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 need
That'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.

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