no charge for guests to live at ABODE. Operating expenses will be met by donations from individuals, businesses, religious groups, community organizations, and grants.

As an interfaith organization, ABODE will draw from the contemplative traditions of the world’s great religions in loving, compassionate service to the dying. ABODE is also a community resource for education and support in end of life care.

Members of the Board of Directors for ABODE include: Aruthur F. Dawes III, LCSW, Laurie Dietrich, Mike Gentry, Mary Piker, RN, BSN, BBA, Liz Newhouse, MTS, Patricia Sasek, Peter Szarmach, Patri Williams, RN, and Edwin Sasek.

“We are working to raise awareness of the unique contribution ABODE will make in helping to care for terminally ill people by providing a home and round the clock volunteer care,” said Edwin Sasek. “We are seeking donations towards the purchase of property where ABODE will be located. Of course, it would be ideal to have a person or business donate the location or offer it at a reduced price,” added Sasek.

For more information about ABODE, to make a donation or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact: 210-967-9891 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.abodehome.org.

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