May 1, 2020

Joseph's Journey: Joseph's Home remains open for our community's most vulnerable

The recent issue of Joseph's Journey, the biannual newsletter of Joseph’s Home, features an article about how the ministry has remained open during this unsettling time, as well as information about an extended partnership with Cuyahoga Community College, how the ministry is positioning itself to better serve the growing medical needs of residents and alumni, news updates and more.

Below is the text from the cover story. Read the complete Joseph's Journey newsletter here.

Committed to Caring

JOSEPH’S HOME REMAINS OPEN FOR OUR COMMUNITY’S MOST VULNERABLE

Joseph’s Home remains open and committed to caring for our community’s most vulnerable citizens during this unsettling time. As a provider of recuperative care and temporary shelter for medically-fragile men experiencing homelessness, Joseph’s Home is exempt from the governor’s “stay at home” order. We continue to accept referrals, following procedures that include screening for symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

To safeguard our residents and staff from COVID-19, we have implemented numerous precautions to minimize and mitigate the risk of spreading the virus, informed by guidance from the CDC, HUD and the State of Ohio:

  • We have temporarily suspended volunteer activities and visitors to the building.
  • Residents may only exit the building for essential trips, such as critical medical or housing appointments.
  • All residents and staff are screened for symptoms on a daily basis.
  • We have temporarily suspended group gatherings and meetings.
  • We are practicing physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces, and mandating frequent hand-washing and sanitizing.
  • We have personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand, in case of illness.
  • Staff who feel ill will be asked to stay home and contact their physician. We are offering flexible hours, PTO and work-from-home options, as feasible.

Ongoing Support
The need for medical respite is not diminished during this time; in fact, as hospitals face greater demand for beds, medical respite may be a logical choice for discharging those no longer requiring hospital care. Our alumni will also need additional support as they face increased risk and insecurity. We remain at the ready, along with many other amazing organizations  that continue to operate in the face of real challenges, to stand with those in need and serve our community.

We understand that these are uncertain and concerning times for you. Please know that we see you as part of our team—we are in this together. Now more than ever, we need your continued prayers and support to keep residents healthy and alumni stable. We humbly ask you to give what you can during this difficult time to help. Any amount you can give will ensure that Joseph’s Home continues to provide the vital services our men need to stabilize their health and attain permanent housing.

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

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