Hildegard House is located at 114 Adams Street in a quaint section of the historic Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. Our home was once the convent at St. Joseph parish.


We provide a final place, a loving place, they can call home. A place where compassion, companionship, peace and dignity await them in their final stage of life.

We believe life is a gift from God. Such a gift makes all life precious even to the end. Our goal is to provide hospitality to people at the end of life who have no loved ones or home.

Providing a compassionate home and care at the end of life to individuals who have no home or loved ones to care for them so that they may die with dignity.

Our Mission
and Values

Whereas the mission of Hildegard House is to provide compassion and care to individuals at the very end of life that have no loved ones and no home so that they die with dignity.

Whereas, we believe that “compassion is an unwavering commitment to the good of humanity. Compassion is care in action: it is a process and way of being, not an end state. Compassion is not always how someone acts, but why someone acts although one must be present with the other: intention and action”.

Whereas, we believe that no one should suffer pain or other symptoms when comfort is possible.

Whereas, we believe that dignity and comfort are an important part of life.

Whereas, we believe that a loving, homey environment enables death to be a part of a personal, family story rather than a medical event.


Whereas, we believe that life is precious even to the end.

Whereas, we believe that every person deserves dignity at the time of death.

Let it be resolved that the Board of Directors of Hildegard House, Inc. adopts this mission declaring itself a compassionate organization and part of Compassionate Louisville on February 10, 2015.


What We Do

Hildegard House provides a loving home, quality end-of-life care and access to hospice services to people in need. We are family to those who have no loved ones in the final stages of their life.

Hildegard House provides services free of charge as a charitable organization with a mission of compassion and hospitality.

Hildegard House provides short-term, end-of-life care to people of all ages. Residents must be enrolled in a hospice program.


Our cooperative relationship with Hosparus of Louisville enables us to fill a critical gap in care without duplicating available services

We are a 501 (c)3 charitable organization and are funded entirely by donations. We will not bill Medicare, private insurance or individuals.

Referral Process

Our Services

We receive referrals directly from individuals, family members, hospice staff, doctors and hospitals. Once added to the waiting list, we gather medical information from your hospice and determine if we can meet your needs.

Eligibility to become a resident at Hildegard House is predicated on being enrolled in a hospice program and the availability of a room for them to live in.


An individual's choice to  become a resident at Hildegard House is voluntary and is under no obligation to stay.

For more information on an individual  becoming a resident and part of our family, contact us by calling:

Our Services

We are, with the help of our community and our volunteers, the only place of emotional, spiritual, and social support for a dying person who otherwise has nothing. The  services at Hildegard House are designed to help support the quality of living throughout the dying process. We believe every moment matters and strive to provide a home setting with comfort and support while respecting the dignity of every resident.

Every resident has access to a hospice team, a nurse, a nurse’s aide, a social worker and a


chaplain. Meals, housekeeping and companionship are a part of their home setting at the Hildegard House.

For more information on our support services or how you might be able to engage your time and talent in helping us offer these services, contact us at

Our Board

Much of what we do could not be done without the support  and efforts of our Board of Directors. Their generous giving of time and talent and passion for our mission allows us to keep moving forward!


William Green III, Board Chair

Missy Bunsutto, Vice-Chair

William Englebrecht, Treasurer

Joanne Weis, Secretary

Kenneth C (Chuck) Anderson, MD, Medical Director

Karen Cassidy, Executive Director

Ruth  Simons, MD

Wes Burgiss

Beverly Glascock, JD, RN

Laura Rice, JD

Marty Robinson

Joe Rotella, MD

Stephen E. Sage, CPA

Tom Seel, CFP

Janet  Marie Peterworth, OSU

Mary Frances Schafer, OSB



If you would like to be part of our family and wish to devote your time, talent or treasure, please give us some information in the form to the right so we can contact you.


(click here)

How You Can Help

The heart of Hildegard House is volunteers. We need lots of them, and with a wide range of skill sets. Whether you are a musician, a good cook or a person who can give true companionship, please contact us. If you think you might wish to help but do not know how to engage, please contact us. Your talent and time are precious to you and to us and they will go to serve a wonderful purpose.

A special group of volunteers are the Compassionate Companions. They commit  to a 5 hour shift per week and become a community of caregivers and companions for the residents. If you are interested in our next Compassionate Companion training program, please complete the volunteer form.


For More Information, Contact:

Karen  Cassidy, Executive Director




114 Adams Street

Louisville, KY 40206




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Contact Us

Our Location:

Hildegard House

114 Adams Street

Louisville, KY 40206


Mail To:

Hildegard House

PO Box 5613

Louisville, KY 40255


Personal Contact:

Karen Cassidy, Executive Director



114 Adams Street

Louisville, KY 40206

Artwork by Marcy Hall

Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval German Benedictine mystic, is the patroness of Hildegard House. She practiced hospitality, and coined the word “Viriditas”, the Divine energy, the greening power of God. She believed all life carries Divine energy. Assisting a dying person to experience a home, extended family, death with dignity and the Divine energy during the dying  process is a supreme act of hospitality.

© 2017 Hildegard House