December 18, 2015

Joseph’s Home featured in Good News Giving series

Joseph’s Home was again selected as one of several Cleveland-area nonprofit groups to receive publicity and free advertising from the Good News Giving program from Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Good News Giving is a special effort of Northeast Ohio Media Group that provides support to health and human service organizations in the Northeast Ohio area. Twenty-five human-service agencies are receiving valuable free advertising in The Plain Dealer and Sun News and on The agencies were selected by votes cast by The Plain Dealer subscribers.

A Good News Giving article ran December 12 featuring a Joseph’s Home graduate. As seen in The Plain Dealer and on

Homeless outreach part of Joseph's Home, West Side Catholic Center, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Cleveland resident David Jones' perspective on homelessness is like few others. He had a good job as an IT professional at a homeless shelter, never thinking he one day would be on the receiving end of an agency's mission.

But one day in 2013, he woke up in a hospital bed following a serious stroke. Complications, including total renal failure, led to him losing his job and his home. He needed help. He found it at Joseph's Home in Cleveland.

“As a person on the other side, I really do get it,” he said. “I'm grateful for the whole process.”

That process isn't as simple as providing shelter, meals or blankets. It requires a network of agencies and their relentless workers and volunteers to tackle the many issues involved in such a complicated and vital issue.

Three Cleveland non-profits—Joseph's Home, West Side Catholic Center and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry—include homelessness in their missions. Their approaches are both varied and effective.

Information about these agencies, plus a link to their websites, is posted on the Good News Giving website: The site features the logo of each agency, a description of its mission and the means of making a donation.

Joseph's Home

Dialysis three days a week took a toll on Jones. He had to quit his job. He became depressed and did not take good care of his health, which declined further. He lost his apartment and found himself in a group home, which referred him to Joseph's Home. Staff there helped him stabilize his health and find an apartment he can afford on a fixed income that now includes Social Security benefits. He lives on the West Side, within walking distance of Edgewater Park, which he visits frequently. He just paid his first month's rent. 

“It felt great. I have my own place again,” said Jones, 53. “I have a new chapter, a new adventure.”

Founded in 2000 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Joseph's Home seeks to meet the needs of single homeless men who are ill or have been recently discharged from a care facility and have no place to go and recover. The home-like facility next to Cuyahoga Community College's Metro Campus fills a critical gap for men such as Jones.

“Joseph's Home provides a place for homeless individuals whose level of care need is below that of a nursing home or hospital, but makes them a poor fit for a homeless shelter,” said Nathan Munn, director of development. “In many situations, to be on the street or in a shelter increases the risk of health complications and makes them more vulnerable.”

David Henderson led what he called a “lucrative life,” with a home health care business that counted among its clients former Cleveland Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien. The business collapsed during the recession, and his marriage and health soon followed. He lost his home and was going from relative to relative, then to shelters, as his health worsened. After six months at Joseph's Home, his diabetes and other issues were stabilized. He transitioned to an apartment in Hough, where he lives today.

Henderson is paying it forward, serving as an advisor at Joseph's Home and is being considered for a position on its board. He is the facility's enthusiastic ambassador, and said Joseph's Home did more than repair his life. Since his stay, he said he has mended relationships with his eight children.

“Joseph's Home doesn't just heal the individual, it permeates throughout the whole family,” he said.

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

Photo: Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer

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