History

At Sorrentino’s Compassion House we have a vision to create a sanctuary of healing support. We make it our mission to support women fighting cancer by providing safe, comfortable and affordable accommodations during their cancer journey.

Compassion House Foundation was established in 1998 to build a facility to support Northern Albertan women with breast cancer during treatment and the early stages of recovery.

The house is named Sorrentino's Compassion House in recognition of the capital campaign support of the Sorrentino's Restaurant Group and the Saccomanno and Rago families.

The original house opened in 2002 and offered six guest suites and common areas with all the amenities for women traveling to Edmonton. Since then hundreds of women from more than 225 communities have found a haven at Sorrentino’s Compassion House.

But Sorrentino’s Compassion House was simply too small. For every guest we housed we had to turn one away. A new capital campaign, Growing Compassion, was launched in 2010, and individuals, groups and companies from across Alberta and Northwest Territories pledged to support our expansion. An amazing $5 million was raised to complete the project.

In 2012 construction began to increase capacity to 14 suites, expand the kitchen, renovate common areas and install an elevator. On September 9, 2013 the beautifully redesigned Sorrentino's Compassion House reopened to guests.

Mission: Compassion House Foundation supports women who must leave their homes for cancer care.

Vision: Compassion House Foundation strives to ease the distress of the cancer journey for women.

Values: Compassion, Community, Respect, Sustainability, Understanding, Excellence