About Us

Our Story

Edwin Sasek dreamed of a place where someone who was dying could be cared for and loved in a peaceful, gentle atmosphere. He shared his vision with his wife, Patsy, and they formed a team that would co-create ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying.

Edwin attended the Kubler-Ross Institute in the 1980s, where he met John McKelvy. Years later, when Edwin and John reconnected, John told of a home for people at end-of-life, Mother Theresa House.

Reflecting, exploring and seeking a model for years of a home for the dying, Edwin and Patsy understood this model could work in San Antonio.

Edwin writes,
“I remember all the loving work of so many people who helped to make our dream of 20 years a reality. As a hospice chaplain, and with Patsy in her work as a volunteer coordinator, we had seen how needed and valued such a home would provide, and friends, colleagues and family joined in the effort. Along with volunteers and community partners and the founding board of directors, we raised the money to build and furnish the three-bedroom ABODE Home on a beautiful tree-filled landscape. Through the generosity of many, ABODE opened without a mortgage.

“That dream became a reality in December 2014 when we welcomed the first guest into our custom-designed home at 8619 Post Oak Lane in San Antonio. The ABODE Home has welcomed many hospice patients, our Guests, since then. Our model provides care at no financial cost to the Guest. Specially trained staff, who we call End of Life Navigators, along with many volunteers, serve the family members and loved ones of each Guest as they journey through this intimate time of life.

“After a Guest died recently, his wife of 70 years said to me, ‘I can’t find the words to express how the staff and volunteers took care of my husband. A marvelous experience – I learned more from ABODE than I have anywhere else about compassion and caring.’

“We give families peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the very best of care from our staff and volunteers. It’s an honor to make such a difference in their lives – and in our community.”

“If you want to help those most in need to die with love, care and dignity, support ABODE. This is a place where God dwells.”

John Calhoun Wells

“ABODE is a place of angels. Some of the most beautiful and caring people I know!”

Sheila Korte

“We would walk in and someone was always sitting with her and holding her hand. They wanted her to know she wasn’t alone.”

Norma Rodriguez

“When the time came for my mom to go, they grieved with us. Everything about this place is perfect.”

Victoria Van Winkle

“I so wish you all had more rooms or there were more homes like this in San Antonio.”

Tracie Marie

“At ABODE, I witnessed God’s demonstration of true compassionate patience. The caregivers here are incredible.”

Linda Mitchell

“Thank you for making my family part of your family in our time of sorrow. We are healing as time passes by.”

Erlinda Amador

“ABODE’s backyard is filled with such spiritual features. It’s a true place of stillness and peace.”

Jill Phelps

“ABODE is a safe and welcoming space where love and peace abide, lighting the way for each Guest to make their journey.”

Melanie Sue

“I’ve been doing this work a long time. I’ve learned more about dying from all of you than I learned in all my years of nursing. This is an extraordinary place.”
“I can’t find the words to express how the staff and volunteers took care of my husband. A marvelous experience – I learned more from ABODE than I have anywhere else about compassion and caring.”
“It is like a park here. So beautiful. I love everything here. I love everyone here. Thank you. Thank you for taking care of me.”

Fostering End-of-Life Care Homes

ABODE is a proud member of the Omega Home Network (OHN) national organization which promotes the development and expansion of community homes for dying people. Omega Homes are part of the movement to improve the end-of-life experience for individuals and families in America. ABODE was happy to host the three-day 2019 Omega Home Network National Conference here in San Antonio.

Omega Home Network