September 18, 2013

Joseph’s Home annual benefit luncheon raises record $47,000

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. Guests participated in a raffle for an iPad mini and bid on 30 silent auction items, including 10 paintings by Joseph’s Home residents and alumni.

The record amount was a 40 percent increase over the amount raised at the 2012 anniversary luncheon. The money is being used to help acutely ill homeless men recover their health and rebuild their lives at Joseph’s Home.

Joseph’s Home Executive Director Georgette Jackson presented Catholic Charities with the 2013 Community Partnership Award in recognition of its ongoing contribution to the wellbeing of Joseph’s Home residents through their provision of life skill classes. Patrick Gareau and Maureen Dee accepted the award on behalf of Catholic Charities.

Current Joseph’s Home resident Jerry Smith shared how he was homeless with a broken leg and needed a place to recover and get his life back in order. He said his outlook on life has dramatically improved during his stay. He added, “I am looking forward to being on my own and starting a new life, and I have Joseph’s Home to thank for that. Joseph’s Home took a flower like me and I’ve bloomed.”

In his keynote address, Dick Russ, vice president of resource development for North Coast Community Homes and former television journalist, talked about his experiences growing up with a brother who had a developmental disability. He discussed how his brother and others like him had hearts of love and hope, teaching him that hope can break down barriers.

“For those who struggle, the difference between despair or perseverance can be hope,” said Russ. “Perseverance enabled by all of you who support Joseph’s Home stokes the fires of hope. As a former newsman, we’ve got a very good story here at Joseph’s Home. Thank you all associated with Joseph’s Home for bringing back hope.”

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

To see photos from the luncheon, click here.

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