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.
MJ photo

Executive Director

Martha Jo Atkins, Ph.D., Executive Director of ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying, has provided dying and death education internationally. Dr. Atkins has been working with dying, grieving, and bereaved people since 1992.

Martha Jo Atkins earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Counselor Supervisor in Texas, and a master certified coach.

Dr. Atkins founded the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas and served as the executive director from 1997 - 2005.

As CEO of Martha Jo Atkins, LLC, Dr. Atkins teaches and researches about the often disregarded aspects of the trajectory of dying. These include the changing language, visions, and behaviors many dying people experience. Learn more about Dr. Atkins’ research from her popular TEDx TalkMore to Dying Than Meets the Eye (2013) and new book, Signposts of Dying (2016).

You can reach Dr. Atkins through email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at ABODE: 210-967-9891

John Vinson, Care CoordinatorJV CMYK
At ABODE, it's a thrill to me to be able to serve the dying and their loved ones this way, and to get to see the miracles that Love does in people's lives. It's also a real joy to me to get to work with our volunteers, growing and learning together.

– John 




Lee Ann Rodriguez, Overnight Staff
Diane Fernandez, Care Coordinator
Marta Tavera, Care Coordinator
B.K. Mezzetti, Care Coordinator
Adriana Garza, Administrative Assistant

Get In Touch

      •  8619 Post Oak Ln
        San Antonio, Texas 78217
      •  (210) 967-9891
      •  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      •  P.O. Box 47640
        San Antonio, TX 78265