About Wellness House


 

Our Story

In 1990, we started Wellness House with a single mission: to better the lives of people living with cancer and the people close to them. Today, we offer a variety of programs and services — exercise classes, nutrition seminars, support groups, and more — that complement the treatment from doctors and specialists. It’s a whole-person approach to healing, and it’s offered at no cost to participants thanks to the support of generous donors - like those who support the Walk for Wellness House!

Living with cancer is complicated

Living with cancer is complicated. A diagnosis is stressful, and can bring up difficult emotions: feeling alone, confused, or overwhelmed. Medical care focuses on treating the body, but can leave other aspects unaccounted for.

We take a psychosocial approach, taking care of social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological needs. Participants may need someone to listen, teach, guide, or empower them — and that’s where we come in.

Studies show that when psychosocial needs are met for a person affected by cancer, there are positive benefits, like reduced anxiety, stress, depression, and decreased symptoms. 

Where you can find us

2021 Partner Sites

 

We’re helping people all over metro Chicago. You can always find us at The Kay & Mike Birck Home of Hope, our Hinsdale home base, but we have been facilitating programs, classes, and groups online since the start of the pandemic and look forward to re-opening our doors for in person progamming in the near future! You can find more information here.

 

2020 Wellness House Statistics 

2020 Stats