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 Ursuline convent for the sisters that taught at St. Joseph School.


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



Karen Cassidy, Executive Director, has received the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award.

“The AARP Purpose Prize is all about a new story of aging — focusing on experience and innovation and the idea that our aging population is an untapped resource full of possibilities,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.

“AARP Purpose Prize winners and nominees are role models. They are makers and doers who are out there creating new solutions that make the world a better place for people of all ages.”

 To read more about our award, click here.


Hildegard House, a non-profit organization providing a home and compassionate care for individuals at the end of life in Louisville, has received the 26th annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award and a $100,000 cash prize from Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading healthcare improvement company.

The award is sponsored by Premier and its alliance of approximately 3,900 hospitals and health systems and approximately 150,000 other provider organizations, the Premier Cares Award recognizes exemplary efforts by not-for-profit community organizations to improve the health of populations in need.

  • click to see Our Wish List

    Paper goods

    Facial tissues

    Toilet paper

    Paper towels


    Personal Care

    Wet wipes - unscented

    Bottles of hand soap or refill for liquid soap dispensers - unscented

    Depends size large and XL


    Cleaning Supplies

    Pine Sol

    Disinfectant spray (Lysol, Clorox)

    Disinfectant wipes



    Bath towels

    Hand towels

    Wash cloths

    Twin sheet sets


    Kitchen/ Food Items

    Dish sponges

    Bottles of water

    Sugar, Equal, and Splenda packets

    Coffee Filters


    K Cups (coffee)

    Plastic utensils

    Canned soup

    Canned Vegetables

    Gift cards to Staples and Kroger are also very helpful!



We believe every dying individual should have as much relief from pain  as possible.

We believe no one should have to die alone or lonely.

We believe a loving home enables death to be a part of a personal story rather than a medical event.

We believe dignity and comfort are an important part of the end of life.

We believe every person's life is sacred event to the last moment.

We believe that hospice and other organizations are valuable partners.

We believe we are a vital resource to the community and can rely on its support.

What We Do

Hildegard House provides a home, quality end-of-life care and access to hospice services for people during the last three months of life. We are family to those who have no loved ones to care for them during this sacred time.

Hildegard House provides short-term, end-of- life care to adults of all ages. We serve people of all faiths and those of no faith. Each resident has a hospice team.  We fill a critical gap in care without duplicating services.

We are a resource for the entire community. Our services are free as a charitable organization with a mission of compassion and hospitality.

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.

To live at Hildegard House, an individual must accept hospice servies.


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

For more information about  becoming a resident of HIldegard House, contact

Karen Cassidy, Executive  Director

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 no home or loved ones to care for them.  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 which is composed of a nurse, a nurse’s aide, a social worker and chaplain. Meals, laundry, housekeeping and companionship are a part of the home setting at the Hildegard House.

For more information contact

Karen  Cassidy, Executive Director

Our Board

We are grateful to have a passionate Board of Directors. Their generous giving of time and talent allows us to continue to stay focused on our mission and grow strategically.


Stephen E. Sage, Chair

Missy Stober, Vice Chair

Joanne Weis, Secretary

Carl Herde, Treasurer

Betty J. Adkins

Julie Boatright

Wes Burgiss

Beverly Glascock

Jennifer Glassner

Sr. Janet Marie Peterworth

Marty Robinson

Donna Trabue

Chuck Anderson, MD, Medical Director




If you would like to be part of our family and wish to share your time, talent or treasure, please give submit information on 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:

Jana  McNally, Volunteer Coordinator




114 Adams Street

Louisville, KY 40206




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Contact Us

Our Location:

Hildegard House

114 Adams Street

Louisville, KY 40206


Mailing Address:

Hildegard House

PO Box 5613

Louisville, KY 40255



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.

© 2018 Hildegard House