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Auxiliary Guest House

Mission Statement

To provide temporary lodging as part of a healing ministry for outpatients and families receiving treatment at Avera St. Luke’s.

For Information or Reservations

The Auxiliary Guest House is a program of Avera St. Luke’s. For more information or to make reservations, call 605-622-5050. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $20 per night, plus an additional $10 for each family member and/or caretaker sharing the room. Pay options are dependent on the ability to pay.

A Home Away from Home

Every day in all kinds of weather, people travel to Aberdeen and Avera St. Luke’s Hospital for medical treatments, surgery and to visit and support loved ones. Although several motels offer discounts for Avera St. Luke’s patients and families, the cost can still be high.

In 1994, Martin and Gertrude Opem sold their home to us to be used as the Auxiliary Guest House. Avera St. Luke’s Auxiliary pledged $80,000 to help purchase and renovate the home. The Guest House is now a “home-away-from-home” for patients and their families receiving treatment at Avera St. Luke's.

The Auxiliary Guest House, at 313 S. Kline St., can accommodate 11 people in the six-bedroom facility. There are also three bathrooms, two kitchens, a community dining room and living room, family room and laundry facility. The house has a handicapped accessible entry and bathroom. The Guest House is within walking distance of the hospital, churches, the library and a grocery store, yet is tucked into a residential area.

The Auxiliary Guest House has been in operation since Feb. 14, 1996, and has served thousands of patients, their families and caregivers. Our guests have come to us from far (Alaska and South Africa) and from just a few miles down the road.


The Adopt the House campaign gives families, organizations, and individuals the chance to sponsor dates commemorating anniversaries, birthdays or in honor or memory of someone special throughout the year. Sponsorships are available for:

$50 per day
$250 per week
$1,000 per month

Special recognition is given to sponsors by displaying donor names on calendars located at the Auxiliary Guest House. To schedule your date, call Avera St. Luke's Foundation at 605-622-5887.