March 15, 2013

Joseph’s Home to host Feast of St. Joseph Celebration March 19

Joseph’s Home is celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Chapel at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. The celebration is open to friends and supporters of Joseph’s Home. Join in honoring the Feast of St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Joseph’s Home namesake. Mass will be followed by a breakfast reception. [More]
March 1, 2013

New “Joseph’s Journey” e-newsletter issue features “ a little miracle” and more

Joseph’s Home helps homeless men heal and achieve independence, but it also impacts the lives of more than just residents. Jacob Dennis, a senior at Hawken School, spent several weeks visiting Joseph’s Home as part of a school class. He had the opportunity to entertain residents one afternoon when he brought his cello and played classical music with a former resident. Dennis detailed his experience in a paper titled “A Little Miracle.” His story and more are in the latest issue of the "Joseph’s Journey" newsletter
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December 14, 2012

Latest "Joseph’s Journey" newsletter details how Joseph’s Home transforms the lives of homeless men one man at a time

Mr. H. is typically a soft-spoken, mild-mannered person. But, ask him about his time at Joseph’s Home and he becomes much more animated as he describes the care he received. “All the Joseph’s Home staff, especially Ms. Jackson [Executive Director Georgette Jackson], have supported me all the time,” explained Mr. H. “It relieved my mind knowing I could be somewhere safe, clean and secure. I am very appreciative.” After years of struggling with diabetes and congestive heart failure, plus undergoing dialysis due to kidney failure and being hospitalized regularly, Mr. H. was unable to work and eventually became homeless. He stayed at a homeless shelter for more than a month, but the shelter could not provide the specialized medical care he needed. He was referred to Joseph’s Home and admitted in August 2011. Joseph’s Home provided Mr. H. with the medical attention he needed, ensuring he took his medications and received regular dialysis. He also received anger management counseling, life skills classes and nutrition education. When his car was repossessed due to an administrative problem with his payments, Joseph’s Home social worker Rodney Dial helped him resolve the issue and get the vehicle back. Being at Joseph’s Home also allowed Mr. H. to try new things. Some of them—like attending his first Cavs basketball game thanks to a generous donor’s contribution of tickets—were a big hit. The art program was a slightly different story. For his first and only masterpiece, he tried his hand at painting a picture of a pumpkin. Although he enjoyed the experience, the painting didn’t turn out well. When asked about it, he laughed and said, “I can’t paint a lick.” But, he did receive a certificate for giving it his best shot. He said the encouragement from others was inspiring. Mr. H. was hospitalized again in January to repair a detached retina in his eye. After four months away from Joseph’s Home, he was re-admitted. Mr. H.’s health stabilized and he was approved for an apartment. He moved into his new home in late July, with a nurse visiting regularly to provide medical attention to keep his health stable. With the help of Joseph’s Home, he can look forward to fewer days in the hospital and a longer, healthier life. Click here to find out more about Joseph’s Home in the latest edition of the “Joseph’s Journey” newsletter. Joseph’s Home is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
November 28, 2012

Joseph’s Home featured in The Plain Dealer’s Holiday Spirit Campaign

For the second year in a row, Joseph’s Home was selected as one of several nonprofit groups to receive funds from Plain Dealer Charities’ Holiday Spirit Campaign. The designation includes a $10,000 gift to support programs and services for residents. Plus, a former Joseph’s Home resident is featured in a Holiday Spirit story, which was published today in The Plain Dealer. Joseph’s Home is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Following is the text from The Plain Dealer article: John Hall was driven by crack and cocaine—so driven, he lost his wife, children and job. Hall, 51, of Cleveland, said the murder of his father, curiosity and the influences of the streets had led him to drugs. He said he hoped the drugs would take away his pain. "I had a lot of problems, mentally and emotionally," he said. "I lost myself. I didn't know who I was." But Hall said pride prevented him from receiving help from his family, so instead he slept in parks and abandoned homes. And even when his reckless lifestyle led to four stints in prison, he didn't change his attitude. "I felt that there was no chance for me, that life was over for me," he said. In November 2011, Hall got into an argument with another man, who then got into his car and rammed it into Hall several times, pinning him between a parked car. Once his attacker sped away, Hall tried to get up, but it was impossible because his right foot was turned in the opposite direction, the heel of his foot now where his toes should have been. He passed out. A good Samaritan took him to MetroHealth Medical Center that night, but he had to wait two weeks before having surgery. His sister then tried to find him a place to stay while he recovered. Joseph’s Home meets a housing needThat's when Hall's sister found out about Joseph's Home. Joseph's Home is one of only two agencies in the state that provide transitional housing for homeless men who are suffering from acute medical conditions. Joseph's Home also helps residents find jobs, housing and other programs to help improve their lives. Joseph's Home is one of among 20 human-service agencies featured in Holiday Spirit, an annual effort by Plain Dealer Charities to help human-services agencies during the holiday season. To make a secure donation to this year's campaign, go to cleveland.com/holidayspirit. Hall had to make some changes: Joseph's Home requires residents to take part in a number of programs such as life-skills classes, chemical dependency programs and money management. Hall went further, however, enrolling in anger management, basic computer classes and intensive outpatient and after-care programs. He will start working toward earning a high-school equivalency degree in January. Hall shares his story with youths at the Cudell Recreation Center and packaged and served food on Thanksgiving at St. Augustine Church. Hall, who has been sober for a year, is grateful for the love and support of his mother and sister. He also credits the staff of Joseph's Home for changing his life. "These are the miracles God put in my path to have me be where I'm at today. I love where I am today," he said. "I have my own apartment, I'm looking for a job and I'm going back to school. Life has gotten good for me. I'm a miracle." Georgette Jackson, executive director of Joseph's Home, beams with pride when she talks about Hall. "I'm so proud of him," she said. "He wanted to succeed so badly. He wanted to change and make good choices." Pictured is Joseph’s Home alumnus John Hall, who has been sober for a year. He credits the staff of Joseph’s Home for changing his life. He now has his own apartment, is looking for work and will start working to get his GED in January. Behind him are pictures painted by Joseph’s Home residents.
May 26, 2011

Joseph’s Home Executive Director to Speak at First Friday Club of Cleveland

Georgette Jackson, executive director of Joseph’s Home, will present “Serving the Least among Us” as keynote speaker at the First Friday Club of Cleveland meeting on June 2 at noon. More...
January 19, 2011

Joseph’s Home residents give back to community

In late 2010, Joseph’s Home residents, staff and alums visited the Cuyahoga Community College Culinary Arts Program’s state-of-the-art kitchens to bake cookies for an activity called “Homeless Give Back.” The baked goods were donated to children attending the Catholic Charities Community Service Early Learning Center and the Early Childhood Center of Arbor Park. Cookies were also sold at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, with proceeds benefitting Joseph’s Home. More...
July 20, 2009

Joseph's Home therapeutic garden featured in Plain Dealer

Check out this feature story about Joseph's Home's therapeutic garden in last week's Plain Dealer garden section. It's not only a wonderful garden respite, but also home to a bountiful vegetable garden filled with veggies that find their way into Chef Jeff Wright's savory dishes.

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