June 24, 2015

Joseph’s Home continues to transform lives

Joseph’s Home is a unique ministry in Cleveland dedicated to helping homeless men heal after hospital stays and further achieve their journeys to independence. Recent graduate Mr. Herbcha received the medical attention he needed to get back on his feet and find a permanent place to call home with the help of Joseph's Home. Here is his story, which was recently shared in the Joseph's Journey newsletter:

A Life Transformed: Cancer-Free and Free to Sing

In the summer of 2014, Mr. Herbcha suspected something wasn’t quite right. His doctors ran some tests and found a golf-ball sized mass on his kidney. The mass was malignant and he needed surgery.

But, he had recently become homeless. He was living rent free in exchange for doing maintenance work on his landlord’s other properties. After his landlord passed away, the new owners wanted him to pay full rent, but he couldn’t afford it. So before he could have surgery, he needed stable, suitable housing. He was referred to Joseph’s Home after brief stays in an emergency shelter and transitional housing.

The change in living situation meant he was clear to have surgery, which happened in the fall of 2014. When he woke up from surgery, he heard the words every cancer patient longs to hear from his or her surgeon: “We got it all.”

Mr. Herbcha spent the following four months recuperating and working with the Joseph’s Home staff to find housing he could afford on his fixed income. He also received care for other health issues, such as glaucoma, cataracts and an untreated hernia.

“Everybody has been so nice here,” said Mr. Herbcha, reflecting on his time at Joseph’s Home.

In early February Mr. Herbcha moved to his new apartment. He was excited to regain his independence, which will allow him greater freedom to play his guitar and sing in his church choir.

Joseph’s Home is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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