November 4, 2013
Crain’s Cleveland Business annually honors the best legal minds representing Northeast Ohio’s public, private, nonprofit and government organizations. This year, three leaders from across the Sisters of Charity Health System are being recognized as finalists in the Crain’s In-House and General Counsel Awards: Shannon Fogarty Jerse, Matthew Heinle and Nadine Ezzie. [More]
October 15, 2013
Joseph’s Home residents have received untold health benefits from a therapeutic garden planned and installed by the Gardeners of Greater Cleveland from 2008 to 2009. Since helping install the garden, volunteer Bob Rensel returns to Joseph’s Home throughout the year to tend to plants and consult with Joseph’s Home staff and residents about how to care for all landscaping and gardening around the building. [More]
September 25, 2013
For Joseph’s Home residents, summer sunshine and heat often meant uncomfortable, even dangerous, conditions inside their rooms. Over the course of a month during July and August, a contractor installed necessary electrical upgrades before cooling units were installed in the walls of each room. [More]
September 18, 2013
Perseverance in Hope: The Joseph’s Home Annual Benefit Luncheon, raised a record $47,000 through the generosity of nearly 300 supporters who gathered in June at the DoubleTree Hotel in Cleveland. The record amount was a 40 percent increase over the amount raised at the 2012 anniversary luncheon. [More]
September 13, 2013
Joseph’s Home needs your vote to receive part of $1 million in free advertising, editorial exposure, a share of donations and a $10,000 top prize in the Good News Giving program from Northeast Ohio Media Group. [More]
May 22, 2013
Joseph’s Home will hold its signature annual fundraising event Thursday, June 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Cleveland Downtown—Lakeside. Dick Russ, former WKYC and WJW television news anchor and current vice president of resource development for North Coast Community Homes, will deliver the keynote address at the event. [More]
March 15, 2013
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
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 [More]
December 14, 2012
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
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.