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.

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